As a former editor for popular websites, including Slate and Jezebel, Jessica Grose intimately understands the realities of life in the blogosphere--and she employs this knowledge to hilarious effect in her edgy and timely debut novel, Sad Desk Salad. Grose's story of a savvy blogger who stumbles upon an irresistible scoop--one that could cause irreparable damage to a young woman's life and reputation--and must reconcile her true values with the ruthless demands of a gossip- and reality-obsessed culture is a stinging and wildly funny indictment of America’s obsession with celebrity dirt. This fictional behind-the-scenes look at a booming online industry is smart and sharp contemporary women’s fiction, a The Devil Wears Prada for the twenty-teens.
Grose, former editor at Slate and at Jezebel, makes her fiction debut with a fun read. Alex Lyons is a writer for Chick Habit, an online women's gossip magazine. Having been there six months, she is used to the frenzied pace and " round-the-clock posting," and locked into her computer (the last time she stepped away for longer than 10 minutes, a celebrity died). She's used to second-guessing her own decisions on posts, but the pressure is on to up her views, and Alex has found that it pays to "be a bitch." When a tip comes in about a genius political writer's daughter behaving badly, Alex leaps to be the first to leak the story. But the consequences of her action lead to Alex's life unraveling and her beginning to question everything. Grose (who coauthored Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home) takes what could be a heavy subject ethical choices and their repercussions and lightens it. Alex's rethinking her decision and worry about the consequences strikes a chord, especially considering today's social networking. An enjoyable debut with a message.