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How Far She's Come

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  55 reviews
From the highly acclaimed author of Don’t Try to Find Me and This is Not Over comes the unforgettable, harrowing story of a young broadcast journalist who discovers a mysterious diary from a female broadcaster in 1991 featuring startling—and frightening—parallels to her own life.

Oh, how far she’s come…but how far will she have to go?

Twenty-four-year-old Cheyenne Florian ha
ebook, 416 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 2018)
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Katie B
This book had the best intentions with addressing the #metoo movement, misogyny, and stalking among other things, but for lack of a better word, it was a mess. The main issue I had was right from the beginning the main character, Cheyenne, feels like this weird caricature of a person. And despite there being elements of the book which are obviously things that have made headlines in recent years, so much of this book did not feel natural. It was almost like the action was taking place in an alte ...more
Janelle • She Reads with Cats
Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for my free copy of HOW FAR SHE’S COME by Holly Brown - all opinions are my own.

Cheyenne Florian is a very beautiful, twenty-four-year-old vlogger that just received her dream job. She was recruited and jumped at the opportunity to be the newest correspondent on the Independent News Network (INN), an organization that prides itself on independent thinking and innovation. But Cheyenne quickly finds that age-old dynamics are at play: the men are
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, fiction
Cheyenne Florian is gorgeous--she's REALLY gorgeous, and everyone she meets remarks on it just in case you had forgotten--but that's not all she has to offer, dangit! Probably. A billionaire plucks her from her relative obscurity as a disgraced vlogger whose nudes were leaked without her consent, basically begging her to take a dream TV journalist job that even her assistant is more qualified for. Upon taking the job, she is immediately beset upon by the Patriarchy as everyone tries to undermine ...more
Joce (squibblesreads)
I read this book for an IRL book club I’m in.

Rating: 2.75 stars

It had a ton of potential, which surprised me because reading the blurb I was ready for a standard run of the mill thriller. Instead, the author tried to tackle subjects like #metoo, workplace misogyny, privacy and career development for a woman who is a public figure after an attack on her confidentiality and some private information leaked. The setting was also in a major news network that talked about crime and politics, and so th
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Cheyenne, who has already been vilified via social media, receives a job offer of a life time. Based on her previous presence, the head of Independent News Network, INN, wants to make her their new IT girl. An offer, she can't pass up. Shortly after she begins her stint, she receives the diary of a female journalist icon. Suddenly she sees her own life paralleling this diary and she begins to trust nobody and her paranoia rises to a level of uncomfortable.

Brown does a fantastic job bringing in r
Calling it quits at 62%
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: partner-read

Thanks to William Morrow for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

This was my first time reading anything by Holly Brown, and I will definitely be going back to find more from her! HOW FAR SHE'S COME is a compulsive thriller that will keep you sucked in until the prologue!

Cheyenne Florian has just been offered the job of a life time - she's being recruited by Independent News Network. This has all been based on her growing social media and vlogging presence. INN wants her as t
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
At the spur of the moment, Cheyenne Florian accepts a newscaster position with the newest news network known as INN. The network that is independent, unbiased, and hypothetically supposed to keep other networks accountable and honest. Sounds great and Cheyenne thinks it's great too. A chance to do something meaningful despite her fear of online critics and potential stalkers. She learns that INN isn't exactly what she thought it would be and she starts to receive diary entries about a past newsc ...more
This started out with such promise, although the main character Cheyenne was insufferably narcissistic and self absorbed from the beginning. I was interested in the exploration of women in the newsroom in the light of the #MeToo movement and this story suggests the recent developments against sexual harassers haven't really made much of a dent in the problem. I am fully willing to believe this. The last part was where it fell flat. Just when I thought we were getting to the good part it switched ...more
Hot on the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements comes this compelling novel about a woman just starting out in the world of broadcast journalism. As our protagonist begins an exciting new job at a huge, private news company that seems like something dreamed up by Elon Musk, she isn't sure who to trust - especially when someone leaves a former newscaster's diary entries, section by section, in her office, revealing the difficulties a former newscaster had as she tried to make it in the busi ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Far She's Come by Holly Brown is an intriguing novel with suspenseful elements.

