Thanks to Washington Square Press, Atria Books and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy
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 Charm magazine’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.
I have to admit that the cover is the first thing that drew my attention on the book. I love reading magazines when I get a chance, and especially, the ones that feature the top anythings – sports stars for a year, hottest guys in each states etc. So when I read the premise, a girl assigned to track down the “Ten Girls to Watch,” I knew that I had to get a hold of it.
Dawn as a character was interesting and I can remember being that age and just starting out. But at the same time, it also showed that sometimes connections are the best way to get started or established in an industry – but at the same time, it is your work and initiative that gets you to the finish line ultimately. I also liked the variety of profiles of women that were presented through-out. One of my only complaints is that it seemed like everyone was super successful and I don’t know if that is necessarily reflective of true life, but for the purpose of fiction i guess it works. I just wish that there have been some not so successful women…
I’ll definately be on the look-out for more books by Ms Shumway in the future – and I hope that they live up to the standard that she set in Ten Girls to Watch. In the meantime, I’ll be on the look-out for any similar authors (if people have any ideas…). Overall, I gave it 4 stars.