Sad Desk Salad
Oct 17, 2012
Sad Desk Salad
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
As a writer for Chick Habit, an increasingly popular women's website, Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. She's churning out several posts a day, and she saves her juiciest ones for blog prime time, when working women eat their sad desk salads in their offices. Alex tells herself she's fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer; so what if it means being glued to her couch and her laptop from six a.m. to six p.m., scouring the web in search of the next big celebrity scandal? Since Chick Habit's parent company keeps close tabs on page views, Alex knows her job is always at risk.
So when an anonymous tipster sends her the year's most salacious story—a politico's squeaky-clean Ivy League daughter caught in a very R-rated activity—it's a no-brainer. But is Alex really willing to ruin the girl's life by igniting the next Internet feeding frenzy? And what she doesn't yet realize is how this big scoop is about to send her own life spiraling out of control.
This book attracted me instantly because of the basic goal/storyline - how to stay relevant, popular and "employed" in the ever-changing blogosphere.
This is a spot on depiction of today's "social online society" where to go get a cup of coffee, thereby stepping away from your computer for a moment, could lose you the scoop, the hits, the likes. In the book, Alex has lost her lust for what she does and writes solely about the stories that she knows draws in the most hits per post. She is on the verge of losing her convictions/compassion to make sure she remains the popular blogger. She also appears to have no life whatsoever as she's unable to step away from the computer.
The question is how and what would you do to stay popular in the blogosphere? I will say it gave me a tiny nudge...a reminder... of what I DON'T want to become.
There's also the hate blogger who turns into a possible stalker - and that's scary to us all.
This book is not written in the same form and vein as The Bridget Jone's Diary books - but it did remind me of them. Those books tend to be fun, easy reads.
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