I really like this author, but I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It goes behind the scenes in the literary world. I thought it was pretty monotonous. It took awhile to get to the ending and how everything got wrapped up, and those parts were good. The rest just didn't do anything for me.
This is a good behind the scenes look at the publishing industry from various authors' POVs, at different stages in their careers. It was about 100 pages too long, though. Drawn out too much in the middle, I lost interest in the minute details of the four authors' daily lives.
Things picked up near the end when their book finally hit, but then dragged again until the resolution. I felt it became a little over-the-top and contrived. I was glad to finally finish this one.
The concept of this book pulled me in from the start a book about authors writing a book about authors! As a reader who is also interested in the industry, the insight from inside was both fascinating and valuable: I dont think Ill ever romanticize the idea of becoming an author again after reading this fictionalized account of what it takes to become published.
The four major characters in this novel feel like friends to the reader from early on. Mallory is that person that has everything so together you almost dislike her. Tanya feels like the polar opposite, the friend you know is struggling but is too proud to ever accept your help. Faye is the almost motherly friend you want to turn to when you need someone to cry with. And Kendall has such focused motivation, you want her around to help you find the good in yourself when you dont believe in it. This makes it all the more difficult as things start imploding and the book they write together has consequences no one intended or ever imagined.
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