By: Larissa | August 5, 2014 | (36) Comments

Review: The Intern by Gabrielle TozerThe Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Pages: 336
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Josie Browning dreams of having it all. A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism - and for her current crush to realize 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.

Totally fresh and funny, this debut novel from industry insider Gabrielle Tozer reveals just what is behind the seeming glamour and sparkle of the magazine industry.

I was so happy to be able to get a ARC of this, as it’s already released in Australia and I’ve heard great things.  I also love the Devil Wears Prada a whole bunch, so the comparison in the summary had me intrigued. I think this is one of the few circumstances where the comparison does this book justice.  I was overjoyed to find myself whipping through the pages of The Intern. I would certainly put it in a compulsive reading category.

The thing I enjoyed the most about The Intern is how even though I’ve never had a internship, I couldn’t help but relate and laugh/smile at the adventures of our main character. It felt organic and through the writing came across as realistic, even though landing a fashion internship at 17 isn’t something I’d generally find realistic. Josie Browning however accomplishes this and through her endearing and humorous narration I found myself totally invested in the story.

Josie Browning is the main character of the story, and I found myself easily connecting to her and her passion of writing. With Josie’s missteps at the internship (especially on the first day)  I felt her characterization was honest. You also do see Josie grow more confident in her skills and it was I felt like cheering for this character on more than occasion. We see equal moments success and failure which is nice. There were moments where I did however want to shake Josie, she was being naive at several points. However I find myself excusing her naivety just because it comes off as actually charming and we do see character growth. What I also enjoyed with Josie was even though she was inexperienced in the cutthroat world of fashion, she stuck to her own values and beliefs. She didn’t fall prey to clear manipulation or took the easy way out. It really did make her a surprisingly admirable character. I feel like Josie is a character that readers can not only relate to but even look up to her. There was one moment that really stood out to me, where another character essentially back stabs the main character. I adore the way the character handles this. Josie doesn’t go on some crazy revenge tangent, but rather allows herself to cool down. This gives her thought over the situation and gives enough time for Josie to understand what’s really going on.

The Intern was a lot more than just a story of a internship. Sure, you do get to see some of the going ons in a fashion magazine, but you also get so much more. There’s real depth to The Intern  in terms of familial relationships. Josie’s father left the family when she was young, and you could really see how this effected not only Josie but also her sister and her mother. You really do see the emotional and physical struggles the mother goes through in this story, whether it be not having enough money to support herself and the daughters to crying over lost memories.  I feel like these more serious undertones balanced out the story more, making it more than a fluffy romp.

There’s also the side character of Ava. She may seem to be nothing more than your typical mean girl who is Josie’s competition, but I loved that the author developed her more. Ava was fleshed out quite a lot and you really begin to sympathize with her when you find about her own dark secrets. I won’t for spoiler reasons tell you Ava’s secret, but wow. I feel like her secret really is something that’s such a issue in today’s society with the media perpetuating negative body images and such. It’s also something that’s definitely deep rooted in the fashion industry, so I was glad to see it involved in the story and given the serious attention it deserves. I also believe this issue was done in a way where it wasn’t glorifying it, but sending a positive message about the issue to the readers while informing them of the dangers. There was also another character, a famous singer. He was definitely more of a sad character, reading about his struggles really showcased the effects that fame can have on a person.

What really resonated with me is the relationship between Josie and her best friend Angel. They had been friends for quite some time, but now they just seemed to be growing apart. They really did have a lot of differences after all. I think a lot of people have been in circumstances like this, where they simply drift away from people they were once so close to. This was handled in a way that felt very true to life and honestly.

There was a bit of romance in this one and I quite enjoyed it. The romance element was prevalent throughout the course of the story, but I found it to be balanced out well and not to overbearing. I think insta love wouldn’t be involved, but more of a insta attraction. Considering the main character is seventeen, I definitely see this as realistic. I’m personally seventeen, and I shamelessly admit to day dreaming about boys. Josie doing this definitely made me laugh and allowed me to connect with her character. I also really enjoyed the love interest himself, James. There was a really nice “meet cute” scene straight out of the movies which I couldn’t help but love. James only grew on me throughout the novel, he was simply funny and adorable. It was a nice change from the brooding YA bad boy. I feel that overall Josie’s and James’ relationship development was a bit fast, but it made sense considering their interactions. Apparently there’s going to be a sequel, which is something I really don’t find necessary as I found the story ended quite conclusively.  However I still think it’d be interesting to see how this relationship developed and changed.

