This has a strong start. I liked how the story was told from multiple points of view, it's from a local author, and set in a nearby location. However, I could not relate to any of the characters. Read the author's note, it adds weight. This book was so far from reality that it dashed the hopes I had in the first half. It was a fast read, and I may have liked it more if the introvert character had been handled better. Let's discuss mbti!
So this one caught me by surprise to be honest. I thought I had it alllll figured out but then WHAM plot twist lol. It was a good read & underneath it all looks at the problems women face when it comes to speaking up. Also, I started using Bookly and I love this infographic after I finished reading. It's like a little badge of success 😁
I almost always give Reese Witherspoon‘s picks a chance and this was another good one. It wasn‘t a fun read in any way but a timely one. I thought the author did a good job capturing #MeToo and sexual harassment in all its forms. I listened to the audiobook and that made it challenging to keep up with the passage of time and the number of characters.
What made this book shine is the fleshed out female friendships and how Baker really has her finger on the pulse of the #metoo era. It wouldn't necessarily have been a pick for me without these timely, relatable insights sprinkled throughout. The plot itself was promising, but the buildup to the reveal and the overall rollout of the ending could have been smoother.
HUGE thanks again to @AmyG for mailing me her copy 🤗
This book was EXCELLENT! Its not something I would normally pick out for myself at a bookstore but that being said, it was intriguing, it kept me guessing, and it really makes one think about the glass ceiling that is still alive today and such a prominent issue in the workplace.
While I was busy reading, hubby was relaxing with a boozy milkshake 😁I thought this book had tremendous promise but unfortunately the plot and big reveal was pretty standard & lackluster. Baker definitely gets the complicated nature of female friendships in & out of the corporate world & that was this book‘s saving grace #BorrowNotBuy #MoreMehThanYeah
I was enjoying this book until the following passage:
Sloane's position required her to be good with people, while Ardie wanted to avoid them at all costs. Ardie wondered if there was something wrong with her. Some actual diagnosis. A personality disorder. Something more concrete than just: natural introvert.
I'm only continuing because I'm at the halfway point. I'm having serious doubts about this author understanding her characters.
Had my first taste of a Timbit @TheKidUpstairs YUM!! And their iced coffee was really good too ‼️ started this book late last night and it‘s pretty addictive
This book took some time to get into, and certain aspects of the narrative were predictable, but ultimately I found it well worth the read given its relevance to today‘s society. Believe it or not, my rating was going to be a solid 3.5 stars until I read the author‘s note, which bumps it up to 4 stars. If you normally don‘t care much for author‘s notes, make an exception for this one.
I am... conflicted. Unpopular opinion ahead: While I enjoyed a story that is necessary, & based around the much needed conversation on woman speaking up against harassment, and the enough is enough message in Whisper Network, the repeated brand-name dropping didn‘t feel natural or organic.. more so forced. Enough that I noticed. Enough that it bothered me. I felt like I was reading two different stories-
I struggled through the 1st half - I felt the characters were indistinguishable from another. The 2nd half was a whole different ballgame - I couldn‘t put it down! I can relate to the issues they faced in their workplace, even felt angry at times + can see why this book resonates with so many. I loved the mystery behind their CEO‘s death + twists surrounding it.
Loved, loved, LOVED this book. I have rarely felt so seen and understood as an ambitious woman in the workplace. It is a searing look at the issues facing women both in work and in home life, and I loved how nuanced and just real the friendships were. Excellent pick, would recommend.
An extremely timely novel about women speaking up for themselves in a way that helps all women, showcasing female relationships in the same way Big Little Lies does. I had expected this book to be pro-feminism of course, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't over the top. An easy read, captivating up until the very end.
Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
It's hard to say that I "love" this book. Rather, this book is simply too important not to read. Despite the #metoo movement, women are belittled, ridiculed, and villified for speaking their truth. Baker aptly describes barriers for working women in a modern world. She highlights how women both protect one another and aid in pepetuating the mistreatment due to their silence. There were so many truths in this book and they need to be shared. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Women‘s fiction with a mystery aspect.. loved it. It‘s quite telling on what women have to deal with, whether they should speak or not, and how they deal with each other. Glad I read this #reesesbookclubxhellosunshine pick!
Book 11/12 #bfcr2 #bookfitnesschallenge
Haven‘t had any time to Litsy lately, and don‘t expect I‘ll be on much for the next few days as I‘m in travel mode. Currently on the train headed to Quebec City for the weekend — if you‘ve never been I highly recommend a visit. It‘s a beautiful city, one of the oldest in North America. It‘s a five hour journey so I hope to make good headway on this book.
This book did not live up to the hype for me. My main complaint with it is the writer's style. Her background in corporate law definitely shows in this book as it takes her about a million words to get to the point. I don't have time for that. What I enjoyed about it is the vindication each won earned at the end of the book. Still, I don't think I will read her next book.
I loved this acerbic and intelligent novel. It‘s probably one of the best representations of the struggles women in the workplace experience. Full review on my blog now!
I received this e-book through Netgalley. My review is my own honest opinion.
I would DNF this if I wasn‘t already half way. I was so excited to read this and it just isn‘t picking up for me. Anyone else having the same problems? Characters are blending together, what is the point?
2nd 3x3 grid completed for #BFCr2 - great reading! Favorite is tagged. Bottom row is from my physical TBR - yeah!
From Left to Right then top to bottom:
5* = Loved It! Want my own physical copy. Want friends to read it, but not my copy - might break the binding!
4*= Liked and would love to discuss.