In Savvy Girl, Chrissy has won an internship at her favorite magazine – Savvy – and a chance to become their teen columnist for a year. All she has to do is turn her first column in on time (well, and beat out the other interns). But instead of working on her column, Chrissy gets caught up in the glamorous life of going to parties and hanging out with beauty editor and former model Jessica. Will she buckle down and set her priorities straight before it’s too late?
Savvy Girl is a quick read and gives an fascinating inside look at the magazine world (Author Lynn Messina used to work at In Style among other publications) and the life of a lowly intern (yep, a lot of time spent stuffing envelopes). The wisdom it imparts on the way the working world works is perfect for newbies and teens (but maybe not that relevant to older readers).
As a character study though, it didn’t quite work for me. Chrissy is an eager overachiever who finds herself in over her head in the Savvy world, but I didn’t feel like I really got inside her head. Supporting characters like a best friend whose parents are divorcing, a hot intern at another magazine, and a potential love interest for her best friend are even more elusive.
Savvy Girl is out now in paperback.