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Ten Girls to Watch: A Novel Paperback – July 31, 2012
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
My "in a nutshell" summary...
This book is about Dawn...her relationships, her job quests, her frustrations, her hopes, her wondrous humor, and the way she interviews some fabulous women.
My thoughts after reading this book...
Dawn has had pretty much the absence of a career after college...she temps. She lives in an absolutely crummy apartment in Brooklyn. She writes an advice column on lawn care to earn extra money. She takes part in a sleep study to earn extra money. Her coffee table is a cardboard box. She can't let go of her relationship with Robert...ex boyfriend and pretzel heir. In a roundabout way her ex boyfriend's fiancé is responsible for connecting Dawn with a freelance job for a magazine called Charm. She is temporarily employed. Charm magazine is known for its yearly publication of an issue called...Ten Girls To Watch. Dawn is tasked with contacting and writing about women who were voted the "Ten Girls To Watch" over the last fifty years.
What I loved most about this book...
I truly loved Dawn's quirky character. I loved her humor, her struggles, her insecurities. I loved the way the story is told...sort of in little vignettes and illustrations that go along with the women she is interviewing. There is something special about Dawn that allows the women being interviewed to truly open their hearts to her. Some chapters begin with names and quotes from some of the women and other chapters are about Dawn...her life, her family, her relationships. Another absolutely lovely part of this book was learning about the lives of these women. They are teachers, scholars, scientists, judges, writers, entertainers, and more.
What I did not love...Read more ›
Dawn gets to interview amazing women who were once outstanding college students, now mayors, opera singers, writers and other impressive careers. Their stories are inspiring to both the reader and to leading character, Dawn. She takes their experiences to heart and analyzes her own life, creating her own success story.
Ten Girls to Watch is Charity Shumway's debut novel. I like her writing style and the book's format. Each chapter begins with a photo and profile of a past winner. Dawn is a well-developed character. Readers see her growth and personal progress throughout the novel. There are also tidbits of life advice sprinkled through the narrative. Nicely done. This is one author to watch.
Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
I liked her work ethic. Her choice of men, not so much.
The other characters are believable and mostly well developed; you will come to love most of them. There is a surprise - maybe several - at the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
She writes clandestine days & nights. For early years in full stakeholders, it is fun!Published 21 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 on March 31, 2014 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 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