Book Review for PARK AVENUE SUMMER by Renee Rosen
PARK AVENUE SUMMER by Renee Rosen
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A smart and entertaining read with an empowering message.
PARK AVENUE SUMMER is the perfect combination of pure enjoyment and feminist ideology. Rosen manages to seamlessly give you the fun and heart of a coming of age story all the while infusing it with the women’s movement of the 1960s.
This book checks all the boxes for me as a solid read. It has a young girl coming to New York to realize her dreams. It has a multilayered romance. It has art in the form of photography. It has a bit of double-dealing at the magazine. But most importantly, the author gives her readers a fictionalized version of the women’s movement without being preachy or too over the top. Everything is perfectly balanced.
Rosen’s writing brought to life these characters. She created what came across as an honest depiction of what women in this era we're dealing with at work. I loved getting to know Alice and reading about her journey to becoming the woman she was meant to be. I greedily read about Helen Gurley Brown and the beginning of what we all know as Cosmopolitan magazine today. Even if though this is all fictional, having some of it based on reality made it all the better. I enjoyed every minute of this book!
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
It’s 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine’s brazen new editor in chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits...
New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small Midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands a job working for the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.
For Alice, who wants to be a photographer, it seems like the perfect foot in the door, but nothing could have prepared her for the world she enters. Editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed.
While pressure mounts at the magazine, Alice struggles not to lose sight of her own dreams as she’s swept up into a glamorous world of five-star dinners, lavish parties, and men who are certainly no good. Because if Helen Gurley Brown has taught her anything, it’s that a woman can demand to have it all.
About the Author: Renee Rosen is the bestselling author of historical fiction. Her novels include Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants and Dollface as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. Her most recent novel is Park Avenue Summer (April 30, 2019 from Penguin Random House/Berkley).
Renee is a native of Akron, Ohio and a graduate of The American University in Washington DC. She now lives in Chicago where she is at work on a new novel, The Social Graces, a story about Mrs. Astor and Mrs. Vanderbilt vying for control of New York society during the Gilded Age. (Coming in 2020 from Penguin Random House/Berkley).
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley (April 30, 2019)
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