Twenty-four year old recent college graduate Cheyenne Florian impulsively accepts a job as a newscaster at the up and coming Independent News Network (INN).  INN's owner Edwin Gordon is proud of the fact his company does not rely on advertiser dollars which leaves them freedom to report the news stories that other news agencies will not touch. With no formal training as a journalist, Cheyenne's only experience is
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Quick thoughts:

The subject matter was very timely. The diary part of the mystery was very interesting. But it's really a 2.5 star book for me because it just didn't all work for me. I was intrigued, but not overly invested in the book.
Kathleen Gray
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
While it's certainly topical, I had a hard time embracing Cheyenne as a heroine, in part because she seemed so .....The concept of picking a beautiful woman (as we are constantly told Cheyenne is) and molding her into a news person (can't call her a journalist) seems so out of date given the vast number of young, qualified women out there. Elyse, who went through the same thing 20 years before, is a more intriguing character but that wasn't enough to make this sing. Brown does ably make the poin ...more
Victoria Colotta
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A timely story about how far women have come and just how much further they need to go in order to make a difference.

HOW FAR SHE'S COME is an exploration of the dynamic between men and women in work. It highlights the transgressions of the past gender issues as well as the fact this is still happening in many professions today. I applaud Holly Brown for tackling such a weighty subject with respect and honesty while still having a feisty, pro-female, and intelligent
Luanne Ollivier
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Holly Brown's latest novel, How Far She's Come, is quite timely. Brown herself says she took inspiration from news headlines. As she was writing, further allegations and social media actions were snowballing such as #MeToo.

Brown sets her story in an independent cable news network. Twenty four year old Cheyenne Florian believes passionately in the American people's need to know and right to question. She vlogged her stories.....until things went bad - cyber bullying, stalking, threats and more. B
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was so f*cking painful. I have really liked Holly Brown's other books, but this one crashed and burned. The characters are so cliched and annoying, the diary entries from Elyse are trying way too hard to be retro and the story...ugh. Then we're treated to politics after. Because they were included at the end in the extras, I feel compelled to add my rebuttal.

First off, the #metoo movement is flat out ridiculous. The same industry now complaining about sexual harassment is the same industry
Karen M
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Good premise, bad book. I don’t usually write mean reviews because if I look hard enough I can usually find something I liked about the book. Sadly, I wanted to set this book on fire, but since I have a sprinkler system to take into consideration, I thought it over and decided my review could pretty much serve as a way to vent my dislike.

Protagonists need to be liked/loved or disliked/hated. Cheyenne disgusted me. Little Miss I’m so Beautiful that all creepy men want me and that didn’t have a lo
A. S.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
“How Far She’s Come” by Holly Brown follows Cheyenne Florian, who gets a job as a news anchor at INN (Independent News Network) shortly after graduation, having been wooed to the job by the network’s billionaire founder Edwin Gordon.

Having had limited journalistic experience prior to being plucked from obscurity (mostly limited to being a controversial vlogger), Cheyenne is suddenly thrust into a competitive work climate full of sabotage and co-workers she can’t trust.

