Written by Gabrielle Tozer
Contemporary, Coming of Age, Romance
Published February 1st 2014
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Josie Browning dreams of having it all.In high school, Josie Browning was just another face in the crowd. But now she's about to take her first steps out into the real world when she finds herself interning at Sash, one of the hottest women's magazines and a far cry from the world of journalism that Josie had her heart set upon. She's a fashion tragic with two left feet, awkward and perhaps the biggest disaster that will stumble through the doors of Sash, but at least she'll have twelve weeks to make an impression.
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.
'Ah, hi. Yes, Josie. Browning. I mean, hi, I'm Browning, Josie Browning.'
'Um, just to be clear, I didn't mean to sound like James Bond then,' I said.
If only it were that easy around James, her cousins attractive roommate and current owner of the couch she'll call home for two nights per week. After talking until sunrise, Josie floats through her day at Sash unable to think of anything other than James and it becomes apparent that Josie now has a new reason to venture into the city. Josie's life has always been a series of humiliating incidents, social awkwardness and learning to settle, but now it's Brazilian waxes, stray nipples and a rockstar who can't keep his hands to himself. Josie will have it all, or die of embarrassment trying.
The Intern is simply fabulous and Josie is one of the most realistic and charismatic characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading. She's the shy girl, intelligent but lacks life experience which will endear her to readers.
My life was an ongoing series of humiliating incidents wrapped in a box of shame and tied with a bow of awkwardness.She's passionate about Journalism, so when her course placement sees her at Sash magazine, Josie is under no illusions that she's in way over her head. Sash is cutthroat, and Josie finds herself with a cash incentive should she place first in the Intern stakes. But life is about to become far more complicated than Josie anticipated, a malicious Intern, a stern editor and a love interest she can't have.
Josie did seem to have opportunities in abundance. The internship opened doors within Sash to celebrity interviews and even her first byline, which I'm sure even junior authors wouldn't normally receive. But even though her experience was fictional, there's no denying it made for an entertaining and incredibly fun experience. I must admit that I expected a little more The Devil Wears Prada, but Sash wasn't nearly as competitive and viscous.
It's wonderfully written, sassy and unpretentious. A brilliant debut from Gabrielle Tozer. Josie's story had me reading long into the early hours of the morning and I can't wait for the sequel, Faking It.