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“Dishy, zingy, hilarious.” (Glamour)
“Fun . . . Grose takes what could be a heavy subject--ethical choices and their repercussions--and lightens it. . . An enjoyable debut with a message.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Rollicking . . . A quick-witted insider’s view of the blogosphere, media pandering, Internet privacy and the difficulty of being a good girl in a bad, bad world.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose is the Devil Wears Prada for the blogger age. A laser focused snapshot of our time, the novel gives readers an insider’s perspective on the 24/7 grindhouse of celebrity-obsessed new media. Funny and heartfelt, a must-read.”- (Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind)
“Jessica Grose is a smart, engaging, new voice in fiction. She will make you think anew about celebrity culture, modern feminism, and the perils of living online. She is also very funny. So put your work aside, open your sad desk salad, and read this book!” (Amy Sohn, author of Motherland and Prospect Park West)
“A whip-smart, lacerating, laugh-out-loud look at what it’s like to be young, smart and trying to make it in the big city.” (Jennifer Weiner)
“Grose offers an affectionate send-up of the slovenly blogger stereotype, creating a quick-witted heroine who lusts after egg sandwiches and takes comfort in an extravagantly stinky muumuu...delivered with Grose’s appealing good humor...A sense of serendipity lingers over the adventures of new-media chick lit.” (New Republic)
As a writer for Chick Habit, an increasingly popular women's website, Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. She's churning out several posts a day, and she saves her juiciest ones for blog prime time, when working women eat their sad desk salads in their offices. Alex tells herself she's fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer; so what if it means being glued to her couch and her laptop from six a.m. to six p.m., scouring the web in search of the next big celebrity scandal? Since Chick Habit's parent company keeps close tabs on page views, Alex knows her job is always at risk.
So when an anonymous tipster sends her the year's most salacious story—a politico's squeaky-clean Ivy League daughter caught in a very R-rated activity—it's a no-brainer. But is Alex really willing to ruin the girl's life by igniting the next Internet feeding frenzy? And what she doesn't yet realize is how this big scoop is about to send her own life spiraling out of control.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a quick, light read. Gave me some insight into what the blogging world looks like, but without any real depth.Published 6 months ago by Danielle
it was ok. I really wanted to like it because I love grosse. I'd be interested in reading her next book.Published 9 months ago by Tasha sookochoff
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
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I thought the title and cover was funny and honestly, that's why I bought it. It was a fun read... I liked reading about the pro blogger lifestyle. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kerri Arista
This book was especially disappointing because it started out so well. I had hopes of an entertaining yet au courant read about the joys and terrors of internet publishing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by G. Maisano
This book took place over a week. It felt longer. Nothing too exciting happened. What little drama there was wasn't too dramatic. I didn't connect with Alex. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pam
Had to read/push myself through this book for an English class in College. I didn't find it very funny (was a "satire/humor" writing class). Read morePublished 18 months ago by nick
I found Sad Desk Salad very interesting but also a bit stressful. I guess I must have been swept along with the rising tension of the main character. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Xinjun Wang
I took one for the team and read this book so you don't have to. Don't waste your time reading this book.Published 22 months ago by Ron B