Title: The Intern
Author: Gabrielle Tozer
Rating: ★ ★ 1/2
Genre: Contemporary, Young-Adult
Publication Date: 1st February 2014 by Harper Collins AU
Format Read: Paperback, 336 pages
Synopsis: “Josie Browning dreams of having it all.
A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism – and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself.
Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson.
From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.
Totally fresh and funny, this debut novel from industry insider Gabrielle Tozer reveals just what is behind the seeming glamour and sparkle of the magazine industry.” (Taken from Goodreads)
The Intern follows Josie Browning, a 17-about-to-turn-18 year old who’s just landed herself an internship at the coveted fashion magazine, Sash. She’s depicted as a clumsy girl that cannot seem to go a day without embarrassing herself and everyone around her with her supposedly crazy antics that’s isolated her and her best friend Angel from the rest of their grade. Currently in her first year of university, her lecturer has managed to land her a once in a lifetime opportunity at Sash. The novel follows Josie as she navigates around the glitz and glamour of Sash and through her first romance.
Don’t get me wrong, The Intern was definitely a very enjoyable read. I found myself devouring the book on my train trips to and from work. And I can definitely relate to a few of the situations Josie went through. Unfortunately, the book overall was not as wonderful as I’d hoped it to be. As a current media student, I can definitely relate to this whole internship business. The media industry is definitely pretty cut-throat, and it’s all about experience. Which is why reading about Josie landing a coveted position at a famous magazine with close to no actual experience at all was quite a slap in the face. Not to mention that her lecturer helped all her classmates to obtain internships. This didn’t really faze me in the long run, but I still find it hard to believe that being such a good student, Josie was not placed in her first choice of internship. She was made to choose between Sash and Cats Quarterly while her less academically driven classmates were handed the spots she had wanted.
However, I really enjoyed reading about Josie’s time at Sash. It was fun getting a behind the scenes glimpse behind the fashion magazine industry – and everything sounds so glamorous! Just from the scenes, you can tell that the author is definitely an industry insider who’s experienced all the ups and downs of magazine publishing.
But, I didn’t enjoy Josie as a character. A lot of her embarrassing stories were thrown at the reader to make her seem more quirky than she really is. I am glad to see her grow as she experienced the real world, but if I’m honest, every plot point seemed to have been handed to her on a silver platter. While she’s interning, Josie stays with her cousin Tim, who has a hot, smart and nice roommate that Josie falls for. The catch? He has a perfect girlfriend already. Josie whines and pines after him, even though he’s taken (understandable), but what annoyed me was how fast she decided to swoop in as soon as she learns he’s single again. She has no remorse or guilt for indirectly breaking up a couple. I honestly cannot relate to a character that acts like that…because come on Josie, what’s James’ last name?
Her time at Sash seems to go from crap to awesome in one week. On the first day, she’s stuck washing bikinis and the next, she’s filling in for a sick features writer instead of you know…the other paid writers working for the magazine. I know I’m being a harsh reviewer, but it’s because I was expecting more Devil Wears Prada than Ugly Betty. The Intern feels like an incorporation of both. Unfortunately, the characters were not as rounded out as I’d hoped they’d be. There was barely any background information pertaining to any of the characters (why did her dad leave them anyway?), so overall they all felt quite flat.
I know a lot of readers have loved this book, but it’s clearly not for me. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it though, because I honestly did. It was a fun read, but overall, it didn’t meet my expectations. Do give The Intern a go if you think it’s the right book for you though!