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Sad Desk Salad

2.97 of 5 stars 2.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,149 ratings  ·  219 reviews
As a writer for Chick Habit, an increasingly popular women's website, Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. She's churning out several posts a day, and she saves her juiciest ones for blog prime time, when working women eat their sad desk salads in their offices. Alex tells herself she's fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer; so what if it means being glued to ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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SAD DESK SALAD takes a snarky and impassioned look at American society through the eyes of Alex Lyons who has much more to offer than just snarky wit and charm. This tongue-in-cheek approach to the Internet way of life had me nearly in stitches at times, and at other times, I seriously questioned the sanity of our society. I mean, many Americans literally live for the latest antics of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Amanda Bynes and seek out the latest celebrity sex tape scandal like it’s a t ...more
When you linger over the two-star review option on this side, a little pop-up appears that says, "It was okay."

It was okay.

This is the book I am afraid I would write if I tried to write a book. A little too close to my own life, a little more exciting than my own life, a little too expose-y of my career, a little too... this friend of mine from college, that friend of mine from college, this ex-boyfriend, that ex-boyfriend, this grown-up realization that I am responsible for my actions, that gro
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff
•Delightfully wicked and fun
•Perfect for a day at the beach or for commuting
•Good character development and relevant to today's life (Damn people get paid to blog -- cough cough somebody pay me please)
•Actually makes you think about the moral dilemma involved - what would I have done in the same situation - do we have a right to intrude into the family of celebrities, etc
•Laugh out loud funny yet almost heart warming at times
•Nice to see realistic friendships between the char
This book made me feel about a hundred years old. The whole way through I wanted to grab Alex by the shoulders, give her a good shake, and then tell her to a) take a shower and WASH YOUR HAIR THIS TIME b) eat some food that is not from the bodega across the street and c) take off that goddamn muumuu and burn it. I'm not a mother, yet I felt like someone needed to tell this idiot what the basics of human care are. Maybe you'd be less of a psychotic freak if you got more than a few hours of sleep ...more
I think that anyone who blogs will appreciate Alex's story for sure, especially those who blog professionally. Internet and blogging ethics are still evolving and this book is a great commentary on the nebulous state of them today. Also, the author worked at both Slate and Jezebel so I assume that Alex's story is fairly realistic as far as what it's like working as an online writer.

Alex has to keep up on pop culture as part of her job and this book is full of pop culture references which was fun
Megan (Book Brats)
I’m not quite sure how I came across SAD DESK SALAD, but I believe it involved shopping on Amazon many months ago while half asleep, mindlessly clicking and inevitably buying something I didn’t mean to. In my haze, I forgot to return it, and in the end found SAD DESK SALAD by Jessica Grose sitting on my Kindle as I browsed through. After finishing HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? by Sheila Heti, honestly the written equivalent of the show Girls (by the way, Lena Dunham is not the voice of my generation, ...more
Alex works for Chick Habit, a gossip blog. Perk: Alex gets to work at home. Cons: Alex can never go anywhere without her laptop. Also the death threats are a major con. You have to take the good with the bad when you write for a gossip blog. Alex’s day starts with her waking up early, chatting with her boss where her boss gives her four topics to choose form to write about on the news for the morning and then the rest of the day involves Alex writing fluff pieces about random topics. This is whe ...more
I received this book as an early copy from another website and of course, I had hoped to enjoy it and not be bored or irritated by it but I didn't expect that I would like it as much as I do.

It was a great story. There were times when I couldn't put it down. It shows a life that I am not familiar with but I see from a distance. I see those postings on Yahoo and other places but I never really thought about who would be writing them and why, where and how. And how the writer might also be reading
I was very excited by the premise of this book. An internet blogger dealing with the fallout of a post and how we aren't just anonymous and what we say and do even online has consequences. That we can't or shouldn't separate who we are in the world from who we are online and think it is okay to do something morally ambiguous because its coming from a keyboard and not face to face. All great ideas and could be thoughtful and insightful.

