Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

I was very excited to read Sad Desk Salad due in part to the fact that I have eaten many a sad desk salad working in an office. I was also excited to see that Alex, the main character, was a work-at-home writer – practically every writer’s dream, including my own. However, I felt that Sad Desk Salad left me wanting more. I don’t know if I just didn’t feel strongly enough about Alex or if I just could not fully get into the plot, I just know that I did feel disengaged at times.

Alex Lyons works for a gossip site called Chick Habit and she basically get paid to work in her pajamas. Chick Habit is a gossip site for women that also focuses on woman’s issues and interests. Alex seems to like her job and some of her coworkers, but it seems to be rather lackluster until she gets a tip on a humongous story. Alex’s scoop will prime her career and position her for takeoff, while at the same time will effectively ruin someone in the process. As she struggles with her choice and this fact, Alex learns that everything and everyone in her life may not be exactly what they seem.

Jessica Grose’s writing style is fun, conversational and quick. She has a biting humor and her dialogue makes you feel as if you are sitting in the room with the characters. While Alex is well-developed, I personally did not find myself really enjoying her. This is just my take on her and another reader may find her absolutely adorable. The book itself is witty, modern and a good read for fans of female oriented literature that isn’t exclusively focused on romance.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.