Sweetbitter - Stephanie Danler


By Stephanie Danler

  • Release Date: 2016-05-24
  • Genre: Contemporary
4 Score: 4 (From 587 Ratings)



Soon to be a series on Starz

"Brilliantly written. . . . Outstanding."—The New York Times Book Review

Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants, in Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift.


  • Depressing and pointless story

    By memina0181
    I was really excited to read this book and get the inside scoop on the inner workings of an iconic restaurant in NY. What I got instead was the lurid, drug fueled “journey” of an extremely lost woman who stumbles into NYC from the Midwest and nearly lets the city eat her alive. I couldn’t sympathize at all with the main protagonist, her predictable forced relationship with a damaged man or her shocking lack of self respect and confusing self-imposed isolation. We were never even offered a glimpse into her past to maybe connect with her present self-destructive behavior. And everyone she met was horrible and selfish. It really isn’t that impossible to meet and make friends with decent people in Manhattan. I was forcing myself to finish this book because I paid for it. Don’t waste your time and money.
  • No Plot, Painful Read

    By itsruhbecca
    I can't imagine why this book is so highly raved about. There is no plot, and the basis of the book is about drugs and sex. Call it a coming of age novel if you want, but I didn't even see the main character (or any character) change their ways throughout the book. I read the whole book and was highly disappointed. The book lacks everything a good book should have.
  • Time for a shower

    By Sueshep
    I finished this book only because it was for a book discussion and felt like I had to plow thru. Boring, incoherent, depressing and unredeptive.
  • Terrible

    By Muehleder
    Boring and pointless...kept waiting for it to get better. Ugh
  • Terrible read

    By Rfw06
    This was a poorly written, slow moving pointless journey that no one should take. I did not enjoy anything about this book
  • Nothing happened

    By Elephantshoes0421
    This book was well written but nothing happened. Disappointing.
  • Beyond overrated

    By Smck720
    Halfway through the book I realized I was forcing myself to read it. Wish I had read the user reviews before wasting my time and money - completely agree with all the negative comments.
  • Not what I expected

    By Meggie1986
    Confusing and incomplete plot/narrative.
  • Loved it!

    By Char train
    This is a really good book! The writing is like poetry! It made me really miss New York (which is a major character in the novel!) In the early 90's I worked in just such a restaurant as portrayed in the book! It's just as the author described! Simone reminds me so much of a waitress I worked with at that time, that I searched Facebook to find her! Alas, she must have married and changed her name! I highly recommend this book which is still in my head!!!
  • Not for men...

    By MrBill535
    I was lured in by the glowing newspaper reviews. I'm kicking my self for not referencing reader reviews. This is a pointless, chic lit book that tries to add interest with gratuitious sex, drugs and profanity. The focus on wine is an unbalanced attempt to add some culinary interest. I'm too cheap to give up on a book half way through, but in this case is should have. Don't waste your time and don't trust glowing professional reviews without further research.