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  • Perfectly Impossible
  • Elizabeth Topp
  • 20 June 2017

10 thoughts on “Perfectly Impossible

  1. Janet Newport Janet Newport says:

    Thank you NetGalley and Little A for this arc.

    I read this a couple of weeks ago, early in the COVID-19 shutdown. It must have been what I needed at the time, as I found it engaging and amusing. Truly mindless entertainment. I found the main characters, Anna and Kizzy both to be likeable in spite of their complete self absorption and self-serving actions. The absurdity of their indulgences was so OTT that I found myself laughing out loud in several times. The story itself was kind of pointless and so very contrived that I found myself comparing it to the TV soap opera of the early 1980s Dynasty, but New York snootier. A HOOT.

    I thought this was a great marshmallow read... Fun, but pointless. 2.5 stars rounded up.

  2. Lisa Vita Lisa Vita says:

    I just completed Elizabeth Topp's book and adored every moment of it!

    Before going in to what I believe the book did very well, I'd like to mention what I do NOT think the book IS or should be compared to. This work of fiction did not speak about the idle rich to me nor was it particularly reminiscent of the 20+ year old book about battered assistants in The Devil Wears Prada, the Cinderella fairytale or even Sex In The City.

    What Perfectly Impossible did DO was nail the genre of 'the affluent'; the access, the work, the loneliness and perhaps most importantly the LONGING for REAL connection, and true love --- whether in a familiar relationship of husband/wife or between long time employees, colleagues, young or mature children.

    Topp's story telling was sincere, sassy, knowledgable and most notably psychologically aware -- which for those who have not been in this environment (whether through work or play) may not fully understand and may chalk up being really, really, REALLY wealthy as just one major, self serving trip to Hollywood --- NOTHING more.

    Having been immersed in the affluent market from an executive marketing position for over 20 years, I can confidently say that the subtleties in this work are tremendously accurate -- That the desire to do MORE, many times WITH LESS is always a struggle. --- That philanthropy IS very important, meaningful work (regardless of how much is raised) and that without it, so many causes will go unjustly, UNDERSERVED.

    Topp's understanding of Philanthropy as A BUSINESS is apparent especially as she wraps up with the book's Epilogue.

    WHO is this book for one might ask? I would say: Any 30+ year old who's had to work hard, really HARD. Someone who finds celebrity gossip a fun escape when they're down and out. For those whose lives have been emotionally and financially effected by market downturns, parents that moved a lot, individuals who want to do something different, get more involved, listen to their higher self.

    For readers who want to roll their eyes a little but with enough awareness to know that with crazy conflict MANY TIMES comes reward. A great, FUN escape with some REAL, valuable info ---
    Bravo L. Topp for making your first novel a really fun, informative ride!

    P.S. Please don't stop!!

  3. Tara Tara says:

    I rarely give out 5 stars, but this book was an absolute joy to read. This debut novel is about a highly educated assistant to a mega-rich wife and philanthropist in NYC. She is also an artist and a top notch professional juggler. This book is reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada in all the right ways. It is funny, lively, and unexpected. I completely enjoying reading about the mishaps of Anna and the crazy life of the ultrarich. The use of upstairs/downstairs characters was fun and engaging. I would highly recommend this book (which has unfortunately had it's pub date moved to Nov, so keep this one on your TBR list.)

    Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy.

  4. Debra Debra says:

    This was such a fun read, and a great escape from all the Coronavirus news reports that we're all living with. The story centers on Anna, an unknown artist and senior personal assistant to one of the richest socialites in Manhattan, Bambi (Kissy) Von Bizmark,. I have no idea whether the Von Bismarks' uber-rich and privileged lifestyle is partly based on truth, because the circles they move in are nowhere close to mine. I will say that the descriptions of the family members, their 'people' and their homes were highly imaginative and over the top hiilarious. Bravo to Elizabeth Topp on her debut novel!

  5. Kate Kate says:

    This book just wasn’t for me. Struggled to read it.

  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    Perfectly Impossible is a delightful debut novel from Elizabeth Topp!

    Meet Anna, the personal assistant to one of the wealthy of Park Avenue, Kitty Von Bizmark. Her job keeps her on her toes, as she attempts to meet all of Kitty's needs before she asks, keep anything unexpected from occurring and do it all with perfection. Anna is able to do all of this, with grace and charm. However, things get extra interesting when the Von Bizmarks are to be honored at the Opening Night Gala for this years opera season. What does this really mean? The Von Bizmark's are on the line to either give or raise millions of dollars to keep the Opera House in business. For Anna, this means managing a luncheon to raise money, followed by the Gala itself. It means working on every detail, putting out all the fires and keeping Kitty assured that everything will indeed be just perfect. Add the zany behavior of the rich and famous, the over the top cast of characters, and challenges in Anna's love life, and Anna's life begins to spiral into craziness of its own. The book is an attention grabber from the word go and is laugh out loud funny.

    If you are a fan of authors like Sophie Kinsella and Emily Griffin, you will love every minute of this fun, funny and wacky read.

