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Work for Hire [Kindle Edition]

Margo Karasek
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Book Description

Tekla’s law school career couldn’t be any better. She has top grades. She’s on Law Review. She’s a frontrunner in a mock oral argument with a sweet prize: a judicial clerkship. One problem, though: Tekla has no more money to pay for school. She needs a part-time job. Fast.

Luckily, her roommate has just the solution: help two uber-wealthy prep school teens, the twin son and daughter of a billionaire Wall Street short-seller and a world-renowned model turned fashion photographer, with their schoolwork, and earn $150 an hour. Plus, enjoy an additional perk on the job, in the form of a gorgeous photo assistant who happens to have his eye on Tekla.

Easy money.

Well, not so much. Within days, Tekla’s job begins to unravel. In a world of super-wealth and high fashion, Tekla finds herself surrounded by a peculiar cast of players: two teens whose self-destructive behavior becomes ever more erratic, a father whose ambitions for his son constantly test Tekla’s notions of what is fair and ethical and what is cheating, a mother whose emotional negligence borders on abuse, and a gorgeous man who may or may not be what he appears.

As Tekla struggles to hold onto a job that takes more time and energy than she ever anticipated, her own school life begins to suffer. She makes an enemy of a professor who seems to want nothing more than to bring her down. And he’s succeeding. Soon Tekla’s life is a paradox: without her high paying part-time job, she can’t afford law school; but with it, she’ll surely flunk out of school.


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About the Author

Margo Karasek is a graduate of New York University, both its Law School and the College of Arts & Science, where she earned a journalism and anthropology degree, with high honors. She quit practicing law to pursue writing, and in the process also began tutoring for some of the wealthiest, best known families in New York. She currently lives in Queens, New York with her husband and their two children, and is busy working on her next novel.

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  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147936407X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008600RF4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Thought It Would Be August 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I orginally got this as a sample for my Kindle. It was one of those suggestions linked in the Kindle store. I am so glad I did.

Work for Hire is about a law student named Tekla. She's goes to NYU starting her second year with confidence. Until disaster strikes. She's hit with unexpected dorm costs, and like who really wants to go back and live with their parents. Her roommate recommends becoming a tutor for a posh tutoring agency.

Not a bad solution, unless you have the rich family from hell. The kids turn out to be a mess, parents absent, and everything falls into Tekla's lap most of the time. Throw in a really cute photography assistant for distractions, and you got all the reasons to build suspense.

The writing has extreme detail. You know the author lived through something like this. Yup. In her bio, it does mention she went to law school and tutored to-do-well students. You can tell. It's raw and edgy.

If you want a book that pivots around the moment in your life that everything comes crashing down, and you doubt you can make it, this is the book for you. You live it all, moment for moment, until you cheer for Tekla in the end. Bravo.

I had to ask, is there more? I'll be waiting.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular June 17, 2012
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I've read hundreds of kindle books from amazon, and this is the first book for which I have written a review. Work for Hire was intelligent, quirky, and fun. It was thought-provoking, and I highly recommend it. The ending will leave you waiting anxiously for the author's next book.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enjoyable.. at all July 4, 2012
By LBuhs
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I tried to give this book a chance. I liked the legal aspects thrown in around the book, but that was it. I guess I'll state possible *spoiler alerts* first. There was no real ending to the book. Nothing was really wrapped up. It was a very hurried ending. Nothing further was said about Gemma, the relationship with her mom, Xander, what the verdict was in the make believe case her and Markus took part in, etc.

And I read the book, forcing myself most of the time, thinking that eventually Tekla would grow a spine. That never happened. It was really hard to believe that this would-be lawyer just took everything some spoiled brat teenagers, the wealthy parents of the brat teenagers, and a douche pseudo-boyfriend dished out. It was beyond irritating that Tekla couldn't do anything right, be anywhere on time, was always getting yelled at, and this didn't change throughout the whole book. I was expecting at some point for her to finally grow a pair and stand up for herself. Never happened.

