Off the Record by Camryn Garrett

Hi All! It’s Becky.  Off the Record by Camryn Garrett was recommend to me by a co-worker. I had never read anything by Camryn Garrett and I was pleasantly surprised by this novel.

Title: Off the Record
Author: Camryn Garrett
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Josie Wright dreams of being a journalist. The seventeen-year-old writer has built an impressive portfolio that helps her win a position as part of a press for a film junket. Josie is living her dream until she begins to hear stories about one of the most famous filmmakers in Hollywood. Josie is determined to reveal to the public the abuse she has uncovered but she finds herself in danger she never expected.

Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading Off the Record, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book that is part realistic fiction and part mystery novel.

In the past couple of years, there have been a lot of novels about the #MeToo movement, some of which are very good and some that are not. Camryn Garrett has written a #MeToo book that is both relevant and thought-provoking.  Off the Record explores the behaviors of powerful men. The main character, Josie, is an average teen girl who finds herself embroiled in an investigation of a powerful filmmaker. Garrett uses Josie’s experience to investigate white privilege and toxic masculinity.  

The stories Josie uncovers make the book relevant and worth reading however it is Josie and not her experience that separate this book from others in the genre. Josie is a strong African American main character. She is smart and talented, but she is also complex and flawed. Josie deals with an anxiety disorder and body issues which makes her more realistic. The book could be lost among the sea of other books in the genre, but Josie makes it stand out.  

Off the Record is a relevant novel that explores important issues in a thought-provoking and entertaining way.

Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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