From Publishers Weekly
The life of a young media striver (she's William Saroyan's granddaughter) overflows with brushes with greatness, aborted romances, glamour, doubt and expensive mixed drinks. In Saroyan's Sex in the City-style memoir, she explores her life as a determined 20-something in New York City, enthralled with and then repelled by her own aspirations. Soon after landing a job at Cond Nast Traveler, she becomes disenchanted with the glossy magazine world of which she had so badly wanted to be a part. Saroyan returns to Los Angeles, where she grew up, having "burned out" on the hyper-ambitious lifestyle of New York media by age 25. In L.A., she continues to struggle with the image of success she's created for herself and dabbles in a series of complicated relationships. At times, Saroyan (who is now in her early 30s) gets bogged down by the minutiae of her travails. However, she writes with ease and acuity about personal disappointments and dangerous love interests, putting into words what often goes unsaid about success and its relation to our private lives. After an article she writes for the New York Times Magazine is abruptly dropped, she asks, "Why do we feel like we're going to lose everything personally if we fail professionally?" At this book's heart is the symbiotic relationship between personal and professional expectations. Saroyan's story will no doubt resonate for many, whether they're currently struggling in their careers or are in a position to reflect on the bumpy road that got them where they are.
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School--In the 1990s, when the author's grandmother no longer paid for her college tuition, Saroyan won a scholarship to Barnard. This feat seemed relatively pedestrian to her. In fact, Saroyan's life was outside the norms of most 20-somethings. The granddaughter and daughter, respectively, of writers William and Aram Saroyan, the author doesn't identify her celebrity relatives, as those facts are unimportant in this book. Between her artistic parents, who barely made ends meet, and her drug-addicted siblings, she struggled with the pressures of her family, but, more significantly, her own burden to redeem its honor somehow. The book is a series of quests and adventures, through relationships and romance, academic and professional life. Saroyan has the gift to find the profound in the ebb and flow of growing up. She addresses the perennial question: "Who am I and what do I want to be?" Teens will readily appreciate and understand the ongoing process of "becoming" all the while feeling as though there should be closure somewhere, somehow. In a market flooded with superficial and supercilious "chick lit" books, this is a very special autobiography.--Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL
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