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White Collar Girl

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,046 ratings  ·  384 reviews
The latest novel from the bestselling author of Dollface and What the Lady Wants takes us deep into the tumultuous world of 1950s Chicago where a female journalist struggles with the heavy price of ambition...

Every second of every day, something is happening. There’s a story out there buried in the muck, and Jordan Walsh, coming from a family of esteemed reporters, wants t
Paperback, 431 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by NAL
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Nancy Hollmaier Most children age 13 and older have heard the language used in the book. If concerned with content, parents should read first. signed, parent of avid …moreMost children age 13 and older have heard the language used in the book. If concerned with content, parents should read first. signed, parent of avid readers.(less)
Renee Rosen We originally pitched this book as "Mad Men meets House of Cards". It's set in 1950s and tells the story of an ambitious female reporter at the Chicag…moreWe originally pitched this book as "Mad Men meets House of Cards". It's set in 1950s and tells the story of an ambitious female reporter at the Chicago Tribune who becomes embroiled in the Daley Machine's political scandals. It's filled with nostalgia, mystery and love (but not romance). (less)

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Renee Rosen
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I must say I'm biased but I truly feel this is my strongest writing today and I'm really proud of this book. I hope others will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing. Thanks! ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
White Collar Girl was a great reminder of why I often enjoy historical fiction stories. When well-done, as in this case, the time period, the setting and the descriptions are fun to read about.

Jordan Walsh is a young ambitious female reporter for The Chicago Tribune in the 1950s, a time where journalism was dominated by men. She gets assigned to covering high society weddings and writing articles for the White Collar Girl column. She finds these assignments trivial and craves the hard hitting n
I sure love the cover. The summary hinted at the stellar TV series Mad Men. Too bad for me- it is simply all window dressing on a novel which tried to sizzle with a female news reporter chasing a byline in 1950’s Chicago, which had lots of interesting pertinent history of the era but just didn't manage to breathe lives worth caring about into "White Collar Girl".

Missing was suspense, tied to tracking down the facts and exploding news on the front page of the paper. Love affairs were fraught aff
Aug 05, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF at page 208

I can't do it anymore... no no no, The story was good at first, but Jordan's "romance" with Jack Casey... and his family soon set my teeth to grinding (view spoiler)
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

A family of journalists, stolen bylines. ​struggling ​women reporters in the 1950's, and Chicago.

WHITE COLLAR GIRL takes us into the world of journalism and news reporting as we are introduced to the Walshes who are generation after generation of journalists.

The ​elder ​Walshes ​definitely ​have talent, but a family​ tragedy​ ke​eps them from continuing their careers. The tragedy didn't stop Jordan Walsh, though. This tragedy kept her pushing ahead and wanting to break into having more respect f
William Natale
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book captures what it was like to be a journalist in the '50's in Chicago, without question, one of the great newspaper towns. At one time Chicago had 5 daily newspapers that competed with each other for breaking news, investigative journalism and Chicago's past time, POLITICS. Renee Rosen has done a marvelous job of capturing the feel of working in a newsroom and I should know having worked at NBC5, CBS2, ABC7, FOX32 and WTTW as either an executive or as a director (member of Directors Gui ...more
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From the author of Dollface and What the Lady Wants, Renee Rosen delivers the well-researched, and captivating WHITE COLLAR GIRL infused with glam, scandal, injustice, and corruption --with human emotions, historical significance, and real life events and people, into the fabric of this exciting, yet tumultuous journalism world of Chicago in the 1950’s.

Historical fiction and journalism fans will devour. P
Pam Jenoff
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this vivid look at 1950s Chicago where a young female journalist struggles to be taken seriously in a world dominated by men, until she finds a secret source in the mayor's office who might change it all... A fun read! ...more
Gena DeBardelaben
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
eARC: Netgalley

3.5 stars

This promised to be a great book. Set in the 1950's, an ambitious young woman is determined to succeed in the male dominanted, smoke clouded, alcohol soaked heyday of newspaper journalism. The author did a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the newspaper bullpen, but somehow it just didn't seem to come together as a cohesive story. It almost felt more like vignettes of journalistic life with the storyline of the novel taking a backseat to homages of actual news arti
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads' First Reads.

