Good Reads: The List by Karin Tanabe

Goodreads Synopsis:

Meet Adrienne Brown, a twenty-eight-year-old Wellesley College grad who recently left her glamorous job at Town & Country for a spot at theCapitolist. Known simply as the List to Beltway insiders, it’s the only media outlet in D.C. that’s actually on the rise. Taking the job means accepting a painful pay cut, giving up perks like free Louboutins, and moving back in with her parents, but Adrienne is certain that her new position will be the making of her career. And it is—but not at all in the way that she expects. The Capitolist runs at an insane pace: Adrienne’s up before five in the morning, writing ten stories a day (sometimes on her BlackBerry, often during her commute), and answering every email within three minutes. Just when it seems like the frenetic workload is going to break her, she stumbles upon a juicy political affair, involving a very public senator—and her most competitive colleague. Discovering that there’s much more to the relationship than meets the eye, Adrienne realizes she’s got the scoop of a lifetime. But should she go public with the story?

My Thoughts: 

This is the best piece of "Chicklit" I've read in awhile, The writing was really smart - witty and quick. The main character of Adrienne was someone who you could really root for. As someone who studied journalism, this novel gives an accurate portrayal of the cut throat business of turning out stories and being the first to get the scoop. It was able to touch on the ethics of journalism without getting too heavy. It was nice that the girly-ness of designers frocks and high heeled shoes were woven into the serious and male driven setting of Washington, DC. The only thing I didn't understand was the relationship between Adrienne and Sandro. It seemed very out of place and unnecessary in a story that was otherwise wrapped up with a nice bow.


  1. Totally adding this to my reading list. Thanks for the honest review.

  2. Just added it to my reading list! Sounds like such a fun read- thanks for the suggestion!

  3. oh I'm going to have to add this to my list 1. I love chicklit and 2. I love reading books that take place in areas I'm familiar with (dc is just 20 miles away from me)! I'm use to those cutthroat people! Trish - tales from trish

  4. Looks like an interesting read. I'm going to add it to my goodreads list. I think the idea of being in journalism sounds great, but trying to keep up sounds like it would be so stressful.