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3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  786 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
Meet Adrienne Brown, a twenty-eight-year-old Wellesley College grad who recently left her glamorous job at Town & Country for a spot at the Capitolist. Known simply as the List to Beltway insiders, it’s the only media outlet in D.C. that’s actually on the rise. Taking the job means accepting a painful pay cut, giving up perks like free Louboutins, and moving back in wi ...more
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Published February 5th 2013 by Washington Square Press
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Lisa B.
Jan 27, 2013 Lisa B. rated it it was amazing

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first two-thirds was the set up - entertaining and frequently laugh out loud funny. The final third had a totally different tone. While still sometimes funny, this part was much more serious and suspenseful. Adrienne must decide what to do with the story she has uncovered and how to deal with the impact of her decision.

I thought the author did an excellent job of keeping the story moving. I loved the humor. I thought the ethical aspect Adrie
Read In Colour
Mar 20, 2013 Read In Colour rated it liked it
Written in the same vein as Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada or Erin Duffy's Bond Girl, The List tries hard to be as entertaining as either book, but falls short. Though I was interested in it enough to read it all the way through, it wasn't the attention grabbing, page turner I'd hoped it would be. Still, I can imagine that it will appeal to a lot of readers.

Adrienne Brown has dreamed of working as a serious journalist for years. When the opportunity to leave the fluff pieces of Town &
Mar 22, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
When Adrienne Brown leaves her prestigious job in New York for a job at the Capitolist, in Washington D.C., she has to adjust to the quick pace at the office. Everything changes when she stumbles upon a colleague having a scandalous affair with a senator. She takes the time to thoroughly investigate the every aspect of this affair, but should she go public with it?

The List was a fun read and hard to put down, and each page left you wanting more!

I received a copy of this book for free through Go
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Feb 06, 2013 Rachel Kramer Bussel rated it it was amazing
Adrienne Brown thinks working at The Capitolist is her dream job, enough to leave a cushy gig at Town & Country. Even when she finds out she has to start at 5 a.m. and file stories every hour, she perseveres, in awe of the cool girls like Olivia Campo and, mainly, the men who seem to have the most power and prestige. She's dealing with living back home in Middleburg, Virginia, where her mom's claim to fame as a former famous gossip columnist is often contrasted with her lowly job. When she s ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Great book. Was expecting more scandal, but wasn't expecting it to be laugh out loud funny!

Review to be posted closer to the release date.

J&B Reviews
Sep 06, 2014 J&B Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable.

This book was a very easy read for me. It held my attention from the first page to the last page and I don't find many books that can do that. I really liked Adrienne as a character and as the narrator. She may be one of those people for whom everything has come easily but she also isn't afraid of hard work.

In today's world the story she stumbled on is all too common. A United States Senator with his pants down and a woman who is half his age and not his wife up to no good seems t
Donna Brown
Feb 08, 2013 Donna Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Adrienne Brown has had enough of glitz, glamour and Town and Country magazine. She wants to work for a more serious publication. Thrilled to get a job at the Capitolist (“The List”), she initially overlooks the frighteningly long hours, low pay, extreme workload and lack of respect she has to endure – with a smile – until she can make her mark.

Laced with snarky humour and a (just about!) healthy dose of bitchiness, the novel sees Adrienne uncover the scoop that will make her but only if she’s wi
Nov 17, 2012 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Review Copy Provided by the Publisher

Having lived and worked in DC for nearly three years now as a member of the Federal Gov’t, I was immediately drawn to the description provided. I mean, most of us have probably caught glimpses of those government/celebrity scandals on different TV stations and wondered how they came to list – which is what Ms. Tanabe did in her debut novel, The List.

I have to admit, however, that as the book progressed, I became more and more conflicted about the outcome and
Nov 15, 2013 April rated it did not like it
I had really hoped to like this book, as a fun chick lit kind of book, but I found it hard to get through. Adrienne Brown quits a perfectly good job in NYC at Town and Country to work at The Capitolist, (The Politico thinly disguised). She works 24/7, but still manages to feel surprise that not everyone is as rich and entitled as she is. She feels sorry for herself because she lives in her parent's barn, but, of course, the barn is in an incredibly rich DC suburb and her room probably cost thous ...more
RoseMary Achey
Feb 18, 2013 RoseMary Achey rated it did not like it
The List opens with reporter Adrienne Brown’s first few days at Washington, DC news publication The Capitolist. Adrienne is a twenty something, highly educated, wealthy woman who recently gave up a comfortable position with Town and Country magazine to work for the only media publication that is actually on the rise-The Capitolist, List for short.

