Stephanie Danler: Sweetbitter

Owing conversation ccurredCustomer I want to return this book plunks Sweetbitter down Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard on the counterMe Okay what was wrong with itCustomer It was stupidMe Oh I really liked it But I could see how someone could find it kindf pretentious Customer Yeah all those waiters going around uoting Kant and Fitzgerald It was ridiculousMe surprised as this had not been what I d meant at all OhCustomer A whole book about someone wanting to become a good waitress I mean who cares What does it matterMe After a few beats L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations of dead silence that stretch a little too long Why don t you go ahead and pickut something elseWhat I wanted to say but couldn t because like the main character in Sweetbitter you know the waitress I am in a service position that reuires me to hold my tongue even when someone insults me to my face is that I thought Danler s depiction Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! of her protagonist s aspirations and growth were gracefully handled The style is indeed a little pretentious with short passagesf all dialogue and Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles other experimental stunts but for me it created an almost dreamlike uality that meshed beautifully with the main character s whirlwindf new experiences This is a book about a young woman finding herself in a big strange city and starting her career and gaining life experience And yes she does all The Royal Joust of those things as a waitress You condescending bitchI would hate to see how this customer tips Hmmm Where to start when reviewing Sweetbitter My desire to read it can certainly be attributed to the Hype Monster and a serious casef Cover Lust People were raving about this American Maharajah one long before the release date and it was hotly anticipated ever since Stephanie Danlier s book deal was announced Also the cover lured me in the first time I saw it I mean look at at it it s just so strikingI wentut and bought the novel right away because f the glowing reviews and that striking image n the front Unfortunately I don t think Sweetbitter lived up to the hype r was as good as its gorgeous cover Sweetbitter follows Tess as she arrives in New York City to escape her empty life in Ohio and have all the experiences she can Tess isn t an aspiring anything she gets a job at a fancy rest This was a spontaneous audiobook pick available through my library verdrive I never had any serious intentions Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan of reading it when it first cameut I had pre judged it unfairly I assumed the writing would be amateurish WRONG The words that Stephanie Danler used in her sentences were invigorating delicious and thought provoking My riginal thought was what gifted author writes about a 22 year ld female looking to reinvent herself in New York City I wanted to change the channel The Quarterback's Crush on this story before it even started But for kicks I pushed AUDIO PLAY This story wasn t about a girl with big dreamsn being an actress a singer r dancer looking to be discovered Tess actually just wanted a jobaway from America s heartland I found myself intrigued during a job interview that Tess was having The interviewer asked her uestions that didn t seem related to the job whatsoever He wanted to know what she was reading She debated about telling the truth r not Given that Tess was applying for a waiter job at the most popular New York restaurant The interviewer asked her to tell him about a problem situation she faced with her last job and how did she solve it The entire interview had me n the edge f my seat This book now had my respectTess gets hired as a back waitress She learns to fold napkins correctly set the tables deliver the dinners but not take the Achtung! Cthulhu orders and clear the tables when the guests are done eating She becomes infatuated with the wine expert name Simone and the bartender named Jake Between Tess s lifestylef alcohol food which you can almost taste drugs sex and the dealings Infamy of the complexityf relationships we get a personal back scene tour f the sweet the sour the salty and bitter shenanigans I definitely got an inside look and expanded appreciation into the restaurant industry THE AUDIOBOOK HELD MY ATTENTION most f the timebut what surprised me than anything was the writing itself I enjoyed the way Stephanie Danler put words together They were innovativeNOT BAD FOR A LIBRARY FREEBIE I liked it LOVED THE WRITING awe. S is the story f her education in champagne and cocaine love and lust dive bars and fine dining rooms as she learns to navigate the chaotic enchanting punishing life she has chosen As her appetites awaken for food and wine but also for knowledge experience and belonging Tess finds herself helplessly.

