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Amanda Wakes Up

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,618 ratings  ·  219 reviews
The Devil Wears Prada meets Primary Colors in this wickedly funny debut novel about a bootstrapping young reporter who lands a plum job at a big-time cable news station and finds her ambitions and her love life turned upside down.

When Amanda Gallo, fresh from the backwater of local TV, lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News—the coveted morning anchor slot—she’s finally
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Viking (first published July 2017)
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I don't watch the news. I made this change a long time ago for my own mental health. My career keeps me completely immersed in first-hand knowledge of how dark and conflict-filled this world can be. I don't need a reminder each day...I need an escape. This is exactly why I read so much. However, my husband finds jaw-dropping headlines and political banter to be extremely entertaining so he fills me in on any need-to-know info so I'm not completely oblivious. Needless to say, I have no idea who ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Hilarous and smart, Alisyn Camerota gives us a peak behind the scenes of politics and journalism in the newsroom. No doubt, inspired by real life experiences on broadcast television, this charming, fictitious debut, Amanda Wakes Up, follows Amanda Gallo, the ambitious cable news journalist as she lives the exciting life of a reporter, struggling with the concept of unbias reporting, always being available to report breaking news and
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A popular school of thought in writing is to write what you know and I think Camerota did that. She writes from real-world experience as the first half of the book is about journalism, media and behind-the-scenes. The book starts to venture off and get a lot more interesting in the second half. The book leaves a good message about honesty, ambition, and the roles and responsibility of journalism.
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much when I picked up this book, but it blew me away. The writing was fine - nothing spectacular - but the plot really captivated me. The election storyline gave me a little bit of PTSD, it was so spot on. And she wrote this BEFORE Trump vs. Hillary! It's a little heavy handed but I was pleasantly surprised by what I originally thought was going to be a shallow read.
Robin Benoit
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Really, I'd give this book 3.5 stars. It started off slowly but got better and better as it went along. She wrote this book before Trump's election, but the parallels are uncanny.
Joanna Elm
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful, breezy read. Perfect for a plane ride. Follows Amanda, a TV reporter who gets to make it in the big leagues as a cable TV news anchor. Author Alisyn Camerota, a former Fox News anchor and currently anchor of CNN's morning show, New Day, reportedly penned the novel way before the 2016 presidential election. However, there's a main character in the book -- a surprise presidential candidate, Victor Fluke -- who spouts abhorrent views which Amanda's network is only too willing to air ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a very enjoyable story that held my interest and was funny and entertaining.

Right off the bat, Amanda Gallo, a reporter for a sub-par news agency, is called to investigate and report a bank robbery that just happens to be 10 minutes away from her friend's house where she has spent the night. Unfortunately, Amanda went to her friend's house thinking they were only going to go swimming and hit some local bars. So . . . dressed in all that she has with her, a bikini, a T-shirt
Rebecca McNutt
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I used to want to be a news reporter when I was a kid. My weird voice and lack of eye contact sort of got in the way, but maybe that's a good thing, because this glamorized career does have a very ruthless dark side to it. Amanda Wakes Up looks at the life of an anchorwoman with a cynical yet positive and witty outlook, and readers get a look into a world behind the camera involving problems with colleagues, the importance of impressing the boss, and also that underlying fear of being knocked
Katie Avagliano
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A perfectly passable book, and an easy read, but there are a couple of problems here. Amanda seems to get everything she wants despite making wrong decisions at every turn. She takes a while to catch on to the fact that not every story has only 2 fair and equal sides (I'm sure most readers will sense this from the beginning). But at the same time, there are fun things in it. Fluke is amazing only so we can all laugh through our tears, and in general the references to real world figures and ...more
I am a politics-news fanatic. This book fed both of those. Camerota is an anchor on CNN's morning show, so, going in, I felt the background of this book would be factual. What I wasn't prepared for was how parallel the book was to our last federal election. Not a lot of meat, but, I could live on dessert!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This truly was, as the blurb on the front says, "an insider's guide to a closed world." Anyone with an interest in broadcast news will enjoy this novel which is eye opening in the behind-the scenes stuff but also very thought provoking about a journalist's obligations and duties. Amanda is a very likeable character and the dilemmas she faces as she catapults up in the on-air news business are varied and fascinating. I really enjoyed this book. Camerota is a good writer.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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The most interesting part is that the author pegged the personalities of the 2016 presidential candidates several years in advance. The book itself was okay. I'd call it light reading.
Rachel A.  Dawson
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read (and i needed a solid fiction book after several duds!) and so strangely relevant to our political climate in America right now even though it was written before our election season. Amanda is a reporter and the book follows her career, love life, and just drama in general, and it’s so entertaining without just being fluff. I flew through this one and wanted to read more like it! This is 100% the kind of light fiction i love mixing into my reading life (and would love to ...more
Mahoghani 23
Newsworthy funny at times and others was like a blonde moment; abstract. A new news show that doesn’t provide accurate information as it should but the characters are a complete bunch of misfits that describes the news world like the movie “Talladega Nights.” The authors lightweight description of the fierce competition in the news industry gave way to a humorous and good contemporary read.
Riddhi Jangid
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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Donna Hines
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The life of a journalist/news reporter can be a harrowing experience. So many unknowns and so many people literally hang on your every word.
Amanda knows the job well and she's determined to make a name for herself. Armed with intelligence and tenacity to showcase the truth she sets out for success in her career. She moves up the career ladder from a local reporter to anchor woman of a new network morning show called, " Wake Up USA on FAIR news."
As you can guess by the title FAIR news is all
Peggy Avagliano
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Amanda wakes up is a good beach or chemo book - one which requires little thought to keep up with the plot. It is basically a young adult trying to find herself as she gets a real job - reporting the news. The secondary characters lack much depth, and the story holds little real-life consequences for the main character, when she finally chooses an easy rather than the easy path in her work. Spoiler: she is also rewarded in her love life for choosing the womanizer over the good solid guy; a path ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I won this book on a Goodreads Giveaway.