Also, why on earth was this listed as a "romance"? There was no romance in this book. The love interest is a jerk, and the "love story" was maybe 5% of the book. Not one of the characters were likeable at ALL, except maybe Markus, who occupied maybe 3 pages of the book. I was just so annoyed by the ending that I felt like reading the whole book was a waste. Very annoyed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining story with a lackluster ending October 21, 2012
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**SPOILER ALERT**

I usually try to not include spoilers in my reviews but I can't talk about this book without addressing my dissatisfaction with the ending (and the build-up to the ending).

I really liked Tekla in the beginning. She came across as ambitious, responsible, and mature. But my opinion of her changed pretty quickly when she took a job tutoring two entitled teens, Xander and Gemma. At first, the job seemed completely in character for her; she needed extra money to take care of added financial responsibilities related to her school, room, and board. But when she started the job, she realized that the kids didn't want help with their homework--they wanted her to do it all for them. And their parents and Tekla's boss from the tutoring agency supported that opinion. She whined to herself about how wrong it was, yet she continued to do it anyway.

Next thing you know, her job is taking up far more of her time than she expected, thanks to Xander and Gemma's absent parents, and suddenly Tekla is shirking her responsibilities on Law Review as well as in her own studies. So what does she do? She lets her would-be boyfriend Markus--the "good guy" she's not interested in dating--do her work for her. After finishing the semester strong (thanks to Markus), she lands a coveted internship where she is asked to write opinions for a judge--again, hired to do all the work for someone else. It's a depressing premise that in "the real world" it's necessary to sell yourself out just to pay rent.

There was a bit of a love triangle involved in the book. Tekla didn't seem to want anything more than friendship from Markus yet fawned over Julian, the personal assistant to Xander and Gemma's famous photographer mother.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! A Great Read! August 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Forget Devil Wears Prada! A new heroine has come to Manhattan. Tekla takes the city by storm as a tutor to two nightmare, but loveable children of a typical New York Billionaire.

This is a Mary Poppins for the 21st Century.

This is a page-turning, fun read. Perfect for the beach, the airplane, or the subway.

Well done! Can't want to see where Tekla goes next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work for Hire August 11, 2012
By Linda
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This was a great book. Once I started reading it I did not put it down until I read the last page. It was great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great Read!
Published 2 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars An elementary piece. Began well enough, but as ...
An elementary piece. Began well enough, but as it developed it left me wondering I'd I should finish it. The ending was disappointing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Horse lady
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of my time and money
I could not finish this book. Got a little over half way thru, thinking it might get better.... WRONG. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice storyline.
Great book and quick read. I couldn't stop myself from reading. Congrats Margo! I can't wait for your next book.
Published 5 months ago by Ivalis
4.0 out of 5 stars Work for Hire
This was a fun read. Would recommend to anyone who wants an entertaining book. Will definitely read this author again.
Published 12 months ago by christabug
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Loved this book. It was witty and funny. It was hard to put down once I started reading it. A real good read
Published 13 months ago by Wanda H. Bullard
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Great book about college student trying to make ends meet. Was an easy read with a lot happening and great ending.
Published 16 months ago by t herring
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ending?
I really enjoyed this book mostly.. I enjoyed reading about the challenge of being a law student. I enjoyed the debate about the teachers work. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Suzmaree12
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I don't really read a lot of novels at one go. Well, for this one, I almost finished in one go, but I couldn't because I had to settle stuff in-between. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Wai
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & informative
A good read, very entertaining. Where I come from, everyone is expected to do their own work so this book was an eye opener for me.
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More About the Author

Margo Karasek decided to be a writer the instant she finished reading her first novel as a kid. She loved the possibilities and freedom in observing and writing about everyday people, whose experiences--through her words--could make a lasting impact. This passion led her to NYU, where she earned a journalism and anthropology degree, with the highest honors. But since she couldn't figure out how writers made a decent living, Margo went on to law school--where she had a blast. Unfortunately, actually practicing law was nowhere near as fun as learning about it in school, so Margo took the ultimate plunge: she quit her cushy law firm job to become a full-time novelist. And, to help make ends meet throughout the process, Margo also began tutoring for some of the wealthiest, best known families in New York as a side-gig. The latter job gave her some powerful ideas for her first novel. Margo currently lives in Queens, New York with her husband and their two children, and is busy working on her next book.

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