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Summer Intern

Summer Intern

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by Carrie Karasyov

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Teen fans of The Devil Wears Prada will relish this inside scoop on high society fashion from bestselling authors Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman, star of the Bravo series Odd Mom Out.

Meet Kira Parker, total teenage fashionista. At her summer internship with one of New York's preeminent fashion magazines, Kira's to-do list


Teen fans of The Devil Wears Prada will relish this inside scoop on high society fashion from bestselling authors Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman, star of the Bravo series Odd Mom Out.

Meet Kira Parker, total teenage fashionista. At her summer internship with one of New York's preeminent fashion magazines, Kira's to-do list includes rounding up models, fetching high-price dry cleaning, and snagging invites to some of the hottest parties in town.

When a prized position goes up for grabs, Kira finds herself pitted against Daphne Hughes, the magazine owner's daughter and girl with all the right connections. She's even dating Kira's crush.

Daphne thinks she can get what she wants without lifting a diamond-adorned pinky, but Kira's about to give her a battle the catwalk will remember for summers to come.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Kira's psyched. She's one of the newest summer interns at Skirt, the magazine that's "the top of the top in fashion, pop culture and beauty." Kira's almost certain that her first few weeks of busting her butt will pay off when she's selected to work with the editor-in-chief. But Daphne Hughes, daughter of the magazine's owner, just might have the inside track. Happily Kira's life doesn't totally revolve around the magazine. She's met Matt, a total hottie who's just graduated from Georgetown and is heading to Harvard Law School. He's a dream come true. Or is he? And while Kira's coping with work, Daphne, boyfriends, and nightlife in New York City, her housemate, Gabe, is struggling with the how and when of telling his parents that he's gay. Teenage fashionistas will enjoy this entertaining peek into the competitive and frenetic world of fashion. Some sexual innuendo and profanity (the word gofer seems to have morphed into whore).
KLIATT - Myrna Marler
It's The Devil Wears Prada—lite. Kira Parker has a summer internship at a fashion magazine called Skirt. Instead of the boss from hell she runs afoul of an evil intern, the beautiful daughter of the publishing magnate who owns the magazine, a girl who feels entitled to all she surveys. Think Paris Hilton with less work ethic. Of course, Kira works harder than everyone else and has the real deal, fashion talent. Alas, she pines for the boy who seems to be Evil Intern's beau and then is distracted for a short time (nearly losing the V card, to use the book's phrase) by a handsome and charming con-man who uses her to get to the Evil Intern's side. Nevertheless, virtue, talent, and the Puritan work ethic prevail. This book is predictable, a safe place for teen girls who want to escape reality for a while and be assured of a happy ending. The text is also filled with some interesting (although maybe not entirely accurate: who knows?) insider information about the fashion industry. On the whole the book is harmless, good fun (though the V card is discussed at some length, no scenes of giving it up are enacted), with a spunky young heroine living a semi-glamorous life and encountering heartache, happiness, and diversity in the Big Apple.
Kira scores herself a summer internship at Skirt magazine, and for the first two weeks, every intern is in the running for the top spot-assistant to the editor in chief. Kira desperately wants this position. She is convinced that with hard work, flexibility, and volunteering her time, she will land the plum role. Kira is not counting on another girl waltzing in and landing the position based on her last name. Still Kira is not going to give up without a fight. This perfect summer novel offers a great character and a dash of romance. From the first page, the authors pull in the reader and never let go. Kira is a flawed character, but her faults make it easy for the reader to connect with her issues and emotions. Her feistiness, determination, and desire for revenge gives her a realistic quality. The minor characters fall into the background and could be fleshed out more. The authors subtly address the unfairness of life, while revealing that hard work can make a difference. Six months later, the epilogue wraps up some loose ends, leaving the reader satisfied. This fast-paced tale includes some talk of sex and mild profanity. Even with a predictable outcome, readers will still enjoy it. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
When Kira Parker submits her fashion ideas to Cotton, a group that is offering a summer internship to one student designer, she is chosen and spends the time working in New York City for the magazine Skirt . At her first meeting, she learns that the magazine owner's daughter, Daphne, and her friends (who are called the Trumpettes with disdain by other staffers) are also interning. The most coveted spot, working directly under the editor-in-chief, is up for grabs. In spite of Kira's hard work, Daphne ends up getting the job, even though she never works and is haughty at every turn. Still, Kira has a fabulous experience that extends outward from the fashion world to encompass learning more about people, about relationships, and about running a business. By the end of the novel, readers will be impressed with her growth. The authors do a great job of describing the ins and outs of fashion couture. This addition to the chick-lit genre is funny and lighthearted, and worth purchasing if you have students who love stories about strong female characters who persevere in the face of adversity-and do so with style.
—Emily GarrettCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Perfect summer novel...the authors pull the reader in and never let go.”

