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Review: Sad Desk Salad

December 2, 2012

As a writer for the web site Chick Habit, Alex is under enormous pressure to produce posts that will gather a lot of attention and a lot of hits, so she spends most of her day scouring news feeds looking for the next big story.  Things have gotten so bad she rarely gets dressed and only leaves her couch to grab a salad at the bodega across the street.

When Alex receives an anonymous email containing a video that shows the daughter of a parenting expert turned politician snorting cocaine, it seems like the answer to a prayer.  Being the first to break a story like that is sure to bring Chick Habit a lot of attention and ease the pressure on Alex for a little while.  But Alex has second thoughts – is it really fair to post something like that?

In the meantime there’s a hate blogger out there posting about Chick Habit and she seems to know a lot about Alex.  When she threatens to post something incriminating, Alex can’t imagine what it is or who could be behind it.   At times it all seems to be too much but Alex doesn’t want to disappoint her mother or give up on her dream of being a writer – she’s got to figure out a way to make things work before she loses it.

Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose is an entertaining and thought provoking novel.  As I started it, I thought it would only appeal to those who are very familiar with the internet but as I got farther into the story I realized it’s deeper than I initially thought.  Not only does it address moral dilemmas – do we really have the right to know EVERYTHING about semi-public personalities? – it also addresses personal crises – at the end of the day, we have to please ourselves.  I thought a lot about Alex and the situations she found herself in and realized there were no clear cut answers for her, so I think this would make a great discussion book.

Alex is a great character.  She’s a people pleaser, like so many women, often losing herself because of it.  What she has to figure out is who’s really worth pleasing.  Is it the boss who makes sure she receives a paycheck, Alex’s mother, Alex herself, or a little of each one?

In case you can’t tell, I really enjoyed Sad Desk Salad.  I nodded my head, laughed, and urged Alex to make the right decisions as I read it.  I also smiled every time I saw the cover.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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36 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2012 6:24 am

    Interesting issue about the pressure to publish everything, especially to be the one getting the scoop, versus the morality of it. In fact, the book I am listening to in the car, Believing the Lie, has that issue at the heart of it as well. And it makes me want to strangle the reporter for wanting to ruin peoples’ lives! (so I guess you can tell where I come out on that issue – LOL)

  2. December 2, 2012 6:24 am

    I like the focus on blogging – I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel where it’s taken seriously. Definitely one to check out sometime.

  3. December 2, 2012 6:37 am

    Putting it on the TBR list. I also like the cover 🙂

  4. Beth F permalink
    December 2, 2012 7:18 am

    I was on the fence about this but I see that it covers some relevant issues. I too wonder about the balance between freedom of the press and whether we really do need to know everything about famous people.

  5. December 2, 2012 8:24 am

    I just saw this on the new book shelf at the library yesterday, but decided to let someone else have it because I probably wouldn’t get to it right away. It sounds like a good one for the holidays when there are so many distractions it’s hard to focus on anything that strains the brain too much.

  6. sandynawrot permalink
    December 2, 2012 8:53 am

    I’ve always had this uncomfortable feeling when the media goes for the scoop, no matter what the cost. I’ve imagined that there is NO WAY I could do that. It wouldn’t sit right with my soul.

  7. December 2, 2012 8:55 am

    Sounds like an interesting book!

  8. December 2, 2012 9:05 am

    Sounds good.

  9. December 2, 2012 9:27 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m intrigued that it’s a story about a blogger.

  10. December 2, 2012 9:29 am

    Sad Desk Salad sounds like a nice read, and I like the cover too.

  11. December 2, 2012 12:34 pm

    For some reason (even though it says A Novel right there on the cover) I thought this was a non-fiction book. Oops.

  12. December 2, 2012 12:47 pm

    I thought the same thing Jill did! The cover and the title made me think it was a non-fiction book. This sounds like a great read, Kathy. I just put a hold on it at the library!

