Friday, 7 August 2015

Book Review - Boss Girl by Nic Tatano - #HIReadathon

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Title: Boss Girl
Author: Nic Tatano
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Puchased
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 20th February 2014
Rating: 5 Stars

Sydney Hack is the single, thirtysomething VP of news for a failing network… and she also has a taste for younger men.

She soon realizes a whole lot of over-thirty female viewers do as well, so she sets out to give these women what they want; a chiseled, trophy buck in his twenties sitting on the anchor desk next to a woman…


With nothing to lose she does the unthinkable; along with three female managers who happen to be her best friends she brings out the casting couch and turns it into a sleeper sofa. Doesn't matter that the men have no television experience. As long as they look good. And there’s a hint of romance in every newscast.

Ratings skyrocket as a result, but Sydney and her female cohorts discover something else along the way…

True love is not always age appropriate.

Boss Girl is empowering and hilarious. I laughed so much at this book (even out loud). The main thing with Boss Girl is not to take it too seriously, at face value, this is escapism at its best, and as a woman, approaching the age of the women in this book, I would have liked nothing better to be in their positions. The jobs sound like a lot of fun for a single woman looking for a good time!

Sydney Hack, is  trailblazer for television. She is the vice president of a news programme, with failing ratings, until she works out what a largely neglected demographic want.. over thirty women. She decides to change the anchor team on her news show by making the anchor team a mature 35+ year old woman, and a young, in his twenties man. Which is of course the complete opposite of traditional news teams of the young girl and older man. 

And of course Sydney decides that in order to sell a lifestyle, she needs to "check the references" of any young man trying to work for her.  When the ratings go up, and she syndicates it to her best friends across America similar trends are noticed.  To the extent that the network decide on a rebrand to CGR, and featuring women and men that fit into this demographic set. 

There is a lot of sex referenced, although very little shown fully or in detail. The implications are that the men and women are at it complete with partner swapping, and general female dominance. So long as you have an open mind, and enjoy the thought of traditional role reversal, in men being treated like pieces of meat, instead of women, this is an entertaining book. 

Topics such as discrimination come up, but Sydney and her girls, stand by everything they do, and the ratings show what they are up to must be good. Arguably some of what goes on in this book could be described as controversial, but whether you agree with it or not, it is very engaging and I was completely hooked by the story, and some of the backlash to the network is hilarious. 

Boss Girl features strong female characters, who frankly are an inspiration to me, in a sexual way. Nic Tatano with this "girl" series, always seems to create memorable leading ladies, in books steeped in humour and good times. And this was definitely no exception. 

I loved Boss Girl so much I didn't want it to end. It is quite unlike most of books of the romantic comedy genre that I have read, in that the main romance isn't even the main character, but it does deal with the relationships between men and women, and that is always a fun topic.

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