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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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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 biological.

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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.

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Very interesting topic. You have to get to the end to judge how all of the parts fit together. It's light, lightly written, but does become a good illustration of what is going on today. The characters are slightly drawn, but their purpose is to show them, not so much as individuals, but as representatives of forces that push real people, and newsrooms, into the position they find themselves in.

It was difficult at times to tolerate the debates on the shows, as one who is SO sick of this on TV all the time. But if you can push through that, you can see the big picture the author is drawing. The book does not have any answers. Just a little insight and humor.

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Amazing parallels!

On its own the book was well written and helpful to understand the behind the scenes world and thought processes of journalists and the free press. I loved the comedic tones hit throughout as well as the realism of the love story that developed in the course of the book. That said, the book was infinitely more intriguing due to the amazing parallels to the 2016 election! Hoping Alisyn will consider a sequel so we can find out if Fluke ends up in the White House!

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Fun read..enjoyed the parallels!

Easy read and fun. Nice first novel; I could see Amanda's character teaching additional higher moral compass lessons for more than the media.

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Entertaining and timely read!

I was throughly entertained by the story of Amanda inside the world of journalism. Alisyn Camerota crafted a witty story that made me want to know what would happen next.