Real truth: I started reading this about two months ago. Between a really rough and tough first quarter at work and moving across the country in March, I took in as much as I could. I found myself looking forward to finishing it, especially once I established a gym-going routine which allowed me to not only hop back onto the elliptical but also hop back in the book.
There were a few passages and phrases that stood out to me even several weeks after reading:
- “Had it not been for that apartment and that sense of ambition that can only be born out of struggle, she wouldn’t be who she was today.” This was part of the narrative in describing the protagonist but I also feel like it describes me. Does anyone else ever feel like that hardship and adversity she/he faced contributed to the inner grit and therefore better prepared oneself for facing the real world? For example, I knew that on paper, I was never special. I did not have a 4.0 GPA, but when I was in graduate school I took every internship, field school, and leadership opportunity possible.
- Part of the technology component of the story reminds me of the affiliate reward networks that I (and pretty much every other blogger) uses.
- “‘Cashless currency. There is a chip in my wristband that connect to my credit card that pays for everything I do here at the conference.’” I am not saying that this book predicted Fyre Festival, but I cannot say that it did not give the originators ideas.
- “Have we all become so desperate to share everything that we’ve stopped enjoying our lives?” Authors Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza are nothing if not prophetic.
- “Naturally, the hot Asian boy designer mafia would be there: Alexander Wang, Prabal, Jason Wu, Thakoon, and Peter Som.” Years later and this statement is as relevant as ever. In fact, after I read this, I logged onto eBay and bought the Prabal Gurung for J.Crew exploded bow satin dress.
- “Still, even Donald Trump wouldn’t have gotten away with what Eve did.” This was written several years before the 2016 election. DT gets away with everything.