The Balance Project: A Novel

The Balance Project: A Novel

by Susie Orman Schnall


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The Balance Project is a story of loyalty, choices, and balance that will resonate deeply with all women who struggle with this hot-button issue.

Loyal assistant Lucy Cooper works for Katherine Whitney, who seems to have it all: a high-powered job at a multibillion-dollar health and wellness lifestyle company, a successful husband, and two adorable daughters. Now, with the release of her book on work-life balance, Katherine has become a media darling and a hero to working women everywhere. In reality, though, Katherine’s life is starting to fall apart, and Lucy is the one holding it all together, causing her own life—and relationship with her boyfriend Nick—to suffer. When Katherine does something unthinkable to Lucy, Lucy must decide whether to change Katherine’s life forever or continue being her main champion. Her choice will affect the trajectory of both of their lives and lead to opportunities neither one could have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940716671
Publisher: SparkPress
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 273
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Originally from Los Angeles, Susie Orman Schnall graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Schnall has written for national and local publications about parenting and health. She lives in New York with her husband and their three young boys. Visit

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The Balance Project: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Susie Orman Schall writes a provocative novel based on a study she performed, called “The Balance Project”. This is a great read for woman who are trying to juggle it all, from children, to being a wife, and working….all while keeping it in balance. Make no mistake that this book is a clear look at what can go awry when you have too many balls in the air. I found it to be a fun read, reminiscent of the beloved book “The Devil Wears Prada”. The main characters are Katherine and Lucy. Katherine is an accomplished business woman, wife, mother, and even author. How she did all of this was unbelievable! Yet, when you have as wonderful an Assistant as Lucy, things tend to flow much easier for someone like Katherine. I really related to Lucy, as I was an Assistant to the owner of a company for many years; and I believe that Lucy was an asset that Katherine could not lose. Assistants are often taken for granted…the question is…Will Lucy have the same fate? While I was not “taken away” by this story, I believe it will appeal to a large fan base. Not being a Mom, or juggling all of the things the main character had to…I felt a bit of a distance.
Bethany05 More than 1 year ago
I don't think I could love this book anymore if I tried! My 14 year old daughter even made a comment to me this weekend about the fact that I read it so quickly! Oops? LOL I have always found this topic of work-life balance so important, not only for women in general but personally for myself. I am a single mom with three children ages from 6-14 and I work full-time as a paralegal and I go to school part-time at night for my Masters in Human Resource Management. I know personally if I don't me time in there somewhere, I would explode or have a nervous breakdown! You can't juggle everything like Super Woman and think that pace will last forever. It won't, trust me, been there. I will say Katherine Whitney puts up a pretty good front of being the woman that can do it all! She has two children, a great husband, is COO of a company, participates in school activities/boards, wrote a book and seems to be a hero! But think about it, do you really think she's doing it all herself? Of course not, she has nannies (2) and assistants and so many other people assisting her - if she had to do it alone it would be over! Lucy Cooper when to college for digital media, but the only position she could find at the time was being a personal assistant so here she is, she's Katherine's go to for just about EVERYTHING! But then everything starts to get out of control! Katherine's marriage is in shambles, her kids barely know her, and her presence to the outside world is falling apart piece by piece. And what about Lucy's world? Her boyfriend Nick is ready to leave her, she never sees her friends and she can't even remember the last time she worked out! What happens next is for you to find out, and I suggest you pick up a copy today! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Lucy Cooper is an executive assistant to a woman who preaches about the work life balance and her boss Katherine even wrote a book that is all about achieving the work life balance while also being a full time wife, mother and boss. But Lucy Cooper has everything in her life but balance - a great boyfriend, an ok job (she wants something else) and great friends and family, but she can't do any of it full time as the job she has is taking up a lot of hours! I am an executive assistant and there a few moments where both my work life and my personal life are exploding at the same time and I wish for an assistant for this assistant! This book hit a nerve with me and a good one! I loved reading about how interesting of a job it is to be someone's assistant and help them with both personal and professional tasks. I loved her boyfriend and how he was pressing the marriage issue and although I didn't relate to her divorced parents aversion to marriage, I did understand his annoyance with the times that work just comes first. For some this book could be on the fluffy side, but for this reader, it hit close to home and I loved every minute of it. I would love to pass this book along to the skeptics of what I do and how interesting of a lifestyle it is!