BOOK REVIEW: MISS UNDERSTANDING BY STEPHANIE LESSINGK
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Editor-in-chief, Dan Princely, hires his wife's sister Zoe to be the new Deputy Editor for their magazine. The magazine, "Issues" focused mainly on fashion and shopping.
Along comes Zoe Rose, a four-foot eleven, 94-pound woman, who has many changes in mind for the magazine. One of the changes was to change the name the magazine to "Miss Understanding: A Girls Guide to Girls". Her point here was to figure out why girls treat the girls who don't fit in as if they did something wrong. It was Zoe's hope that as part of the magazine and its articles, help would be given for all to see each other differently. Zoe had the perfect place to launch her new ideas - a magazine. There is one problem, however. Everyone agrees that Zoe doesn't know the first thing about being a girl.
As you can imagine, the staff doesn't like the idea of these changes and set out to destroy Zoe and her ideas. Dan, on the other hand, is caught in the middle since he is married to Zoe's sister. To make matters worse, Dan's mother and Zoe are always bickering back and forth.
What happens as Zoe tries to revamp the magazine with her changes?
The author does an excellent job with her characters. We have Zoe on the one hand who doesn't care how she dresses and her sister, Chloe, trying to set her straight on the proper thing to do. The reader can almost envision Zoe and the mismatched way she dresses. The author also does a good job with showing the many different emotions that evolve in an office when someone is trying to make some changes and how people can stick together to try and stop them. This story is a satire and one that you will enjoy reading.