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"A sharp, hilarious romp through a spot-on believable women's magazine." --Sally Koslow, former Editor-in-Chief of McCall's "An essential novel. . .engaging, sensitive, and so much fun. . .I wanted to hang out with the women of Hers Magazine long after I'd turned the last page." -Diana Spechler, author of Skinny For years, Hers magazine has been a fixture on newsstands--r"A sharp, hilarious romp through a spot-on believable women's magazine." --Sally Koslow, former Editor-in-Chief of McCall's "An essential novel. . .engaging, sensitive, and so much fun. . .I wanted to hang out with the women of Hers Magazine long after I'd turned the last page." -Diana Spechler, author of Skinny For years, Hers magazine has been a fixture on newsstands--relatable, reliable, and ever-so-slightly frumpy. But with sales slumping, Hers' editor-in-chief soon finds a pink slip in her inbox. And her ruthless, blisteringly high-heeled replacement may not be finished cleaning house yet. . .Leah Brenner suspects she won't be on the payroll much longer either. A telecommuting, breast milk-pumping mom of three doesn't mesh with her new boss Mimi's vision of a sleeker, younger-skewing Hers. Not content with nabbing Leah's office, Mimi's protegee, Victoria, is itching to take over Leah's duties too--and she's not alone. As the summer rolls out, and staffers are asked to give up even their sexiest secrets to save the brand, everyone at Hers--the sycophantic new assistant; the photo editor who's sleeping with her boss; the Ivy League intern with oversized aspirations--will fight to keep her career, and some shred of dignity, intact.Smart, perceptive, and hilarious, Lindsey Palmer's debut delivers an all too true-to-life tale of very different women faced with high-stakes choices in a rapidly changing--yet utterly familiar--world. . ."Tantalizing. . .Pretty in Ink is part comic love story and part bloody valentine." Devan Sipher, New York Times "Vows" columnist and author of The Wedding Beat...

Title : Pretty in Ink
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ISBN : 9780758294333
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Pretty in Ink Reviews

  • Gabby
    2019-06-05 13:33

    I received an ARC of Pretty In Ink by Lindsey Palmer from in exchange for an honest review.When I began reading Pretty In Ink by Lindsey Palmer, I thought the author had presented herself with quite a challenge. The story is told by a number of people who all get their own portion of the book. So, I wondered how Palmer was going to give each person her own voice separate from everyone else. I thought it would be a daunting task until, as I got further into the book, I realized Palmer knew exactly what she was doing. In fact, each woman had her own personality and quirks that made her different from everyone else, so there was never any confusion for me about who was doing the talking or moving the story forward. The story takes place at Hers Magazine, and before anything else is accomplished, the Editor-In-Chief is being replaced. This puts all staff jobs in jeopardy because the new EIC will undoubtedly want her own people surrounding her as she essentially makes over the magazine. It was fun to read about how a magazine functions from one issue to the next, and how many different hats one person may wear in writing the articles that supposedly make up what women want to know about cooking, romance, body fitness, and the always relevant (or so magazine editors believe) what's going on with the newest face in Tinseltown. There's fact checking which, depending upon the editor can be rigid and strict or slapdash because who really cares about all those little bits of data anyway. There's also rivalry. Getting a certain position on the Masthead will not last forever as there will always be someone with better ideas who will keep chipping away at the establishment until eventually she gets the brass ring which someone else will begin trying to take from her as quickly as possible.I enjoyed reading **Pretty In Ink** because it's probably as close as I'll ever get to seeing how a magazine all comes together for the latest issue no matter what obstacles or people get in the way. I look forward to reading more from Lindsey Palmer and hope she has more stories to tell. Her women are hardworking, creative, and juggle home life with work on a daily basis without going completely berserk: exactly the kind of women I enjoy reading about.

