Wednesday, October 3, 2012

#BookReview: Sad Desk Salad - Jessica Grose

Have you ever wondered who the writers are behind the gossip blogs you read? Come on now, don't pretend you don't read them.  Even if it's People, it's still gossip.  With Sad Desk Salad, Jessica Grose takes us behind the scenes of life as a gossip blogger.

Alex Lyons is glued to her computer and cell phone, not literally, but stepping away from either for too long means she could miss out on the next big story.  Working from home daily for Chick Habit, her life consists of scouring RSS feeds for topics and writing catchy posts.  If those posts are snarky, that's just an added bonus.  Alex's love life and friendships are suffering as a result of her demanding boss, and this certainly isn't what she signed up for with her Wellesley degree, but it's a living.

There's constant pressure on Alex to bring in page views, to the tune of one million a month.  So when the video of the daughter of one of America's leading authorities on raising children pops up and she's not only topless, but snorting cocaine, Alex has to decide if her page views and bonus are worth potentially ruining someone's life, and, perhaps, her own.

As with most books of this ilk, there's a moment when the protagonist has an "a-ha" moment and things become clear.  In The Devil Wears Prada, it's when Andi realizes she doesn't want to be another Miranda Priestly (though her clothes and her purses were to die for.  TO DIE FOR!).  In Bond Girl, another Alex has a moment when she realizes that she doesn't want to end up like some of the other women in her office have.  The common theme of all three books is women coming to a crossroads in their careers and deciding in which direction they should go.  Oh, and they all have gender neutral names.

Even after finishing Sad Desk Salad, I'm not sure what I would have done in Alex's situation.  As a blogger, sometimes page views and comments are the only way to prove someone other than your family and co-workers are reading your blog.  So what about you? Would you post information about someone you didn't know for page views and comments? Now, would you do it knowing that someone might post some of your revealing moments online in retaliation?  It changes things just a bit, doesn't it?







304pp
Published: October 2012
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.

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