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Book Review: The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

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Gabrielle Tozer’s The Intern, published by HarperCollins, is an enjoyable read but rather unrealistic.

The Intern

AUTHOR: Gabrielle Tozer
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2014
GENRE: Young adult, contemporary
LENGTH: 336 pages

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BOOBS. Does that grab your attention? Because that’s how Gabrielle Tozer’s The Intern starts, by describing boobs. The Intern follows 17, almost 18, year old Josie as she navigates the trials, tribulations, heart ache, and happiness that occurs during her semester long internship with glossy, fashion magazine Sash.

I both liked and didn’t like this book. It’s a hard one for me to put into words. I liked that it was a ridiculously easy read. I flew through it in approximately 2.5 hours overall. It is entertaining, fun, light, but it is not sophisticated in my opinion. For a book that is being compared to The Devil Wears Prada, this came across more like Ugly Betty, which, of course, is not a bad show, but it is not The Devil Wears Prada.

The Intern was too unrealistic. It seemed like everything perfectly fell into place for Josie despite the author’s efforts to make it seem everything wasn’t working out for her. She lands a seriously coveted role at a really popular magazine, though of course, this wasn’t her first pick (apparently her perfect grades made her miss out on that role?). During the internship, she goes from washing bikinis in a sink to filling in for a sick writer despite the rest of the editorial team being there. Also, I won’t spoil the end, but I thought that was pretty unrealistic too. Tozer has experience in the magazine industry, so maybe this stuff actually happens, but it didn’t seem realistic to me.

Don’t get me wrong, The Intern is an enjoyable, fast read. Relatable at times. I know a lot of people loved this book, but overall it wasn’t my cup of tea. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy reading it, because I did. I think fans of Ugly Betty and maybe The Devil Wears Prada (just don’t expect it to live up to that) will enjoy The Intern. It’s a fast, fun, easy read.

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