  7. Kendra Kendra says:

    I'm not sure who this book is for. Anna, an artist and a personal assistant to a super-rich woman, manages her job as a PA while trying to get established as an artist, Ultimately, she uses her PA position to get her paintings sold and the attention of a major agent. It's kind of a Cinderella story, I suppose--even the servants go to the ball. Readers get a view of the lives of the top 1% of the 1%, but those lives aren't terribly interesting--it's a job being rich: your time is spent accumulating more wealth, managing the wealth, managing the optics of life and philanthropy, and so on. The characters were all kind of boring and I didn't care, ultimately, if they succeeded or didn't in the plot line, which is: after many mishaps, successes, and complications, everyone wins. At the beginning of the book, Anna's husband is introduced as a socially aware guy who is working to get food waste reduced and recycled for the hungry, but he sells out in the first chapter or two and we never once get any criticism of the incredibly wasteful ways the super-rich characters spend their money. The author chooses instead to make the message See? they're just like the rest of us! It doesn't work for me.

  8. Jamie Jack Jamie Jack says:

    Sound and Fury, Signifying…

    Having finished this book, I find myself scratching my head and wondering what it was all about… and wondering if I have wasted my time. Is it satire? A witty look at the lives of the mega-rich? A light bit of fluff about high society in New York City? I can't quite put my finger on what it is and what the author wanted us to “get” from it. I'm not quite sure who the ideal reader of this book may be. At times, the book was definitely over the top and extreme—and so far removed from my reality that at times it made little sense. The characters certainly did not feel relatable to me at all, something that I need to happen in fiction so the story feels satisfying. I never really connected to or cared about the characters. Much of it felt like, “Sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Not to say that some parts weren’t funny or witty, but they and the book just struck more odd notes for me than good ones. Take a look at the preview to get a sense if this is a book that might work for you, whether as OTT satire or a light read. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't quite my cup of tea… on either level.

    I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

  9. Jeeves Reads Romance Jeeves Reads Romance says:

    Fluffy filler

    This is the kind of light, over the top fiction that ultimately feels like filler. A lot happens, but also nothing at all. The writing style sort of lost me from the start; our heroine is kinda insanely bubbly and the whole thing just feels a bit frantic. It's a low angst, easy read, and not a bad way to spend a few hours, but I can't say that anything about it ever really hooked me in. It can all kind of be summed up in one sentence: everybody's got problems.

    Essentially, the story follows Anna, a woman whose job it is to fix problems for her rich employer. She handles a variety of tasks, tackling issues and making things seamless. But she's got problems of her own too, and that makes everything more complicated. Anna's not sure how she feels about her job, her marriage, her desire to be an artist - it's all kind of up in the air.

    What follows is the story of Anna going 100 miles an hour trying to sort everything out. I found the whole thing to just be too much and the writing itself didn't do it any favors. It's certainly not bad but I also didn't particularly enjoy it. If you're looking for a light, low angst read then this might satisfy but it won't be for everyone.

  10. Cathy Cathy says:

    Perfectly Impossible was a fun read. It was actually my first “walking around” book of the year-- you know, the one you carry around with you because you don’t want to stop reading. Anna lives two lives -- personal assistant to a wealthy and demanding woman and her family by day and artist by night.

    She struggles to balance the two as well as her place in the household -- somewhere between the homeowners and servants.

    Her life is further complicated by her attempts to do something meaningful by rounding up support to prevent a public school for the gifted from closing and trying to maintain her floundering relationship with her boyfriend.

    The author throws a lot of balls in the air and manages to juggle them effectively in this light and entertaining novel.

    I received this Advanced Reader Copy of Perfectly Impossible from Little A and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Perfectly ImpossibleIn this witty debut novel, Elizabeth Topp crafts a story that ventures behind the fanciful facade of Park Avenue and into the life of one lovable type A assistantAnna’s job is simple: prevent the unexpected from happening and do everything better than perfectly An artist at heart, Anna works a day job as a private assistant for Bambi Von Bizmark, a megarich Upper East Side matriarch who’s about to be honored at the illustrious Opera BallCaught between the staid world of great wealth and her unconventional life as an artist, Anna struggles with her true calling If she’s supposed to be a painter, why is she so much successful as a personal assistant? When her boyfriend lands a fancy new job, it throws their future as a couple into doubt and intensifies Anna’s identity crisis All she has to do is ensure everything runs smoothly and hold herself together until the Opera Ball is over How hard could that be?Featuring a vibrant array of characters from the powerful to the proletarian, Perfectly Impossible offers a glimpse into a world you’ll never want to leave

About the Author: Elizabeth Topp

Elizabeth Topp penned her first short story in the second grade and has been writing ever since A graduate of The Dalton School, Harvard College and Columbia’s School of the Arts, Liz co authored her first book, Vaginas: An Owner’s Manual with her gynecologist mother while she worked as a Private Assistant, a job she still holds Liz lives in the same Manhattan apartment where she grew up with he