Tuesday, November 3, 2015
White Collar Girl
The latest novel from the bestselling author of Dollface and What the Lady Wants takes us deep into the tumultuous world of 1950s Chicago where a female journalist struggles with the heavy price of ambition...
Every second of every day, something is happening. There’s a story out there buried in the muck, and Jordan Walsh, coming from a family of esteemed reporters, wants to be the one to dig it up. But it’s 1955, and the men who dominate the city room of the Chicago Tribune have no interest in making room for a female cub reporter. Instead Jordan is relegated to society news, reporting on Marilyn Monroe sightings at the Pump Room and interviewing secretaries for the White Collar Girl column.
Even with her journalistic legacy and connections to luminaries like Mike Royko, Nelson Algren, and Ernest Hemingway, Jordan struggles to be taken seriously. Of course, that all changes the moment she establishes a secret source inside Mayor Daley’s office and gets her hands on some confidential information. Now careers and lives are hanging on Jordan’s every word. But if she succeeds in landing her stories on the front page, there’s no guarantee she’ll remain above the fold.
I am familiar with author, Renee Rosen's writing. I fell in love with Dollface and the roaring 1920s. Then there was What a Lady Wants, which I felt like I got to know more about the great Chicago fire. So I was very looking forward to reading this book. After having just recently attempted to read Copy Girl. Another book about the journalist world that did not draw me in, I instantly noticed a difference between that book and this one. It was obvious that Renee Rosen's polished writing style had the upper hand when it came to telling a story focused in the journalist world.
Sadly, the world that Ms. Rosen built up was great but that was about all I liked about this book. I had and still have a hard time connecting with the characters. I struggled through the first seventeen chapters and could not proceed any further. This is the first book that I have experienced this way by this author. I am looking forward to the next book by this author and hope it finds the magic I experienced with the prior novels.