SUMMARY ï Social Creature


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  1. says:

    This is the second book I've read in the last couple of years that should just be called The Talented Mr Rip Off Genuine Fraud was the other one The moment you tell us that a book is like The Talented Mr Ripley which the blurb does you basically spoil everything that happens for anyone who knows the plot of that bookBut to be honest I don't think not knowing the plot of Social Creature could have saved it I just don't get the hype This was an unpleasant reading experience from start to finishWe are introduced to two blandly obnoxious characters called Louise and Lavinia Louise is juggling several different jobs while struggling to pay the rent until one day she meets a pampered socialite called Lavinia and gets dragged into a world of parties and drugs Lavinia invites Louise to move in with her and the two become inseparable with Louise becoming ever obsessed with Lavinia and her life Seeing as we are told in the beginning that Lavinia is dead there's no points for guessing what happens to herI’m all for intoxicating books that capture a whirlwind of events and emotions but the world of this book felt like a fantasy version of New York City These characters seem to exist in a bizarre vacuum where they drink and do drugs without reason or motivation for anything Sleep all day; party all night Rinse repeat I think the author was shooting for Gatsby but landed among Gossip Girl instead The writing itself is exhausting to read Louise’s inner narrative is a series of run on sentences and comma splices making it confusing and painful It's a weird combination of frenetic writing style and slow pacing and I could not like it no matter how hard I triedIn the end I just didn’t care what would happen to anybody It was so dragged out and slow taking us through party after party with these vapid and unbelievable characters honestly Lavinia is like a cartoon character until the inevitable happens and then there's still another 100 pages to get through I really need to go read something fun nowBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


  2. says:

    What in the everloving world did I just read and I mean this in the best possible way Holy smokes man that was a firecracker of a book This is like nothing I’ve ever ever read before but I’m having a similar reaction as to when I read Caroline Kepnes’ YOU It’s a little something like this I don’t know if I liked it but I can appreciate it for being something completely uniue and compelling yet dark and disturbing In fact I would give it a full 5 stars for sheer originality creativity and literary merit but would I recommend this? Not so sure The character of Lavinia was hugely fascinating and once again like nothing I’ve ever seen I could read a whole book on her life story and would love to see her portrayed on the silver screen in a film adaptation I honestly had to put this one down several times because it was giving me anxiety Which is kind of a compliment to the strength of the writing I don’t want to get into the plot here do me a favor skip the synopsis don’t read any reviews and just check it out If you have thick skin And are in the mood for a little darkness And now I need to go read something light and fluffy Thank you to Doubleday books and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    Wellnow that was about as different as it gets Bizarre shocking dark and did I mention bizarre? If your interest is piued then this is a must for your summer reading Lavinia has it all She’s young rich and drop dead gorgeous She resides in the heart of New York City where the night scene is her own private play groundOn the other side of town and calling Brooklyn home Louise is living a very different lifestyle Somewhat older not nearly as glamorous and surviving pay check to paycheck between her 3 jobs When fate intervenes and their paths cross Lavinia strikes up a friendship with Louise But what starts out as something fun and casual uickly becomes far than a friendship It turns into a suffocating inescapable relationship that sucks Louise in ultimately changing their lives forever You know what they say about that mangled car wreck on the side of the road? The one people can’t resist slowing down for a closer glance? The one they can’t seem to look away from? That’s exactly how I felt reading this book Unable to divert my eyes from the mayhemI think I can file this one away as one of the most uniue bizarre yet addicting books I have ever read After finishing I just sat there with the biggest smile on my face shaking my head saying “Wow what did I just read??”🤯A buddy read with SusanneThank you to NetGalley Doubleday Books and Tara Isabella Burton for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    Louise is poor Lavinia is not Lavinia takes Louise under her wing Lavinia is young lacking in common sense with a very aggrandized sense of herself Louise sees an opportunity and takes it How much would you put up with to live the rich lifestyle? And what would you do to maintain it? First warning The characters here are all unlikable Lavinia especially was just so obnoxious so pretentious so needy it was hard to see why she was so popular The supposedly so desirable lifestyle comes off as empty I came close to putting this book down several times I really kept with it just to see how things would play out Second warning the blurb says the book is propulsive But I found parts of it a real slog And I found the ending extremely unsatisfying The book does an interesting job in presenting the digital life in all its fake glory Maybe I’m just too old for this It’s getting a lot of buzz and a lot of good reviews I am definitely in the minority My thanks to netgalley and Doubleday for an advance copy of this book


