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 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 Trieste...Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon.Louise has nothing. 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 new....
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Social Creature Reviews
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton is one of those books that, when it ended, I didn’t know what to think. I’m still not sure. The book is extremely readable, I couldn’t stop. The story centers on the relationship of Lavinia and Louise, two twenty-somethings living in New York City. Lavinia is a beautiful young woman who lives off her parent’s money while on a “break” from grad school. Lavinia spends all of her time partying with other troubled and moneyed friends, she meets Louise, a meek ...more
3.5 stars, rounding to 4
First, let me say what a deliciously creepy book this is. Obsession, lying, conniving, compulsive... makes me question everyone around me! Second, I've seen TONS of comparisons of this to The Talented Mr. Ripley... which I saw the movie ages ago and never read the book so while I can see how it is, that kind of got lost on me in making any type of comparison myself (which I'm grateful for).
The writing style was a bit different than what I'm used to. Honestly, if I had to ...more
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 ...more
You know how there are those books that give you all the chills and make you really uneasy, where you don't like a single thing that is happening with the plot and the characters bother you to bits, where the storyline is so disturbing that you almost pull out your hair, and yet it is nearly impossible to put the book down and you keep turning pages! Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton belongs in that category.
Louise is an ordinary girl trying to make ends meet, struggling with multiple job ...more
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 com ...more
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Mesmerizing, twisted and intense, Social Creature examines the destructive power of narcissism in the digital age - and the lengths one will go to obtain the glamorous lifestyle portrayed in their social media accounts.
Evocative of the glitz and glamour of The Great Gatsby, New York City high society life has never seemed so nihilistic as it does in this novel. Told through the perspective of 29 year old Louise - an outsider looking ...more
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, quieter, introverted, attracted to Lavinia with her outrageous personality and lifestyle. Constantly taking selfies, posting everything on social media, one outrageous scenario after another.
Under the glitter and glitz, this is actually a dark novel. These character ...more
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 quiet, 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 a ...more