08 February 2008

Book Banter -- News Blues

Title: News Blues (Advanced Reader Copy)
Author: Marianne Mancusi
Length: ~300 pages
Genre: chick lit
Plot Basics: Maddy Madison is a producer for News 9, stuck forever doing pieces like Cosmetics That Kill, when her dream job would be producing hard news pieces for the show Newsline. When News 9 launches a new series, Maddy is tapped as the producer and given a photographer to work with exclusively. And the new photographer, Jamie, sets Maddy's heart a-flutter. But her world gets turned upside down as her parents' marriage falls apart and her younger sister comes to live with her. Maddy and Jamie get a hot tip on a great story but going after it could put their chances for a relationship on the rocks as well as Maddy's careers dreams.
Banter Points: Word Nerd is always a bit wary of books that have reporters as main characters. Luckily, Mancusi was an Emmy award winning producer herself, so this story rings true. It's a light-hearted and breezy story that's pretty amusing.
Bummer Points: Well, it's an ARC which means there were still some problems with the book, like an entire missing page. Word Nerd's confident they will get that one fixed, but hopes somebody noticed all the rest of the typos too. Also, while Word Nerd found this title entertaining, it was slightly too fluffy for her tastes.
Word Nerd Recommendation: If you like light-hearted, this is for you. Janet Evanovich fans could do well with this book from Mancusi. If you want something to be a little more thoughtful or provoking, this is not the book for you.


slpenney said...

So how did you end up with a copy?

Bethany K. Warner said...

Marianne posted a request on the chick lit loop for reviewers. It was a free book. I signed up.