As far as I know, have I never read a Cosmopolitan Magazine. It has
never been my type of magazine to read. So why did I pick PARK AVENUE SUMMER to read?
Well, I've wanted to read something by Renee Rosen for a while, I love
reading historical fiction, and this book intrigued me. In this book, we
get to know Cosmo's new editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown through
young Alice Weiss who gets a job working as Helen's secretary. Alice
dreams of becoming a photographer and this current position is just
temporary. However, she quickly becomes very protective of Helen as
lots of people work against her and her ideas. The question is, will Alice
be able to fulfill her dreams one day?
One reason I enjoyed reading PARK
AVENUE SUMMER was the fact that this was a bit of history that I
didn't know anything about. We are so used to ideas that Helen Gurley
Brown has for articles that it's fascinating to read about how she had to
fight to make her first edition of Cosmo the way she wanted it. I can
also say that this part of the book was the best, in my opinion. Alice
Weiss' personal problem alas just couldn't reach that level of interest
for me. To be perfectly honest, I wish we could have had some of the
book from Helen's perspective. Alice Weiss may be the central
character in this story, but Helen Gurley Brown steals the show every
time she appears.
PARK AVENUE SUMMER it's a
good novel. I liked the history lesson I got and perhaps one day I will
even decide to read a Cosmo magazine.
Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as
Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamorous New York City
of 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine, where a brazen new
editor-in-chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves
a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all
New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls
like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small midwestern town to
chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands the job of
a lifetime working for the first female editor-in-chief of
Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.
Nothing could have prepared Alice for the world she enters
as editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work
for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and
the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas,
and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong
hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to
sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help
Helen succeed. While pressure mounts at the magazine and
Alice struggles to make her way in New York, she quickly
learns that in Helen Gurley Brown’s world, a woman can
demand to have it all.