Emma Roberts's "New Favorite Book" Will Give You All the Feelings
It's no small secret that Emma Roberts loves to read. Anyone who follows the Scream Queens actress on Instagram will attest that her feed is brimming with artfully staged #bookstagrams of buzzy novels—not to mention one very ambitious summer reading list that includes Marcel Proust, Joan Didion, and Haruki Murakami, among other highbrow names. The latest page-turner to prompt an upload? Brooklyn writer Stephanie Danler's much-lauded debut, Sweetbitter ($15; amazon.com)
For the uninitiated, the story follows a 22-year-old named Tess, who arrives in New York City from the Midwest circa 2006 with little reason other than to start over. While doing so, she nabs a rental in Williamsburg and a job at a hip restaurant in downtown Manhattan (loosely based on Danler's previous waitressing gig at Danny Meyer's Union Square Café). There, she's exposed to... well, pretty much everything: the trials and tribulations of young love; the allure of fine wine.
What unfolds is a classic coming-of-age story of an eager millennial navigating the city in a pre-iPhone world, with prose that is both poetic and mouthwatering (literally, you'll want to dive headfirst into a plate of oysters). Roberts loved it so much, she even stopped by Danler's reading at Book Soup in West Hollywood, Calif. "If you don't already have a copy of #Sweetbitter you must get it," she wrote underneath the caption to her pic (above). "New favorite book. New favorite author @smdanler." We're sold.