Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen. (2019).
**4 out of 5 stars**
It’s 1965 and Alice is living in New York to chase her big city dreams. She dreams of being a photographer but lands a job as assistant to Helen, the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Editors and writers are resigning in response to Helen’s plans for the magazines and someone attempts to get Alice to sabotage her boss. However that makes Alice even more determined to help Helen succeed. With so much pressure at the magazine, Alice struggles not to lose sight of her own dreams as she’s swept into the glamorous world of expensive dinners, lavish parties and charming men.
This is quite a fun and flirty read with a serious undertone – impressive to have both and it totally works! As someone who has never really read Cosmo, I still found the story of Helen’s start at the magazine really interesting. The opposition that she faced in that time period given she was a female wanting to change the magazine’s direction into talking about sexual matters for women would have been crazy. This book is a historical fiction with both fictional and real characters, Helen being a real one. Her assistance Alice is fictional, and is quite a likeable young lady – her thoughts about what ‘good girls’ do/act like made me laugh out loud a few times.
This is a clever and sassy read which I found very entertaining and would recommend as a great holiday read.