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Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

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Appallingly funny and ruthlessly honest, Careering shines a deeply human light on the exhausting highs and lows of life as a modern working woman. After devoting the best part of her career to Panache magazine, Harri is gutted when she doesn’t get the Editor role she’s always dreamed of. This is a fabulous and fierce take on womanhood in the workplace and the toxic relationship we can have with our vocation. I was hoping for some raw and accurate portrayal of the "dream job" illusion and yet it didn't land. Though entertaining - you can't help but cringe at some of the situations Imogen finds herself in - the novel takes a hard look at the very real challenges women still face in the workplace today.

After two years of lockdowns and working from home I think a lot of people can relate to the tag line of 'Imogen has a toxic relationship with her job'. Both women are finding their careers taking over their lives and not necessarily the careers they had so desperately worked and wished for. Daisy Buchanan’s second novel follows after her debut - last year’s Insatiable - this time feeling like a far more self-assured piece of fiction that delivers a sharp and witty narrative, all with Buchanan’s trademark spice. I just read an article in one of the Sunday supplements about these elevens, the pair of short, vertical frown lines that form in the gap between our eyebrows, which apparently must be Botoxed into oblivion before they start to multiply into other numbers.If anything, I felt this one tried to cover *too* many important millennial topics to its detriment? With the events of the last two years making many question what really matters in life, Buchanan leaves you with the reminder that whether you love or loathe your job, it doesn't define who you are or put a value on your self-worth.

But you hear from Imogen a lot more and I didn't feel like I got to know Harri, so I'm not sure what her character's point-of-view added to the story. The characters are raw, they are vulnerable, they are flawed and floundering in a world which is telling them that its all about female empowerment but quick kick you down for expressing your views. There are moments of tender thought, though; dialogue which always proves extra snappy, and characters that sometimes err on caricatures of themselves - whether that’s a good or a bad thing is there for you to decide. I found this book super fun, engaging, and almost inspiring in reminding you to pursue your dreams and be yourself in a world of absurd chaos.This all jarred with her sex blog, a girl so confident she would publish her sex life for all to read, including her possibly violent father. Careering certainly feels like there is a lot more depth to it than Insatiable and whilst I loved Daisy Buchanan's writing in Insatiable, I loved it even more in her second novel. And I understand that as Imogen is a sex blogger, sex has to be a vital part of her story and personality, however, I think there were times when the theme was used a little too much, getting out of place in the story and even overshadowing previous events. Oh how much did I love this book - so insightful, so relatable and it just happens to combine two of my favourite things, reading and magazines (not that I ever have time to read them anymore with that out of control TBR but hey 🤷‍♀️).

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