As a writer for Chick Habit, an increasingly popular women’s website, Alex Lyons gets paid to be mean. 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.
Sad Desk Salad was a quick read, that I really enjoyed. Alex was extremely relatable, and I enjoyed seeing the character evolve over the course of the novel. I also enjoyed the behind the scenes look at blogging for fast-paced website for a living, and the difficulties that can come with it. Another interesting aspect that the novel deals with is online privacy, what should really stay private, and what should be out in the open.
I’d definitely recommend Sad Desk Salad to anyone looking for a quick, fun read that actually does have some substance.