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
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
Several days after having finished Social Creature, I still have a lot of mixed feelings about it that I’m having trouble putting into words. But I’m going to try.
The blurb for this book captured my attention immediately. But! If you haven’t read the blurb for this somewhere other than above – don’t! The one I read has a fairly large spoiler in it.
Upon starting Social Creature, the writing style continued to captivate me. Told in the third person limited, it almost read like a piece of journalis ...more
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 unique and compelling, yet dark and disturbing. In fact, I would give it a full 5 stars for sheer originality, creativit ...more
DNF @ 20%
Why this one didn’t work out for me:
I didn’t like the writing, it was a bit strange for me and a bit confusing at some point!
It contains very looong chapters! It’s 270 pages with only 10 chapters and even I read 20%, still the second chapter hadn’t been finished!
I got bored! Nothing happened, just two seemingly friends were happy and having good times at parties!
But I should say it was me and not the book because most of my friends loved this! So don’t listen to me and read it, hope you ...more
You know how most thrillers keep you on edge a bit throughout the book and typically towards the end there is that “hold your breath” moment. Well, for me this happened at the halfway point of this book and my heart and chest hurt right until the very end.
It wasn’t an overwhelming, constant pulse – but more a slow and growing build up of “how the heck is this going to play out?!” I was on the edge of my seat most of this book, not waiting for a twist: waiting for the ball to drop.
Louise is twent ...more
Filled with all the glitz and glamour of New York City, “Social Creature” follows wealthy party girl Lavinia Williams and her newest bestie Louise Wilson, an aspiring writer living on the margins. As they travel from one decadent, outrageous, and extravagant party to the next Louise becomes infatuated with Lavinia and her lifestyle. Lavinia and her friends are obsessed with social media and the decisions they make about their lives seem to be driven solely by how exotic, exciting, and enviable t ...more
Audiobook- read by Saskia
The title fits....even that ‘eye’ - book cover - is ‘creepy’ fitting.
For those who thought ‘The Circle’, by Dave Eggers was scary...creepy...( I thought it was much more fun than this book)....
This novel is - in part - another branch on the social media tree- the powerful influence technology is over our lives.
For me.... this Audiobook was background chatter-noise - engaging ‘enough’...not great.
I finished it while going about my chores-sauna resting and pool ...more
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