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Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

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Will she wake up to the way she's being exploited before her protégé realises that not everything is copy? This is such a warm and witty look at the toxic relationship we can have with our jobs, at whatever stage of our careers we find ourselves.Will she wake up to the way she's being exploited before her protégé realizes that not everything is copy? 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.

Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. Maybe it's my fault for reading so many books about lost 20-somethings (don't read into this too much) but this book felt like it had been done so. If you asked me how to describe this book, I would tell you the Easiest way to do that would be its the Bold Type but in Fictional form; okay maybe it’s a little different but its set around publishing and it really does remind me of The Bold type and exploring the highs but mostly lows of writing for a Magazine. Harri is meant to be a well-respected old-timer in the publishing world but some of her actions (or more appropriately, inactions) reduced me to skepticism.Will she wake up to the way she’s being exploited before her protégé realises that not everything is copy? This is a fabulous and fierce take on womanhood in the workplace and the toxic relationship we can have with our vocation.

With this, I would recommend but advise you to be cautious that you will not be getting all you expect from a novel that focuses on the topics above upon reading. Mix The Bold Type with Bridget Jones, make our main protagonist a good six years younger, and you’ll end up with something close to Careering. it explores the burnout that comes with working tirelessly towards your dream job, sometimes up to the point when it ceases to even be a dream anymore, along with the inherent privilege surrounding the notion of a ‘dream job’.

Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review! We were supposed to root for the main protagonist - Imogen but she came across as judgemental and annoying plus she wasn't written very inconsistently, her actions just didn't make sense which made the whole reading experience way more boring, frustrating, and trite.

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