Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

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Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

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Appallingly funny and ruthlessly honest, CAREERING shines a deeply human light on the exhausting highs and lows of life as a modern working woman. Oh how much did I love this book - so insightful, so relatable and it just happens to combine two of my favourite things, reading and magazines (not that I ever have time to read them anymore with that out of control TBR but hey 🤷‍♀️). Her books include the novels Insatiable (long listed for the CWIP prize), Careering (as heard on BBC Sounds), Limelight, and Pity Party, coming in July 2024.

You can decide to think more about Imogen’s relationship (or lack of one) with her family, or you can just think that a passing comment is just that, a passing comment.This all jarred with her sex blog, a girl so confident she would publish her sex life for all to read, including her possibly violent father.

The zeitgeisty read tackles the myth of the girl boss, with feelings of imposter syndrome, burnout and comparison rife throughout. There are moments of tender thought, though; dialogue which always proves extra snappy, and characters that sometimes err on caricatures of themselves - whether that’s a good or a bad thing is there for you to decide.These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. And I understand that as Imogen is a sex blogger, sex has to be a vital part of her story and personality, however, I think there were times when the theme was used a little too much, getting out of place in the story and even overshadowing previous events. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. The author makes nods at various themes so subtly that it allows the reader to make their own conclusions and opinions which makes the trials and tribulations feel more personal. it explores the burnout that comes with working tirelessly towards your dream job, sometimes up to the point when it ceases to even be a dream anymore, along with the inherent privilege surrounding the notion of a ‘dream job’.

That, and the fact that the story seems to take place in an alternate universe where basic common sense is… not a thing. During my time at uni, instead of going to lectures which could have actually enriched my mind, I spent many solitary weeks untangling necklaces inside dingy fashion cupboards and feeling sick at the thought of asking editors what they needed me to do next. Careering is a compelling and thoughtful read that every woman (and man) should have on their shelves. She's full of determination, hopes and dreams for her future career but the late nights, an empty bank account and a rented room without a window aren't making climbing the corporate ladder particularly enjoyable.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. I believe that, in general, the book manages to portray in a proper way the misfortunes, problems, and barriers that we have in the current job market, especially when it comes to young women, bringing very valuable and pertinent reflections on how to deal with these issues and validating feelings that often seem to be wrong, isolated and insignificant because they are not debated in an open and welcoming way in most spaces. Will she wake up to the way she's being exploited before her protege realises that not everything is copy? 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.

A love story about work, self-worth and modern womanhood, Careering is, quite simply, the funniest novel I’ve read all year. 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.

A great exploration of relationships with ourselves, our families, our colleague's, our past and futures, our careers, our dreams, our voices. Instead she’s tasked with creating an online magazine aimed at young women - or ‘The Girl’ as Harri likes think of her. As Imogen is a sex blogger, I think the book is trying to send some sort of message about the modern woman feeling empowered and yet shamed for it? Especially in a particular moment when Imogen is pressured to do things that I'm sure are illegal and that unfortunately are not debated as such, just as a work “inconvenience” that soon dissipates when we know that in real life the pressures that we suffer at work can lead us to a deplorable state of mental health.

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