Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes
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It is not all so perfect, however, as the prose reads like a Netflix original series plagued with cringe phrases and POV switches that allowed little depth to be added to the story or its characters - that, may I add, were easy to root for despite this, as a woman who understands the pressures faced. But while she may have the ‘It Coat’ down, she’s about to be placed on a sinking ship mission to get Hudson’s new online venture off the ground, all while hiding her own insecurities and battle with grief. And only skimmed them for the sake of it, rather than exploring a handful of the most interesting ones properly.
The slightly cringeworthy humour put me off this to begin with, but I eventually fell into the main characters and their relatable dual storylines of extreme burnout, crushing creative self doubt, and the bubble burst realisation that your ‘dream job’ might not be such a dream after all. I did really enjoy the fist half and the encouraging positive message for women, but I couldn't maintain that interest for the duration of the book.
A great exploration of relationships with ourselves, our families, our colleagues, our past and futures, our careers, our dreams, our voices. Though entertaining - you can't help but cringe at some of the situations Imogen finds herself in - the novel takes a hard look at the very real challenges women still face in the workplace today. This is a fabulous and fierce take on womanhood in the workplace and the toxic relationship we can have with our vocation. Apparently the dozens of unpaid internships where she was treated badly were what "made" her who she is today.Instead she’s tasked with creating an online magazine aimed at young women - or ‘The Girl’ as Harri likes think of her.
And at the end, despite all she had been through I wasn't sure anything would actually change going forward.Not to mention that within these hard scenes, she sprinkled such an effortless amount of humor, that had me laughing out loud on my commute. From laughing out loud multiple times, to really feeling the points that she was making, I was thoroughly invested and enjoyed Careering from start to finish.
This is such a warm and witty look at the toxic relationship we can have with our jobs, at whatever stage of our careers we find ourselves. While it would’ve been nice to see these areas further developed, Buchanan is at her best poising those existential, quarter-life-crisis questions through a tongue-in-cheek, humorous tone. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here.Though entertaining – you can’t help but cringe at some of the situations Imogen finds herself in – the novel takes a hard look at the very real challenges women still face in the workplace today. Daisy really shows both sides of the story so well- especially with the comparison of Louise, another young woman working with Imogen whose biggest concern is her dad no longer paying her extortionate rent if she doesn’t make something of herself. Careering certainly feels like there is a lot more depth to it than Insatiable and whilst I loved Daisy Buchanan's writing in Insatiable, I loved it even more in her second novel. the narrative did feel a little disjointed due to the quick pov switches between imogen and harri, and some of the dialogue was a little cringey at times. I believe that the impact of the protagonists' professional life dilemmas on their mental health could be explored in an even deeper way, with more detailed descriptions of their feelings.