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"A winning debut featuring the kind of witty, appealing good girl that captures readers' hearts....a sort of modern-day Mary Tyler Moore, Dawn West...is a young woman of substance and her trials are of more consequence than the search for the perfect Little Black Dress." —Kirkus
"A smoothly paced plot, peppered with robust vignettes from Charm’s success stories and quirky details from Dawn’s life, ensures a fast, funny, and moving read.” —Publishers Weekly
"Debut author Shumway offers a fresh and modern take on chick lit. Instead of showcasing the melodramatic and helpless, she highlights the power and will of women. There is an inspirational undercurrent without being sappy. Dawn makes a great everywoman, and her story will appeal to girls of all ages." —Library Journal
“Upbeat and engrossing, this chick-lit novel gratifyingly focuses more on Dawn’s burgeoning career than on which man she’ll end up with.” —Booklist
“Delightful…a debut that proves to be nothing short of charming. An intriguing plot, brilliant characters, and beautiful prose combine to create a novel that readers will adore.” —Deseret News
"Charming in its honesty and humor, this novel captures that time right after college, when we all feel overwhelmed and adrift. Shumway expertly guides us through a young woman's love life, her family, friends, and career as she proves that perfect endings aren't the only happy ones."
—Lauren Weisberger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada
“Ten Girls to Watch is an insightful, funny take on post grad tribulations that thoughtfully mines the wisdom of women.”
— Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries
"The heroine of Charity Shumway's lively, smart and funny debut is as inspiring as the female luminaries it is her job to interview. What I loved about this coming-of-age story was its realistic and confirming celebration of feminine resilience, brilliance and generosity. Not your stereotypical single gal novel, Shumway's book is a passion-stirring breath of fresh air."
—Helen Schulman, New York Times bestselling author of This Beautiful Life
"Once you turn the first page, you won't be able to tear yourself away from Ten Girls to Watch. This is a thoroughly charming, sassy, highly satisfying debut from a writer with a rare gift: She sounds like your best friend, telling a story you don't ever want to end. I adored this book."
—Sarah Pekkanen, author of These Girls
"A sparkling novel about how we find our friends, our mentors, and our way in the world."
—Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of Admission and a 1983 Glamour Top Ten College Women
"Ten Girls to Watch will inspire you to follow your heart and believe in your own dreams, no matter how many challenges or obstacles the universe throws your way. It's a heartwarming story about a gathering of extraordinary women who offer wisdom, warmth and humanity, as well as shoulders broad enough for all of us to stand upon. I can't wait to give this book to my sisters and best girlfriends."
—Nicolle Wallace, New York Times bestselling author of Eighteen Acres
Charity Shumway received an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University and a BA in English from Harvard University. After graduate school, she spent nine months reporting on the 50th anniversary of Glamour’s "Top Ten College Women" contest. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, Fitness, and Garden Design, and her short fiction has been honored by Glimmer Train and Slice magazine, among others. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.See all Editorial Reviews
She writes clandestine days & nights. For early years in full stakeholders, it is fun!Published 11 months ago by Rae N Leskowitz
Very good quick read, lots of fun quotes to think about. Good life tips. Don't want to spoil the ending. Good life is hard but still worth living sort of book.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
although realistice it is fun, entertaining and relaxing read, good summer or cheer up book to read. i enjoyed it and recommend itPublished on October 6, 2013 by mv
I really enjoyed this book. In particular, I loved how the stories from each of the "Girls to Watch" were interspersed with Dawn's reality. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by NGM
I needed something light and motivating to get me started on summer projects. As a college student and young woman, I was always fascinated by Glamour's Top Ten College girls (as... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by The Copper Bookroom
I loved this book! I really felt like I connected with Dawn. Being a recent graduate myself, I could easily relate to the roller coaster of feelings she had, even though our lives... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by jmn89
This was a very good, light read. It was good to see a young women with the dream of being a writer struggle to find a job. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Margie
The plot of Ten Girls To Watch is certainly enjoyable and entertaining, but I was most impressed by the thoughtful attention given to the advice and life lessons dispensed. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Lauren Paul
Dawn West is twenty-three and struggling to make her way in New York City. She's barely hanging on as a lawn care column writer when a chance meeting sets her up with an amazing... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Miss Riki