  • Yumna
    2019-06-16 16:44

    Loved it! I knew I would enjoy this book because I had realized I enjoy books about the magazine industry after reading The Devil Wears Prada. This book was somewhat similar with the main setting being the office for Hers magazine. The story revolves around the lives of the women who work for Hers and each chapter is told from alternating workers' POVs. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because I felt so good reading once again about the magazine industry. I didn't realize I had missed it so much! As much of a hectic it seems to be in this book, I can't help but still love what these girls do for Hers. I totally understand why creative jobs can be so frustrating yet so fun and fulfilling at the same time. Through the different POVs, the reader was able to explore the different levels of working in a women's magazine. All I had really known about was the editor-in-chief and maybe a few editors here and there, but this book opened my eyes to the so many other jobs that magazine companies need. From executive and managing editors, to the associate editor, creative director, research chief, photo and beauty editors...even down to the recipe cook! I was amazed to be able to explore all these positions. Last but not least, the plot itself was great! What each of the girls were going through in their personal lives added a nice personalization to each that set them apart from what they did all day in their office. Not to say that what was happening at Hers was any less interesting! The gossip, scandals, and uncertainty of a secure job, along with the range of different personalities that worked at Hers, made for a very interesting workplace. I ended up finding myself closing the book early or refusing to pick it up and continue reading at various times simply because I was afraid that I was approaching the end of the book! I just didn't want to part with these characters and the Hers office and I was doing everything possible to stall the ending. So even after finally turning the last page, I'm still hoping I could go back into the office and check on all the girls and see how they're doing. This book is definitely a great read! Plus, fun fact: when I uploaded a pic of the book onto my Instagram, Lindsey Palmer commented on the picture (twice!). Ahaha. I'm loving what Palmer was able to do with her experience in working in magazine publishing. This book and the story of all the girls will draw you in and have you wishing that you yourself were there in the Hers office playing your part in getting the next edition of Hers out on the stands!

  • Anna
    2019-06-19 17:22

    Catty, but never unkind, this is a behind-the-scenes-at-a-magazine book that's fun, smart, and also more than a little bit true to life.The plot: New editor in chief takes over and havoc happens on staff. It's a familiar trope, but what Palmer does brilliantly is gets inside the minds and lives of the staffers. Instead of spotlighting just one character, Palmer gives insight into everyone—the interns, the managing editor, the beauty editor turned stay at home mom—and does a great job handling their different POVs. When work gets weird—which is what happens when you get a new boss who wants instant change—what's always fascinating is how your work life affects real life, and Palmer masterfully intertwines the two, showing that stuff can never "just" be left at work and the feelings you feel on the job bleed into your out-of-office activities.It's far better written than Devil Wears Prada, way more realistic than the Shopaholic series, and shows that women who work in magazines make for sympathetic, multi-faceted characters. I want to see a movie version of this made!

  • Alisha Tarran
    2019-06-17 16:30

    The world of Hers magazine takes a nose dive when their editor in chief suddenly finds herself fired, and a new Editor is put in her place. Suddenly the work environment is one of uncertainty and hostility as employee's who've been on the payroll for years find themselves fired, while other's quit, unhappy with the new regime, and more find themselves ousted from their offices and "sharing" their job title with other people. New staff who look down their nose at older staff find themselves disliked and older staff find themselves hating the new order of things. But as scandals abound damaging the ratings of the magazine, and co-workers back-stab each other, will the magazine survive? I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book, I think I was expecting some sort of Devil Wears Prada type story, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but at the same time, it was a bit disappointing for me. I couldn't relate to any of the characters as most where older than me or had life situations I couldn't relate to. However. The characters where written very realistically, I don't doubt the backstabbing nature of that kind of environment, with people vying to get a better position within the magazine. One thing I really loved about the book was the whole transition of the magazine from a publication aimed at middle aged readers, to the new Editor trying to bring across the gossip rag, celebrity photoshop element. I thought that aspect was written and handled brilliantly and realistically, with the photoshop leak, the comments made and the situations that arose. The book was told from several different characters points of view, a couple of them like Leah where constant, but I did find it a bit odd and jarring that we'd suddenly read one chapter from say, Victoria's point of view, but then never again, you got a feel for her character in that one chapter, and it would have been great to see more of that as she came across totally differently in the other character's points of view. That's another thing about the book that was well done, you'd form an opinion of a character in their point of view chapter, and then see how they come across or are viewed in a different characters point of view, which made for quite interesting reading. There was plenty of drama, plenty of betrayal and lots of emotion, but for me, the book wasn't all that gripping, I didn't really have a strong opinion or emotion about it. I also clocked a character that was from Gossip Girl, cited as one of the celebrities of the world of the book which I just found jarring and a bit odd.

