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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Bird Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781436170888
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Sarah Bird’s acclaimed novels include The Yokota Officers Club. In How Perfect Is That Blythe Young is stumbling down Texas’ social ladder after some dubious moral choices. Bankruptcy is only the beginning. Soon, Blythe must face the facts and make amends with the world. But first she’ll have to fix her nails. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A fried Twinkie® of a book—crunchily witty, creamy-hearted and shockingly delicious. Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie Gender | 2/8/2014

    " Cute story by local Austin author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael Herron | 2/8/2014

    " It's funny, I read the whole book not really liking the character, but that was obviously so intentional and well-done that I kept reading, just to see how she turned out. And damn, Sarah Bird can write funny sentences, one after another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alissa | 2/6/2014

    " I usually love this author. This time, I didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/6/2014

    " Sent to me by my best friend Jean in Austin. It's set in Austin, a story about rich society women, fluffy and DEEP at the same time. A fun read while being somewhat insightful. I loved it but maybe alot of that had to do with the whole Texas thing. Although, as Jean said, that neighborhood exists everywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 1/27/2014

    " I've always liked this author. "Alamo House" was very funny and "The Boyfriend School" ranks as one of my all time favorite books ever. Others by her were so-so, though I listened to "The Flamenco Academy" and enjoyed it. "How perfect is that" was so good I didn't want it to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 1/19/2014

    " so far I like it more for the Austin references than anything else... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/7/2014

    " such pretentious writing. painful to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyra | 1/5/2014

    " This book was completely moronic and completely captivating. A quick, breezy, unbelievable story that kept me amused and reading. A nice change of pace from the Holocaust themed books I had been reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 12/28/2013

    " This took a while to get into - she introduces a lot of characters all at the beginning so it took me some time to get them straightened out. I really liked how one mishap led to another and then another. By halfway through the book, I was into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It was funny and insightful. I also loved reading about Austin, Texas since I used to live there. It's a light quick read. I recommend it (unless you are an over pampered diva--you might recognzie yourself and it's not a pretty picture). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurel | 11/17/2013

    " Fun diversion for sure. I am not sure how much I would have liked it if it wasn't set in Austin, though. That added a lot for me. To it's credit, the plot was somewhat unique, though predictably tied nicely together at the end... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 11/6/2013

    " I love Sarah Bird, and look forward to her books. How Perfect is That is an entertaining read. My favorite Bird book is The Flamenco Academy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Odoublegood | 11/4/2013

    " It's set in Austin, Texas, and contains many references that might be puzzling to people from elsewhere . . . but maybe not! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/12/2013

    " I really want 1/2 star ratings, 'cause I'd put this right in the middle. It was fine. I don't quite get why there was a list of discussion questions at the end because I don't see this as a book club book. This is escapism, people, not great literature. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 8/2/2013

    " Uninspiring dud. Not worth going into more detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melisa | 7/27/2013

    " great fluff, which is about all i my brain can handle right now! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Traci | 3/31/2013

    " the main character remains a shallow, dishonest, witch throughout the entire book. irritating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/15/2013

    " Another occasion where I wish that half-stars were available. This is closer to 2-1/2 than 3 stars, but I'm in a generous mood this morning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 11/3/2012

    " Funny, funny and SO Austin! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 9/7/2012

    " Blythe is utterly unlikable, but I love her. Reminiscent of Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 7/19/2012

    " This was a good light book to read when you are crazy busy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/21/2012

    " I love Sarah Bird and her books. She has a voice like no other and her characters stay with you long after you have finished the book. Some may not like the main character of this book b/c thru a lot of it her actions are not very likeable but she grows on you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 5/19/2012

    " Very slow at the beginning. Once it gets to the middle it picks up but it's still not an exceptional book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 3/18/2012

    " Took forever to get into, but ended on a cute note. Had funny one-liners. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma | 12/20/2011

    " A little too silly at times, but it is fun to read a story that takes you all over Austin, TX. An easy read, good for taking a break from some of the heavier stuff I read this summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 6/26/2011

    " terrible :) i can see how it's funny in parts, and it's nice in the end but the entire plot is based on the worst kind of deception and manipulation. it made me wince the whole way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/7/2011

    " Not necessarily one of Sarah Bird's best efforts, but delightful nonetheless. It feels a bit dated, however, as if it should have been released a couple of years earlier than it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 3/31/2011

    " Humerous book on the rise and fall of socialites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 3/16/2011

    " Took forever to get into, but ended on a cute note. Had funny one-liners. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 3/13/2011

    " Starts with a bang - most fun, then lags a bit. Found myself skimming and I hate when I do that to a writer. Book took place in Austin, where I live, so much fun to glimpse into the world Sarah writes about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/2/2011

    " A quick airplane read. The characters and the plot are both colorful but lacking in depth. Engaging as a short, fast read, but had the book been longer I may have lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/30/2010

    " I love Sarah Bird and her books. She has a voice like no other and her characters stay with you long after you have finished the book. Some may not like the main character of this book b/c thru a lot of it her actions are not very likeable but she grows on you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 11/2/2010

    " It's funny, I read the whole book not really liking the character, but that was obviously so intentional and well-done that I kept reading, just to see how she turned out. And damn, Sarah Bird can write funny sentences, one after another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/13/2010

    " Great summer read. Sarah Bird is so funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melisa | 6/27/2010

    " great fluff, which is about all i my brain can handle right now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonna | 5/15/2010

    " How I long for the young Sara Bird, for Alamo House and The Boyfriend School. Alas, I am left with regurgitated characters, leftover plots and none of the laughs I once enjoyed. Growing up is so unfair. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/10/2010

    " This was my fun "beach" book last summer. And it was just that...fun and perfect for the beach. Don't expect much more. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird is the author of several novels. She is a columnist for the Texas Monthly and has written for the New York Times; Chicago Tribune; O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; and Mademoiselle, among other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, George, and son, Gabriel.

About the Narrator

Susan Bennett has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. Among her audiobook narrations are Full of Grace, Replay, and Tiger, Tiger, for which she won an AudioFile Earphones Award.