Overall I would recommend The Intern for those who look for fun and humorous reads which also have a bit of depth to them.

~Thank you HarperCollins for the review copy~

4 Stars
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Larissa was born and still is living in the land of ice, snow and maple syrup. She's 18 years old and really has no idea what to do with her life lately. Larissa's plans are constantly changing--though there’s one thing has remained constant throughout her seventeen years, and that’s reading. It takes her to another world and puts her into impossible situations and that’s why she loves it so much.

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36 Responses to Review: The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

  1. I’ve literally never heard of this one, but I’m adding it to my TBR now!
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  2. Rashika says:

    Holy guacamole!

    I have to say though.. I day dream more about book boyfriends and sometimes oggle at human males as well .-. DAMN YOU HORMONES *shakes fist*

    I’ve only watched The Devil Wears Prada and I do remember liking the movie (although if I re-watched it I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be the biggest fan) so it’s interesting to see a YA version of the adult novel? It does seem a little unbelievable that a 17 year old found an internship at a fashion magazine but I suppose sometimes you just gotta let go to grasp the bigger picture.

    I LOVE the sound of the main character though.. and admittedly, she seems more mature than me. I’d totally want revenge if someone backstabbed me. But hey, since I am too awkward to get it myself there would be no revenge in the end so that must count for something right???

    I am REALLY glad to here that Ava isn’t a typical mean girl and there is more to her than just.. being a mean spiteful human 😛

    I am REALLY glad you enjoyed this one, hon and YAY for FINALLY reading a 4 star book.. the 3.5 star streak is OVER 😛

    Lovely review as ALWAYS, Lars!! 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah girl! I think you may be older, I don’t turn 18 till January.

      Haha yes! hormones are such a problem, they turn me into a awkward stammering person. That’s definitely not cute lol.

      The Devil Wears Prada really is a cute chick flick haha (: There’s definitley some issues though I casually ignore them. Yeah I definitely think a suspension of reality would be needed in order to get on board with the whole fashion internship thing.

      Yeah I know! I’m definitely somebody who does need to grow up in terms of seeking vengeance and stuff haha. LOL omg I love how the thing standing in the way of your total revenge is your own awkwardness.

      There’s definitely layers and inner turmoil that Ava deals with, and I find it so great to see that she isn’t cast aside as the typical mean girl.

      Wooo! Let’s hope I can read more awesome books.

      Thank you Rashika <33

  3. Megan says:

    This one sounds really entertaining. Great review. I want this one now! Stupid book buying ban!
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  4. Tanja says:

    I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds really good. I also like the idea of the story as I have actually never read Devil Wears Prada (I have seen the movie however). I do agree that she is a bit too young to make this sounds so really but I love it that this story is balanced with good and bad moments. Also with her being only 17 I can forgive her for being naive from time to time. Great review, Larissa 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      I’ve never read The Devil Wears Prada either, only watched the movie which was definitely entertaining haha. Yeah I think one should consider and take into consideration her age and why this effects some of the choices she makes. Thank ya Tanja! <33

  5. Jasprit says:

    I immediately added this book to my tbr Larissa, when I saw the similarities with this book and The Devil Wears Prada, I loved both the book and the film, so I’m thrilled to see that you thoroughly enjoyed this. Josie sounds like a wonderful character and one that I can’t wait to meet! Lovely review! 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      I’ve never actually read the book, but adored the entertaining movie (: I’m glad that you enjoyed this review and I hope you enjoy this one as much or even more than me. Josie really was a pleasure to read through haha. Thanks! (:

  6. Nemo Rosa says:

    I hadn’t heard about this one but your review makes it sounds like such a fun and romantic read. Good Chick-lit is getting harder and harder to find. Thanks for sharing, definitely adding it to my TBR list 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      It really was a barrel full of fun and entertainment, the perfect fluffy summer beach read that actually has a bit more sustenance. I hope you end up reading and enjoying this one too.

