Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: Macmillan | Thomas Dunne
Pages: 336 pages
Source & Format: Bought; Kindle e-book
Series: New Money #1
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Summary (from Goodreads)
Savannah Morgan had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Caroline town, where snooty debutantes have always looked down on her. But at twenty-four, she's become a frustrated ex-cheerleader who lives with her mother and wonders if rejecting a marriage proposal was a terrible mistake. Then Savannah's world is shaken when she learns the father she never knew is Edward Stone, a billionaire media mogul who has left Savannah his fortune on the condition that she move to Manhattan and work at his global news corporation. Putting aside her mother's disapproval, Savannah dives head first into a life of wealth and luxury that is threatened by Edward's other children - the infuriatingly arrogant Ned and his sharp-tongued sister, Caroline, whose joint mission is to get rid of Savannah. She deals with their treachery along with her complicated love life, and she eventually has to decide between Jack, a smooth and charming real estate executive, and Alex, a handsome aspiring writer/actor. Savannah must navigate a thrilling but dangerous city while trying to figure out what kind of man her father truly was.
Brief Thoughts* on New Money
In many ways, New Money reminded me of how I feel when I watch Gossip Girl. I can't help rolling my eyes at some of the over-the-top drama and selfish characters... but I also kind of enjoy losing myself in the story. It can be so addicting! There were a lot of elements in New Money that made me think of the TV show, but it didn't leave me wanting more the way I do when I watch the show. Unfortunately, I had some issues with the book that kept me from really loving it.
Savannah is a Southerner - something that had me excited to read this book. So, I was really disappointed in how stereotypical the Southern elements of the book felt. It didn't ring true to me, and I didn't particularly like how redneck and ridiculous the South seemed. Maybe I'm extra sensitive to it because I've lived here all my life? Either way, I didn't find myself connecting to anything about the way it was portrayed in this book.
I also struggled with how unlikeable the characters are throughout the book. Everyone felt a bit one-dimensional, so I wasn't able to really overcome my dislike of them. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I just really struggled with the people in this book. Like the portrayal of the South, the characters seemed like stereotypes or cliches in too many instances.
All that being said, it was a fun read. I loved that it's set during that time after college but before you're really settled. And I actually enjoyed the drama in the plot because it was a nice change of pace. It wasn't quite right for me, but I can still see a lot of readers enjoying this rags-to-riches story!
"I'd been taught good manners, too. I'd just been pushed far enough today to forget them."
*After writing several mini reviews, I decided to note the difference by calling it "Brief Thoughts" on the book. I'll continue to use this moving forward whenever I write a shorter, less in-depth post on what I've read. I liked giving myself the freedom to write less and want to continue to do so when I feel I don't have a lot to say.