  5. says:

    Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton is a 2018 Doubleday publication Unorthodox – but very effectiveLouise Wilson is one birthday away from thirty working three jobs to stay afloat living a dull uneventful life Through a tutoring job she meets Lavinia a rich young woman taking a break from her ivy league education Lavinia pulls Louise into her vivid and lavish world all of which is expediently documented on social media Louise caters to Lavinia’s every whim which earns her a chance to be her roommate and live a far comfortable and exciting life But keeping Lavinia happy is nearly a full time job causing Louise to lose her real jobs one by one To stay in Lavinia’s world and maintain her new lifestyle Louise will make some terrible decisions getting in deeper and deeper only to discover Lavinia may be looking to replace Louise with someone else There is only one option left for Louise but will she really go through with it? Can she pull it off and if so for how long? I had heard a few wild and crazy stories about this book which of course meant I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about While I knew going in the book was ‘off the beaten path’ I never could have imagined just how far off the path it would go First of all the book gets high marks because of its originality We have an unusual unnamed narrator who tells the story from hindsight dropping big and small hints along the way about what will happen next This is a uniue approach very seductive pulling the reader in even if they aren’t especially enthralled with the lead characters Social consciousness sympathy empathy or the slightest regard for other people never even enters their minds They are all shallow immature greedy and weak in one way or another But despite that I sat there turning pages totally absorbed in the cat and mouse game that ensues all the while thinking these people weren’t really worth my time or effort But of course I did enjoy spying on these two women and the inner circle of people surrounding them as they posture and preen backstab and jockey for position because it has an atmosphere of reality to it Our society is so fixated on social media and creating an impossible image of themselves for others to admire It’s all so phony and easily manipulated But there really are lots of ‘Louise’s’ out there too While we can view Lavinia and her friends with a certain detachment for Louise who is lonely and insecure barely scraping by this lifestyle that Lavinia as invited her into is than she could have hoped for and she’s desperate to maintain it at any cost It’s a sad commentary and a very realistic one on many levels While the story starts off a little slow the second half of the book is riveting and the suspense is nearly unbearable at times However there is a slight satirical tone to the story at times with a touch of black humor thrown if for good measure For those who detest a novel filled with unredeemable characters this one will test your patience but the author takes it a step further by throwing in an unsettling conclusion that is sure to frustrate those who like everything all tidied up the old fashioned way But then there are people like me who see the irony in it the truth in it and absolutely revel in all that darkness and uncertainty So while this book may not be the right fit for everyone and the writing was a bit uneven in some spots I thought it was ingenious I’ll be keeping my eye on this author 4 stars


  6. says:

    Omgggg I had the best night ever Tara Isabella Burton and I sat out on the porch with a box of wine while she told me this fucked up story about this chick she knew in college named Louise That's what it feels like reading this book the author is speaking directly to you via a disjointed style of writing that is clearly purposeful and a genius way to get under your skin while building up an uncomfortable tension The cast of characters are straight from one of those annoying reality shows featuring entitled narcissistic trust fund fucktardsand then there's Louise at home watching this trainwreck and wishing she were the conductor She's willing to do anything to endure anything to be seen by and with this vapid crowd We cannot be known and loved at the same timePreach Louise preach 🙌Social Creature is a deep look into a shallow world for fans of character driven psychological fictionPS The ending is perfection


  7. says:

    Remember the party girls Paris Hilton Lindsay Lohan Ritchie? Their nightly exploits posted everywhere The beginning of the book reminded me of them Lavinia extroverted larger than life heavy drinker partying nighlty Louise uieter introverted attracted to Lavinia with her outrageous personality and lifestyle Constantly taking selfies posting everything on social media one outrageous scenario after anotherUnder the glitter and glitz this is actually a dark novel These characters and the way they act is appalling dislikable and yet I couldn't stop reading Like a fly on the wall I observed these lives that are so very different than my own Then it takes a rather startling turn though I realized afterwardsthe clues were there but I missed them After that I kept reading wondering how this could possibly end I have to admit I loved the way it endedThis took the use of cell phones and social media to a whole new level A warning maybe to those who live their lives documenting it all always on their phones Despite the fact that I probably shouldn't have I found this novel fascinatingARC from Doubleday


  8. says:

    5 StarsWOAH What in HECK did I just read? Addictive crazy and all out weird “Social Creature” is one of the strangest most convoluted books I’ve ever read Characters without a heart or soul characters whose behavior completely intrigues and disgusts and whose lives you can’t stop reading about What starts out as just plain weird uickly becomes totally engrossing I dove in head first and didn’t dare come up for air till the very end Lavinia and Louise’s friendship say what? My thoughts ran along the lines of “Oh no you didn’t” Entertaining engrossing and simply wild this is a read I won’t soon forget I read this with Kaceey and both of us had the same reaction amazement bewilderment hysterics and well horror It was an awesome book to read together and we had the best time ever Thank you to NetGalley Doubleday Books and Tara Isabella Burton for providing me with an ARC of this highly entertaining read Published on NetGalley Goodreads Twitter and on 62518


  9. says:

    4 enthralling trainwreck stars to Social Creature ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Social Creature is a total trainwreck of a read and I mean this in the best possible way Yes it is absolutely addictive and because of that I could not stop reading More on that in a bit Louise is uiet introverted and mousy When she meets over the top socialite and party animal Lavinia her life takes an intense and even toxic turn The two become fast friends and the story turns dark really really fast The less you know about the rest of the story before reading the better because a big part of this story is its shock value That’s where the trainwreck comes back into play You just cannot stop reading Please be warned if you need likable characters you will not find them here If you need an uplifting read this is most definitely not it For this one you need to have the want to be entertained and a completely open mind while also not being afraid of “dark” Not dark in the scary way but dark in the gritty shock value way For me I consider this an escape read because I was completely transported to this dark place and totally forgot about what was happening around me It was that absorbing Social Creature would make an excellent movie I would love to see this bizarre tale unfold visually and if matches how my mind imagined it Thank you to Tara Isabella Burton Doubleday and Netgalley for the ARC Social Creature publishes on June 5 2018 My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom


  10. says:

    I don't know what this will say about me but I freaking loved this book Oh man it is so deliciously fucked up This story follows Louise an almost 30 yr old New Yorker and her budding friendship with the 23 yr old Lavinia Lavinia comes from money and Louise doesn't come from anything Louise becomes obsessed with Lavinia and in keeping her friendship with her alive Lavinia is everything she isn't She's a free spirit who lives off her parents money while taking a break from school There is no lack of drugs alcohol or swanky parties It's easy for Louise to adapt to Lavinia's lifestyle and Lavinia is than happy to pay her way even giving her a place to live You see Louise is Lavinia's project The friendship doesn't come without tension though and finally cracks in the surface begin to appear This is when the book gets really dark and disturbing Who is using who is never uite clear I know we're not suppose to use uotes in reviews of ARCS but I love this one so much that I'm just going to spoiler tag it and let you decide if you want to read itview spoiler There are things it is better for a person not to know The day and the manner of your own death that's one or whether or not you're going to fuck your mother and kill your father What people say behind your back The names somebody you love has called somebody else There's a reason people are able to function in this world as social creatures and a good part of that reason is that there are a lot of uestions you're better off not knowing the answer to and if your smart you won't even ask hide spoiler