However, Alex, the protagonist of this story, is a whiny self
Carrie Ardoin
3.75 STARS

Alex Lyons is a 25 year old living in New York City with her financier boyfriend, Peter. If you think that sounds glamorous, well, it's not. Alex is a writer for a infotainment blog called Chick Habit, and she is literally on the computer looking for her next post, every waking moment. She is pretty snarky, but never thought she'd done anything bad enough for someone to target her on a hate blog!

And things go from bad to worse when Alex posts a video of a celebrity daughter in a compro
I don't quite remembering yelling "take a shower" or "change your clothes" quite so much at a fictional character before. So, that was new. More of a two and half star book - interesting look at the rather cutthroat business of celebrity gossip via the internet but presented through a week in the life of someone who, aside from the before-mentioned hygiene issues, is highly unlikable because she sits and thinks through all the reasons she shouldn't do something and then does it anyway. That gets ...more
I waffle between 2 and 3 stars. The book was not what I expected from the title, which is great, and what made me pick up the book. I spent too much time being annoyed at the main character - she suffered from the urban 20-something version of the romance novel trope of misunderstanding. Also there were some odd occurences in the book that were intended as red herrings to the sort-of mystery, but they were never explained.
Vapid, not a whole lot happened, and the title is a dumb phrase that appeared in the book but has absolutely no business being the title because it isn't related to anything important.
Leila Cohan-Miccio
This book about professional blogging was TOO REAL and made me anxious enough that I had to repeatedly remind myself that I never have to do that job again.
Interesting to read Jessica Grose's approach to fiction. Her journalism work - articles and column-type things online are more immediate, humorous, applicable to my own opinions, and that's why I bought the book.

The protagonist of this book writes all day - makes lots of posts on a female-centric website. Inspired by reality and Bustle, I guess... And that's her job. She seldom sees her boss or co-workers in person. And often she doesn't have time to bathe during the day. Go-to outfit - black e
When almost anything can be found in seconds with a few good searches on the internet, where does public and private end?

Alex Lyons wrestles with that dilemma as well as trying to maintain a balance between her online life and her "real" life. As her online job starts to take over and wreak her real life, she has to not just get to the bottom of who's trying to destroy her online but also what it is she really wants from life.

The two major reasons that swayed me to check this book out were: 1) A
This book is a mixed bag. The professional dilemma faced by our heroine Alex is compelling and thought-provoking. It raises good questions about what is or isn't appropriate in journalism in a digital age and about how people treat each other in the media. The book raises differing viewpoints in a natural, organic way that made Alex's choices and thought processes interesting. It was also a compelling look at the pressure many young professionals feel even in the confines of jobs they want and e ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I needed something light and funny and this was the perfect book for that. Though it was not just happiness and sunshine, no this book did look at the internet a bit more closely too.

Alex the heroine gets up around 6 am and then works for almost 12 hours. She does not dress, take a shower and often forget to eat. She is obsessed with her work as the tempo is high and she needs to find and write several pieces a day and get a lot of traffic for the website. Is she happy? I think she is too busy t
Vanessa / Little Gold Pixel
Alex is a blogger who can't seem to get her priorities straight. She works from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. without taking a proper break or showering or putting on clean clothes. But the real problem is that her sense of self is in jeopardy. Her sense of ethics is confused.

I really enjoyed watching her spiral out of control to find out who is writing a hate site about her. This is a novel very much of our time, and anyone who spends any time on the Internet (raises hand) can relate to the situations.

My on
Jessica Workman Holland (Tales Between the Pages)
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I’ll admit that I enjoy reading “women’s fiction” even though I detest the term, “women’s fiction.” When I found this book on Edelweiss, I knew I wanted to read it. I dove in with the expectation of encountering quirky female characters who eat alone at their desks every day.

