From veteran online journalist and BuzzFeed writer Doree Shafrir comes a hilarious debut novel that proves there are some dilemmas that no app can solve.
"A biting and astute debut novel [with] many delights." Lara Vapnyar, New York Times Book Review
Recommended as a book to read this month by BuzzFeed, Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Nylon, Town & Country and Lit Hub
One of the most anticipated books of 2017Vulture, BuzzFeed, The Millions, Nylon, PopSugar and Book Riot's "All the Books" Podcast
Mack McAllister has a $600 million dollar idea. His mindfulness app, TakeOff, is already the hottest thing in tech and he's about to launch a new and improved version that promises to bring investors running and may turn his brainchild into a $1 billion dollar businessin startup parlance, an elusive unicorn.
Katya Pasternack is hungry for a scoop that will drive traffic. An ambitious young journalist at a gossipy tech blog, Katya knows that she needs more than another PR friendly puff piece to make her the go-to byline for industry news.
Sabrina Choe Blum just wants to stay afloat. The exhausted mother of two and failed creative writer is trying to escape from her credit card debt and an inattentive husband-who also happens to be Katya's boss-as she rejoins a work force that has gotten younger, hipper, and much more computer literate since she's been away.
Before the ink on Mack's latest round of funding is dry, an errant text message hints that he may be working a bit too closely for comfort with a young social media manager in his office. When Mack's bad behavior collides with Katya's search for a salacious post, Sabrina gets caught in the middle as TakeOff goes viral for all the wrong reasons. As the fallout from Mack's scandal engulfs the lower Manhattan office building where all three work, it's up to Katya and Sabrina to write the story the men in their lives would prefer remain untold.
An assured, observant debut from the veteran online journalist Doree Shafrir, Startup is a sharp, hugely entertaining story of youth, ambition, love, money and technology's inability to hack human nature.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Doree Shafrir is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News and has written for New York Magazine, Slate, The Awl, Rolling Stone, Wired and other publications. A former resident of Brooklyn, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Matt Mira, a comedy writer and podcaster, and their dog Beau.
What People are Saying About This
"Doree Shafrir's Startup is like a thrilling combination of Po Bronson's Bombardiers and Jessica Knoll's Luckiest Girl Alive. Shafrir has set heartbreak and romance in the ticking clock environment of startups and the result is a topical, funny and perfectly observed document of our insane times."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Being billed as “hilarious’ is a gross overstatement in the description of this book. To be honest I can’t think of one thing that I found funny throughout the entire story. Truthfully I’m not sure what this story is really about. Is it about life in the startup world? In journalism? In tech-journalism? The plot just seemed not to be there at all. It doesn’t focus on any one thing and all those things didn’t get interwoven enough to make it interesting. I think the biggest issue is that I didn’t like any of the characters as nearly all of them were not likable. Even the ones that didn’t do something wrong just seemed to rub me the wrong way. I think some of this might have been because I listened to the audio version of this and I felt as if the narrator worked at a fast pace which seems as if she just wanted to get done with this book (something I felt was mutual). Even the theme of women standing up for themselves isn’t applied consistently in the story, so I can’t even apply that as a bit of a saving grace. The writing was OK but never described things in a way that allowed me to visualize them and feel as if I was there.
A very good debut novel. Great characters, good plot, very well written. My only hang up was that the plot seemed a tad rushed near the end. The jacket for the book seemed to indicate that that parts of the plot were going to come sooner then they did. If the jacket had been written a tad differently i wouldn't have felt that way about the plot. Overall very enjoyable book, and one i would recommend to most readers, but not under 17. A great look at start up culture, and gender dynamics.
I liked this book a lot. There were a lot of chuckles. There were women getting even (YAY!!). And, it was a great read. I whipped right through it very pleasantly. The ending, however, just kind of dropped off. Leading me to hope (fingers crossed) that there will be a sequel. I would definitely read it. I NEED to know what happens to Mack and is there any retaliation for Sabrina's husband? What a snake! Now I know my review has got you interested in this read. Ha! Seriously, it is an entertaining, enjoyable and hilarious read. Thanks to Little, Brown and Company for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.