Jul 30 2014 8:30am

Top 10 Tips to Toppling from the Top of the Ton

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan

Today we're joined by author Sophie Jordan, whose A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin is out today! Sophie's good debutante takes on a bad persona when she discovers the only man she wants is her stepbrother, the Duke of Banbury, who's charged with marrying her off (and definitely not to him). And since the duke frequents a private club called Sodom—so will she! Rosalie dons a disguise to enter the club—and get her man. And of course she causes talk about her behavior. Sophie is here to talk about ways to get yourself talked about, whether it's good or bad talk. Thanks, Sophie!

These are ten sure-fired ways to get your name on everyone’s lips … whether it’s Regency England and you’re under the scrutiny of the ton — or it’s 2014 and you’re swimming in shark-infested waters of your own social circles. Here goes:
1.   Wear Something Naughty.
That's always asking for trouble … and a definite way to get tongues wagging. But hey, if a girl is gonna get booted out of the metaphorical “cool lunchroom table”, she might as well go down fighting…

Legally Blonde gif

2.   Wrong Place/Wrong Time
Attending the wrong soiree can earn you a black mark beside your name (or worse). Seriously … there are places you should just not go. Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, get out of there.

The Starks at The Red Wedding

3.   PDA
Getting caught in an uncompromising position is a quick way to put your name on the bathroom to speak...

Easy A Australian Poster

4. Sneaking Out Past Curfew.
Oh, so tempting. Nothing fun ever happens before 10pm AND with a stodgy chaperone hanging around, too … especially in Regency England when the stakes are higher. It’s that much sweeter to be bad.

Rapunzel Escapes in Tangled 5. Rebelling Against A Parent.
Yeah. Parents can be a nuisance, but if you dare to break away and stand up to them, you better brace yourselves for some unpleasant consequences. Toppling from the ton could be the least of your worries.

Triton destroys Ariel's Cave

6. Weave A Web Of Lies...
Nothing will bring about your downfall sooner than creating a web of lies and then have that truth explode all around you. When the truth comes out be prepared to hit earth. Hard. Because everyone is going to be talking about it. And YOU.

Project Runway gif

 7. Taking the Kissing Beyond Kissing…And Beyond Beyond.
Oh. That can be fun. First you’re kissing. And it’s great. So great you do more than kiss. More than you intended. You forget yourself. And the rest of the world. Then later you’re like: whaaaa, did we do?
Sometimes you should NOT forget the rest of the world...

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Sex Tape

8. When Your Friend Turns On You.
When that friend who knows all your inner most thoughts and secrets turns on you, the gloves are off. Look out, because everyone else will soon know your dirty laundry, too.

Brittany Murphy Clueless gif

9. Rejecting The Popular Boy.
Yeah, he makes your skin crawl but dissing him might make your life hell. Remember when Steff in Pretty In Pink made Andie's life hell... Well, yeah, that's only because he couldn't have her and she knew he was slime. So watch out for those guys. They take pleasure in ruining you.

James Spader is a Jerk in Pretty in Pink

 10. Fall For The Taboo Guy.
It’s been done. Again and again. And it’s done in A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin, but c'mon! How can a girl resist THAT guy? You know the one. Sexy, broody and OFF LIMITS. Um, maybe if she had resisted him all that STUFF (cue conflict and angst) would never have happened. But then so much toe-curling fun wouldn’t have happened either...

Johnny and Baby in Dirty Dancing



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Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows..

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
What a fun post! All my favorite heroines are too naughty to be the toast of the ton.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
The best heroines are at least sometimes bad--I love this post, thanks! (I still find James Spader way hotter than Andrew McCarthy in PiP, but I don't think I'm alone, so it's okay).
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