{Review} The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom

June 27, 2014 New Adult, Reviews 11 ★★★

{Review} The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie WahlstromThe Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom
Pages: 240
Published by Swoon Romance on April 15, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Dating & Sex, Humor, New Adult
Source: ecopy from Publisher

Based on the adventures of a real-life London socialite, this is an all-access pass to life in the VIP area.

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks. 

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer. 

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all. 

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.

If you love books by Tracy Bloom, Anna Bell, Mhairi McFarlane or Sophie Kinsella, hold on to your Choos - the Accidental Socialite is romantic comedy at its best!


Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
NA Review My Thoughts

The Accidental Socialite is one heck of a hilariously funny ride. You won’t believe all of the crazy things one girl manages to get herself into. Paige packs up and moves to London after she graduated from university. Armed with a degree, very little cash and a couple of suitcases she goes to make something of herself. And what she gets is one thing after another. She goes on an adventure all ride, but it not the one that she thought she would. She is a hoot, and The Accidental Socialite will have you laughing out loud more times than you can count. It was a lot like reality TV for me, you can’t turn away. There were a few parts of the book where I felt like the storyline was dragging, and not really progressing anywhere. That was a bit tiring, but I still felt this need to find out what was going to happen to Paige next.

Paige is a Canadian, and she is so clueless about pretty much everything about British culture. It was so funny to see her get words and phrases mixed up. Actually, I thought some of her funniest scenes were about the differences in cultural phrases. I loved her scene about “fannies”. She thought she was talking about fanny packs and well, she wasn’t. It was too funny. Plus, the whole Pickle sandwich fiasco. I was happy that her boss seemed to have a good sense of humor at least. I thought she was going to get fired countless times.

This is not your typical romance. It is not about finding that one great guy. It was more just like a series of unfortunate events and dates. It reminded me of the reality TV show, the Hills. Everyone is young and hot, there is so much drinking- every night of the week. These are adults in their 20s and 30s and they are out closing the clubs down 6-7 days a week. Way too much for me, but you can’t help but be interested in it. This book is a guilty pleasure. Paige is a hot mess. She is falling all over herself, and bad thing after bad thing keeps happening to her. The media can’t wait to tear her apart. But she is the train wreck of hot messes, you just can’t stop watching. The humor is the highlight in The Accidental Socialite. Stephanie Wahlstrom is very talented and witty with her writing. I can’t wait to read more humor from her, maybe a romantic comedy?


About Stephanie Wahlstrom

Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. She moved to New York on a whim after University and has written a variety of TV shows including an environmentally friendly lifestyle series and a tween magazine style show about celebrities. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with Eggs Benedict, shoes, Fruit Roll Ups and travelling, she also works in Children’s Television.

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11 Responses to “{Review} The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom”

  1. Kirsty-Marie

    Sounds like a lot of fun, and definitely a guilty pleasure (like reality TV is for me anyway). Since I’m Welsh, it’ll be fun to read those bits, I mean, it would be the same for a British person in America or Canada. Sounds like one I’ll love when I need something hilarious and light. 🙂

  2. kim { Book Swoon }

    Hee-hee! Fannies and fanny packs, I can see where this is going;) This sounds fun, filled with humor, a perfect reading escape. Wonderful review, Michelle!

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