This book is a delicious mix of “My Fair Lady,” “She’s All That,” and every girl’s dream to be re-made into a more glamorous version of herself. (Don’t try to hide it, I bet even the most glamorous of us wishes a fairy-god-mother could make us over in an instant.)
Don’t worry, this synopsis isn’t giving anything away. Sure, when we first meet Lucy she’s haggard, down on her luck, and in obvious need of a makeover so it’s not surprising when Wyatt (our fairy-god-prick) hand picks her for his new study.
Wyatt’s an applied anthropologist who’s desperate to write the book that will put him back on his career path. He’s wildly rich by upbringing (as all delicious men in my favorite novels are), but Wyatt is bored of just “being rich” and wants to write a break-out novel to set himself apart. Basing his idea on the natural hierarchy of the animal kingdom, he bets his best friend he can make anyone – including Lucy Ellis – into the new princess of New York.
This book is just great. I don’t want to keep talking because I’ll spoil the best parts, but please take my word when I say it’s great.
And a great book like this deserves the best wine. I don’t mean the one that costs the same as a month’s rent, but something remarkably divine. I was once talking to a swank restaurant owner in Manhattan who shared his dirty little secret about wine – that his restaurant only caries one bottle of their most expensive vino to trick customers into buying the abundantly stocked second-most-expensive bottle. Here’s how it works:
By listing the over-priced label at the top of the menu, patrons who want to show-off their aficionado skills get to turn to their dates and say “Oh, let’s get [the second most expensive] because it’s just as good without being overpriced.”
Then, like magic, the restaurant ends up selling hundreds of the second-priciest variety (which only looks affordable by comparison to the uber-ritzy decoy), and the customers assume they got a good deal. By the way, that restaurant in Manhattan? They’ve had that one extravagant bottle for years now, and no one’s bought it. Isn’t that evil?
Anyway, that’s why I say that the best wine won’t be the most expensive. Don’t be fooled.
But this book deserves something luxurious. The book seems obvious at first, but gets more and more complex when you don’t expect it. The main heroine, Lucy, is strong and sweet, while Wyatt is rich and aggressive. What wine can match these personalities? I recommend 2008 Ménage à Trois Red. I originally picked it up because the name is alluring (who wouldn’t?) and was impressed by its coy yummy-ness.