Sunday, October 19, 2008
Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina
Chrissy Gibbons has landed herself an exciting internship at the popular Savvy magazine. But then her summer doesn't go as planned...
Instead of writing hard-hitting articles for the magazine, Chrissy is forced to complete the mundane tasks that her soon to be married superior, Adele, should be doing.
Then comes Chrissy's chance. The editor of the magazine sets up a competition between all of the summer interns. The one who wins will be the writer for the new monthly column called Savvy Girl. And Chrissy wants to win. Bad.
Except (of course), things don't go as planned. Suddenly Chrissy's time seems to be in high demand. The fashion editor, Jessica, keeps on inviting Chrissy to glamorous parties, and Chrissy finds herself being sucked in by Jessica's glitzy world.
Chrissy begins to neglect her best friend who has family troubles, comes home drunk and doesn't even start her entry for Savvy Girl...which leads her to question what she's becoming and who she wants to be.
Savvy Girl sort of reminds me of the Devil Wears Prada (but for teens). Chrissy is a fairly relatable character; she's likeable and not overdone. While the plot of the novel isn't typical, the outcome is predictable.
The characters in Savvy Girl are pretty normal. There's nothing really standoutty about any of them. I do wish that they had been developed a bit more (such as in the case of Chrissy's final love interest) and even Chrissy herself.
There's not much to critique for this book...what you expect is what you get. Messina's writing style delivers this story easily. (Reading it went by really quickly for me and I wasn't bored at all)
All in all though, Savvy Girl is a quick and fun read! If you're looking for a light read Savvy Girl is the book for you!