I was lucky enough to get an early review of Laura Stampler's debut, and it's just the kind of fun, light-hearted contemporary YA that I love. Harper Anderson is dying to escape life in her quiet California suburb, where she knows exactly what to expect from her summer. So when she wins a coveted spot at a trendy teen magazine, she jumps at it. She doesn't mind that she's the second choice pick (the first got pregnant)--she's in. So what if she doesn't exactly have the experience to cover the dating beat she's assigned (there's the small matter that her application essay was based entirely on her best friend's experience, not her own)? Harper's pretty sure she can do this.
That is, until some unfortunate run-ins with a neighborhood dog walker, encounters with her crazy boss and stand-offish/super-competitive colleagues make Harper question what it is she really wants--and what it will take to succeed at her dream.
The story read a bit like a teen version of The Devil Wears Prada, in some of the best ways. Harper is smart, determined, and her story is fast and funny.