Harper dreams of becoming a journalist, so when she gets the chance to intern in New York City at teen magazine Shift, she jumps at the chance.
Harper writes with sarcasm and flair, but her boss, McKayla makes her the dating blogger without knowing that Harper has never been on a date in her life. When the white teen from small-town Northern California plunges into the maelstrom of sophisticated fellow interns, she tells them that she’s from San Francisco, compounding her problems. She meets Ben, her aunt’s dog walker and a nice guy, who gives her advice, but she focuses on Carter as her dating target. Her snarky columns win her praise from McKayla and the chance to launch her career in journalism. However, Carter turns out to be the son of the owner of Shift, and he takes a real interest in her. But can Harper cope with what his interest might mean? When her constant little lies begin to catch up with her, Harper must try to repair the damage. Stampler flavors her writing with a nice ironic wit that nearly turns the story into a comedy, especially with her inclusion of Harper’s dating blogs. The Shift intern pool is a somewhat diverse one, but Harper’s dating interests are not; both Carter and Ben are white.
Fizzy fashion fluff for lovers of The Devil Wears Prada. (Fiction. 12-18)