Author: Charity Shumway
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Atria Books Galley Alley
Goodreads: A radiant debut novel about stumbling through the early years of adulthood— and a love letter to the role models who light the way. Like so many other recent graduates, 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 roommate who views rent checks and basic hygiene as optional, and a writing career that’s gotten as far as penning an online lawn care advice column.
So when Dawn lands a job tracking down the past winners of Charmmagazine’s “Ten Girls to Watch” contest, she’s thrilled. After all, she’s being paid to interview hundreds of fascinating women: once outstanding college students, they have gone on to become mayors, opera singers, and air force pilots. As Dawn gets to know their life stories, she’ll discover that success, love, and friendship can be found in the most unexpected of places. Most importantly, she’ll learn that while those who came before us can be role models, ultimately, we each have to create our own happy ending.
Ope’s Opinion: This was a very good, light read. It was good to see a young women with the dream of being a writer struggle to find a job. It seemed realistic that she found her job through someone she knew. I think that happens often.
Her assignment at Charm was very interesting. I think it would be fun to talk to real people who were well known and find out where they thought their lives would go. Then see where they really ended up. Charity Shumway made Dawn’s job interesting.
It was good to see Dawn’s life outside of work also. Although, I did think at times she seemed immature or needy. I still liked Dawn and wanted her to get what she wanted in the long run.
Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.
FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books Galley Alley.
I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the
book; rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.