Take The Devil Wears Prada, toss in a little bit of Mean Girls, and maybe just a touch of Sex and the City … and voila! You get Lindsey Palmer’s perfectly crafted and so vividly depicted debut novel Pretty in Ink– a look into the glossy, glamorous, and ever so evidently, gritty lifestyle of the magazine world during some of its most trying of days. When the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the renown Hers magazine is forced to step down, it causes a whirlwind within. The new EIC swoops in and makes her new regime known in no time. Suddenly, no one is safe from her transformations and terminations.
When I came across this book it was an instant match made in heaven. From the cattiness to the camaraderie and everything in between, I could not keep my hands off of it. I won’t be so naive as to think I have some special and unique bond with this book that no one else would have. The thing is, it is just so enjoyable and far too easy to get wrapped up in the characters and drama.
Why? Here are just some of the reasons why Pretty in Ink works so well:
- Whether you are a magazine hoarder (much like myself) or occasionally flip through a magazine when you are waiting at the nail saloon, it is so interesting to get a look beyond those glossy pages that are so perfectly bound together.
- Palmer speaks from experience. She had a bunch of actual jobs working for major publication corporations (Hearst and Cande Naste) that it explains how her descriptions succeed in being so poignant that you forget Hers is a fictional publication not some super well-known magazine.
- It’s high school drama meets the adult world (and you thought the days of cliques were over years ago).
- Palmer creates several different narratives so that you are never bored and get perspectives from tons of different characters.
- Every single narrative (with the exception of one really chill dude) is the voice of a strong, determined, and intelligent (give or take one or two for comedic relief) female character who endured hard work, long hours, and countless sacrifices to get where they are in their careers. Girl power for the win!
If you don’t give Pretty in Ink a go, it is totally your loss! So, what are you waiting for?