Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ten Girls To Watch
Dawn West is trying to make her way in New York City. She’s got an ex-boyfriend she can’t quite stop seeing, a writing career that’s gotten about as far as penning an online lawn care advice column, and a small hometown in Oregon that’s her last recourse if she can’t make next month’s rent.
So when Dawn lands a job tracking down the past winners of Charm magazine’s “Ten Girls to Watch” contest, she’s thrilled. Not only is she being paid to interview hundreds of fascinating women, but she’s also sharing office space with “Secret Agent Romance,” Charm’s resident dating columnist, and he just happens to be giving her butterflies.
As Dawn gets to know the life stories of these former winners, she’ll discover that success, love, and friendship can be found in the most unexpected of places. And even more importantly, she’ll find that though those who have gone before us can be role models, ultimately, we each have to carve our own way.
Both an insightful look at the trajectory of female experience over the past fifty years and a witty coming of age story, Ten Girls to Watch introduces an unforgettable new voice in women’s fiction.
There are things I liked and disliked about this book. The main character has just graduated college and accepts a position working on the The Girl To Watch feature. She is feeling pressure to be successful. Interviewing hundreds of successful women she discovers most aren't happy.
The characters really aren't interesting, there's no depth to them. As Dawn interviews the women they are saying the same things over and over. I kind
of lost interest but did continue reading. The plot was a good one.
I give the book 3.5 stars out of 5. I received an ecopy of this book free from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.