BOOK REVIEW: The Intern (The Intern #1) by Gabrielle Tozer

This review contains some spoilers.

Josie Browning dreams of having it all.

A perfect academic record, an amazing journalism career—and for her crush to realise she exists. The only problem? Josie can’t stop embarrassing her little sister or her best friend, let alone herself.

Josie’s luck changes when she hands an internship at Sash magazine. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie quickly learns making her mark will be far from easy, especially under the reign of editor Rae Swanson.

From the laws of photocopying and coffee-fetching to the highs of celebrities, beauty products and by-lines, this is one internship Josie will never forget.

I had seen The Intern on various shelves for a solid year and never given it much thought, not even bothering to check out the blurb. Until a couple of weeks ago, not long after I had started work at a fashion magazine and, being a supreme book nerd, was feeling a bit out of place among the fashionistas. I attended the HarperCollins Between the Covers YA event and heard author Gabrielle Tozer speak passionately about her work. Her talk was pretty persuasive and once I learned that the main character, Josie, was in a similar situation to me, I knew I had to read it.

The Intern was funny and engaging. I definitely saw a lot of myself in Josie, and experienced some pretty deep second-hand embarrassment. At one point I had to actually close the book and take a deep breath before continuing. I have to admit that I was more interested in Josie’s personal story than the romance aspect of the book. As much as I wanted Josie to get the guy, I feel like I didn’t know James well enough to care about him all that much and wasn’t overly invested in their story.

I wanted to know more about almost everything in the book. A lot of issues were skated over when there was definite opportunity and room for further exploration. One of the big things that concerned me was Josie’s attitude to money. She kept saying how much her family was struggling, it was established that her internship was unpaid, and she didn’t seem to have any other source of income. I assumed that any money she spent was either a result of an allowance or from saving up said allowance.

I understood the need to buy new fashionable clothes (although the spendthrift in me was screaming, ‘STICK TO CLASSIC AND VERSATILE SEPARATES!’) but it did strike me as strange that Josie was so comfortable spending money on things she didn’t seem to be comfortable with (like the Brazilian wax) . I just wanted one quick mention of Josie not wanting to spend too much money and deplete her savings account, or some other explanation to give some background and depth to the situation.


The verdict

I liked Josie; she was easy to connect with and had a lot of promise. But I felt like her story was only scratching the surface and some deeper issues were hinted at but never realised. While an excerpt on the cover compared it to The Devil Wears Prada, I felt like the tone and even some of the content was closer to The Princess Diaries. It was an enjoyable and fluffy palate cleanser between heavier reads.

I rate it ★★★

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