“This novel begins with Dawn West landing a job with a popular glossy magazine called "Charm" Dawn's grandiose expectations are shattered when she learns that the job will only be temp, and that her office is located in the sub-basement of an older building in a dodgy area of New...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Eh. It was recommended somewhere, but I don't know where. Dreadfully dull and plodding.”librarycarol wrote this review Wednesday, September 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel begins with Dawn West landing a job with a popular glossy magazine called "Charm" Dawn's grandiose expectations are shattered when she learns that the job will only be temp, and that her office is located in the sub-basement of an older building in a dodgy area of New York.
Her assignment is to locate past winners of the magazine's presigious "Ten Girls To Watch". Dawn will interview and compile the necesary information of these women for an upcoming gala 5oth anniversay celebration.
Each past winner has unique talents that have contributed to success. We read how how Dawn grows and matures through life's lessons, many a direct result of this temp job.
I personally took longer than usual to finish this book. It is written with intense passion. It took me back to a time in my life where I experienced and related to many of the things that Dawn had to face.
This is a dynamite debut from an up and coming author. Charity Shumway has captured a place in time many women will relate to and I highly recommend this engaging read! The character development is outstanding, and book clubs will find so much to discuss.
I can envision another novel that features Dawn and the main cast of characters! In any event, be on the lookout for this author! ”
“What advice would you give your younger self? After graduating from university, Dawn is trying to navigate her way through adulthood. She’s found a place to live and is trying to establish a career as a writer. Dawn gets a free-lance writing job for Charm magazine, she interviews past winners of their “Ten Girls to Watch” contest. As Dawn interviews the women, she gets some valuable lessons about life and possibilities that lie ahead.
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked Dawn and her optimism. She learns how to deal with disappointment and becomes resilient but not jaded. I also enjoyed reading about the past winners of the “Ten Girls to Watch” and their advice on careers and relationships. I think that readers will enjoy Ten Girls to Watch, it’s a celebration of friendship and pursing your dreams.”
“Dawn West graduates from college on the west coast and heads east to NYC. Her plan is to become a writer. She starts out with an online lawn care advice column even though she knows little about the subject. Dawn manages to land a job at the glossy fashion magazine, Charm. Instead of writing feature articles in the pod, she winds up doing research in the basement. It's just her, her desk, computer, phone and well, there is Ralph. Her assignment is to track down the past winners of the magazines "Ten Girls to Watch" award. At the start of each chapter is a short bio of the girl at the time of the contest. The winners have gone on to become famous, rich and mostly happy. There is an opera singer, an air force pilot, and even a mayor. The only problem I had with this is that it would have made the book so much more interesting if maybe just one of them was a divorced mom of 6 kids or maybe even homeless on the streets of NYC. But no, they all lived up to their potential. Dawn finds herself in this assignment and grows as a writer even though her relationships are disasters, friendships fragile and her living arrangements under goes bizarre changes. I did enjoy the book and look forward to reading the next. I think Charity Shumway is a novelist to watch.
“Ten Girls to Watch was an inspiring book with inspiring stories within it, I felt by the end of the book I was left with a warm feeling and enlightened by all the wonderful profiles of women leaving me feeling motivated and fascinated by the impact of the book as a whole.
As I began reading I honestly didn't know what to expect, I didn't immediately connect with the book, I felt it was going to be too predictable and typical, during the first chapter it goes straight into old memories which left me confused for a while because I felt I didn't know enough about the character to understand what was happening, but after a few chapters I was hooked, I loved following Dawn on her journey, I could relate to her easily because of all the challenges she's faced with continuously, she shows endless amount of hard work, strive and determination as a main character which meant I became very fond of her.
Another point which I felt gave the book a whole new dimension of interest was all the profiles of women used throughout the book. I loved reading about how successful women can be when they try hard, I was very much inspired by all the different advice Dawn receives from interviews throughout the whole book, it gave me much to think about and ponder. However there were points where I felt that there was an overwhelming volume of stories about the different women which meant that many of the women were easily forgettable even though I felt all of them were too amazing to forget!
I thoroughly enjoyed Dawn's character and how she dealt with her issues, she never made stupid decisions that annoyed or frustrated me which I like in a character. The writing was light, refreshing and enjoyable. By the end I felt like I knew Dawn so well as a character which left me feeling utterly pleased for her achievements.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to pick up an uplifting and inspiring read with an awesome female lead character!