Not Bad for a Girl
by Anastasia Ryan
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Pub Date 30 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 13 Feb 2024
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From hilariously awkward lunch breaks to cringe-worthy Zoom calls, this workplace comedy of errors is sure to put a smile on your face.
Indiana "Ana" Aaron is a talented coder and IT specialist, but she doesn't always fit in at work. When she speaks up one too many times for her boss's ego, she's transferred to a remote team—and it's clear this is her last chance to blend in.
Ana sees working from home as a chance at redemption; she can keep her head down and her camera off. But when her new boss praises her assertiveness and thanks Mr. Aaron, she sees no reason to correct him.
But the longer Ana waits to set things straight, the more complicated things get. Soon the legend of "Indiana" begins to take on a life of its own, and Ana is in over her head. Fortunately, she has friends at work, including Shane, a handsome tech guy who's smart enough to put the puzzle together and to help her triumph over workplace preconceptions and other nonsense.
Praise for You Should Smile More:
"If you're looking for something to make you laugh, smile, and get irrationally angry, You Should Smile More fits the bill… This book is a lot of fun."—Culturess
"Ryan paints an ode to RBF owners and anyone slighted by a male boss—you'll be rooting for her the whole way."—Buzzfeed
"Ryan's debut is a slapstick blend of comedy and heart, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and strong female heroines."—Kirkus
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PERFECT. This book was perfect in every way.
I'm a thriller lover, but I requested this book during a pretty heavy reading slump. I love women's fiction, and I couldn't pass this up after reading the synopsis. I needed something light, funny, and empowering. Anastasia Ryan delivered!
Can we also talk about how adorable Indiana's Dad is?! And Margaret?! And Indy's team?! I just loved everyone so much. I highly recommend this to ANY book lover, and I look forward to reading more from this author!
𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝘽𝙖𝙙 𝙁𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙂𝙞𝙧𝙡 𝙗𝙮 𝘼𝙣𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙖 𝙍𝙮𝙖𝙣
I absolutely adored this book! After reading Anastasia Ryan’s debut, 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙎𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙚 and loving it, I knew I had to jump into this one right away.
𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝘽𝙖𝙙 𝙁𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙂𝙞𝙧𝙡 is the perfect mix of humor, working through workplace conflicts, fighting for women’s rights in a male dominated industry and a dabble in romance.
The story line is brilliant and kept me dialed in the entire time. The main character, Indiana is such a badass and I love her outspoken personality and her ability to say things how it is. I loved her story, where she came from as well as her family. Her dad, Margaret and her landlords gave the story such a wholesome feel.
The hilarious twists and turns the story continued to take made it hard to put this book down. I truly loved every second of it and was so excited of how far Indiana got in the end.
Thank you Anastasia Ryan, NetGalley and Source Books for this ARC copy
The absurdity in some moments in this novel was absolutely hilarious and had me laughing my buns off. The main character, Ana, was incredibly relatable and made it way easier for me to settle in and read this quickly.
I absolutely loved how Ryan left no stone unturned, viciously exposing the difficulties women inevitably run into in a male dominated field as our FMC accidentally insults her boss and ends up on a remote team nobody wants to be on… only to be misgendered by her new boss.
Ryan handled this masterfully and I thoroughly loved how it did not overwhelm the whole story to the point of excess and still had that touch of romance even at the end. The idea of the mistaken gender and just running with it? Top notch. Her larger-than-life persona that was made up had me wondering how she was going to pull it off. But it had me rooting for her the entire length of the novel.
A book about setting the patriarchy on fire, with a subplot of romance.
If you are a fan of Ali Hazelwood’s STEMinist series, this novel is directly up your alley.