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Shauna Robinson

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"After five years working at Parson's Press, an old-school business book publisher, Nora is the last editorial assistant standing, desperate to get out. But she can't leave until she finds another job to cover rent, especially when Parsons cuts already unlivable salaries. That's when Nora is forced to lie her way into moonlighting for a rival publisher...and maybe poaching a few authors along the way. But when Nora accidentally falls for Andrew Santos, an author Parsons Press... can't afford to lose, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Parsons Press, Andrew, or herself and her future"--

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark [2022]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes reading group guide and a conversation with the author (pages 322-328).
Physical Description
330 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781728240732
1728240735
Main Author
Shauna Robinson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Nora Hughes loves books, so it's a dream come true when she lands an editorial assistant job at Parsons Press. But five years later, she's burned out—she's overworked and depressed, and so underpaid that she can't afford the cost of living in the Bay Area. When an opportunity to moonlight for a competitor arises, Nora seizes the chance, knowing that it's ethically questionable. The bright spot in Nora's life is Andrew Santos, a Parsons author who has been offered a contract for his second book. If Nora can get Andrew to sign the contract, it could make a difference for her career at Parsons; but pushing him too hard could destroy their budding relationship. Nora's story will be familiar to readers stuck on a professional hamster wheel, always hustling but never making progress. While the general tone is light, Robinson doesn't shy away from the darker side of burnout, and Nora's despair and frustration provide balance and realism. Must Love Books will resonate with readers who are drawn to millennial-workplace stories like Camille Perri's The Assistants (2016). Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A heartfelt and exciting debut...a wise and honest story of how it feels to be a young woman in search of yourself."—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Malibu RisingThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill meets Younger in a heartfelt debut following a young woman who discovers she'll have to ditch the "dream job" and write her own story to find her happy ending.Meet Nora Hughes—the overworked, underpaid, last bookish assistant standing. At least for now.When Nora landed an editorial assistant position at Parsons Press, it was her first step towards The Dream Job. Because, honestly, is there anything dreamier than making books for a living? But after five years of lunch orders, finicky authors, and per my last emails, Nora has come to one grand conclusion: Dream Jobs do not exist.With her life spiraling and the Parsons staff sinking, Nora gets hit with even worse news. Parsons is cutting her already unlivable salary. Unable to afford her rent and without even the novels she once loved as a comfort, Nora decides to moonlight for a rival publisher to make ends meet...and maybe poach some Parsons' authors along the way.But when Andrew Santos, a bestselling Parsons author no one can afford to lose is thrown into the mix, Nora has to decide where her loyalties lie. Her new Dream Job, ever-optimistic Andrew, or...herself and her future.Your next book club read touching on mental health, happiness, and the peaks and perils of being a young woman just trying to figure it all out. Nora Hughes is the perfect heroine for anyone looking to get past their own chapter twenty-something and build their storybook life."A tender reflection on finding your person while you're still desperately searching for yourself."—KJ Dell'Antonia, New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters"A book for book lovers... It's impossible not to root for Nora!"—Jesse Q. Sutanto, National Bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties