Release Date: February 1st 2014
Series: The Intern #1
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Received as an ARC from Harper Collins Australia (Thank you)
Links: Goodreads | Author's Website | Buy the book
The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer is a debut you don't want to miss. It's funny, it's real and very hard to fault. You know when you pick up a book and you're on page 1 and then suddenly and all too quickly you are turning the last page? Well that's what happened with The Intern. I couldn't put it down and because of this, I read it in less than 6 hours. Sometimes you'll read a book and your heart will flutter with feels and you have to use every bit of will power not pick up the book and give it a big hug whilst looking like a crazy person. Yep, The Intern checks that box as well.
The Intern is the coming of age story about a accident prone girl named Josie Browning who is offered an incredible internship at Sash magazine. Josie may have the academic skills to be a writer but being no stranger to moments of utter embarrassment could be problamatic. Josie discovers the truth of the magazine industry and the high and lows that come with it. The result a real and fascinating look at the magazine industry and a heartwarming tale of self discovery. Oh and did I mention it's an Australian YA Contemporary novel? That just makes it even more awesome.
Josie is such a lovable protagonist. She was caring, clumsy, hilarious, down to earth and so easily relatable. She was intelligent but also a bit clueless about her new lifestyle. I feel as though she was quite responsible despite always finding herself in embarrasing situations (and there were plenty). I was both sympathetic for her and laughing. I wanted to give the poor thing a hug. I loved how she built new relationships while on her internship. Steph, Tim and James were so supportive and welcoming to Josie and I loved the relationships she shared with each of them. I was actually surprised by the subtle romance that played part in The Intern and it was just so sweet. I'm quite fond of James myself. It was a nice surprise. I also enjoyed seeing the dynamics between Josie and her younger sister Kat as well as Josie and her friend Angel. I was really glad she didn't ignore them and in the end stuck together.
It's been marketed for fans of 'The Devil Wears Prada' which it bares resemblance to. But I want to get across that it's such a real and honest book. It deals with more than fashion and glamour. I loved the combination of magazine glitz but also the hard times that came in hand. Seeing Josie find a place in all of that was really lovely.
The Intern had so many laugh out loud moments and is a fast paced book making it hard to put down. There weren't any boring bits and it was just such a fun read. It was realistic but sweet and it left me with a warm and gooey feeling inside. I think fans of Geek Girl by Holly Smale would enjoy this. The thought of reading a sequel to The Intern (which I believe is being edited) makes me a very happy fangirl. I just loved this book so much and it's such a great debut. Be sure to check out the amazing comp they have going for whoever finds the special Red copy (details here). The Intern officially hits Australian stores tomorrow.