She’s a Shoe In

I picked up ‘She’s Got Issues’ after reading the Daily Candy review of this debut novel by Stephanie Lessing.

Written in the first person, this suspiciously part autobiographical light romance chronicles idealistic Chloe Rose’s bumbling climb up the corporate ladder at Issues Magazine. Everything seems rosy when she first accepted the position of Assistant to the Promotions Assistant: everyone seems so nice to her, she’s got her own key to the shoe closet, and she’s attracting the attention of the cutest guy, Dan the Editor-in-Chief – she mistook his name for Stan – at the office.

She's a Shoe In

But wait, why does she get this feeling that the editorial staff don’t really like her as much as she thought? And why is it that she’s always being assigned menial tasks – photocopying, filing receipts, getting coffee that has to be the perfect shade of caramel for her superior? Equally puzzling: is the publisher following her around, spying on her or assessing her capability? And could that bitchy piece in the latest edition about an unscrupulous, idea (and shoe) stealing assistant ousting her idiot of a superior by snitching to the bosses be her? And why is it that her creative ideas are always rejected by her immediate boss only to show up disguised in another form?

Lessing’s first attempt takes a funny, if somewhat tame, dig at office politics and she succeeds fabulously in making her female readers laugh at themselves. The book reminds women that the climb up the corporate ladder should be all about women helping each other, and not doing each other in. Incidentally, Lessing’s husband is also named Dan … now you see why I suspect this is part autobiographical.


She's a Shoe InOverall, it’s a great first effort, and I think she’s got more issues to grind in her next book. Look out for that if you like contemporary women’s fiction that makes you pause, ponder and have a good laugh, at yourself and other women. Oh, did I mention that this novel has a Cinderella fairy-tale ending? This is one funny Chick Lit writer you will appreciate, especially on days when you need a laugh. Her website reflects her personality too – the girly pink background and shoe boxes as navigation links are pure genius! And do read other reviews of the book from Heartstrings, BookReview Cafe.

reflects her personality too – the girly pink background and shoe boxes as navigation links are pure genius! And do read other reviews of the book from ,

For now, I’ll leave the gals some food for thought:

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weakness.
~Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, Marquise du Deffand
‘Letters to Voltaire’

More quotes in The Quote Garden.

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