Synopses & Reviews
As a writer for Chick Habit, an increasingly popular women's website, Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. She's churning out several posts a day, and she saves her juiciest ones for blog prime time, when working women eat their sad desk salads in their offices. Alex tells herself she's fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer; so what if it means being glued to her couch and her laptop from six a.m. to six p.m., scouring the web in search of the next big celebrity scandal? Since Chick Habit's parent company keeps close tabs on page views, Alex knows her job is always at risk.
So when an anonymous tipster sends her the year's most salacious story—a politico's squeaky-clean Ivy League daughter caught in a very R-rated activity—it's a no-brainer. But is Alex really willing to ruin the girl's life by igniting the next Internet feeding frenzy? And what she doesn't yet realize is how this big scoop is about to send her own life spiraling out of control.
"Grose, former editor at Slate and at Jezebel, makes her fiction debut with a fun read. Alex Lyons is a writer for Chick Habit, an online women's gossip magazine. Having been there six months, she is used to the frenzied pace and 'Ã¢Â€Â˜round-the-clock posting,' and locked into her computer (the last time she stepped away for longer than 10 minutes, a celebrity died). She's used to second-guessing her own decisions on posts, but the pressure is on to up her views, and Alex has found that it pays to 'be a bitch.' When a tip comes in about a genius political writer's daughter behaving badly, Alex leaps to be the first to leak the story. But the consequences of her action lead to Alex's life unraveling and her beginning to question everything. Grose (who coauthored Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home) takes what could be a heavy subject ethical choices and their repercussions and lightens it. Alex's rethinking her decision and worry about the consequences strikes a chord, especially considering today's social networking. An enjoyable debut with a message. Agent: Elizabeth Weed, Weed Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
As a former editor for popular websites, including Slate and Jezebel, Jessica Grose intimately understands the realities of life in the blogosphere--and she employs this knowledge to hilarious effect in her edgy and timely debut novel, Sad Desk Salad. Grose's story of a savvy blogger who stumbles upon an irresistible scoop--one that could cause irreparable damage to a young woman's life and reputation--and must reconcile her true values with the ruthless demands of a gossip- and reality-obsessed culture is a stinging and wildly funny indictment of Americas obsession with celebrity dirt. This fictional behind-the-scenes look at a booming online industry is smart and sharp contemporary womens fiction, a The Devil Wears Prada for the twenty-teens.
About the Author
Jessica Grose is a writer and editor. She was previously a senior editor at Slate and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, Marie Claire, Spin, and several other publications, and on Salon.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.