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About the Book
Title: Off the Record
Author: Camyrn Garrett
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Content Warnings: Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Final Rating: 4 Stars
The behind-the-scenes access of Almost Famous meets the searing revelations of #metoo in this story of a teen journalist who uncovers the scandal of the decade.
Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the thing that grounds her when everything else is a garbage fire. So when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared, but also ready. She’s got this.
Soon Josie is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, the answer is clear: she’s in over her head.
One woman’s account leads to another and another. Josie wants to expose the man responsible, but she’s reluctant to speak up, unsure if this is her story to tell. What if she lets down the women who have entrusted her with their stories? What if this ends her writing career before it even begins? There are so many reasons not to go ahead, but if Josie doesn’t step up, who will?
From the author of Full Disclosure, this is a moving testament to the #MeToo movement, and all the ways women stand up for each other.
Representation: Bisexual MC, Black MC, Fat MC, Anxiety rep, Bisexual rep, Gay rep, BIPOC rep
This book was a roller coaster. I loved, loved, loved it. And I also have too many thoughts, but let’s try to write a review anyways. The book’s main character is 17 year old Josie Wright, an aspiring journalist. Josie was so interesting. I loved her. I loved everything. I loved reading about her journey of self-confidence. I loved Penny. I think some people were annoyed with her, but I wasn’t. I think I understood what she was trying to say, and what she had to do. Marius was so sweet. I think at the beginning something about him rubbed me wrong that was stopped really quick. I learned to love him. I loved the writing style. Formal and crisp, yet I could believe that it was a teenager's perspective. I haven't read the author's other book, Full Disclosure yet, but I really want to, especially if the writing is this good. The anxiety representation was very well done. Josie says at the beginning of the story that she sees a therapist because of her anxiety. Josie tries to keep it under control by herself but that’s not how you get better, which she slowly learns. She realizes over the course of the novel that you can be emotional even if you have anxiety, you shouldn’t be ashamed because it’s something that a lot of people deal with too. Josie learns that she’s not alone in her mental illness. There were beautiful messages of self-love throughout the book. Josie mentions at the beginning of the book that she knows that she is fat. She is insecure about her body, like many people, but at the same time she doesn’t want people to look at her a different way, which is understandable. But, something that stood out to me was that she told herself that she was beautiful and the realism of it was so amazing. She talks about her not being what people thought of when they thought of “beautiful“. She comes to terms with this throughout the book and I loved reading about her journey. Overall, this was amazing.
About the Author
Camryn Garrett was born and raised in New York. In 2019, she was named one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 and a Glamour College Woman of the Year. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, received rave reviews from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Today Show, and The Guardian, which called a “warm, funny and thoughtfully sex-positive, an impressive debut from a writer still in her teens.” Her second novel, Off the Record, will be released May 18, 2021. Camryn is also interested in film and is a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.