Saturday, December 22, 2012

Review: The Green Ticket by Samantha March

 Title: The Green Ticket
Author: Samantha March 
Genre: New Adult/Chick Lit 
Publisher: Marching Ink
Number of Pages: E Book
Source: Author

College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself. While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself ¬¬–– is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.

The Green Ticket is simply a great coming of age story. Alex was one of those rare characters in a New Adult novel that was normal. She had a great group of friends, partied, and wasn't a loner or find instalove. Their is a romance, but was also realistic and didn't happen overnight.
 There were people to cheer on and bad guys to cringe at.  I enjoyed watching Alex struggle with the decisions she had to make a work, because jobs are never as easy or as perfect as you want them to be.  The journey that Alex goes on is one everyone has gone on: dealing with change, trying to decide how to balance work and a personal life. This was just a nice, refreshing read.