What I encountered were quirky characters who I couldn’t relate to. There were moments when I found the main character, Alex, interesting. I’m an avid reader of the website, Jez
Sad Desk Salad initially comes off as a breezy, chick lit, type of book and in some ways it is. The writing is simple, yet effective, and the characters seem to interact mainly on the surface of things. When I started Sad Desk Salad, I was afraid that it was going to be another book like The Nanny Diaries or The Devil Wears Prada. I've already admitted to not really getting the humor in those books. I was very happy to discover that Sad Desk Salad was nothing like that for me. It has funny momen ...more
Viviane Crystal
Chick Habit is a sponsored website where a group of women are paid to write what others refer to a "gossip" column, posting comments on contemporary social and cultural items of high interest throughout the entire day. Their success depends on the number of hits they achieve each day for the advertisers and promoters, and the ceiling rises with time. Alex Lyons works for this site, known as "Chick Habit." Alex works from home in a smelly mu mu and leaves the apartment only to get her lunch of th ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Well, if you're reading this, you're connected online in some way - reading blogs, surfing websites, tweeting, posting etc. Now how much time do you spend online?

Alex Lyons, the main character in Jessica Grose's debut novel, Sad Desk Salad, spends a minimum of twelve hours a day online. She's a writer for Chick Habit - a women's website that skewers just about anything and everything. When Alex receives an anonymous email with a link to a blockbuster scoop, she has to decide if her job is worth
When I heard about Sad Desk Salad, I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to read it. I mean what kind of title is Sad Desk Salad? However, despite finding the title just a little bit strange, I decided to go ahead and see exactly what the book was about — and after reading it, although I still don’t think the title sufficiently sums up the book, it IS a part of the book therefore, it works. I thought the synopsis sounded excellent so when I saw it was on Edelweiss to request to review, I went ahead ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Taking us behind the scenes of the world in which author Jessica Grose has forged her career, Sad Desk Salad gives a lighthearted insight into modern day tabloid journalism.

Alex Lyons is a blogger for Chick Habit, an online zine site focusing on celebrity gossip, fashion, pithy social commentary and controversial opinion. Responsible for publishing a dozen or more posts a day, Alex obsessively browses through Twitter, Facebook, her RSS feeds and news sites for inspiration from her couch, churni
Samantha Janning
I received a copy of Sad Desk Salad in exchange for an honest review. I thought I was going to love this novel from the description and the beyond-hilarious cover. I knew I was going to love this novel from the first page. But seriously – how was I not going to fall in love with a main character who blogs at a women’s lifestyle website called Chick Habit? I was immediately transplanted into the story and stayed in Alex’s world until the last page. Alex is starting to lose focus with herself as s ...more
I agree with many of the other two-star reviewers: it was ok.

I don't read much chick lit, so I'm not sure if it's all like this. I actually only read this book because I received it as a galley copy from HarperCollins. Still, even if chick lit is all written like similarly, this is a book I could have written . . . back in 7th grade when everything I wrote mirrored my life, only with far more melodrama than I could muster up in real life. I am unimpressed by any of the characters including Alex
Lilac Wolf
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

The synopsis isn't quite right. It's not a no brainer, Alex is tortured by her choice. She's already spirally out of control when the story begins. She doesn't shower much and has been wearing the same muumuu for weeks, it literally smells bad to her. She doesn't like posting about the catty celebrity stuff, but with the pressure for pageviews, she feels the need to go that route more and more just to keep her job.

I think it's a brilliant look at how the internet can tur
When Alex Lyons said she wanted to be a writer, Chick Habit wasn't exactly what she had in mind. Sure, it's fairly simple: find a topic, write a scathing and bitchy piece pertaining to said topic, then sit back and let the hits begin. But Alex doesn't necessarily like being known as a bitch. In fact, for each mean post she generates, she worries herself sick. And when a new hate blog aimed right at Chick Habit appears, Alex becomes a bit obsessed over who could be behind it. The added stress of ...more
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Jessica Grose is a journalist and novelist. She is the author of the novel SAD DESK SALAD. She is also the author of the Kindle Single HOME ECONOMICS, which is about how couples manage their finances, and the co-author of the book LOVE, MOM, with Doree Shafrir.

She was formerly a senior editor at Slate, and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York, The New Republi
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