In Confessions of a Rebel Debutant, Anna Fields says, “I’ve only got one good story: how I became a Rebel Debutante”. What follows are a southern small town girl’s hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking experiences as a debutante. After deciding she doesn’t fit the mold for a true Deb (she is a Rebel Deb, after all!), Fields leaves Burlington and attends Brown University. After completing her undergraduate work, she takes on the “Hollyweird” scene in L.A., and is then accepted on a full-ride scholarship to NYU. In the cold, unfriendly city of New York, Fields is stereotyped and ridiculed, but still manages to turn her lemons into lemonade.
Throughout her life, Anna Fields never truly felt like she fit in anywhere. As a Deb, she was too fat or too tall. At Brown University, she was too blonde and not Jewish. In “Hollyweird” she wasn’t snobby enough, and in New York she was pegged as racist for being from the South. Despite all the hardships and setbacks, Fields humorously writes about her life and what she’s learned from all the people she has encountered.
Though Confessions of a Rebel Debutante might sound like it’s mostly about her Cotillion life, it’s really not. I found some of the debutante facts to be useful information since all I really know about debs comes from movies like What a Girl Wants. Preparing for one’s coming out into society in the South requires years of grooming until just the right moment. It’s really Anna’s life after giving up on becoming a Deb where things get really interesting. Instead of moving back to the South to find a husband and pop out a couple babies, Anna finds work as a soap opera writer, assistant to Diana Ross, and a tutor for a rich girl, to name just a few.
Confessions of a Rebel Debutante is a little bit Sex and the City and The Nanny Diaries, with just a dash of Gone with the Wind–a surprisingly charming combination that kept me turning page after page and reading in my head with a southern accent.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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