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Some sentences Very impressive enjoyable 37 rating If Sweetbitter is the book f the summer then clearly I need a new season I could not find The Boy and the Blue Moon one reason to understand why the reviewsf this book were as good as they were Most f them seem to center around how well they say the author describes food As someone who has been deeply interested in food writing since high school I can deem her merely adeuate This book is the ne plus ultra f terrible MFA writing The self indulgent meandering that the reader is forced to endure as the dimwitted main character blunders around life The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 only is saved by theccasional inadvertently funny passage Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest or moment whenne f the ther characters rightfully give the main character shit for being a complete moron What little plot exists centers around the narrator landing in New York with no drive r direction to anything except like I dunno live r something So she decides to get a job in a restaurant so closely based Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day on the Union Suare Cafe I hope Danny Meyer sues the writer s ass Naturally asnly a privileged pretty white girl can do she bats her eyes into a job at a pretty damn prestigious restaurant and proceeds to get away with all sorts f incompetent bullshit due to her youth as far as I can tell The character is supposed to be from some Midwestern city and though anyone who s ever even nly been adjacent to a copy Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) of Food and Wine knows foodutside f New York consists f than toast and canned soup All Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks of thether raves about the look inside the restaurant industry must have come from people who never read Kitchen Confidential Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman or Blood Bones Butter This just in Sometimes people use cocaine Shocking I know Our idiot heroine literally begsne Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of thelder staffers who she idolizes into being her friend and mentor in turns so pathetic they re incredulous She also naturally falls in love with a beautiful boy behind the bar with the personality Heaven Next Stop of her favorite food which is toast btw but she can t figureut if he actually likes her All f the growth she experiences boils down to her learning how to rder wine like the kind f douchebag most f the people I know who have worked in the serving profession want to murder describing a white she Bases Loaded orders as flabby but adeuate Bitch are you for real When the end mercifully comes at last the last 40 pages are so breathtakingly incomprehensible as tonly possibly belong to another book Perhaps if the developments came earlier and there was less wanking about Oysters and wine and whatever the hell else there would have been I dunno a plot Instead we got a rundown Have A Good Night, Volume 1 of Chowhoundcom s greatest hits from 2005 dropping Sripaphi s name like it s a new thing Comen now Everyone s hip to that trick Do yourself and avoid this All it will make you do is want to set the book n fire especially not recommended if you have an ebook and sing the Internationale and hope that idiots like the characters in this book are first against the wall when the revolution comes and perhaps starting your wn revolution to facilitate this The book can nly be summed up as follows I apologies in advance for sounding hard and harsh in this reviewSo ne When You Lose Your Job of the most anticipated booksf 2016 according to some literary and press sourcesIn their reviews and in the first GR reviews it was said to be Anthony Bourdain meets Jay McInerney with a sprinkling f Siri Hustvedt So Anthony Bourdain Tough luck I just read his Kitchen Confidential Sweetbitter is supposed to engulf your gastronomic senses Except for a short episode f eating a first Isabel the Queen: Life and Times oyster the first andne Fantastic Post Office 03 of very few real recipe descriptions was anmelet with cantaralles Tim Crouch on page 106 Kitchen confidential had by then collected an entire Jamie Oliver Cookbook And wow I encountered some namedroppingf wines that weren t the usual Chablis r Bordeaux Maybe it s cuz I m a European gastronaut pun intended but as Shania Twain exclaimed nce that don t impress me muchSiri Hustvedt It felt that the writer didn t dare to choose between full Drawing the Human Head on incrowd food porn and euhm I have a new appreciation for this book reading it the second time Onef my favorites I adore Stephanie s writing sis needs to come Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics out with anotherne This book is completely full DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of itself and fullf shi. Drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle In Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures with heart stopping accuracy the nonstop and high adrenaline world f the restaurant industry and evokes the infinite possibilities the unbearable beauty and the fragility and brutality f being young in New Yor.

