Pretty in Ink by Lindsey Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received an ARC of Pretty In Ink by Lindsey Palmer from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
When I began reading Pretty In Ink by Lindsey Palmer, I thought the author had presented herself with quite a challenge. The story is told by a number of people who all get their own portion of the book. So, I wondered how Palmer was going to give each person her own voice separate from everyone else. I thought it would be a daunting task until, as I got further into the book, I realized Palmer knew exactly what she was doing. In fact, each woman had her own personality and quirks that made her different from everyone else, so there was never any confusion for me about who was doing the talking or moving the story forward.
The story takes place at Hers Magazine, and before anything else is accomplished, the Editor-In-Chief is being replaced. This puts all staff jobs in jeopardy because the new EIC will undoubtedly want her own people surrounding her as she essentially makes over the magazine. It was fun to read about how a magazine functions from one issue to the next, and how many different hats one person may wear in writing the articles that supposedly make up what women want to know about cooking, romance, body fitness, and the always relevant (or so magazine editors believe) what's going on with the newest face in Tinseltown. There's fact checking which, depending upon the editor can be rigid and strict or slapdash because who really cares about all those little bits of data anyway. There's also rivalry. Getting a certain position on the Masthead will not last forever as there will always be someone with better ideas who will keep chipping away at the establishment until eventually she gets the brass ring which someone else will begin trying to take from her as quickly as possible.
I enjoyed reading **Pretty In Ink** because it's probably as close as I'll ever get to seeing how a magazine all comes together for the latest issue no matter what obstacles or people get in the way. I look forward to reading more from Lindsey Palmer and hope she has more stories to tell. Her women are hardworking, creative, and juggle home life with work on a daily basis without going completely berserk: exactly the kind of women I enjoy reading about.
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