  • Kathryn Laceby
    2019-06-13 17:37

    Originally reviewed at Novel EscapesI truly enjoyed Pretty In Ink. As a small warning though, it took me until half way through the book to figure out who was who! There are a lot of characters all revolving around the chaos of a changing editor-in-chief for a women’s magazine. I was initially a bit put off by the multitude of voices because I couldn’t keep their names straight. However, I kept reading because I desperately wanted to know what happened with the new “regime” and Palmer’s writing style was easy to digest. By the end though each person is unique and has a crystal clear image and personal life as well as their role at Hers- the story flowed especially well.There’s a voice in this novel for everyone to relate to- from women trying to juggle work and motherhood to those who are very happy with their career taking centre stage, to those trying to extricate themselves out of the work force and be mothers full-time. I also appreciated that Palmer provided narrative from both the old staffers and the ones newly installed- it gave a much more balanced perspective on what was actually going on behind the scenes of the plot. My favourite aspect though was the strength of each one of the women portrayed- though some were lighter characters and others were more serious- each one had a plan and a career path they were hoping to execute. It’s interesting that there are a few staff members who narrate several chapters and other’s that are only given one- to move the plot forward or to provide action perhaps, I only noticed this at the end! Obviously I didn’t feel like anyone was left out!Though Pretty In Ink is entrenched in the publishing industry the relationships and competitive aspects in this book can be put into most office situations and there really is a voice for everyone to connect with. Palmer’s first novel was fascinating, all-engrossing and very well planned out, I’ll be looking forward to the next one!Thank you to Kensington Books for our review copy. All opinions are our ow

  • Chelsey Wolford
    2019-06-08 17:44

    Scenario at Hers magazine: Long time editor-in-chief Louisa has just been fired and replaced by someone named Mimi. All the women, and a few men, who have worked at the magazine for quite some time now are in constant fear that they will lose their jobs as well. This book takes us behind the scenes and into the lives of most of the people on staff at Hers and allows us to view all the changes that are being made in their lives at work and outside of it. These women and men can be downright catty when it comes to their jobs and well-beings. Told from multiple perspectives, this debut novel is sure to please those of you looking for a fast, but endearing piece of chick lit!Wow! Lindsey Palmer, I would have never known this was your debut! As I said above, the author tackles multiple viewpoints in this novel. Not once was I confused or mislead, but instead I was having a hard time deciding whose voice I longed to hear next. Each woman, new and old in the company, share their reactions to the changes being made at the magazine and also share a little bit of personal information about themselves as well. I had a hard time deciding who my favorite was, but I can tell you for sure it was not the new boss, Mimi. These women were all amazing and I loved being in their presence and hearing about a normal day in the career of journalism.This book has something for everyone. There is drama, romance, and such strong character development. It was so easy to connect to many of these characters because of the intimate first person point of view that was being used. I would love to see this book become a movie. I was reminded of The Devil Wears Prada, except this was so much better!***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Kensington in exchange for my honest review***

  • Karen
    2019-06-20 20:40

    I was provided a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest reviewThis book had its pros and cons, but overall I enjoyed the story and getting to know the characters. The book begins with the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine getting fired. From there we see the dynamics of the office as a new editor-in-chief comes in and proceeds to do things her way.Each chapter of this book is told from a different character's viewpoint. I'll be honest - I don't typically read the titles of chapters, so I was really confused at first. Also, in the beginning of the book the characters are so disconnected from each other that it is easy to lose focus on the entire story.But eventually all the characters come together and you begin to see the big picture of the story that is being told. At this point you really begin to relate to each of them and get interested in how the story is going to turn out.I enjoyed this book and really appreciated the way the author ended this story. I'm glad I got a chance to give this book a try and look forward to more titles from this author.

  • Cherie
    2019-05-30 15:37

    I'm fairly certain the world of magazine creation can be busy and at times crazy. At least I'm sure it is. Don't ask me, I don't work at one. “Pretty in Ink” does kind of capture my imaginings of such work. But not in a good way.The book suffers from two issues. One of which is the chapter formats. Each chapter changes to a different characters view point. This has been done before of course and would not be a problem if they the author did not choose to have so many different characters to have a viewpoint from. Three to four would be fine. But more so is just confusing.It Doesn't help that many of the characters don't really stand out and blend together. This only serves to make more confusion honestly. And don't even get me started on the likeability of some of these characters. I'm fairly certain I was suppose to root for one character when I felt that she did not earn her happy ending the way she went about it.The concept of the book was interesting but the execution needs a lot of work.For rating and more book reviews please check out Musekicker's Reading Place.

