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Because She Can
By Bridie Clark
Read by Mary Birdsong

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Because She Can
By Bridie Clark
Read by Mary Birdsong
Hachette Audio, (2007)
An Abridged Recording on 5 CDs
ISBN 10: 1-59483-869-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-59483-869-9
Genre: Fiction, Chick-Lit

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - March 6, 2007

Could you work for demon boss? Apparently Claire Truman thinks that she has what it takes, when she accepts a job as a fiction editor at Grant Books, a top publishing house. Her new boss, Vivian Grant, is a spiteful, foul-mouth, abusive, and tantrum-throwing tyrant. Claire knew of Vivian's reputation before she accepted the job, but this was her dream job, so she took it anyway, figuring that she would be able to handle the situation...

Bridie Clark, who previously worked for the publisher Judith Regan, makes you wonder how much of her book Because She Can is fiction, and how much is based upon her own experiences in the publishing world. I would hope that it is all fiction, because I cannot imagine why anyone would ever put up with a boss like Vivian - I don't care how 'great' a job it is. No one should allow themselves to be abused and degraded by anyone, and if Clark put up with such a boss, shame on her - and defiantly shame on Claire!

Because She Can is similar in many regards to The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. It has some funny moments that are wonderfully performed by Mary Birdsong, the narrator of this audio edition of Because She Can. While this story has a solid dose of humor, and the writing is appealing, I just could not connect with the heroine because she had put herself in a horrid situation that she could easily extricate herself from by simply walking out the door - but she seems unwilling to do this!

As the story progresses, Claire allows Vivian to push her around and to encroach upon her personal life - keeping her in the office at all hours and expecting Claire to do anything that Vivian says - no matter how demeaning or stupid. Vivian's demands soon disrupt Claire's relationship, and it begins to take a toll on Claire's psyche. The saving grace to this novel is that eventually Claire comes to her senses and there is a satisfying romance interwoven into the story. If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, you'll love this book.

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