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Amanda Wakes Up

Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

The Devil Wears Prada meets Primary Colors in this wickedly funny debut novel about a bootstrapping young reporter who lands a plum job at a big-time cable news station and finds her ambitions and her love life turned upside down.

"A hilarious, eye-opening glimpse into the TV-news trenches, from one who's had to navigate them backwards and in heels." (Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and author of I Know I Am, but What Are You?)

When Amanda Gallo, fresh from the backwater of local TV, lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News - the coveted morning anchor slot - she's finally made it: a six-figure salary, a wardrobe allowance, plenty of on-air face time, and a chance to realize her dreams, not to mention buy herself lunch. Amanda Wakes Up takes off as Amanda feels for the first time that she can make her mom and her best friend proud and think about an actual future with her boyfriend, Charlie. But she finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse - battling for hair and makeup time, coping with her sexist (but scathingly handsome) coanchor, Rob, mixing up the headlines with pajama modeling on the street, and showing Benji Diggs, her media maestro boss, that she's got what it takes.

As the news heats up in a hotly contested election season and a wild-card candidate, former Hollywood actor Victor Fluke, appears on the scene, Amanda's pressure-cooker job gets hotter and her personal life unravels. Walking a knife's edge between ambition and survival, and about to break the biggest story of her career, Amanda must decide what she's willing to give up to get ahead - and what she needs to hold on to to save herself.

©2017 Alisyn Camerota (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Absolutely Bait and Switch

Are. You. Kidding. Me?!

What is billed as a light-hearted romp - a "Devil Wears Prada meets Primary Colors" - turned out to be an unrelenting screed of opinions and positions on flashpoint social issues such as abortion and funding Planned Parenthood, global warming, gun control, political correctness, etc, etc.

Let me be clear: It is not necessarily the issues themselves that are a problem - they're not - but the fact that *this is not what I signed up for* when I expended a precious credit for what I'd expected would be an entertaining read. As a journalist, myself, I was hoping to be entertained by newsroom shenanigans, not sucker-punched with the author's political agendas.

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No Imagination

I could barely make it through a third of this book due to its lack of imagination. It is basically the political shitstorm we are currently living through with the names changed. I wanted to escape reality not live it twice over.

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Amanda Wakes Up kept me glued to the speaker

Amanda Wakes Up keeps your attention. i listen in the car while driving and i found myself going on unnecessary drives just so i could hear more!!! #greatread #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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A peek into tv news - well I sure hope NOT!

I got this book on recommendation of a good friend. I enjoyed it but only to a certain point. I found the main characters somewhat entertaining, yet extremely shallow and self-centered. I have worked in radio off and on for 30+ years - in music, not news - and I have run into people like these, but they do not comprise the majority. I shudder to think that, as the author says in the note at the end, these are composites of those she has worked with in her broadcast news career.

The main character, Amanda Gallo, seems to have almost no power of self-reflection, lives entirely in the moment, and is throughout the book devoid of a personal moral code - willing to do almost anything in service to her dream of being an anchor on a major tv network. She's momentarily troubled by doing things against what she was taught in journalism school or what ideals she was raised with, even political views she's held her whole life, but a makeover, more money, beautiful clothing, seeing herself in a tv monitor, hobnobbing with the famous, etc. are all far more important to her than any of sense of personal honor. And she's also very concerned about her love life in a way that I find completely unreal for a female journalist who has worked her way up through the ranks to the New York market (probably the most difficult market to break into in the USA); she would have to be far more intelligent ( or, quite frankly and unfortunately, she'd have to be amazingly and unbelievably good-looking) than she is written here. I found the ending drama very unsatisfying; her principled on-air speech would have never have been permitted, and I find it a bit beyond the bounds of credulity that her best friend would behave in the way she does.

One theme running through the book that I very much appreciate, and that Amanda voices several times, is how her ideas change as she is confronted with her own biases. She meets people in the course of her job with whom she thought she had little in common, in fact had in the past dismissed as idiots, crackers, rednecks, etc., and she finds that they are people too, with legitimate concerns, ideas, and so on; they are no longer dismissable once she knows them personally. I think that's the best part of the book, and maybe the the best takeaway.

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I really enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed this book. It was very interesting and parts of it were pretty funny. At least to me. I was trying to give it 5 stars in every category, I don't know if the app is acting up or if there's a better way to do that anyway it would have five stars.

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  • Ikram
  • Silicon Valley, CA United States
  • 06-14-18

Amazing

This story is so close to being real that I was amazed! This is certainly a story I will listen to again and again through each election years.

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Great book

Loooooved it, funny and clever!! Alisyn Camerota is such a great role model! I highly recommend it 😊

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Entertaining

Narrator sounds like Camerota. Nice light hearted story of cable news. You can enjoy if you don’t take it as real life or biographical.

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  • Jenna
  • Edenton, NC, United States
  • 01-25-18

Great read or listen! Relevant and funny.

I would definitely recommend this book to someone interested in a light, fun read that also teaches some great lessons. It is so shockingly on point for today’s media and society, especially given it was prior to the last election results. Witty, fun characters that you want to get to know and see succeed. Would
Love you read more from this author!

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Great read !

Listening to the story of Amanda Wakes Up was greatly enhanced by the wonderful read of Lu Hanessian.
Her ability to move between 30 some characters was a challenge that kept me listening and in awe of her ability to shift between multiple characters during fast-moving dialogue.
The story was fun and Hanessian's read made it that much better. From a make up artist with a heavy New York accent to a Jewish Diamond merchant to the frenetic Benji Diggs, Hanessian's talents come to life in animating Alison Camerota's colorful cast of characters.