Author Tanabe des a good job of educating the reader on the incredible pace of digital media. In a world where reporters were expected write or tweet a
May 23, 2013 Laura rated it did not like it
I don't recommend this book at all. The author takes about 200 pages to go anywhere with the story then the big reveal is disappointing. I found myself constantly skipping pages and not missing any of the storyline. The romance with Sandro is poorly developed and to be honest, rather annoying. I get tired of stories where the girl becomes obsessed after meeting someone once. I find it hard to stomach when a character starts planning her wedding after meeting a guy for 5 minutes. I will say that ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Kristen rated it it was ok
While I mostly didn't hate this book as I was reading it, I can't say I would recommend it to anyone. Ultimately I felt like WAY too much ink was dedicated to her "investigation" of the scandal teased on the bookjacket, and not nearly enough to her life at the List, the friends she made, etc. It was such a false set-up to have her immediately fall in love with her coworker's husband - someone she met maybe twice for five minutes each and instantly was obsessed with him - and I hated that the fri ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Bex rated it liked it
I saw a copy of Karin Tanabe's novel — which offers an account of what it's like to work for a POLITICO-like organisation, from a former POLITICO style reporter — in Kramerbooks when I was in Washington DC, but didn't buy it as I was travelling light. Now that I have finally read it, I can report that it was great fun. As I work in the media industry, I always love insider's takes on media organisations, and Tanabe's portrayal of The Capitolist doesn't exactly sell the employee benefits of worki ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Rachel added it
Essentially "The Devil Wears Prada" except the lowly assistant is the stylish one thinking everyone in DC looks like a schlub, plus one adulterstry (adultery-related mystery, a word I've just coined). Reading about Adrienne's 15+ hour days and constant state of being on call made me feel stressed all day, but I can't say it was actually unenjoyable to read "The List." I was a bit baffled by the main character's motivation, however. She leaves something she loves to "cover politics" but there's l ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Lisa rated it did not like it
Ironically, the novel's protagonist constantly clamors for the guiding hand of a real editor. I was clamoring for the head of the editor of this book by the end of chapter two. Easily a third of the repetitive hand-wringing could have been removed, tightening up the pacing. The ending was weak, characters were caricatures, and the plot tortuously made its way to the inevitable conclusion.
May 10, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
Adrienne Brown, a 28 year old journalist, is inspired to leave her cushy job at a style magazine in New York to focus on writing more serious pieces. Adrienne takes a job at a respected new political paper, resulting in a pay cut, unsustainable hours and a move home with her parents. While seeming impossible at first, all of this enables Adrienne to stumble across a huge story- an affair between her rival coworker and a state senator.
I actually ended up liking this book much more than I thought
Mar 17, 2013 Monica rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book when i started. I thought it would be like the devil wears prada(although that book wasnt that good) but this was just awful. From the lack of character development to the boring scandal that was just predictable, i expected more from a book taking place in my hometown where scandal and gossip sits on every corner
Feb 11, 2014 411Junkie rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. It sounded like such a good story line.

The writing was funny. I enjoyed the humor. But the story seemed to drag on and ended, what seemed to me, unfinished.

I was so disappointed in the end. She Adrienne goes through all these trials as she tries to discover herself as a journalist only to end up with nothing. I mean, nothing. She has this hard hitting story and ends up with no friends, no man, and really, no story. I really feel for her.

And it's not a "lesson
Jul 08, 2015 Caralyn rated it did not like it
Really surprised so many people recommend this one. I ditched this after chapter 2. The author made so many attempts at humor that were predictable & completely fell flat. Too many great books out there to give up more hours to this one.
Mar 10, 2015 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Book did not live up to my expectations. The story was predictable and boring. The main character was immature bordering on childlike.
Mar 03, 2015 Julia rated it did not like it
I thought the book tried too hard to be funny. I wondered if it had been written by formula, as it did not ring true. Characters were carichatures.
Apr 11, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it
This was a disappointing read. Definitely not a "political thriller" like the cover says. It was repetitive and not very interesting.
Jul 06, 2014 Kate rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
This had to be one of the most materialistic, immature narrators I've ever read. Ugh, I disliked this book so much!
Mar 03, 2013 Shandra rated it did not like it
I really tried to get through it, but stopped before chapter 2 could end. Will try to re-read at a later date.
May 31, 2016 Shelley rated it did not like it
Shelves: poop-on-toast
It's no fun reading a book when you guess the plot twist and ending by page 50. Same can be said for name dropping on every page, most pages drop multiple names. The cover blurb calls it a "dishy political thriller", but this is about as close to a thriller as And Tango Makes Three. This has really screwed up my reading chi. If anyone needs me, you can find me in the children's section of my library sucking my thumb while surrounded by a pile of Shel Silverstein. You'll really score bonus points ...more
Alex Laughlin
Dec 16, 2014 Alex Laughlin rated it did not like it
just so bad it's so bad.
Sep 02, 2016 Ari rated it liked it
Shelves: 20s, read-in-2016
I giggled a lot while reading this book which I did not expect. Sure I knew it'd be a 'breezy' read but that doesn't always mean it's funny. However the main character, Adrienne, has a good sense of humor that is sharp and self-deprecating which made her highly amusing. It pretty much confirmed everything I expected about certain journalistic institutions although I do wonder if they changed at all since the DC world is small and this book probably made a slight splash. And I'm sure somewhere so ...more
Kelly Woodward
Jan 19, 2013 Kelly Woodward rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Basically, it's a politics-infused version of The Devil Wears Prada. I don't mean that in a bad way; I actually *liked* The Devil Wears Prada (confession: I've only seen the film version). But it's got an awful lot of the same themes: a young journalist dying to make a name for herself, taking an underpaid and overworked position, taking the guy who cares about her for granted, changing her ideals and alienating her friends, and...well, I won't spoil the ending for you, but let's just say that i ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Robin rated it did not like it
Shelves: prec9-13, pre
Dana Roberts
Aug 09, 2016 Dana Roberts rated it liked it
Perfectly fine easy summer read. Exactly what I was in the mood for.

A waspy women leaves her NYC job to become a journalist in DC, but instead begins working for the "lowly" style section of a hot shot new political publication (clearly supposed to be Politico). She stumbles upon a big scoop that could change her career and ruin some lives, will she break the story?

There is humor, sex, and mystery in this political thriller, perfect for the beach or the pool.
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