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The List: A Novel

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  559 ratings  ·  125 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 Louboutin ...more
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Published February 5th 2013 by Atria Books
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Lisa B.

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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
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 &
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
Donna Brown
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
Rachel Bussel
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
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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
Rose Mary Achey
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
J&B Reviews
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
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
Nicole About Town
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.

Kelly Woodward
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
Billed as a dishy political thriller about a woman who works for the Capitolist, a fictional Washington-based newspaper. The thriller is not really a thriller but I loved the frenetic pace of the job and I am a sucker for anything that takes place in DC. The author really makes tangible the hectic and all-consuming nature of the protagonist’s occupation. It was stressful to read almost, in step with the stressfulness of the job.

The writing vacillates wildly from very descriptive and oftentimes h
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
This book never stopped. You start with the first page and the pace just kept at a high rate throughout the whole book. At times I couldn't read it fast enough.

Living outside the DC area made the setting very interesting to me. I have been to Middleburg a few times and could picture the area as it was written about. Knowing the area always makes the book more interesting.

I know some jobs require people to be ruthless, but I was disappointed in Adrienne. I wanted to see her take the high road.
Christine Bass
Adrienne Brown goes from a great job at Town & Country in NYC to a job in the Style section of a new startup paper/website. Obviously more politically oriented than her other position, with much longer hours and a lot fewer perks. Does she just become one of many there or can she stand out as a "real" journalist? Well sometimes, you just need to be at the right place at the right time.

I enjoyed the book and all the characters. I liked the way the author referenced current, modern events and
Christy Mcfaye
I saw a positive review for this book in People mag and since I used to work on the Hill I thought it would appeal to me. While there isn't that much Hill talk in it, it's more about new media and journalism, I still loved all the inside DC references and getting me back into that world. I've been obsessively watching House of Cards and The List reminded me a lot of the show, except that the main character is less slutty. I really liked how well paced and funny this book was. Adrienne Brown, the ...more
Jessica Turrell
When it comes to fiction, I'm more a humor reader than a story reader. Basically, if I'm not laughing by the end of the first chapter, I'm not really interested. So I was happy to find that the author had me chuckling on page one. This book's protagonist has that kind of self-deprecating Bridget Jones humor which I'm really into. She's definitely not the Chelsea Handler, potty humor type, but rather the girlie, trying to find her way in the world with plenty of wit type. I'm not one for politics ...more
Allison Armstrong
It all works out in the end, but the working conditions of the main character were horrible. She did discover something about herself in the end. I liked learning about the way the newspaper/blog Capitalist worked.
A bit of a fun read, especially if you are a Washingtonian. But also a bit of an eye-rolling read, especially if you are a Washingtonian.

The character obviously exists in a much different DC than I do. And I tried to put that aside as I read the book, but sentences like "I drove slowly up to the gate, letting the sensors take a moment to register my car" when describing the main charater's arrival at her parents horse estate where she lived seemingly rent-free in a recently redone guest apartmen
Claire Lyman
A frivolous, fun read with a serious point or two to make - and unlike most frivolous, fun reads it's well-written (this coming from a literary snob) and genuinely witty. It also does that rare and praiseworthy thing of showing the world is not black and white and making you wonder for a second or two whose side you should be on. (It would make a good book club read for that reason.) Recommended - especially if you're into your DC fiction. I'd love to see a sequel - the ending was good, buy ther ...more
Jill Bernstein
An impressive debut novel by Karin Tanabe, who knows a thing or two about DC media and politics after working for Politico. She creates a great heroine in Adrienne Browne who works at The Capitolist, aka "The List." Underpaid and working at an insanely hectic pace, Adrienne navigates the cutthroat newsroom, moves home with her parents in rural Virginia, and stumbles on a juicy story that could change everything. Skewering the frenetic world of digital media, where quantity over quality rules, an ...more
Elise Traversa
Easy entertaining read, but the story was so incredibly full of plot holes. The ending was also bizarre... I'm still not quite sure why it ended the way it did.
This book got increasingly worse, honestly, but I couldn't put it down. By the end of the book, I couldn't really understand why anything was happening, and the falling action / denouement consisted of about half a page, which was really unsettling. I liked the setting and the concept a lot, and I even liked the main character (in my opinion, she was a huge improvement on the main character from Devil Wears Prada, to which this book is compared in many of the reviews), but I couldn't understand ...more
Pamela Aquino
I read "The art of inheritance" first and LOVED it. I really enjoy politics/drama and had high hopes for this book. it was well-written but I did not love it as much as I did "Art of Inhertiance". Definitely a good read. I recommend it and the other book as well.
Michele Krampf
What a disappointment this book turned out to be. Why it was described on the cover as a "political thriller" is the mystery. Other than taking place in DC, there was no thriller! I found the main character, Adrienne, to be one-dimensional and irritating. I found myself rolling my eyes a number of times at the implausible scenes I was reading and the number of times the author dropped a designer name to remind us that Adrienne was still the little rich girl who had worked at Town and Country mag ...more
Rounded up from 3.5. A fun, romping read, but the protagonist was a bit of an unreliable narrator, not giving credit that some of the introspection came later after the events unfolded - it just doesn't seem authentic that she was that self-blind yet introspective when she was that exhausted. I did feel sympathy for her - I think we all struggle with the expectations of others, what is defined as success based on so many strange yet patterned educational and socioeconomic paths, our need to belo ...more
Melissa Bassett
This book drove me nuts. The first 8 chapters were so slow and repeated over and over again how hard it was to work at the Capitalist (newspaper). It reminded me of a high school term paper where a kids doesn't know what to write so they repeat the same thing over and over again. Adrienne as a character was hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud at some of her antics, but the rest of the characters were either underdeveloped (with a lot of potential) or just throw aways to keep the story ...more
I enjoyed this book, inspite of some of the trite Washington insider dirty talk. There is almost no original thought in D.C., so the very act of writing the book makes Ms. Tanabe worthy of admiration. One can hardly hold her things against her, since there are so few resources where one can hone a contraian sharpness of mind. Maybe she found it in Dubai. I almost laugh out loud when I hear anyone talk about truth to power, since power obliterates any truth, and it is nearly impossible to find he ...more
Abby Jean
pleasant fluff about a blog-mill ala gawker focused on political news. the ending was a bit odd, but interesting enough.
This had to be one of the most materialistic, immature narrators I've ever read. Ugh, I disliked this book so much!
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I've been devouring books since I could read a sentence and am thrilled that my second book "The Price of Inheritance," published by Atria/Simon & Schuster, will be out August 5th! Until then, please check out my debut novel, "The List." When I'm not writing, I'm reading (my dad was a Washington Post book section editor - I have SO many books!), distance running, traveling, indulging in Franco ...more
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