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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Interview Season is a contemporary new adult fiction novel written by Torrey H. Chin. Jamie was thrilled to have successfully completed law school and taken the New York State Bar Exam, but the results of her efforts to find a job were proving dismal at best. What made it even more upsetting was that many of her peers in law school had had jobs lined up even before they graduated. Still, Jamie gamely went online every day and sent out dozens of resumes. After a while, however, she’d been disappointed so many times that her instinctive response when someone would respond was a deep and healthy skepticism. No, she didn’t want to work for free or minimum wage; she wasn’t interested in persuading the dying to cash out their life insurance policies; and working as a barista at Starbucks might be fun, but would not pay well enough to cover her $100,000 in student loans. Jamie was living with her best friend and former college roommate, Marissa, who, at first, had been sympathetic and supportive, but after a few months with no rent payments from Jamie in sight, even her friend was starting to doubt that she was really trying.
Interview Season addresses the issues new adults face in a competitive market where jobs are scarce and employers are more than willing to take advantage of the situation. Scores of desperate college and grad school graduates are faced with the need not only to provide themselves with a living wage, but also to cover sky-high student loans. Jamie’s situation is an all-too-familiar one -- even if she does have the fantastic boon of having a friend who can put her up until that law job comes around. Chin’s story adroitly broaches the subjects of employment at any cost, and whether a law school or other professional graduate should have to consider working in a position that they’re vastly overqualified for, or if they’ll even be employable in such a situation. Added to the complexity of the situation is the perceived unfairness that people in Jamie’s situation have to contend with when seeing others succeed or be free of that anxiety and desperation due to parental assistance.
Interview Season is fast-paced and entertaining. Chin’s characters are well-defined, and the two men in Jamie’s life are interesting contrasts. Jack has his own issues with parental control and his need to find his own niche, and Kellen is happily embarking on his third career. While the main category for this offering is chick lit, I think any new adult entering or recently engaged in the work world will find much to appreciate here. Interview Season is highly recommended.