Younger media stars are scrambling to steal her crown, and companies are collapsing around her in the face of a new threat - the internet.
She's come a long way from small town Beddo, where she obsessed over teen glossies until pushing her way into an internship with Sixteen ...more
Media Queen is another great read from Michelle and I absolutely adored it. It explores the mindset and background of Jordyn Fairweather, the "villain" (for lack of a better word) of Michelle's debut novel, Goodbye, Newsroom. But don't worry— while this is book #2 in the series, it could definitely be read alone or before #1. (I do recommend that you pick up Goodbye, Newsroom, though! It's great.)
Jordyn's ambitious personality is inspiring (before it causes h ...more
The biggest strength of this novel is getting to see what it’s like to work in media over the span of two decades. The distribution and consumption of media changed so rapidly in such a seemingly short amount of time. Jordyn adapts with the times, moving from magazines to newspapers to other forms of media as they emerge. It’s quite interesting to see how she takes lessons learned in the magazine business and applies them to later forms of media. It was absolutely fascinating to see th...more
Recommend - whether you've read Goodbye Newsroom or not, ...more
This fast-paced and twisty novel gives a fascinating insider’s look into the world of Australian media and how it progressed from print to online. The uniqueness of this book is that the main character isn’t perfect and traditional ‘good girl’ like it always happens to be in the novels and which is, to be honest, extremely annoying. It’s refreshing to see a protagonist like that. She has lots of negative traits but at the same tim ...more
I was lucky enough to get a review copy of Prak's previous novel in this series, Goodbye Newsroom and I was a little disappointed by that ending because there were some loose ends. At the time, I did not know there was a sequel, but, voila, enter Media Queen.
This story of Jordyn Fairweather and ho ...more
I think it's really clever writing that this book is history of the rival to Holly Anna, Joryn Fairweather.
Even in her teens Jordyn is a bit of a grumpy guss but she has such a passion for writing articles that's its hard not to like her a little bit. She worked hard to get where she got and in the end you begin to feel a bit sorry for her.
I really like how there is an article from present day to do with the rivalry between The Fairweather r ...more
I had a hard time reading this one. The first half was great and entertaining, but the second one wasn’t great for me. I started it expecting to read a lot about the scandal of Jordyn not paying the freelance writers, but as opposed to what i expected, that barely had any relevance in the story. It was kind of important in the last 20 pages but that was it.
The first half was nice, fresh, worthy of a tee ...more
So once I’d moved on from under-achieving, Jordan’s successes felt less fantastical, and the book unfolded as a f ...more
Starting as an intern at Australia’s Sixteen, then moving to a cadetship, and finally deputy editor, she’s achieved the job of her dreams. Luckily for her, her boyfriend Goody hangs on, and the two set off to live a new live in Sydney. Things continue to change as she climbs the corporate ladder leaving people and publications in the dust. Jordyn’s story of fame and fallout, friends and frenemies is o ...more
I received ...more
I don't read fiction much in my busy work life but this was a welcome distraction and led to a few late nights.
Highly recommended as a fun read. ...more
In her own day job, she has a PR consultancy, and teaches PR to wonderful university students. She is an avid social media user, and you might find her elsewhere online as Prakky.