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Summer Intern SNY Chapter One

It was totally surreal: There I was in the midst of a dizzying, glittering collage of designer duds being pushed around on racks by leggy black-clad editors, with a soundtrack of whirring modems, ringing phones, and French accents playing in the background. There were models on go-sees with the bookings department, who were having Polaroids snapped of their gaunt, shiny faces. There were crocodile handbags from Hermès, Valentino, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs being gathered up for a shoot of "Scaley Chic" reptilian accessories. There was an armed guard from Van Cleef & Arpels with a briefcase cuffed to his arm as he transported gems for the "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" story, and a beret-wearing photographer having a loud fight with the sittings editor about renting out the Central Park Zoo's entire polar bear sanctuary for a ten-page layout of winter's best fur coats.

I was in the frenzied offices of Skirt magazine—the top of the top in fashion, pop culture, and beauty; the bible for any aesthete; the cool girl's forecast for what's hot and what to wear, listen to, even eat (i.e., carbs = the devil). It was a kaleidoscopic mix of hipsters, hotties, and badasses, all yapping a mile a minute on teeny cell phones with a stress level you'd more likely expect to see at the Pentagon rather than at Hughes Publications, the mag's parent company. But in the Gehry-architected glass-and-steel offices, the buzz of calamities at deadline was deafening. Like a trunk arriving in St. Bart's with the wrong bikinis. A beauty associate screaming at a makeup artist that the tweezing for the brow story was too arched. A beeperinforming a fashion director of a snag in a Missoni dress on location. Drama was all around. And I had just reported for my introductory summer intern meeting in the gleaming glass conference room. I took my place at one of the empty seats, heart pounding. A platter of baked goods and buttered bagels sat untouched as people streamed into the room.

Beside me were my two roommates for the next two months, whom I'd only briefly met earlier that morning: Gabe, a gorgeous androgynous rocker-type with cheekbones one could slash a wrist on, and Teagan, a multiple-pierced Goth gal who was still striking and beautiful despite the sharp objects protruding from her face.

Gabe and Teagan had both arrived a couple of days before me and had already paid a visit to the Skirt office. The accessories director had immediately taken them under his wing, filling them in on all the need-to-know gossip.

When the meeting commenced, we were each asked to introduce ourselves. For example: "Gabe Tennant. Sagittarius. Mid-westerner. Hung over." My new roomie got some chuckles.

My turn was so yawnsville: Kira Parker from Philly. I'd won the internship through a fashion sketch submission contest sponsored by Cotton, one of Skirt's big advertisers. I was headed to Columbia in the fall. I also blurted out that I was "psyched" to get to know the city, and the second the words came out of my mouth like in a cartoon bubble, I realized I sounded hot off the Greyhound. Oh well. When we were all done, each editor explained which department they headed up, and then Alida Jenkins, the executive editor, took the floor to describe how the intern program worked.

She was ten minutes into her speech, explaining the guidelines of what working at Skirt would entail, when the door to the conference room burst open. Standing on the threshold were three extremely well dressed girls, all with different shades of stick-straight long hair (the hair of the one on the left was dark brown with caramel highlights, while the one in the middle possessed the whitest hair outside of a Scandinavian country and the one on the right had the same honey color as Heidi Klum.) They were all clutching Venti-size cups from Starbucks and appeared to have been laughing at some hilarious joke that was so amusing they couldn't stop giggling even when they noticed that the meeting was already in session.

Now me, I would have been mortified to make such a ruckus that every head in the room whipped in my direction, but these girls didn't seem at all fazed.

"Oh my gosh, Alida! Did you start without us?" asked the white blonde in the center. She suddenly looked down at her watch, which I could see from across the room was a solid gold Cartier tank with small diamonds. "Cecilia, you didn't tell me it was ten-fifteen," she said accusingly to the Heidi Klum look-alike. With that watch, who needed their friend to tell her what time it was?

"That's okay, Daphne. Come on in. We're just getting started," said Alida with a tight smile.

"Sooooo sorry, Alida," said the platinum blonde girl. She strode up to Alida and gave her an air kiss on the cheek.

Instead of sitting down, the white blonde—obviously the leader of the pack—turned to face the other ten interns who were seated in the room.