  7. Oh gosh, this sounds fabulous. I WANT TO READ IT. Even though it might not be my normal read per se, but hey! What’s life if you don’t take risks?! I also like the sound of the love interest being, like, nice and cute and sweet. Huzzah! I adore the bad boys as much as the next psychotic YA reader, but there is something awesome about getting to giggle while reading a book. I like laughing. XD

    The only thing I’m going to be hopeless about is the fashion part…ha. I wear like the same 3 outfits on rotation depending what’s out of the wash. I’m so unimaginative it’s kind of hilarious. Mime doesn’t stop rolling her eyes at me.
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    • Larissa says:

      go do it! LOL you can being aussie and all as it’s out there right now. It’s not really my normal read either, it definitely is more chick lit than what I usually read. However it did have some depth to it as well which was nice. There was this meet cute scene in the beginning of the book between the love interest and the main character ahhhh <33 It was too funny and cute, definitely giggled

      LOL! Well you're like Josie then, she definitely was more into the writing side of things rather than the fashion.

  8. I REALLY NEED TO PICK THIS BOOK UP! The only reason I haven’t yet, is because I can’t decide whether I want the cover with the white background, or the cover with the black background! I’m so glad you enjoyed this and I can’t wait to get around to it myself – thank you so much for the great review!
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  9. Larissa says:

    Awww! Lol I personally enjoy the black background, think it makes the white stand out much more. I hope you get to this one soon and enjoy it even more than me. Thank you for the super sweet comment lovely <33

  10. YAY so glad you liked it and that it’s going overseas – good old Aussie authors 🙂 the title of the second one, Faking It, is GORGEOUS and I can’t wait till it comes out 🙂
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  11. I’m glad there’s actually a bit of depth within the book because it sounds like a pretty fun read that is reminiscent of Devil vs Prada. I still want to read the book though, lucky you for getting a review copy!
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah I really enjoy light hearted books that do have a bit of depth to them. The Intern definitely does have similar aspects to Devil wears Prada and it’s totally entertaining. I hope you can read and enjoy it too

  12. Okay, confession. I “DNFed” the Devil Wears Prada movie. D:

    That aside, this one does seem like such a fun book! I love it when the MCs are readers and/or writers–like, hello there, twinnie! Let me love you! xD

    Hooray for an awesome best friendship and romance! *parties*

    So glad you finally read a 4-star book, girl! Awesome review as always. <3
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    • Larissa says:

      Girl the exit is that way. Kidding! <33 I totally understand why somebody would do that.

      Yeah this one definitely had the entertainment value down pat. Same here! It makes it so much more easy to relate to this characters when they share similar passions.

      Woop! Glad to see that authors are picking up on things that we enjoy.

      Thank you! (: I'm definitely so glad

  13. I really love that cover. It’s so cute! I’m surprised that I haven’t noticed this book before actually. Josie sounds like the sort of character I’d be able to root for, and I’m glad the romance was enjoyable too overall. I will definitely have to check this out. Great review, Larissa!
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    • Larissa says:

      I love it too! There’s also the Aussie version which has a white background instead, but I prefer the American cover. Josie is definitely somebody you support and relate to throughout the novel. Hope you do Sam! Thank ya(:

  14. Siiri says:

    I haven’t even heard of this one, but the cover is so adorable 🙂 Prada, you say? I loved that one so I should try this too? Yay! You know, there’s this young designer whom I know personally. We used to go to summer camp together and when she was 15-16 when she moved to England on her own and at 18 she was an intern at Alexander McQueen, so it’s very real, you can trust me on that! Also, it kind of reminds me of Jane Design 😉 I loved that show. So cute! I’m glad it had depth and familial relationships are always a plus in my eyes 😉 Really? I need to know Ava’s secret now :O I can handle insta attraction, but not love. Since this is the former, I can totally handle it 🙂 I’m glad you loved James! AND I’M SO VERY GLAD YOU ENJOYED! And thanks for introducing the book to me, Larissa 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      I love the cover too, it’s so cute. Yeah, I feel like you should give this one a try if you enjoyed Prada. Oh wow! That’s actually so cool! That girl is living the dream omg. I’d love to have something like that happen to me. ahhh, so jealous! Jane by Design was such a good show. Then it got cancelled ugh /: There really was some great depth in The Intern and it was so realistic and good to see.

