Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler: A Review
In Sweetbitter, recent college graduate, Tess, moves to New York City and quickly gets a job in one of the most popular restaurants in the city. As a backwaiter, she drinks too much, does drugs and has a fling with an older server who is already in a long-term relationship with a fellow server. The relationship quickly becomes complicated.
Danler's novel is a quick, easy read and it can be quite literary in some cases. It can also be a bit boring and repetitive. I found the cursing to be gratuitous and the drug use to be unnecessary. It didn't do anything for the story except to show how a young woman's life falls apart simply from taking a job in a restaurant. Most of the characters were a mess, especially Tess, and the characters were not very complex. I found myself rolling my eyes at Tess's immature behavior. There were some interesting parts in this book, such as the relationship between Simone and Jake and how Tess would fit into that relationship, but overall, I felt pushed to finish the book to see when something would happen and it never really did. This book got a lot of great reviews and I was excited to read it but it just didn't do it for me. I think it may be good for someone who is looking for a book in the New Adult genre but has characters who fall apart after drug use and bad jobs.
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