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Temp: How To Survive & Thrive in the World of Temporary Employment Paperback – January 18, 1994
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From Library Journal
- Alan Farber, Northern Illinois Univ. , DeKalb
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
However, all of the work on which this book is based took place in the early '90s. Thus, she never mentions the Internet: no email, no online job searching, no video interviews. That is what makes the book outdated. A few other items arise, mostly minor, for example "casual" versus "business casual" as categories of dress codes. All in all, if one can update for the major impact of the Internet, this is a good discussion of temporary work from a worker's point of view.
Even though this book was published in 1994 - thirteen years ago - it's just as relevant to today's market as it was back then. My hat is OFF to this author - who is abundantly suited to sharing with us "tempies" how to survive in today's marketplace.
Did I like this book?
This book was a lot of fun, and while it wasn't without its problems, overall I quite enjoyed it. The premise was interesting, the plot moved along at a decent pace, and I loved the setting of downtown London. There were many times I found myself giggling at Amber and her antics - she definitely got into some tight spots!
But, although the characters were unique and oftentimes hilarious, I felt that they needed more depth. I lacked any sort of connection with them, and it could have something to do with the fact that the book was written entirely from Amber's point of view. While Amber is frequently amusing and constantly getting into mischief, she's also very flaky and irresponsible, not to mention self absorbed. I would have loved to know more about her thee friends and what made them tick, but it was all just speculation on Amber's part.
Will you like this book?
This book reminds me a bit of "Bridget Jones's Diary", so if you enjoy that style of writing and humour, I think you'll probably enjoy "The Temp".
Will I read more by this author?
I think Emily Benet has tremendous potential and I will surely be interested in future books by her!
My rating: 3.5 stars!
Contrary to what the title would let you think, The Temp is not about a girl being a temp - at least that's not what the book shows us - but it's about a girl who's bored of her life and, for a little white lie told to a handsome stranger, she decides to become an artist. As I said I didn't get Amber that much; she has no real motivation for her actions if not trying to prove something to a stranger, and she's very self-centered. I didn't get the impression she was a good friend to Egg or Farrell since, most often than not, she wasn't even listening to them! Moreover, Amber's revelation about her feelings for Farrell felt a little sudden: she doesn't try to understand or explain these new feelings she has for him, she just suddenly knows - thanks to a kiss and a dream - that she always loved Farrel more than a friend. I can't say that I knew it too!
Taken as a whole, The Temp is an enjoyable story but there are some aspects I didn't like that much, mostly Amber's indecisiveness! Still, I'd like to thank the author for the chance of reading her book through NetGalley and I hope she appreciates my honest opinion.
It has been a while since I laughed out loud this much while reading a book! There was excitement, surprise, anger, heartbreak, and love.. What could be better? It has the right ratio of everything. Definitely worth reading. I don't see this as a romance-only story! Yes, the romance is there, but I love this whole "finding your true calling" and "finding yourself" angle.
We are first introduced to Amber Thompson, a twenty-something year old who is going through the "what do I want to do with my life" phase most of us are hit with after graduation, until she comes across some bananas that put her on an adventure. I loved Amber, she is very relatable, and has a great sense of humor.
Amber has a best friend, Farrell, who is ridiculously wonderful.. I've totally fallen in love with him! She also has a quirky (and a little strange) flatmate/friend, Egbert (Egg!) who is quite unique. Her friend Bibiana (I still don't feel a 100% about her) is also in the picture.. last but not least, Elliot, her I'll-transport-you-into-a-BBC-period-costume-drama love interest.
I can't recommend this book enough. It is definitely a favourite!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have just finished my Reading of "THE TEMP", by Emily Benet, british writer. I really enjoyed each chapter; a refreshing Reading!Published 14 months ago by Carlos A Sánchez
I have the printed version and it is so much fun. I have never been in London and the book takes me to some fantastic places and situations that makes me feel like I've been there... Read morePublished 14 months ago by migbarreto
I’ll get right to the point. I’m not a huge fan of contemporary romance and humour in the same novel, I find that usually the humour is too immature for my liking and it ruins the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Once Upon a Twilight
I love Emily Benet's style of writing and enjoyed this book. It follows Amber, a temp wanting to do more with her life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pippa Franks, Author
The title drew me to this book but if you're expecting office romance with a series of billionaire bosses you will be disappointed. I like the quirkiness of the first few chapters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jolliffe
This is billed as a Wattpad sensation, and has great reviews anywhere you look.
But for me it fell a bit flat. The story was good, pretty original. Read more
A fun reading. You get hooked very fast and can't stop reading. Not my first book from Benet and I like it as much as all others. Looking forward to her next release.Published 18 months ago by Sofia Sanchez