      No problem girl! Hope you enjoy this one just as much as me. Thank you for the lovely comment <33

  15. This sounds so great!! I haven’t read The Devil Wears Prada book(s) but I saw the movie and it was excellent! Anne is the best. =D Lol. And I love fashion themed book so will DEFINITELY check this out. 😀 Thanks for the review, Larissa and I’m glad you know you enjoyed it so much!
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    • Larissa says:

      Oh yeah, the movie was awesome! c: Gotta love Anne Hathaway, she’s such a talented actress. This one seems right up your alley if you enjoy fashion stories. Thanks so much for the amazing comment and I hope you enjoy this one just as much as me.

  16. This sounds like a super awesome book! I love how realistically it follows the internship of the MC 🙂 I can still remember my internship back in 2012 and how fun and stressing it was. I interned in the adminstrative office of a College University in the Sultanate of Oman. It would be fun to experience all over again those challenges in the eyes of this MC! 😀
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    • Larissa says:

      It was pretty entertaining, especially after the more serious reads I’ve been going through. Ooooo, cool! I’ve never had a internship but they’ve always seemed so interesting to me. Yours sounds particularly interesting, lol I’m wondering what sort of things you got up to.

  17. Ooo, “compulsive reading,” huh? I was really intrigued by this premise, but I was waiting to see what reviews were like, so I’m happy to see that you liked it! And honestly (NO OFFENSE, MEL, I DON’T MEAN YOU), I was waiting for non-Aussies to read it, too, because sometimes I feel as though national pride gives some of these books a bit of a pass. Or maybe generally speaking, there’s a bit of a divide when it comes to my taste in contemporary Aussie books and a lot of Aussie bloggers. Not always, but sometimes.

    Um, anyhoo–the magazine business is fascinating to me, so I’m looking forward to that aspect.And if it’s an entertaining read and funny to boot, it sounds like a winner to me! Thanks for the review, Larissa.
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    • Larissa says:

      Yes! Definitely fell in the “I don’t want to stop reading this” category. Haha yeah, I’m sure Mel takes no offense. I get what you mean about national pride, I mean I’m pretty lax with Kelley Armstrong because she’s a Canadian author and has written other books I enjoyed.

      Yeah, I’d love a career in the magazine industry. I’ve always found it so interesting, would love to write articles for it or take photos c: Both are quite appealing.

      Thanks for commenting Wendy (:

  18. Everybody raavess about this book and even though I’m in Australia, I still haven’t gotten the opportunity to read it. I’m really glad you enjoyed it overall! Hopefully I can get my hands on it soon. Amazing review as always Larissa!
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    • Larissa says:

      Go get it girl! Haha c: Use your awesome Australian abilities to do so. I hope you do get the chance to read this one and end up enjoying it just as much, or even more so than me. Thank you Laura <33

  19. Amir says:

    I’m in love with that cover! So pretty! 😀

    I’ve actually read another review of this a few months back but I must admit I don’t remember much about it. I do know that it was also positive so that’s really promising! The book gives me a chick-lit feel which I’m not a very big fan of but I’ve read a few I enjoyed so I’m not against reading one. I also like that there’s romance in the book but it didn’t overpower the story. I don’t mind insta-attraction as much as insta-love too, it does happen in real life in my opinion, especially when you’re younger 🙂 Believe me, I know! LOL. Josie also sounds like a very likable character anyone can relate to! She also sounds like a level-headed main character that thinks before she acts and I like that! Lovely review Larissa! Will def check this out even though I’m not a big fan of chick-lit 🙂
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    • Larissa says:

      Same! They also have it with a white background, but I prefer the background black c:

      Pshhh girl you better remember my review months from now [; Hehe kidding. I would say this would be more in the chick lit feel, so if you don’t normally like it I’m not sure you would enjoy this one :s maybe you would have to be in the right mood I suppose. Yeah I’m not a huge hater of insta attraction because it’s actually quite realistic. Falling head over heels with somebody you just met?? Not as much. Josie was a joy of a narrator. Thank you <33

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