  13. December 2, 2012 1:21 pm

    This sounds like a really fun and enjoyable read!

  14. December 2, 2012 1:40 pm

    The subject matter is timely and it looks like a book I would enjoy. And I have to agree with others that the cover comes across as non-fiction.

  15. talesofwhimsy permalink
    December 2, 2012 2:03 pm

    Sounds way fun.

  16. December 2, 2012 2:16 pm

    Sounds fun…thanks for the review.

  17. December 2, 2012 2:40 pm

    Love that it’s about blogging, privacy and being a 21st century woman. Thanks for the review!

  18. December 2, 2012 2:45 pm

    I like the book too

  19. December 2, 2012 3:06 pm

    This is a book I’ve had my eye on…glad you liked it. Thanks for the review~

  20. December 2, 2012 4:09 pm

    Hmmm. I never would have given this book a second glance, but it sounds interesting.

  21. December 2, 2012 5:26 pm

    Now that sounds like a great book. For some odd reason I thought this was a salad cookbook!

  22. swright9 permalink
    December 2, 2012 6:45 pm

    Amusing title. Sounds a bit entertaining.

  23. December 2, 2012 7:33 pm

    This book is better than I thought it would be just by reading the synopsis. As a blogger, I think I would enjoy reading this book and getting entangled in Alex’s dilemmas.

  24. December 2, 2012 8:05 pm

    Not a book I’d pick up on my own, but you made it sound very entertaining and I like that it’s a bit deeper than what you initially thought.

  25. December 2, 2012 8:06 pm

    After reading your thoughts I can see the appeal to this story and this character. I’m a people pleaser too but am slowly learning how to shut the computer off at 3:00 pm and walk out the door. There’s always tomorrow!! But it’s taken me 20+ years to get to that point!!

  26. therelentlessreader permalink
    December 2, 2012 9:39 pm

    I’ve been curious about this one..and the cover is simply adorable!

  27. December 2, 2012 10:07 pm

    This is the first I’m seeing this one and it looks good. I like how it’s about something that can be light and fun (blogging) but goes deeper. Great review!

  28. December 2, 2012 11:05 pm

    It was a fun read – glad you enjoyed it too.

  29. December 3, 2012 9:11 am

    I love the title of this one. Usually I tend to the side of why not know everything, and if you know it, why not publish it? But I haven’t really experienced the kind of stalking that we can accomplish with modern technology. I’ll read this and see if it changes my feelings any.

  30. December 3, 2012 11:29 am

    This reminds me of the countless internal discussions I had with myself when I was a newspaper reporter. I purposely limited myself to weekly papers despite the meager pay because I simply could not bring myself to ask questions that I had no business knowing the answer to. In a weekly it’s much easier to ask only pertinent questions and leave the busybody stuff to the dailies. I tune out much of TV “news” when all it is is speculation or celebrity stuff. I could really care less what a Kardashian is doing to her hair or who she is dating for instance.

  31. December 3, 2012 12:38 pm

    Are you book blogging about books about blogging?! Awesome. Will check this out.

  32. December 3, 2012 8:43 pm

    I enjoyed this quick read as well…very interesting look at the blogging world of those who get paid to blog :p Do you know that I never realized there was a face on the cover until Jenners pointed it out to me? Oy. 😉

  33. December 3, 2012 9:10 pm

    That cover is the best! I can’t imagine having a blogging job where I had to come up with something good every day. Of course, I would be paid so maybe it wouldn’t be that bad.

  34. bookingmama permalink
    December 4, 2012 8:27 am

    This book sounds really cute! I had no idea it touched upon some ethical issues. I bet it would make a great book club selection!

  35. December 5, 2012 11:49 am

    I’m glad to hear that you liked this one so much. I started reading it, and it seems like fun so far. I am looking forward to finishing when I have a spare moment.

  36. December 7, 2012 6:59 pm

    This sounds like another good one. Glad you enjoyed it! You’re on a roll!

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