The sophomore effort by the authors of the wildly successful The Nanny Diaries is a dark, bleak and utterly humorless novel about a twentysomething woman's career, relationship and integrity struggles.

After being fired from a hellish job—thanks to a hellish boss—and learning that unemployment is not an option, the narrator, known only as "Girl," is thankful when she gets a job as director of rebranding knowledge acquisition for a company. The problem is that she's not exactly sure what that means, and her boss isn't much help. Still, she worries about being fired again, so she does her best to stay afloat.

When company layoffs are announced, she remains on board, but at what personal and professional cost? Girl also inexplicably starts a relationship with an unreliable sort named Buster.

Feminism is the running theme throughout this novel, and in this case, it makes for a heavy mood. It's difficult to follow and figure out what's happening due to the authors' plodding style. It's hard to connect early on, and finishing this book is a struggle. (Nov., 320 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Samantha J. Gust