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Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

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I did really enjoy the fist half and the encouraging positive message for women, but I couldn't maintain that interest for the duration of the book. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. That, and the fact that the story seems to take place in an alternate universe where basic common sense is… not a thing.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Careering will strike such a chord with anyone who has ever walked to a job interview in trainers with a tote bag containing heels over their shoulder, feeling like an imposter. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. While in parallel we learn about her boss (who in Imogen's eyes is immensely successful) going through similar struggles. While it would’ve been nice to see these areas further developed, Buchanan is at her best poising those existential, quarter-life-crisis questions through a tongue-in-cheek, humorous tone.

We follow Imogen; a 20-something struggling intern working a fashion magazine but who runs a successful blog on the Side in her free time all about Sex and relationships, we also follow Harri; A 40-something woman who has just been passed up for the role of editor in chief and she is now trying to launch an online feminist magazine. But you hear from Imogen a lot more and I didn't feel like I got to know Harri, so I'm not sure what her character's point-of-view added to the story. I believe that, in general, the book manages to portray in a proper way the misfortunes, problems, and barriers that we have in the current job market, especially when it comes to young women, bringing very valuable and pertinent reflections on how to deal with these issues and validating feelings that often seem to be wrong, isolated and insignificant because they are not debated in an open and welcoming way in most spaces. I was hoping for some raw and accurate portrayal of the "dream job" illusion and yet it didn't land. Daisy Buchanan’s second novel follows after her debut - last year’s Insatiable - this time feeling like a far more self-assured piece of fiction that delivers a sharp and witty narrative, all with Buchanan’s trademark spice.

A great exploration of relationships with ourselves, our families, our colleagues, our past and futures, our careers, our dreams, our voices.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The zeitgeisty read tackles the myth of the girl boss, with feelings of imposter syndrome, burnout and comparison rife throughout. I laughed a lot at the way things were described and the thoughts that came to mind during Imogen’s chapters.

Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review!

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