  • Juli
    2019-05-22 14:37

    Pretty in Ink has everything you could want in a novel. It's smart, though-provoking, beautifully written, and heartfelt, but at the same time it's very entertaining and fun to read. The characters are vivid and multi-dimensional, and you really come to care about them, even the less likable ones. Although the story takes place within the magazine industry (as it struggles to survive in the internet age), the themes go beyond the inner-workings of that industry and are relatable for anyone who is navigating the dynamics of a high-pressure career or trying to figure out what ideal work-life balance means to them. I really liked the format of the novel--each chapter is a first-person narrative from alternative characters, so we get the intimacy of first-person but also get to see a range of perspectives and distinct (and sometimes hilarious) voices. I don't want to spoil the ending, so I will just say that there are a couple great twists that I didn't see coming but fit perfectly and were very satisfying. I absolutely loved this first novel and can't wait to read more by the author.

  • Jay
    2019-05-27 16:38

    Pretty in Ink is Lindsey Palmer's debut novel set in a publishing office where the Editor in Chief of a ladies' magazine has just been ousted for a newer, more cutthroat version of herself. Think The Devil Meets Prada set in the magazine industry instead of the fashion world. The story is told in chapters alternating between many characters' points of view, which makes identifying with a protagonist difficult in the beginning. For the first third of the book, I couldn't tell who I was supposed to be rooting for. It all comes together cohesively by the end and is an amusing way to spend a couple of hours. There's not much of a romantic storyline here, but romance readers often like chicklit/women's fiction as well. Pretty in Ink is predictable but not unenjoyable. Ms. Palmer clearly has a wealth of experience in the magazine world and I would be interested to see what she can come up with next.

  • Ky
    2019-05-21 20:40

    Chick lit is such an underrated genre. At first I was annoyed by how many different narrators there were, and it was hard to keep track of what was going on in everyone's lives, but it ended up actually being a neat device to contrast everyone's assumptions about each other to the reality. I kept on being surprised, which was nice. Not sure how I feel about the lesbian character? I almost felt like she was written to be more prudely than the others to avoid having to actually discuss her sexuality. I did appreciate her though! My only other thing is that not all the plotlines were totally wrapped up, but I guess it would feel a bit too tidy to magically have every single character's life come together at the exact same time and coinciding exactly with the conclusion of events at their shared workplace.

  • Darci Goodman
    2019-05-26 21:46

    This review pertains to Pretty in Ink, by Lindsey Palmer. Thanks to Kensington Book and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review. This is the debut novel from Lindsey Palmer and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Pretty in Ink is everything I look for in a book. It was funny, smart, thought-provoking, and beautifully written The characters and the story jump off the page, making this a book that is so hard to put down. Make sure you have some time to read this, because you wont want to stop! Any working woman is going to be able to relate to this book, and come to strongly care about the story and characters. I highly highly recommend this book to women's lit readers or anyone who is looking for a wonderful feel-good read.

  • Tammy
    2019-06-08 14:46

    These gals all have different perspectives on working and family. The Boss Louisa is fired and now Mimi is the new boss who is very different. The book is told from each person's perspective and it makes it more interesting to see what each one is thinking and feeling. Laura has been brought in as assistant to Mimi the new boss. Some try to get to know Laura but she feels the hate. Leah is the current assistant editor yet Mimi brings in a second person in the same position so they are co-editors. Leah is sure she will be fired soon and starts preparing for it. Everyone wants to keep their jobs but know that when a new boss comes in new people are going to be brought in and the old people may lose their jobs. Good job at giving you an insider view of working at a magazine.

  • Deana
    2019-06-03 13:43

    This was so fun! I love books where I can get into the characters and they seem real. It seems that so often these days I find myself reading books where I couldn't care less about what happens to the characters in the story. Personally, my opinion is that one should be invested in the characters in order to be drawn into the story. This book was told from the points of view of different characters and the author did wonderful job of really giving fresh voices to all of them.This was a fascinating glimpse into the magazine world! I finished it thinking I will never look at another magazine the same way again!

  • Ann
    2019-06-14 15:46

    When the editor of Her Magazine is fired, the entire staff narrates the months of transition. Mimi, the new editor comes in with some radical ideas, Leah, the associate editor hangs in there and the rest of the characters all add to the tale. My favorite, Leah is the new mother of triplets who expects everything will turn our ok. They will head in a new direction and Her will survive. The people in this office are likable and well written. The story is wonderful and seems true to life. I think it is better and the Prada magazine story. I hope Lindsey Palmer writes another book, I'll be looking for it.