To add fuel to the fire,
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Lisa Penninga
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This work-place thriller was written in response to the 2016 election & the bragging tape recording of a now-President, the #metoo movement, and the demoralizing workplace culture many women experience. I really enjoyed the parallel stories of Cheyenne, a naive small-town girl who is in the “right place at the right time” to get offered the job of a lifetime in present time, while she somehow aquifers journal about Elyse, an early nineties journalist. It is a thriller, but also a book that m ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, edelweiss
Thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss for a free advance e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I was a little nervous starting this book as its current rating on Goodreads is well below the threshold I usually hold books to, but I tore through it in a day, which is a rare feat these days. It's a very timely story about #metoo, the nature of power and truth and storytelling, the current political climate, and the relationship the news industry has to all of these things. The exc
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
How Far She's Come is a "me too" generation story set in the high stakes world of broadcast news. Cheyenne Florian gets a job offer that she can't refuse when she is recruited to work for a new independent news network. Even though it means less time spent with her father, who is battling cancer. As she struggles to keep up with the new job, she starts receiving pages from a diary written by a female broadcast journalist a generation earlier, with a note urging her to learn from the past. Althou ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Whenever I read a book, I try to find myself within the pages. Every book I have read is a part of me.

This book is not for the faint of heart, it's not for those that don't want to read with an open mind and an open heart.

It's easy to read something and think "That could never happen" "I would never act like that" but until you've been in the position that Elyse and Cheyenne were in, you can't really know.

This book focuses not only on what some men can do it women, it focuses on what some wome
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I got an advanced reading copy from my library. The summary attracted me because the book's set at a fictional news network, and I'm a print journalist.

I enjoyed this book - it's a fast read with some suspense - but I struggled to say I "really liked it" because at times it seemed outlandish and unrealistic. That, however, is something I struggled with as well. It was written after the 2016 election and has timely mentions of the #metoo movement, among other recent events, and is about how women
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ Prologue They're watching me, I know that.

This book was good. I was so engrossed because it was one of those books that hits a cord because the topic is at the forefront of people's minds, but it is also a story that is timeless in the struggles presented. This book has heavy topics and is one that takes a ripped from the headlines story and adds a few twists and turns. It was well plotted and was one that book clubs will enjoy because there is a lot to talk about. A great book for
Caleigh Rutledge
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tlc-book-review
I received a copy of How Far She's Come from William Morrow publishing company in exchange for an honest review.

Look for my full review on on June 16, 2018!

I thought this book was really interesting in the premise - a young media exposee gets the job offer of a lifetime, and enters into the world of TV journalism in today's 2018 post-Weinstein society. This book's genre falls somewhere between the women's fiction genre and thriller/mystery. But it fell a little flat in
Caleigh Rutledge
I received a copy of How Far She's Come from William Morrow publishing company in exchange for an honest review.

Look for my full review on on Saturday, June 16!

I thought this book was really interesting in the premise - a young media exposee gets the job offer of a lifetime, and enters into the world of TV journalism in today's 2018 post-Weinstein society. This book's genre falls somewhere between the women's fiction genre and thriller/mystery. But it fell a little fl
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, did-not-finish
As a work of fiction/literature is was mediocre. I made it to page 300 and decided to cut my losses. I didn't care at all about any of the characters.

But, it was very of-the-moment and socially conscious, almost too much so. It read like an after school special for the #metoo movement with some mystery thrown in, in a transparent attempt to make the political statement of the novel less obvious.

It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good, either.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Throughout the first act of this story, as the non-journalist newbie was seduced to accept a position as an "independent" media correspondent, I was as fascinated by the glamour and intrigue as She. Then the dramatic plot went extreme and shrill and over-the-top unbelievable and I lost all sympathy with any character. I really disliked some of the format, particularly the diary written in italics.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
How Far She's Come... a recent graduate's launch into a newsreader career for a small network, which forced her to sign a gag order contract, recalls memories of suffering a social media scandal due to leaked photos and videos she recorded for her boyfriend. Cheyenne receives individual diary entries from a secret source just after beginning the new job. The Diary, written over 20 years ago, closely mirrors current day workplace harassment. Kept me guessing until the end. Thrilling! #metoo
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Holly Brown lives with her husband and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she's a practicing marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the novels DON'T TRY TO FIND ME, A NECESSARY END, and THIS IS NOT OVER. Her latest is HOW FAR SHE'S COME, a workplace thriller that's both timely and page-turning. She's also teamed up with three internationally bestselling thriller writers (So ...more