Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Review: The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
Funny, insightful and written with warmth and understanding, THE INTERN is for everyone who has had and survived the job from hell! Ages: 12+ Josie Browning dreams of having it all. A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism - and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can't get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself. Josie's luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie's got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson. From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin's seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget. Totally fresh and funny, this debut novel from industry insider Gabrielle Tozer reveals just what is behind the seeming glamour and sparkle of the magazine industry.
Paperback, 336 Pages
Expected Publication: October 14th 2014 by HarperCollins
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The publication date is October 14th 2014.
This was a really entertaining read targeted to the YA audience. I found myself really enjoying it as I read through it and I am not sure if I will be able to express it in my thoughts here.
This was a really cute story about a girl who was trying to find her way in life. Add to it the fact that she was slightly (and humorously) awkward and was still trying to figure out who she was. Stick her in an environment that is completely outside of her comfort zone and you have a very entertaining read.
I refuse to give any type of spoilers when discussing the stories I read so I will leave the plot to be discovered by the reader. What I will say is that I can see how this story will resonate with the YA audience. It covers topics of self image, insecurity and bullying in a superficially focused world; all topics which are real issues for the YA generation. It touches these topics without making it sound like a lecture but woven within a story that will keep their attention. I think this in itself is part of the reason I enjoyed this so much.
To ensure that it captures the interest of all, there is also the topic of boys and falling for someone. The story of Josie and James was very tastefully done. I would also say it was realistic. Two people do not meet and fall instantly in love. Real life gets in the way and I liked how I was kept guessing with "will they or won't they get together?"
I really enjoyed this read and I will be sure to read more from Tozer. It appears that there may be a sequel to this book and I am anxious to get my hands on it!
About the Author
Gabrielle Tozer is an author, journalist and editor from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. In the past 12 years, she’s written for numerous titles, such as Cosmopolitan, DOLLY, Girlfriend, Bride To Be, TV WEEK, news.com.au and The Canberra Times.
Now based in the heart of Sydney, Gabrielle has also worked as a managing editor, deputy editor, chief sub-editor and copywriter for Bauer Media, Pacific Magazines and HOYTS Cinema. Her YA novel The Intern is out now and the sequel Faking It hits shelves in mid-December. She is currently working on her third book with HarperCollins.