Format: Kindle e-book
Synopsis from Goodreads:
This was a really nice surprise. I think I found it on Goodreads in the 'Readers Also Enjoyed' little thing but I'm glad I purchased it. It's a good chick-lit type of book and those are few and far between these days. Ten Girls To Watch is a twenty-something story but not of the neurotic, privileged, 'Girls' kind that seems to be prevalent these days nor was it a typical New Adult read. Instead, Dawn (lovely name for a main character) was just so sweet and normal it made for a nice change. Much more relatable to the average young woman.
It's set in New York City, which is always a winner for me in terms of setting, except Dawn's New York was probably a lot more realistic. The everyday New York to the young professional rather than the Blair Waldorf New York. The task Dawn is given - to interview all the women featured in a Glamour like Top 10 College Women for a special anniversary gala - was a really good spin on the entry level magazine intern/assistant storyline. It was nice to not have someone rummaging through a fashion closet. Out of Dawn's conversations with these women, Charity Shumway provides a gold mine of excellent careers and life advice that I really took to heart.
There were some other twists on the norm in terms of romance and friendship that I really appreciated but I won't spoil them here. I particularly liked the ending. However, what I liked the most was that Dawn just got on with life and battled through her personal storm of little-to-no money, no family nearby, rubbish roommate problems, and multiple jobs.
I enjoyed the overall theme of female friendship across all ages and mentorship - looking back and extending a hand to the girl behind you. I feel like there's a really big movement of women's solidarity and mentorship at the moment - or maybe it's just the blogs I read - and this book reflects that.
I hope more people read this charming book. If you like chick-lit and women's stories definitely give this one a go.