Promising Young Women
SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS - NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
'So brilliant ... I highly recommend it' Dolly Alderton
'I loved it. The writing is whipsmart and so witty' Marian Keyes
Jane Peters is an adrift twenty-something by day, and a world-weary agony aunt by night. But when an office party goes too far, Jane dissolves into the high-stakes world of being the Other...more
Our company is teeming with women under thirty, and men approaching or over fifty. That is how the food chain works. Dozens of attractive young women do the grunt work for a handful of men, and the women get filtered out by motherhood. It’s the corporate version of natural selection.
This starts off like a conventional young-woman-starts-affair-with-older-married-boss storyline but O’Donoghue is too canny a writer to merely re-tell an old, old story. Instead she allows things to become ...more
“I was afraid, really, of being the main character in my own life.”
Promising Young Women is an intelligent and subversive novel that examines the darker and more twisted aspects of a relationship between a female employee and her boss.
There was something about the story and its characters that reminded of Joyce Carol Oates (Zombie, Solstice, A Fair Maiden, and Nemesis) in that Promising Young Women is brimming with an almost palatable ...more
So my initial distrust followed by a slow start meant I ...more
Jane is just a regular 20-something in London - her life is in transition, from being to a safe, secure yet ultimately unsatisfying relationship to being newly single, with lots of time & untapped ambition. Jane could be any girl that moves from a smaller city to London - where people tend to spend money they don't have & compete endlessly for ...more
The characters never seem to be hugely likeable, yet they’re kind of relatable and the ending left me with a feeling of pride for Jane. Everyone has their flaws so again, the lack of “perfect” characters probably ...more
I don't find it empowering when a twenty-something professional woman (who has already had some relationship experience) completely breaks down when a non-relationship ...more
Jane Peters is in her late twenties and works for a ghastly advertising ...more
You feel ALL the feels. Highly recommend!
To me, it's a story where you read the begining, and immediately know what would happen later in the book. I don't think I missed out too much skipping through a few pages.
The story got a bit farfetched by the end and I think it ran out of ideas somewhat. It felt as if the story didn't end where the author thought it was going to when she started? It left me a little confused about the overall message, although I did really enjoy reading this and looked forward to reading it each time I picked it up.