Sunday, March 6, 2022

Review: Smile and Look Pretty by Amanda Pellegrino

Smile and Look Pretty
by Amanda Pellegrino

Publisher: Park Row
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Online they're the Aggressive One, the Bossy One, the Bitchy One and the Emotional One. In real life, best friends Cate, Lauren, Olivia and Max all have one thing in common--they're overworked, overtired and underpaid assistants to some of the most powerful men in the entertainment industries. When they secretly start an anonymous blog detailing their experiences, their posts go viral and hundreds of other women come forward with stories of their own. Confronted with the risks of newfound fame and the possibility of their identities being revealed, they have to contend with what happens when you try to change the world.

Kritters Thoughts:  Four executive assistants have been meeting for drinks and sharing stories for a long time until one comes up with an idea where they create a website where they can share their stories with the internet and it easily spirals out of control!  

As an executive assistant I debated about reading this one, would it hit too close to home OR would it be entertaining reading about women in my profession and seeing their stories!  It was both!  I read this on a weekend when my job was quiet and it felt fun to see some fictionalized horror stories that I know are not blown too far out of proportion!  There were a few moments that really made me giggle because they weren't far from experiences I had and I wanted to join these ladies at a happy hour to swap stories.  

I would absolutely recommend this book, whether you are an EA OR you have an EA in your life.  I think many people don't know what the EA role can and does entail, so to see the spectrum through these ladies and other's eyes, I think would be enlightening to many.  

I loved this debut and hope that Amanda has many more to come, even if they aren't in the same vain.     

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

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 14 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  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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