I enjoyed this book. I previously read her other book, Dollface, and loved it.

This book really highlighted how hard it was to be a female reporter in the male dominated newspaper world of the 1950's.

One of my favorite characters was M. I really liked how she changed and progressed throughout the book.

I also liked the name dropping, particularly Simone de Beauvoir.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am familiar with author, Renee Rosen's writing. I fell in love with Dollface and the roaring 1920s. Then there was What a Lady Wants, which I felt like I got to know more about the great Chicago fire. So I was very looking forward to reading this book. After having just recently attempted to read Copy Girl. Another book about the journalist world that did not draw me in, I instantly noticed a difference between that book and this one. It was obvious that Renee Rosen's polished writing style ha ...more
Amanda Mae
I really wanted to like this book. Renee Rosen had some stellar potential here, but fell into the trap of "I did a lot of research and must reference as many historical and cultural things as I can!" at the expense of the story not being as strong. In fact, it was super irritating. Oh, here's another namedrop. Here's another reference to something happening or a will-be-famous person that has nothing to do with the story. It didn't add to the atmosphere, it just confused me. Rosen needed an edit ...more
Tara Chevrestt
This is my favorite novel by this author so far, and I've read every one. Rosen has skillfully gone from the roaring twenties to the gilded age to the fifties newsroom. In this novel we follow a career woman as she tries to make it in the newspaper industry in a time when women were expected to be homemakers ala I Love Lucy (minus all the hilarious antics) and when a woman daring to carry an attache case instead of a purse darn near makes headlines.

We journey with Jordan as she starts her first
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first book by Rosen, now I know why she is a well-loved author. I loved everything about this book. The setting, the clothes, the characters, the vision, the descriptions of newspaper life, the suspense, the messages. Rosen transports you to 1950s Chicago and what it's like to be a woman beginning her career at a newspaper at that time. Rosen is a skilled writer. Every word has purpose, and this book is brilliant. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction with great female le ...more
Katie Hanrahan
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
The novel is more a series of experiences that are told through the eyes of Jordan Walsh, a cub reporter in the 1950s whose eyes are set on the City Desk. She endures the misogyny of the age with a spine of steel, never letting them see her cry, while chasing down leads provided by a well-placed whistleblower.

Her love life suffers as she puts her career ahead of marriage, preferring to chase down important stories that will win her the respect of her male colleagues.

I found the novel to be enjo
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

White Collar Women is about a woman named Jordan Walsh who works in journalism in the 1950’s. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Peggy from Mad Men. There is a lot to this book and not only is Jordan dealing with family issues, like the loss of her brother, but she is also trying to make her way in journalism where she clearly isn’t wanted because she’s female.

Jordan was a very likeable character and also very relatable. Even though there
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first Renee Rosen and certainly not my last. I've already purchased What The Lady Wants! I would also like to thank the author for the ARC copy of White Collar Girl that I received in a giveaway.. As soon as I saw this cover I loved it and had a feeling it was going to a great book. The author does an excellent job of portraying 1950's Chicago and working inside a big city newspaper. The characters and setting just leap off the page. There's mystery, suspense, and romance, in addition to plen ...more
I really wanted to like this, but it is not what I was hoping for. I saw on a review she was like Peggy Olsen of Mad Men. Not even close. Jordan is ambitious and determined and a great feminist, but other than that she has no personality. She's boring. I didn't really find anything that made me care whether she showed the men up in the newspaper world. She didn't make me root for her. It has taken me 3 months to read 1/4 this book. I don't want to pick it up and I make excuses for not reading it ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This book started out slow and irritating; I think a large part of that was due to how I viewed the main character in the beginning. However, things quickly picked up pace as I got to know Jordan and got sucked into her story. The book finished on a fantastic note.

Like I mentioned, at first, I had a hard time liking or sympathizing with Jordan. Her thirst for advancement and achievement came off as too eager and immature; she seemed to view the world through rose-colored glasses which s
Jenny Belk
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I admit I am a fan of Renee Rosen's books. I have read her two previous books (also great reads) and I looked forward to reading this new story. I was elated to receive an ARC of this book.

