The little blurb on the cover of Karin Tanabe's The List calls it a "Smartly Paced and Dishy Political Thriller," which sums it up perfectly to me.
I loved the fun of this book. Adrienne Brown has left her job at Town and Country magazine to move back home (at the age of twenty-eight!) to work for The Capitolist, a political publication that causes Adrienne to forego sleep and reduce her income dramatically as she enters the frenetic pace at "the List."
Adrienne meets a few nice girls at work, but Olivia Campo, who works the White House beat, is anything but nice. And when Adrienne finds out a few things about Campo, she has a hard time deciding whether to make this knowledge public or keep it to herself.
There's a bit of suspense as Adrienne does some undercover detective work as she is learning things about Olivia that made it almost impossible for me to put the book down. I love books with a Washington, D.C., setting and Adrienne's journalism career uncovering bits of info on today's politicians proved entertaining. Based (loosely) on Tanabe's own experiences at Politico this is a book that reminded me a bit of The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.
A very fun and fast read.