by Jessica Grose
Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Description: A tongue-in-cheek novel from a former Gawker writer about a savvy blogger who stumbles upon the biggest scoop of the year-and must reconcile her true values with the ruthless demands of a gossip- and reality-obsessed culture
Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. As writer for Chick Habit, a website for women and one of the most popular blogs on the Internet, she's fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer. Maybe she's not quite championing the women's rights issues she used to write about in college-but Alex churns out several posts a day, beginning with hard news at 8 am (a meth-addicted former beauty queen, perfect); morning and evening gossip roundups; and especially juicy posts for blog primetime , when women in their offices all over both coasts eat their sad desk salads.
So what if it means burrowing into the couch while her boyfriend is at work, compulsively scouring the Web from 6 am until 6 pm to find the next big celebrity scandal, and only moving for five minutes to grab a sad couch salad of her own...but the last time she left her computer for more than 10 minutes, Farrah Fawcett died, and she missed the scoop. It's a chick-eat-chick world; and since Chick Habit's parent company has been cracking down about page views, Alex knows her job is at risk.
So when an anonymous tipster sends Alex the juiciest scoop of the year-a politico's squeaky-clean Ivy League daughter caught in the act of some very R-rated activity-it's a no-brainer. As she prepares to ignite the next Internet feeding frenzy, she hesitates: is she ready to ruin the girl's life? What Alex doesn't anticipate is how the big scoop will send her own life spiraling out of control
The Good Stuff
- Delightfully wicked and fun
- Perfect for a day at the beach or for commuting
- Good character development and relevant to today's life (Damn people get paid to blog -- cough cough somebody pay me please)
- Actually makes you think about the moral dilemma involved - what would I have done in the same situation - do we have a right to intrude into the family of celebrities, etc
- Laugh out loud funny yet almost heart warming at times
- Nice to see realistic friendships between the characters
- Actually quite fast paced for this type of story - was engrossed could not put it down (Um maybe not good for commuting after-all - nothing worse than missing your stop because you were too engrossed in a book - not that that has ever happened to me or anything-- cough cough LIAR)
- I really enjoyed her commentary on judgmental mothers and those that propose that staying home with your kids is the ONLY way to raise healthy, happy, successful children
- Love the real relationship between Alex and her mom
The Not So Good Stuff
- A tad repetitive at times
"These days if feels like I get paid to be a bitch. It makes me feel pretty terrible when I think about it, but the meaner I am, the better my posts do - and I can't afford to meet my quota."
"If I had rebelled by doing whippets in the woods rather than reading in my room, would it have been because my mom wasn't home to open the front door for me every day of her damn life." Who is Darlene West anyway, to tell people that they're bad parents? Now that she's running for office, she has the potential to have even more influence on American women than she already does."
"Now I go silent. I thought my mom would have an easy, soothing answer for me. But now I realize that was a foolish expectation. I have to take responsibility for my own choices."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Perfect for fans of Jennifer Weiner, Jen Lancaster, Jenny Lawson and Helen Fielding
- Blog writers will get a kick out of it
- Anyone who just wants a smart but fun read
I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review