The Intern | Book Review

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Josie Browning wants to be a writer. But she never expected to get her start at a glossy fashion magazine. The Intern follows Josie as she tries to work her way through the world of magazines, from dealing with catty co-workers, charming guys and impossibly high heels.

Author Gabrielle Tozer gives a great inside look into what working for a women’s magazine is really like, showing that it’s not always glitz and glamour. Fashion lovers and aspiring journalists will love this front row look into the stylish magazine industry.

I love that the first time we meet Josie she is unintentionally flashing her sister. It sets the tone for this funny and light-hearted story. Josie is clumsy and awkward but genuine and likeable at the same time, she is not your typical high fashion beauty queen that you might expect to work at a magazine.

There are some really interesting secondary characters in this book, from the down to earth Steph and Liani; who you would most likely become friends with, to the wild child sister Kat, and even some not so nice superficial characters, who more closely resemble those you might expect to meet in a world of celebrities. The focus is definitely set on Josie though, as I didn’t feel like I really got to know the other characters that well.

I found this story to be a good representation of a young woman’s struggles as she starts her career in a very competitive industry. Josie attempts to juggle career, relationships and friends and family, and finds it challenging to strike a balance between all of them, which is something that most people can relate to.

As someone who loves reading fashion magazines this was a fun insight to how it all works. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book, which by the sounds of it delves further into Josie’s career as she moves into online magazines. I really enjoyed this book, it’s a great read for a lazy afternoon.

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