Sweetbitter - Stephanie Danler


By Stephanie Danler

  • Release Date: 2016-05-24
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4
From 464 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.


  • 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.
  • For women only...

    By MrBill535
    This book should have a ChicLit label. I thought I was going to gain insight into life at the Union Square Cafe, but was quite disappointed. Profanity, drugs and sex is used to distract from uninspired prose. The fawning over wine is embarrassing and distractingly out of balance.
  • If only it could be as witty as the author thinks it is

    By Jgj2006
    If you enjoy reading about people who think that they are smarter than you and that their lives are more "real" than yours, you will like this book. Overall, the characters are horrible people and halfway through I wondered why I was wasting my time reading about them. The author and her prose come across as "superior". Very disappointing, especially given the hype and the press.