In Amanda Wakes Up, Camerota is funny, relatable, charming and well pretty damn fabulous! The comedy and romance draw you in and there is just enough reality in the politics to offer an escape, in short a perfect beach read!
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eh. I'm not sure that the romance was a good enough payoff for making me relive the 2016 election.
this sat on my bedside table for months because it intrigued me. it's an enjoyable story about the television news business and bears many similarities to the last presidential election. Alisyn Camerota draws from personal experience--she's co-anchor of a morning show on CNN, worked at smaller stations as well as conducting jail cell interviews for America's Most Wanted and has covered many presidential elections. her main character leaves a local news station to work for a start-up news channel ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since so many of us have been consumed watching cable news since the election of 2016, the timing of CNN morning show New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota’s debut novel about a young cable news reporter “Amanda Wakes Up” is fortunate.

Camerota has worked for many news organizations- Fox, CNN, ABC, MSNBC- and she gives the reader an insider’s look at what that is like. Amanda Gallo works for a small local NYC TV news station when she finds herself the only reporter on scene at a bank robbery in
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kate ☀️ Olson
Smart female lead + politics + the down and dirty on the newsroom = a fast-paced story I couldn't put down!

Thanks to Blogging for Books for the review copy of this title - all opinions are my own!

I was immediately sucked into this one and absolutely LOVED the philosophical and moral quandries that Amanda faced as she rose her way through the news world. I couldn't believe how similar the election in the book was to the 2016 election, which Camerota explains in the author's note was simply a
Karen Stanton
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a solid 3.5 stars for me, so I rounded up. It tells the story of Amanda, a news reporter who leaves the local news to host a morning show on "Fair News"- a new concept that will bring the truth (both sides) to the American people. The writing itself is just okay, but Amanda (likely Alisyn in thin disguise) is completely endearing, and her struggle is real. This book addresses divisive politics in our nation, "fake news," stereotypes (on both sides of our political aisle), the smug ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway and I would like to thank the publisher and Goodreads for my copy.

This book would have been mediocre or decent had it been a satire. Unfortunately, it was not. Despite its breezy tone, Amanda Wakes Up attempts to comment on the current state of 24 hour news channels and our highly polarized political climate, some pretty serious topics, but it does this with a simple and clunky plot populated with a cast of single-dimensional caricatures. Cheezy and
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
A novel about a reporter trying to navigate an increasingly partisan world, while remaining true to her dreams of being taken seriously as a journalist, keeping some semblance of a personal life, and figuring out how to balance it all without becoming someone she can't look at in the mirror, this book was a timely and well paced read. The story and point of view was original, and the author's experience as a journalist gave the narrator an authenticity that felt tangible. I really liked this ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun fast read.
Helen Dunn
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it

Quick easy novel about how it feels to be on morning TV covering a thinly veiled version of the 2016 Presidential election when you are a liberal reporter working on thinly veiled Fox News - and also throw in a touch of romance.

There are a handful of passages reminding the reader that looking outside the political bubbles we live in is important but mostly this is a completely predictable novel that entertained me but also failed to take me away from the hideous political world we live in
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked this one much better than I thought I would. Interesting, light read.
Devil Wears Prada in a newsroom. Light breezy read. Started out as a YA genre book, but then became a tad bit more serious, trying to mimic Trump's rise to stardom. Good book to read at the airport while waiting to board a plane.
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Alisyn Camerota is a journalist and cohost of CNN’s morning show New Day. Prior to joining CNN, Camerota was cohost of FOX News Channel’s morning show FOX + Friends Weekend. She has been a national correspondent for NBC’s morning magazine show Real Life and the crime show America’s Most Wanted. She has also worked as a reporter at several local stations, including WHDH in Boston, WLNE in ...more
“They don't care about hearing the other side. They don't even think there is another side.” … “Right! The country has retreated to their corners! And I'm out there in the wilderness, trying to call everybody to the middle for a conversation. It's kind of a lonely place.” 0 likes
“I don't want to be put in a box of Democrat or Republican or liberal or conservative. Maybe it's okay to be a little of everything. Maybe if that were an option, people wouldn't be so polarized. I want the freedom to feel however I feel. I want to ask whatever questions I want and be with whomever I choose, regardless of how they vote.” 0 likes
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