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Work for Hire by [Karasek, Margo]
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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: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008600RF4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By T. Turner on August 9, 2012
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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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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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**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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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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Work For Hire Work is the story about a young law school student named Tekla, who is faced with a financial dilemma ... she needs money to pay for law school expenses and dorm rent. With an extremely tight budget, Tekla finds herself unable to afford any added expenses. Her friend Ann suggests that she move back home with her parents and commute to school. Tekla doesn't want to move back in with her parents because of her overbearing mother. Tekla's roommate Lauren suggests that she get a part-time job tutoring, she gives Tekla the name of her aunt, Patricia Jacobs, who owns a tutoring business. After interviewing with Ms. Jacobs, Tekla is placed with the very wealthy Lamont family. The Lamont's have two troublesome teenage twins named Xander and Gemma. Tekla finds her integrity constantly being put on the line when the Lamont children and their parents make it clear that they expect a lot more from her than just tutoring. Tekla finds it hard to turn down some of the demands placed upon her. She doesn't always make the right decisions or choices, which puts everything she aspires to be at risk for a family that seems to take advantage of her at every opportunity. Tekla's world is turned upside down: her school work is suffering; she's having a hard time with a professor; and a cute guy is attracted to her ... can she get her life back on track before she flunks out of law school?

Work For Hire is a fast-paced entertaining story written in the first person narrative and set in New York City. The reader follows Tekla's trials and tribulations of trying to attend law school while working as a part-time tutor to a wealthy family's troublesome teenage children.
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