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The Intern

Author:  Gabrielle Tozer
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Josie Browning dreams of having it all.

A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism - and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can't get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself.

Josie's luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie's got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson.

From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin's seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.

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Jul 18,2016
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This book is pretty boring so... i wouldn't read it again.

Sep 23,2015
5

You can usually tell a book is good if you were so addicted that you finished it in one day. This is exactly what happened with me when I read The Intern. I loved the witty writing style with some great fun moments and the insight the novel offered into what it might be like to work in one of the top women's magazines. Apart from that though, there were some more serious moments, showcasing that this book has some real heart and substance at its centre.

From the very first pages of this book, I could tell that it was going to be a fun read. I wasn't disappointed. Gabrielle Tozer has written a novel that will make you laugh-out-loud and put a cheesy grin on your face. It is definitely reminiscent of 'The Devil Wears Prada', but portrays the story as something more relatable to an Australian audience and something that teens will enjoy. I loved the magazine internship aspect, and it illustrates just how cut-throat the industry can be. As with any job, there are both friendly and mean colleagues, and your boss might be really tough too. Navigating the career world isn't easy, and the author managed to capture that in a fun way.

Apart from this aspect, there were also many sub-plots relating to Josie's family life and her relationship with her best friend Angel. It's good to see that there was more to this story, and all these other things going on in Jolie's life made the book really interesting to read. It is shown that there may be more to a situation that you may at first think. Even at a glossy magazine it's not all fun and games. It was great to see the other side of working in the media industry and the lengths that people working at magazines have to go through to get an issue produced on time that has some top stories.

I also really liked how Josie developed as a character. At the beginning she was a shy, slightly nerdy girl who wasn't totally confident in what she could achieve. As the story progressed however, she gained more life experience and gave the novel its 'coming of age' element. By the end she knew what she wanted, and realised the talent that she had. Even after going through the highs and lows of working in such a stressful environment she never lost her integrity. There was even some romance at the end of the tunnel, and even greater avenues to pursue. Gabrielle Tozer also invested in the other side characters and their perks, such as Josie's sister Kate and her best friend Angela.

The Intern was fun to read, with laugh-out-loud moments and a different perspective on what it's really like to be an intern at a magazine. I loved this and will be recommending it to my friends!

Jul 03,2015
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A delightfully written debut by Gabrielle Tozer, The Intern is a fun and easy read. Straight from the start, it had me until the end, and it is definitely recommended for fans of the genre of "the bitchy frenemy". The Intern follows the story of Josie, who has just landed an intern at the fashion magazine Sash, and the highs and lows of working in the magazine industry. With a prize of $5000 and a to-kill-for columnist job at the end of the intern, Josie is determined to do everything she can to get what is offered. However, as she soon learns, she's not the only intern, and the others would do everything they can to beat Josie, even if it means backstabbing and betrayal.

The Intern is delightfully written, and Gabrielle Tozer has done a fantastic job in building up tension, especially for a debut novel. Every little thing that happens, every little thing that Josie does builds up the suspense and the apprehensiveness until it all explodes at once at the climax. After the climax, all the loose ends are tied, the characters sent off to an exotic country and everybody out of hospital.

All in all, I think that Gabrielle Tozer has played it very safe with The Intern. There is not much risk taken in it, and it's certain to appeal to a mainly female audience who are currently in high school. The characters are certainly a very commendable effort from a debut novel, and although admittedly there are a few exaggerations, I guess that is what a book strives on anyway.

The slowly blooming friendship/romance between James and Josie is done extremely well, and it is unique in the fact that most Young Adult books have romances develop extremely quickly, but not here. In fact, the first kiss between Josie and James is to the very end of the book, where the loose ends are all being tied up.

All in all, I feel like The Intern was a great read, and most of you will definitely love it. It was a great debut. Next time, I'm looking forward to reading something a little more "riskier" by Tozer.


Rating:  9/10

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Sep 11,2014
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The Intern is an amazing novel to read, this book by Gabrielle Tozer is a little bit about a girl called Josie Browning has jsut got an internship for the best magazine in Australia called Sash magazine. She's in for a huge ride, she meets new friends and a new love life called James.

This book is a really good book to read you will dive right into it.

 

Apr 25,2014
3

This was a fun, enjoyable and light read. 

It was a bit like the filmic Carrie Diaries with the gorgeous Annasophia Robb and Austin Butler/The Devil Wears Prada and Zoe Foster Blake/Roxy Jacenko. 

 

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