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A few months ago I read Teal Paisley Tights which was a book about a woman in her late twenties and looking for a change in her life. I wanted more books about younger-ish women who are fighting for what they want, breaking the mold of their life, and living the life they desire. I got all of that in If I Can Make It Here by Jamie Rose.
If I Can Make It Here is all about Madeline, who quits her job and moves to New York, a city that she loves, for an internship. She doesn’t know how everything is going to play out, but she knows that she has to take a chance. Madeline loves the city and is so excited to be living there, and even though not everyone in her new office is supportive of her, she really wants to make it in her new life.
Madeline really annoyed me at the beginning of the book. I didn’t love her personality or why she did some of the things that she did. Even though I didn’t like her much at first, I appreciated the fact that she was a flawed character. I feel that all too often in contemporary books we get these characters who are perfect in almost every way that it’s completely unrealistic. But Madeline felt realistic (and maybe that’s why she annoyed me, because I saw some things that I don’t love about myself in her.)
Madeline grows A LOT in this book. She was annoying to me in the beginning, but by the end, I really liked who she had become. It wasn’t a huge change either, it was subtle, realistic, and fun to read about. I really liked Madeline as a main character and I also really liked the love interest, how he pushed her and protected her.
There were parts of the book that were a little slow. I haven’t ever read a book about someone who works in the film industry/marketing industry for film and the events that Madeline is a part of were fun to read about. I also loved the Halloween party.
Madeline also has anxiety. And while I didn’t *love* how she thought about her anxiety or dealt with it, I’m glad that it was talked about. Anxiety and other mental illnesses are real and I really do want to see them more in books. I didn’t love that she drank to essentially numb her anxiety. I don’t drink, but I use other things to numb my anxiety at times, but it isn’t a solution that works. And anxiety doesn’t just go away when you are in a relationship, just like any other illness it takes work to learn coping skills and live with a mental illness. So, some of how her anxiety was handled, by her and others, I didn’t really connect with or like but as the book went on, this also got a bit better.
I really enjoyed If I Can Make It Here and if you’re looking for a good contemporary with romance and characters who grow, I definitely recommend it! I gave it 3.5/5 stars.
About If I Can Make It Here
Is it too late for coffee or too early for wine? That’s a question Madeline Burke has come to ask herself all too often. She needs a change, and a big one at that.
Coming into her late 20s, she finally finds the courage to pull herself out of a boring 9-to-5 life in Texas and launch the exciting new career she’s always dreamed about. Thanks to a little chutzpah and some quick thinking, she has landed an internship working in film publicity in New York City. It’s her favorite city in the world, concrete jungle where dreams are made…or crushed. The prospect is both exciting and intimidating for a woman with an ambitious work ethic and a pesky anxiety problem. What could possibly go wrong?
As Madeline goes behind the velvet ropes of movie premieres and celebrity press tours, she finds out what really happens after the cameras flash. Navigating her way through splashy scandals, inflated egos, romantic entanglements, and impossible office demands has her catching her breath behind one too many bathroom stall doors.
The hectic and fast-paced reality that is her new life has her questioning whether or not she has what it takes to stick it out. She decides it is up to her and her alone to make it in New York City.
As the saying goes, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere…right?
Tell me about the last book you read in the comments!