Book Review: White Collar Girl

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White Collar Girl
By Renee Rosen

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 448 page (paperback)
2015, NAL
ISBN: 9780451474971 (paperback)

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

Jordan Walsh comes from a family of reporters and writers, and after her brother’s tragic death, she is determined to make it to the city desk at the Chicago Tribune. But it’s a man’s world and Jordan must fight to cover breaking news stories rather than society weddings or write articles about the different ways a woman can wear her slip. Jordan struggles to get her male co-workers to take her seriously, while at home she deals with her distant parents, who have yet to recover from the loss of their son. Amidst the drama, Jordan begins to land breaking stories that could prove to further isolate her from her family and co-workers. 

This was an enjoyable read, though nothing ground-breaking or mind-blowing. I liked Jordan, though she had her moments when I wanted to reach into the pages and shake her and say “Girl, what are you doing?!” But she was human and her struggles were real and believable, and I wanted Jordan to succeed in her work. More than once I found myself feeling grateful to be born in a more modern time.

My one complaint is that the ending wrapped up rather neatly, in an epilogue. I’m not really opposed to how everything ended, just that it felt like a rather rushed way to tie up all the loose ends – it felt abrupt.

I’d read more of Rosen’s work at some point, but I’m in no rush. If you’re a fan of historical fiction and looking for something set in 1950s America, check out White Collar Girl.

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