Synopsis from Goodreads:
If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions, too.
Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it?
When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good.
When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…
I’m always a little tentative when it comes to new adult. I’ve read enough terrible, cliche plot-lines that I’m pretty picky and cautious. But Wendy praised this book so highly and then when I won a copy from her (funny story, I didn’t even realize I had entered her giveaway…) I decided to give it a go. I definitely don’t think I liked it as much as her and some of my other blogging friends who have read it, but I did enjoy it. It’s about a girl, Avery, who’s just graduated college with a degree in marketing. She takes a job at a luxury airline because she can’t find anything in the fashion industry. Her biggest secret? She’s terrified of flying. When her company asks her to participate in a documentary about her life as a marketing assistant, she agrees. Enter Deke, the hot camera-man. Here’s what I liked:
The Career Aspect
I actually really enjoyed following Avery’s story as a new graduate in her first job. Being somewhat close to that time in my life it was really relatable and I loved watching her stretch her wings. I thought the way she carried herself at work was believable. She’s kind of quiet at first and tentative, which I think we all are in any new job, but particularly straight out of college. But she gains more confidence the more she gets her feet wet and I was so proud of her at the end for what she accomplished.
I’m from Chicago so I was instantly able to connect to the setting of this book. I loved reading about the places Avery visited and it really allowed me to take a trip down memory lane and fondly remember my city. I live just outside of DC now, but I miss Chicago badly.
But I also had some definite issues with this book… the biggest one being…
Avery’s Roommate Sasha and her Coworker Rebecca
Nope. Couldn’t stand these two women. They were awful. Sasha was just so superficial and shallow. She had no self-respect and I could not deal with the way she spoke to Avery. I felt like Avery never really stood up to her which is what really annoyed me. And then there was her coworker Rebecca who complains constantly about being overworked, but spends all day flirting with another coworker and making passive aggressive comments to Avery. Again, I didn’t like that Avery never spoke up and tried to talk to Rebecca about the situation. In the adult world, you have to communicate with people and Avery never really did that. She didn’t handle either situation poorly per se, but I think she could have handled them both better.
Have you read this book yet? Did Avery drive you crazy? Were you swooning over Deke with me? How did you feel about the fashion? And the setting? Have you ever been to Chicago?