Review: The Perfect Manhattan (by Leanne Shear & Tracey Toomey)

From Meet Cassie Ellis—a young college graduate with the world on a string, a yen for screenwriting, and a need for fast cash to pay off her student loans. Eager to avoid the lucrative snooze-fest of a reliable consulting job, she shocks everyone she knows by opting for a sexier, more flexible job: mixing drinks. Never mind that she doesn’t know single-malt whiskey from Jack Daniel’s: she’s eager to learn. And under the tutelage of a sexy Soho bar owner, she’s soon cranking out three-olive martinis with the city’s glitterati fifteen-deep at the bar—all while angling for tips, fielding bad pick-up lines, and trying to keep up with the other bartenders who party as hard as their stylish clientele.

When Cassie accepts a summer gig bartending in the Hamptons, New York’s most elite summer destination, she finds herself catapulted into a whirlwind of dazzling celebrity and over-the-top wealth unlike anything she’s ever seen. Life behind the velvet rope is hard to resist, especially when she finds herself falling for a Hamptons hottie named James. But as the summer progresses, and she finds herself surrounded by playboys, moguls, spoiled rich kids, and Paris Hilton clones in strappy stilettos, she soon wonders if playing the ersatz socialite—while actually trying to make a living—is more than she bargained for.

Drawn from the authors’ own experiences as bartenders in the thick of New York’s party scene, The Perfect Manhattan is a perfect mix of sparkling social satire, romance, comedy, and scandal that provides a fast-paced, enormously entertaining look inside the life on the chichi side of the tracks.

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Spoiler-free Mini Review:
I just finished reading this book yesterday and wanted to review it before I forgot (I tend to forget things easily..) Without spoiling too much, I really liked the book as I've always been interested in what being a bartender is like. If you've ever been curious as how being behind a bar is like, you will love this book! I don't know if it's me but I thought this book had a different kind of vibe than the typical chick lit. I found this book to be really engaging and exciting to read as Cassie goes on an exciting adventure on her own as an adult after college. At some parts of the book, there were some unrealistic scenarios (like how did Cassie manage to drive and arrive safely when she was drunk?) Nonetheless, I really liked the "small town girl meets wealthy hot guy" component of the book. I see potential in this book being made into a movie with a few tweaks here and there.

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  1. Looks like a good read. Thanks for the review. I am probably going to check it out. =]

  2. @Jordan You're welcome! It's definitely a good summer read.