Saturday, February 23, 2013

The List by Karin Tanabe

4.5 Star

Meet Adrienne Brown, a twenty-eight-year-old Wellesley College grad who recently left her glamorous job at Town & Country for a spot at the Capitolist. 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? 

Sabrina-Kate - 4.5 Star

The List was a surprisingly enjoyable book that I wasn't expecting. Let me explain why: it was based in the Washington, D.C. area and I am the person who knows the least about politics, particularly American politics and also cares the least about them. I wasn't very hopeful starting this book that I would enjoy it due to the premise behind it and also the first few pages, to be honest. But I was pleased that I did read this book as by the end, I was really into the story and wanted to find out the ending.

The main characters in The List are so well developed with distinctly strong personalities that really help to bring the story to life and in a really human way. I always pictured a story of this type being somewhat stale due to the political factor involved but fortunately it was not the case and every new twist and complication just made it more and more interesting.

I went from groaning over having to read this one to really being quite pleased by a great story that was well thought out and executed. In the end, The List is not just about politics although it has a very interesting base in them and it just goes to show that you can't and shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

Thank you to Washington Square Press for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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