Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Review: White Collar Girl by Renee Rosen

White Collar Girl
by Renee Rosen

Publisher: NAL
Pages: 431
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.…

Kritters Thoughts:  1955 and Jordan Walsh was conveniently named by her parents with a gender neutral name to hopefully help get her ahead at a time where women's options were limited - and it did!  Jordan gets a job at the Chicago tribune on the society news, but she has hopes to move to the city desk to be able to report the "real news."  

What I loved reading was watching Jordan in a man's world during a time where women weren't welcome beyond the home and seeing that Jordan's being a female actually helped her get to the heart of a story faster.  I loved that Jordan came from a family of writers and although she is following in her family's "trade", I didn't feel as though this got her the job at the Tribune and I liked seeing her work hard to get the stories and jobs she wanted.  

With the underlining plot of Jordan trying to find out what happened to her brother and if the accident was honestly an accident or a murder, I liked that this gave the story depth and gave it more than just a women trying to get a dream job in 1955.  I appreciated reading how she used her job to become a detective to find the truth and expose what happened to her brother.

Renee Rosen is a historical fiction author that I love to read as each book focuses on a woman in a moment of time and how they navigated the life and times that they were living in.  I have read three out of the seven of Renee Rosen's books and I hope to close that gap this year.    

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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