"I'm sure I missed the name game, so I'll introduce myself now. I'm Daphne Hughes, this is my second summer interning here, and I go to Brown." She looked around the room to make sure everyone was paying attention. I moved my eyes to her friends, certain that they would now take the stage, but before they could, Daphne continued. "Listen, I just want to say that I know you all are probably really nervous right now, but don't worry. Everyone is really sweet here, and that's why it's the best magazine on the planet, so don't stress. Of course, they'll work us hard, won't they, Alida?"—she didn't pause to let Alida answer—"But it will be so worth it. This is the best way to get your foot in the door if you want to have a career in the fashion world."

Summer Intern SNY. Copyright © by Carrie Karasyov. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Carrie Karasyov & Jill Kargman are best buds who met at their all-girls private high school in New York City. They have cowritten two novels for adults, The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing, and two novels for teens, Bittersweet Sixteen and Summer Intern. Carrie is also the author of The Infidelity Pact, and Jill is the author of Momzillas.

Jill Kargman is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Right Address, Wolves in Chic Clothing, Momzillas, and The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund. Her latest effort is a nationally bestselling book of essays, Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut. She is also a featured writer for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and Elle, and a copywriter for her greeting card company, Jill Kargman Etceteras.

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Hannah Brewitt More than 1 year ago
it kinda sucked in the middle but overall allllrriigghhtt
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I was happy with this purchase, but not overly thrilled. The book was good and I'm a fan of Jill Kargman. I doubt it will be the greatest buy, but you're not throwing your money away.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
SUMMER INTERN is definitely going to be the summer beach read of 2007! When I first picked up this book I thought to myself, "Here we go again with the whole THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA theme!" No way! These books have their similarities but are much different, too! There is scandal, mystery, fashion, mean girls, and a really nice pair of Blahnik shoes involved! What girl doesn't want to read a book like that?

Kira gets her dream job at the high profile fashion magazine, Skirt. But did Cinderella get Prince Charming without a few bumps in the road? Uh, no! During the course of the book Kira even meets her own Prince Charming at a club--or at least she thinks she does.

Daphne is a fellow intern at the magazine, but she just happens to be the daughter of the owner of the entire corporation! Kira stays late, works very hard, knows a lot about fashion, and is super nice to everyone--but Daphne doesn't like her because she is a threat to the real dream job...being the intern of the editor-in-chief of the magazine!

After finding out who wins the coveted internship, things get worse. At the end of the book something ties the whole story together, the mean girls get what they deserve, and something VERY unexpected happens! You will just have to read this amazing novel to find out the rest of the story that is also about more than finding the perfect pair of shoes for an upcoming cover!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the book. It was a great and fun read. The characters were incredibly entertaining and funny. The James hot-shot bit was completely desirable. I was sad to have to finish the book, I definetly feel the need for a sequel to update us on James and Kira's relationship and her college/article life. I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summer Intern was exactly how I expexted it to be- a quick and predictable beach read. The authors had good intentions but they did not execute their ideas properly. The plot in my opinion had way too much going on, the resolution was rushed in the sense that everything worked out a little too quickly. There was the good girl/hero, the sidekicks, the brat/villain, and the desired hot guy. Good for the beach but not much else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summer intern is a funny light hearted book. It makes you want to keep reading and reading. I am so glad Kira ended up with james. He sounds so cute and sweet for her. It is a really good book. Although I have to say the ending was expected. While I was reading I already knew what the ending was going to be. I still think it was a cute book though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Summer Intern is a great book and is really interesting. This book never had any boring parts to me, I kept wantng to read more and not stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book. i t isn't the best book i have read but i have to admit it was great.the details were broad. but it was like every other book i have read. but like i said before it was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The term ¿beach read¿ was invented for books like Summer Intern. Trite, silly, and full of clichés, this novel is also a fast-paced page turner. Kira, your typical hard- working heroine, goes head-to-head with Daphne, your typical spoiled heiress, when the two both want the plum job at Skirt, the magazine they work for. Practically every character in this novel is a ¿your typical¿ something-- the gay guy, the goth girl, the mean boss-- and yet you keep reading, even when you're getting completely fed up with the characters and the plot. But really, the only positive thing to say about this book is that it isn't boring, because at the end, you will be hit with an overwhelming sense of 'I've read that before.' And really, why bother?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the book 'Summer Intern' ! I just finished reading it! i also read the book Bittersweet Sixteen and i really loved that too! i hope Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman write more books like these! They are amazing!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
Michelle Robison More than 1 year ago
i would not have read it but my mom made me before she let me have a nook: (