So. You want to work in advertising. The glitz, the glamour, the cocktail-fueled brainstorming sessions. Sounds great, right?
Wrong. The reality is a lot harder than you’d think. There are five simple rules for surviving an advertising job—and I think I’ve already broken every single one…
This book is described as Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada, and while I’ve never seen the latter, I absolutely love Mad Men, so I had to read this book. I even bumped it up over a lot of other books on my massive to-be-read pile, that’s how excited I was about this book. And it didn’t disappoint me.
The writing itself was a little rough around the edges. There were some parts where things could have been a little bit more clear, but it wasn’t so much so that it distracted from the story.
I went into this book totally imagining Peggy from Mad Men, but that is definitely not what the main character, Kay, is like. She works for one of the most popular ad agencies in New York, dragged there by Ben, her creative partner she has a crush on, who she met in ad school. And while Kay enjoys working at STD (yes, those are the agency’s initials), she just can’t seem to find her place or make any friends there.
Once Kay can remove her focus from Ben, she is able to actually make friends among her associates at STD, and her creative genius truly blossoms. And even better, she finds someone to date when she least expects it. I think that this is the book’s way of telling readers that sometimes, no matter how much you want something—like a relationship— doesn’t always mean that you’re going to get what you want. It’s only after you stop being so single-minded and just focus on making yourself healthy and happy that someone can come into your life, when you least expect it.
I liked this book a lot, and it definitely gave me a lot of Mad Men feels. It was a pretty quick read for me too, which is always appreciated. I give this book 5/5 stars.
Copygirl goes on sale on October 6th. You can preorder a copy by clicking the book’s cover image above.