The Compulsive Reader: Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina

Monday, September 1, 2008

Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina

Chrissy Gibbons plans on making it big, and has the perfect summer job to get her there: an internship at Savvy magazine, and a shot at becoming their first ever Savvy Girl columnist. Chrissy is ready to buckle down and endure some hard work, but is shocked and delighted when the legendary fashion editor and former model Jessica Cordero befriends her and invites her to all of the coolest parties. Caught up in the high of glamorous living, Chrissy begins to take risks to get what she wants—ones that could jeopardize her dreams, and alienate her friends.

Savvy Girl is a fresh and fun take on the magazine world that will delight girls seeking a light summer read that speaks to their aspirations and their way of life. Chrissy's world is one that many teen girls can relate to...one on the cusp of independence that's fraught with relationship and college preparation woes, the thrill of freedom, along with edgier elements of underage drinking.

While the idea of a fashion editor befriending a lowly intern is something that hasn't been explored very often, and offers a new and fun edge to the plot, all of the trademark elements of such books in this genre are present: the abandonment of friends, the fast paced routine, the inevitable crash and burn, and then the phoenix-like comeback. It makes the book a little predictable, but Messina has created Chrissy in such a way that girls won't but help love her despite the cliché. Savvy Girl is humorous and clever, and offers a message that between its covers that doesn't hurt to be repeated.

1 comment:

Meredith said...

I read and loved The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney. I have The Juliet Club in my TBR pile right now. It is slowly making its way up as I finish reading the other books!