a satire about an American girl with a college degree in search of the perfect job...some parts are really funny and I could picture people I have met in the professional world as some of the characters...by the authors of The Nanny Diaries
This is the story of Girl navigating her way through getting a start in Corporate America after college graduation. While over the top with some horrendous bosses, the experiences ring true on many levels and answers that burning question of 'what am I willing to compromise for a job in order to pay the bills?'
After looking through all the reviews, I'm left with the feeling that a lot of readers didn't "get" this book. Tons of reviewers have called it "unrealistic" - it's a satire! It's not supposed to be completely realistic. And even so, I don't think that there was anything that happened in the book that made me think, "No way, that would NEVER happen!" Sure, some situations and characters were a little far-fetched, but there was nothing that was completely impossible. And as I said, it's a satire! Do you think Jonathan Swift really intended to eat babies? (That's not to say that these authors should be compared to Jonathan Swift, but you know what I mean.)
There are a few legitimate complaints that I do have about this book, though. The first is the writing style, which I found to be confusing and clunky. There were a number of times where I had to reread sections two or three times before I understood what was going on. I will also agree with the reviewers who said that the characters lack depth. On top of that, there were some characters that I was interested in who would disappear on an off (Jack, Buster) without any real explanation. And then there were really unnecessary characters whose purpose I couldn't figure out (Buster's friends, Stacey.) I enjoyed the storyline and felt that I could relate to Girl on some level, which is why I gave the book three stars, but I really feel that this story could have been SO much more than it turned out to be. This seems like the first draft of a really great novel, in my opinion.
I enjoyed the Nanny Diaries and loved Dedication, but this book was a waste of my time. I thought the concept was interesting, but it just failed to deliver. Still 2 out of 3 isn't bad, I'll still with Nanny Diaries and Dedication, and pretend Citizen Girl didn't happen.
I really wanted to read this book after reading the back cover description. I thought the novel was about me: "Working in a world where a college degree qualifies her to make photocopies, 24-year-old Girl is struggling to keep up with the essentials: food, shelter and student loans. So when she finally lands the job of her dreams she ignores her misgivings and concentrates on getting the job done... whatever that may be." That's totally me; I'm even 24.
But then I started reading, and there where parts where I just couldn't keep up. Too much girl lingo I'm not familiar with. Trying too hard to make the character desperate. Only worst-case scenarios. Too chick lit.
Not nearly the caliber of McLaughlin's and Kraus' first book. However, the authors have a gift for character development; it is easy to relate to the way the main character feels. I thought of the characters as real people long after I finished reading the book. I had to remind myself that they are, in fact, just characters in a novel. Im still a fan of The Nanny Diaries but would not recommend Citizen Girl.
Don't know why I waited so long to read this likable chick-lit. Girl is a gutsy young woman trying to make her way in New York when her need for employment and her values are in direct opposition. Engaging read.
I enjoyed this light funny story. Great listening for long commutes if you need a little humor on your way home. Its an abridged version but the authors do it justice.
I recommend it to all working women.
I knew from the first page this book was going to be a dud, but I read until about page 120 before I packed it in. I loved both the "Nanny" books as well as "Dedication" but this book was a definite miss. This book was boring, lacked direction and even got confusing at times (one second she's in a room and the next standing out on the street, wait...what?) I didn't care about "Girl" (it's hard to connect to someone with no name- I hope the authors stop this practice of the generic naming, it worked in Nanny Diaries, it failed miserably here!) Now I know why I waited so long to pick up this book, I should have listened to everyone who told me how awful it was!
Starts out like the chick lit version of Office Space. Laugh out loud funny in the beginning and then turns into typical chick lit (but still very good). This is a great story and I look forward to more from these authors.
Another biting satire from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries.
Working in a world where a college degree qualifies her to make photocopies and colorcoordinate file folders, twentyfouryearold Girl is struggling to keep up with the essential trinity of food, shelter, and student loans. So when she finally lands the job of her dreams she ignores her misgivings and concentrates on getting the job done...whatever that may be.
Sharply observed and devastatingly funny, Citizen Girl captures with biting accuracy what it means to be young and female in the new economy. A personal glimpse into an impersonal world, Citizen Girl is edgy and heartfelt, an entertaining read that is startlingly relevant.