Title: Public Relations
Author: Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolini
Genre: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
I really enjoyed this, it was a relatable, light, if a bit more tame new adult novel. I think it would work well for someone who has not ventured into the genre and is maybe looking for something a little bit risky than some of the other stories. Sex is not a main point of the narrative or really like graphic compared to some other new adult books.
Both of the authors are from Buzzfeed, and it feels like something you would totally expect from their writers. Rose Reed is a young public relations star, albeit still not totally put together or respected by her male colleagues. She is super into the music scene and has a quick bit of wit. I enjoyed her and as someone in the young twenty-something range really related.
Rose’s boss is away handling a crises and she is asked to sit in on a meeting and be the ‘music person’—she is supposed to sit and take notes, that is it. But the senior men in the meeting start making some horrible suggestions—ones that leave her eyes rolling—and she can’t help but make some suggestions. This all leads her straight into the path of Archie Fox, British pop star.
Archie was fun and flirty. Between his nationality and description of appearance and style though—and some remarks about his experience dating a way older woman—he was very Harry Styles-esque. I genuinely feel like the authors used him as a model. I will say he was quite charming. Not book-boyfriend level, but I enjoy the rock star trope.
I will say that these two deserved more page-time. I just feel like while they had a good back and forth going and chemistry they didn’t have enough in person page time for me to really get hooked into the relationship.
Some fun complications are thrown in plot-wise as well. Archie’s public relations redesign includes a fake relationship with a budding hipster-like artist—Rose has trouble discerning the real from fake and gets a little jealous. There is also the work-client complication. Just some little speed bumps along the way.
Also, I mentioned before her male bosses and colleagues really treat her like shit. The touch on workplace inequality and misogyny was nice. I liked that it was added because it is still a very real thing professional women face.
Public Relations is a cute new adult contemporary and perfect for any twenty-something out there who does not feel totally put together—if there is such a person out there, I commend you. Find it on Amazon and the authors at katieheaney.com and ariannarebolini.com.