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This is ne f those I really wanted to like it books The sentence level writing is gorgeous and the subject matter working in a high end NYC restaurant is for some Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, of us nearly irresistible And at first I liked Sweetbitter very much Young girl moves to New York gets an amazing job is immersed in the lifef the city What s not to likeBut after a hundred pages r so maybe even fewer I started to get frustrated While I was enjoying protagonist Tess s introduction to fine food and wine I kept waiting for well a plot Eventually I could no longer deny what I d begun to suspect there was no plot unless you call a 22 year ld backwaiter falling in love with the attractive yet troubled bartender a plot It s not Tess s relationship with Jake the bartender is as tedious as you d imagine The interesting relationship is the ne between Tess and Simone the restaurant s doyenne and longest serving server Simone takes n Tess as her protege teaching her about wine urging her to go deeper learn Simone in many ways is who Tess wants to be well traveled at home in the world mysterious cultured The problem is neither Simone Pontius Pilate or Tessr Jake the troubled bartender are fully developed characters And they re the main Livin de Life ones so imagine how unmemorable the secondary characters are Simone is intriguing but ultimately she seems like a type insteadf real person Same with Tess same with Jake But they re so close to being than that I finished this book wishing it had gone through Aeralis one roundf edits you will grow tired Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of the drinking and the snorting and the vomiting I promise you will begin to skim in which the author had gone deeply into her main characters I had the feeling she didn t want to reveal too much about them because she was holding back for the penultimate reveal but to be honest what we learn at the endf the book doesn t have much Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives of a payoff I think it s supposed to be shocking but it isn t Or it s not really that interesting so mildly shocking in a boring kindf way I d rather have real charactersAnyway if you re twenty and living at home in the suburbs this summer dreaming about how great life will be Radio Crackling, Radio Gone once you re shedf your parents and your job at the mall you ll like this book than I did If you re me you ll read to the end after vowing to give up in the middle skimming as you go because you re curious how things will turn The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit out Butf course you already know how things turn Limey Gumshoe out They always turnut that way It s weird I couldn t put this Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate one down and at the same time I was slightly annoyed the whole time I was reading The descriptionsf working in a restaurant are good as are the food and wine discussionsdescriptions and they kept me going thru all the bar scenes and bumps f cocaine and thoughts that seemed too mature for a 22 year ld who was the Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen oppositef matureEnjoyable but just not my favorite I love a good coming Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade of age story but 98%f this book wasis unbearable Here s a sampling ROMANCE Your eyes It s unmistakeable he said He thumbed my cheekbone Veiled melancholy has her sovereign shrine His hand moved up my cheek flushing me into my hair where he tugged his fingers dry nonchalant His Harcourt School Publishers Collections other hand pressed into the bruisen my thigh as he could intuit the blood below the skin When he kissed me I said Oh my god into his mouth but that like everything else was swallowed up METAPHORS Our three glasses touched and I pulled a mouthful From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of wine The joints in my spine softened like butter going to room temperature DRAMATIC DIALOGUE This is allne scene mind youFuck you I said to a man I didn t recognize You want to repeat the names On Toby's Terms of things You want to makeut That person disappeared I serve people I yelled ut above the musicSasha you think my life is easy cause I m pretty It s not I get a fucking door pened for me now and then Being prettywell I wanna fuckin record this shit right nowIt sucksBaby Monster how bout you shut your face fore I break your face I hate you I said to Will but he was asleep Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land on coatsOK after typing these uotes I d like to amend my review to state that 100%f the book is unbearable UNLESS that is you re drinking and reading it aloud to friends r by yourself summertimesadness I work in a bookstore in an affluent neighborhood Today the foll. The bestselling novel about a young woman's coming f age set against the glitzy grimy backdrop Indiscretion of New York's most elite restaurants Now A STARZ Original Series Newly arrived in New York City twenty two yearld Tess lands a job as a backwaiter at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant What follow.

Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Brooklyn New York She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School Sweetbitter is her debut novel