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Social Creature

DOWNLOAD ↠ SIGMAENCLOSURES.CO.UK ¿ Tara Isabella Burton

Thing Lavinia has everything After a chance encounter the two spiral into an intimate intense and possibly toxic friendship A Talented Mr Ripley for the digital age this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly n 4 enthralling trainwreck stars to Social Creature ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Social Creature is a total trainwreck of a read and I mean this in the best possible way Yes it is absolutely addictive and because of that I could not stop reading More on that in a bit Louise is uiet introverted and mousy When she meets over the top socialite and party animal Lavinia her life takes an intense and even toxic turn The two become fast friends and the story turns dark really really fast The less you know about the rest of the story before reading the better because a big part of this story is its shock value That’s where the trainwreck comes back into play You just cannot stop reading Please be warned if you need likable characters you will not find them here If you need an uplifting read this is most definitely not it For this one you need to have the want to be entertained and a completely open mind while also not being afraid of “dark” Not dark in the scary way but dark in the gritty shock value way For me I consider this an escape read because I was completely transported to this dark place and totally forgot about what was happening around me It was that absorbing Social Creature would make an excellent movie I would love to see this bizarre tale unfold visually and if matches how my mind imagined it Thank you to Tara Isabella Burton Doubleday and Netgalley for the ARC Social Creature publishes on June 5 2018 My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

CHARACTERS Social Creature

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt a dark propulsive and addictive debut thriller splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York City They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line with nothing but the stars This is the second book I've read in the last couple of years that should just be called The Talented Mr Rip Off Genuine Fraud was the other one The moment you tell us that a book is like The Talented Mr Ripley which the blurb does you basically spoil everything that happens for anyone who knows the plot of that bookBut to be honest I don't think not knowing the plot of Social Creature could have saved it I just don't get the hype This was an unpleasant reading experience from start to finishWe are introduced to two blandly obnoxious characters called Louise and Lavinia Louise is juggling several different jobs while struggling to pay the rent until one day she meets a pampered socialite called Lavinia and gets dragged into a world of parties and drugs Lavinia invites Louise to move in with her and the two become inseparable with Louise becoming ever obsessed with Lavinia and her life Seeing as we are told in the beginning that Lavinia is dead there's no points for guessing what happens to herI’m all for intoxicating books that capture a whirlwind of events and emotions but the world of this book felt like a fantasy version of New York City These characters seem to exist in a bizarre vacuum where they drink and do drugs without reason or motivation for anything Sleep all day; party all night Rinse repeat I think the author was shooting for Gatsby but landed among Gossip Girl instead The writing itself is exhausting to read Louise’s inner narrative is a series of run on sentences and comma splices making it confusing and painful It's a weird combination of frenetic writing style and slow pacing and I could not like it no matter how hard I triedIn the end I just didn’t care what would happen to anybody It was so dragged out and slow taking us through party after party with these vapid and unbelievable characters honestly Lavinia is like a cartoon character until the inevitable happens and then there's still another 100 pages to get through I really need to go read something fun nowBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

DOWNLOAD ↠ SIGMAENCLOSURES.CO.UK ¿ Tara Isabella Burton

Over them They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together when they finish their stories when they are both great writers to Paris and to Rome and to TriesteLavinia will never go She is going to die soonLouise has no Omgggg I had the best night ever Tara Isabella Burton and I sat out on the porch with a box of wine while she told me this fucked up story about this chick she knew in college named Louise That's what it feels like reading this book the author is speaking directly to you via a disjointed style of writing that is clearly purposeful and a genius way to get under your skin while building up an uncomfortable tension The cast of characters are straight from one of those annoying reality shows featuring entitled narcissistic trust fund fucktardsand then there's Louise at home watching this trainwreck and wishing she were the conductor She's willing to do anything to endure anything to be seen by and with this vapid crowd We cannot be known and loved at the same timePreach Louise preach 🙌Social Creature is a deep look into a shallow world for fans of character driven psychological fictionPS The ending is perfection

  • Hardcover
  • 273
  • Social Creature
  • Tara Isabella Burton
  • English
  • 15 March 2017
  • 9780385543521

About the Author: Tara Isabella Burton

Tara Isabella Burton has followed a female hermit into the remote Caucasus gotten love amulets from Turkish Islamic shamans and held signs with the street preachers of Las VegasHer work on religion culture and place can be found at National Geographic The Wall Street Journal Al Jazeera The Economist's 1843 Aeon The BBC The Atlantic The American Interest Salon The New Statesman The T