White Collar Girl is the story of Jordan Walsh, determined female, entering the male dominated world of Journalism. It is 1955 and she accepts a job with The Chicago Tribune as a reporter. She soon finds out that she will have to grow a strong backbone to survive in the industry. She comes from a family of re
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's so much I liked about this novel and related to. It tells the fictional story of Jordan Walsh, a female reporter starting at the Chicago Tribune in the 1950s. All she wants is to be taken seriously as a reporter amidst all the men. She does whatever she can to report on the real news stories, not the society ones they assign to her. It was fascinating to see this perspective considering how different times are now with reporting. As a journalism major, I was intrigued to learn how it use ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Renée Rosen brings the reader up close and personal with controversies of the times, roadblocks to women’s independence, and a family in crisis.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third novel I've read by Renee Rosen, and I am definitely sold on reading everything else she has written. I'm especially excited for her upcoming novel, The Social Graces.

White Collar Girl was really good. The story was interesting and featured a sympathetic lead character. I felt so frustrated for Jordan, due to all the sexism from that time period. She was meant to be coming of age in a more recent time. Jordan seemed surrounded by drama and couldn't catch a break sometimes. Howe
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's something about the journalism field that has always fascinated me. Combine journalism with the 1950s, Chicago politics, and an ambitious young woman, though, and you have Renee Rosen's powerful novel, White Collar Girl.

Jordan Walsh came from a family tradition of of journalism. Her father, her mother, her grandfather, and her brother had all worked as reporters. But, when her brother, Eliot, was killed by a hit-and-run driver, the death destroyed Jordan's family. Now, she's determined t
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Set in the 1950's, White Collar Girl by Renee Rosen is a riveting novel about a female journalist's attempt to break into the historically male dominated field. Fighting to be taken seriously during a time when female reporters were relegated to writing "fluff" pieces, Jordan Walsh never loses sight of her goal although she sometimes questions her motivation for trying so hard to make a success of her chosen career.

Jordan comes from a long line of reporters and after her brother Eliot'
Robyn Markow
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book opens with Jordan Walsh,newly graduated from Journalism School,starting her first day working at the Chicago Tribune. It being the mid-1950's however,she's regulated to working on "Women's Articles" on a column called White Collar Girl (hence the title) which mean't writing pieces about weddings,celebrity sightings & household advice. Highly intelligent and raised by intellectual writer parents who knew Hemingway and many other famous scribes. Jordan doesn't want to settle and longs to ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. A book about a girl in the 1950's who wants to tread up the ladder to no woman's land and be a journalist.

She takes a lot of knocks, abuse and harassment, but she is determined.

This was another book that I just could not put down. Jordan wants so bad to be a journalist that she sometimes forgets that it could put her in life and death situations, but all she thinks about is the story. A good thing for her career and a bad thing for her social life.

If you started early e
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
As a mystery lover, I was excited to get a copy of this book. One reviewer described it as gripping. But by page 72 all I have discovered is overzealous descriptive writing about the white collar girl's emotions which makes me feel that I am in the midst of a cozy mystery desperately trying to be taken seriously.

In following up on a suspected insurance fraud case involving the Chicago police, board of aldermen, and a doctor, Jordan Walsh, the new society reporter for the Chicago Tribune, begins
Mary Clare
I had so looked forward to reading this that I actually purchased it for my Kindle when my library loan expired before I had the opportunity to start it. Big mistake. Having grown up in Chicago a few decades after the novel's 1950s setting, I was intrigued to read a portrayal of a young woman working at the Chicago Tribune during those years, especially since my mother was a "white collar girl" working as a secretary at a Chicago bank during the early 1950s.

Jordan Walsh is a poorly developed pr
Beth Roberts
I was excited for this one - it sounded like it would deliver a solid empowering woman's tale of overcoming and achievements. Sadly, it came off as little more than a longer episode of the old Mary Tyler Moore tv show.

All the political intrigue was pretty boring. Horsemeat scandal that got the MC's brother killed due to Mob connections. Those Mob connections never really emerged from the fringes of the story. This wanted, at times, to be a romance novel - but the romances never got off the back
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Renee is the bestselling author of historical fiction including: PARK AVENUE SUMMER, WHAT THE LADY WANTS, WINDY CITY BLUES, WHITE COLLAR GIRL and DOLLFACE, as well as the YA novel, EVERY CROOKED POT.
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