Are you ready, Boots by Maggie Alderson, is a short story, which mainly takes place in London. It is a youthful atmosphere in a financial world; with new fancy clothes, lots of drinks, Champaign and parties. It´s also a superficial environment, where you are being judged by your look and the clothes you are wearing all the time. The most of the story is in London but the opening, which is in Medias res, is in New York. The two friends, Lulu and Spencer, who are also two of the main characters, are shopping shoes. It is the first time the reader experiences the financial world and the consumer society, because Lulu is trying some Manolos, which are very expensive shoes. Even though Lulu is spending “two months’ rent money on that four day trip to New York” the fact that she is actually buying such expensive shoes shows that she, at one point or another, is well-off. Lulu is the first-person in the short story and therefore we hear all of her thoughts, which often are about people’s appearance, including her own. She is a good-looking girl, with a sense of fashion, just like her gay-friend, Spencer, who has a very feminim personality. Beside Lulu and Spencer is another of the main characters Charlie, who Lulu meets the first time she is wearing her boots from Manolo Blahnik. He is very handsome, has a good job, owns a Porsche and just approaches to be the perfect man. but gradually Lulu finds more and more things that she dislike about him.
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