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Friday, May 5, 2017

Review: Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini

Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Grand Central Publishing
Publishes May 9, 2017    

Welcome to a fun read encapsulating social media's ability to skew people's lives, careers and relationships at the drop of a hat.  Being a publicist in this day and age is no easy feat and we get to see people in their 20's trying to make it in NYC while keeping their sanity.  A fun, witty read - those who love gossip magazines will love this book.

Rose Reed has already climbed the ranks faster than most people her age in the PR industry. A chance meeting with international star, Archie Fox, ends up with his team wanting her as the publicist, causing friction within her own office while affording her the opportunity to show what she can really do. As Rose rehabilitates Archie's career with a fake romance with new indie star, Raya, she finds that he's more like a "real" person than she could ever have though. Will her new feelings toward him ruin her reputation, career and own sense of self? Or will she find he feels the same and then have to sort through a whole new set of problems instead?

Full disclosure, from the dedication to 1D alone, I did not think I would like this book. It's so far from what I normally would read and if it wasn't for a group read, I probably never would have picked it up. That being said, I was absolutely surprised at how much I ended up enjoying this novel (I begrudgingly say). My guilty pleasures are reading what I call "smut" magazines and engrossing myself in celebrity lives. (Oh admit it, you do too.) So while I did cringe at some of the acronyms used and how annoying Rose's character was most of the time, the authors did a great job in portraying that generation (do I sound old here or what?), how social media really does make or break you when you're a star in this day and age, and the ins and outs of how crazy a crush on someone can make feel. While you know exactly where the book will go, it's a pretty fun ride getting there. Those who love reading US Weekly, People, InTouch and the like will love this book. I, for one, am glad it was forced on me... and now that my palate has been cleansed, it's back to my normal genre.

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