Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#BookReview: The List - Karin Tanabe

Written in the same vein as Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada or Erin Duffy's Bond Girl, The List tries hard to be as entertaining as either book, but falls short.  Though I was interested in it enough to read it all the way through, it wasn't the attention grabbing, page turner I'd hoped it would be.  Still, I can imagine that it will appeal to a lot of readers.

Adrienne Brown has dreamed of working as a  serious journalist for years.  When the opportunity to leave the fluff pieces of Town & Country arises, she trades in her Louboutins and her glamorous life in New York for long days and hour long commutes between DC and her parent's home in small town Virginia.  Though she works at The Capitolist, the it publication of the moment, she's stuck in the style section pumping out a dozen stories a day about the latest fashions on Capitol Hill.

By chance, Adrienne stumbles upon a story that could catapult her career to the next level, but it involves a co-worker she loves to hate.  Should be simple to just tell the story, squash the co-worker and get a promotion, right? Not quite so simple.  And this is where the story takes a dive.

I was entertained by Adrienne's time on red carpets and private parties, gossiping with her fellow style mavens and her blossoming romance with a Republican strategist.  What I was not entertained by was the long, drawn out decision about whether or not to go forth with her plan to blow the whistle.  I would say that her hand wringing and whining took up at least 60% of the book.  Much more interesting were her fact finding missions and her interactions with her sister.

I can tell what Karin Tanabe was trying to do with this story line.  Unfortunately, she missed the mark.  She may want to skip fiction and return to her days of dealing with the facts at Politico.

Published: February 2013
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.

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