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It's A Man's World [Paperback]

Polly Courtney
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Dec 5 2011
This is women's fiction with bite! Join Alexa as she battles her way through the chauvinistic lads mag's industry and makes real progress - it might be a man's world, but it takes a woman to run it. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Alexa Harris loves a challenge. So when she's asked to head up lads' mag, Banter, she doesn't need much persuasion. But life on the all-male editorial team proves harder than Alexa had imagined -- and not just because of her ambitious targets. As Alexa battles with a testosterone-fuelled office, she decides to play the boys at their own game. As success hits, she's forced to look at who she has become. Has she forfeited her principles in return for praise from the lads? And what price will there be to pay? An addictive page turner with a hard-hitting meaning.

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'Not your average chick lit!' Closer 'An eye-opening read that gets you thinking!' Closer

About the Author

The publication of Polly Courtney's debut novel, Golden Handcuffs, a fictional expose of her career in the Square Mile, earned Polly acclaim in the Observer, The Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and many other publications. Aside from writing, Polly works on various sports-related web ventures including Girls in and is a keen footballer who plays for her local team, Old Actonians LFC, in West London. Polly also plays in a semi-professional string quartet, No Strings Attached, an all-girl ensemble that plays all over the UK. She lives in London.

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By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER

This is my first review with them so please do not read on if you don't want to be surprised or offended that I'm spilling the beans. I apologize but I didn't think I could write this review without them.

It's a Man's World confused me. There was so much potential with this storyline, but Courtney didn't capitalize on the great plot idea, the characters and especially the issues. This novel contained cliché characters, mixed messages, a supposedly strong protagonist that came across as weak and wishy-washy and an evil portrayal of men's magazines that didn't sit right with me.

Alexa was portrayed as a strong female character with a fantastic job, yet she was repeatedly spineless. She could never make up her mind and/or talked herself out of the inappropriate conduct of her staff as well as her own inability to take action regarding their behaviour. Even at the end of the novel when she wants to make a stand, she tries, but her efforts go right over her boss's head and she never bothers to set him straight. So what was even the point then? The internal dialogue in this novel grated at me. Alexa's thoughts were so jumbled, confused and repetitive that I grew desperate for more action and not just her thoughts about action or inaction.

I discovered as this novel progressed that things always happened to Alexa. She never made anything happen herself. I love reading about someone overcoming obstacles and making their own fate instead of having everyone else dictate life for them - not to mention seeing this unfold in real life. I kept reading and waiting for her to make something happen for herself but sadly, she never did.

The romantic angle even confused me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical chic-lit May 11 2012
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If you can't beat `em, join `em...that is Alexa Harris's' motto. When challenges to join the all male team of lad mag, Banter, Alexa decides to the play the games the boys are already playing. She soon begins to question if she has gone against her own morals and if there will be a price to play.

When I started It's a Man's World I was unsure of what to expect. I believed this book to be a man vs. woman story. A story about a woman trying to make it in a man's world. There was so much more to this story. It's a story of Alexa making her mark in a man's world. Alexa quickly became the woman I could cheer for and hope to succeed. Alexa puts up with a lot of sexist gags and jokes by her male staff at Banter. I found myself wonder if my skin would be tough enough to handle the situation with the same toughness Alexa does. Fortunately, Alexa has great support in her friends, Leonie and Kate. They tell her how it is, but offer her a shoulder to lean on through her nine months time at the lad magazine.

There were parts of this book that had my total attention and I could not stop reading. There were also parts of the book that seemed to go very slow. But over-all It's a Man's World was very entertaining. It is not a typical chic-lit book.
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