  • Theresa Pollara
    2019-06-10 13:29

    Interesting insider look at a fashion magazineI almost didn't read this book... The choice of breaking up the book into intertwining viewpoints annoyed me at first. However, I am glad I stuck it out! The characters were compelling. Their stories pulled the reader in and held them to the very end. The intern's story in particular, struck an empathetic nerve. The author took us on a journey through the magazine publication world in the style of (a more readable) Canterbury Tales. A lot of loose ends were left, hopefully to be tied up in a sequel.

  • Allen Palmer
    2019-05-22 14:23

    Lindsey J. Palmer gives us a fun, riveting read. As the author artfully shares with us the colorful characters’ inner dialogues, Pretty in Ink takes us far beyond the characters’ bitingly humorous antics to a more complex reading experience. These are true-to-life people who are fighting for their jobs while trying to hold on to their self-respect and respect for their co-workers. We laugh our way through this lively story, and we smile in recognition of the characters’ very familiar struggles. We are left feeling hungry for more. Wouldn't it be great to see this story on the big screen?

  • Nicole
    2019-05-24 21:23

    I couldn't put this book down! As someone who works in a women-dominated field, I found the characters hilarious and completely relatable. Every office has 'em: the troublemaker, the one who has one foot out the door, the nutcase, the one who will run over anyone who gets in her way. It was fascinating how the author managed to get in their heads and reveal what makes them tick. I highly recommend if you're looking for a great feel-good read!

  • Cynthia
    2019-05-24 16:25

    Engaging, well-researched, beautifully written and lots of fun, I thoroughly enjoyed Pretty in Ink. It tells the story of a New York-based magazine in the midst of a restructuring, with its accompanying drama and dysfunction. The reader gets insight into many different vantage points, so each character is portrayed in a rich way and has a unique voice in the tumult. Very witty and real - Lindsey Palmer is quickly becoming a favorite author!

  • Seth Palmer
    2019-05-29 16:24

    Pretty in Ink is both entertaining and beautifully written. Lindsey's characters come to life as she takes you inside the high pressure / semi-dysfunctional / sometimes catty / always funny women's magazine workplace that she knows so well. I rose and fell with the ensemble cast of characters' successes and failures. This is a great read for the beach, for new yorkers (or ex-NYers) or anyone looking to spend time with a rich group of characters figuring it all out.

  • lola Franco
    2019-06-12 16:32

    my son's teacher wrote this book and gave him a copy. i was surprised how much he liked it. and having read other similar books, i thought it was easily equal to the devil wore prada. i liked the conceit that the magazine was undergoing personnel change.and as a working mom, a lot of the dilemmas raised rang fairly true.i thought this was a great first book written by a lovely woman.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-21 19:27

    Lindsey does a miraculous job capturing a witty, hilarious, yet heartwarming glimpse into the editorial world. I could not put this book down—finished it in 2 days, and my husband kept wondering why I was laughing out loud every 10 minutes. Highly recommended to anyone looking to break into the industry, or even for those who are already part of the industry.

  • Kerri
    2019-06-04 18:22

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads. This was a perfect old-school chick lit book, reminiscent of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. It was a great beach read, not heavy or angsty, no crazy love triangles. I thought the character development was well-done and the story moved nicely.

  • Maxwell03
    2019-05-20 19:43

    There are a lot of characters in this book, and I initially had a hard time remembering who was who. However, each narrator has her own distinct voice and story told in an easy, conversational style. A fun look at the inner workings of a magazine and office politics.

  • Maria
    2019-06-06 20:47

    Loved this book! Couldn't put it down. Intern chapter almost made me cry. Loved the satire and it's really not too far off from what I remember the magazine world being like. I found myself relating to the working moms in the book as well.

  • Linda
    2019-06-13 19:47

    Have you ever wondered what goes on in the offices of those glossy women's magazines? Palmer, a former editor, offers the scoop in her hilarious and heartwarming debut novel. I can't wait to read her second book!

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-03 14:49

    This delightful book is the perfect mixture of sweet and sassy - I devoured it! Lindsey J. Palmer has created a smart, fun novel with clever, painstakingly real women at its center. With this joyful ride, I can't wait for Palmer's next book!

  • D Nikki Pettigrew
    2019-05-22 15:39

    Great read Great read and great characters! This book was totally different than anything I am used to reading but I enjoyed it. I normally prefer murder mysteries.

  • Monica
    2019-06-14 16:46

    I have not read chik lit in a long time but i really enjoyed this book. It reminds me of the stories my friends that work in corporate say about the backstabbing, cruelty u get among ur coworkers

  • Yvonne Crawford
    2019-06-15 13:23

    loved it, if you loved devil in Prada you will love this