Hi Virtual Readers! I read a lot of books on holiday, and I managed to review most of them, including this one.
Title: The Intern
Author: Gabrielle Tozer
Genre: Contemporary YA
Themes: Friendship, working, family, relationships, dealing with evil bosses
Summary: Josie’s always dreamed of being a famous journalist. So she’s less than thrilled to be assigned an internship at Sash, a frilly women’s magazine. But the magazine has it’s own interesting ups and downs, and there’s some amazing people there too. Also there is James, her cousin’s hot flatmate…
I LOVED this book.
It was realistic: Josie wasn’t perfect: she was a klutz who constantly second guessed herself, struggled to balance school and friends and academics and family and romance was so, so realistic. I totally got her. Rather than focusing on one facet of her life, there was all of it, although it was centred on the magazine, so I got a complete sense of Josie as a person. I think we would have been friends. At the same time, it managed to have a plot, unlike real life, which blobs in about a zillion directions at once. But I digress.)
It was relatable. I am a lot like Josie. I’m motivated to get the best grades, for example. I’m an overthinking oaf who sometimes gets her priorities mixed up. Even where I wasn’t like Josie (for example I’m not in university, and don’t have cousins with a flat), she was so easy to *get* because of her distinct voice.
The romance: It was cute and shippable but also slow burn and not the centre of the plot (again with the realisticness). I liked that Josie wasn’t confident about herself and her relationship with the super awesome love interest, and managed to mess up a bit without fudging anything.
The characters: Josie wasn’t the only awesome one. Steph, another intern, preferred travelling the world, but her rich father got her the job to help get her head out of the louds. Ava, the other intern, seems perfect and snark but has her own problems to hide. Josie’s family, who are low on money after her father worked out, are awesome. Her mother is down to earth and honest, and her sister is snarky but wonderful in her own way. Angel, Josie’s best friend, is completely different from her but also inceedibly supportive. Tim, Josie’s cousin(she stays with him in the city) drinks pineapple juice right out of the box is a little crazy, and Liani, a manager person at Sash is sweet and motherly and wears flats. Sia and Rae and Billy and… I could keep going.
The plot was interesting and surprising and heartwarming and wonderful too.
Have you read this book? What’s one contemporary you enjoyed recently? Have you ever done an internship? What is the last 5 star book you read?