Review: The Intern


Josie Browning dreams of having it all.

A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism – and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself.

Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson.

From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.

A delightfully written debut by Gabrielle Tozer, The Intern is a fun and easy read. Straight from the start, it had me until the end, and it is definitely recommended for fans of the genre of “the bitchy frenemy”. The Intern follows the story of Josie, who has just landed an intern at the fashion magazine Sash, and the highs and lows of working in the magazine industry. With a prize of $5000 and a to-kill-for columnist job at the end of the intern, Josie is determined to do everything she can to get what is offered. However, as she soon learns, she’s not the only intern, and the others would do everything they can to beat Josie, even if it means backstabbing and betrayal.

The Intern is delightfully written, and Gabrielle Tozer has done a fantastic job in building up tension, especially for a debut novel. Every little thing that happens, every little thing that Josie does builds up the suspense and the apprehensiveness until it all explodes at once at the climax. After the climax, all the loose ends are tied, the characters sent off to an exotic country and everybody out of hospital.

All in all, I think that Gabrielle Tozer has played it very safe with The Intern. There is not much risk taken in it, and it’s certain to appeal to a mainly female audience who are currently in high school. The characters are certainly a very commendable effort from a debut novel, and although admittedly there are a few exaggerations, I guess that is what a book strives on anyway.

The slowly blooming friendship/romance between James and Josie is done extremely well, and it is unique in the fact that most Young Adult books have romances develop extremely quickly, but not here. In fact, the first kiss between Josie and James is to the very end of the book, where the loose ends are all being tied up.

All in all, I feel like The Intern was a great read, and most of you will definitely love it. It was a great debut. Next time, I’m looking forward to reading something a little more “riskier” by Tozer.

Rating:  9/10

The Intern is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.

The Info:

  • Title: The Intern
  • Author: Gabrielle Tozer
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 February 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0732297052
  • URL: Author Website

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