Off the Record (Hardcover)
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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.
"Brave, necessary, and unflinchingly real, Off the Record is an instant classic." --Marieke Nijkamp, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends
About the Author
CAMRYN GARRETT grew up in New York and began her writing career at thirteen, when she was selected as a TIME for Kids reporter, interviewing celebrities like Warren Buffett and Kristen Bell. Since then, her writing has appeared on MTV and in the Huffington Post and Rookie magazine, and she was recently selected as one of Teen Vogue's "21 Under 21: Girls Who Are Changing the World." When she's not writing, she studies film at NYU, and she's a proud advocate for diverse stories and storytellers in any medium. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, received rave reviews from outlets such as EW, Glamour and SLJ, which said in its starred review, "Readers will fall in love." Off the Record is her second novel.
"A vulnerable and powerful pursuit of radical truth from a brave bold voice of this generation." —Kim Johnson, acclaimed author of This Is My America
“Thoughtful and incisive, Camryn Garrett’s voice comes through in beautiful clarity.”—Rory Power, New York Times Bestselling author of Wilder Girls
“As explosive as it is relatable, as complex as it is authentic, Camryn Garrett's Off the Record is a timely and powerful story about finding the courage to use your voice to break oppressive silences.” —Randy Ribay, National Book Award finalist for Patron Saints of Nothing
"Part thriller, part rom-com and an altogether empowering intersectional takedown of privilege, systemic complicity, and sexual assault." —Christina Hammonds Reed, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Kids
“Brave, necessary, and unflinchingly real, Off The Record is an instant classic.” —Marieke Nijkamp, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends
"A powerful, compulsive story of #metoo, speaking up, speaking out, and confronting injustice. Garrett's book is a timely, brave, and much needed story." —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
“Fast-paced prose, wit, pitch-perfect dialogue, and memorable characters. An irresistible, unapologetically feminist story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Garrett’s sophomore novel is a fantastic story and remarkable testament to the #MeToo movement.” —SLJ, starred review
"A clear portrait of a young woman finding her voice while coming into her own.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Readers will be gripped by Josie’s tenacity, courage, and skill as she navigates a complex adult world of reputations and journalistic integrity.” —Booklist