Official Review: Dream Job by Janet Garber

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fiction books or series that do not fit into one of the other categories. If the fiction book fits into one the other categories, please use that category instead.
Forum rules
While in the forum's younger and less active days this used to be the one and only forum for "reviews and discussions about specific books", this is now just the subforum "other fiction" in a more well-organized "reviews and discussions about specific books" section with subforums for each genre. Check it out! :) Remember, the forums in the reviews section (including this forum) are for posting about a single book or series in topic, and the topic title should include the book's title. If you are creating a new topic, please try to post it in one of the other genres rather than posting it here in the "other fiction" section. This is only for books that do not fit in any of the other genre categories we have listed.
Post Reply
Posts: 112
Joined: 06 Nov 2016, 21:54
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 15
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 31
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "Aftermath" by Gary Gaudin

Official Review: Dream Job by Janet Garber

Post by Guppy » 11 Dec 2016, 04:40

[Following is the official review of "Dream Job" by Janet Garber.]
Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review

Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager is a short fiction novel by Janet Garber.

Melie Kohl is the Human Resources (HR) Manager at Axis Mundi Medical Centre. The book follows Melie as she tries to fix the hilarious and devious behavioural problems of the staff while avoiding her own problems. She is lonely, worn out and hiding a big secret.

The book presents an array of fascinating characters: the groping doctor, the terrorised secretary, and the rabid bulldog-like boss. Each character has an urgent problem and a desperate need of Melie’s skills that she finds suffocating. Her stress levels build until she is hiding under her desk at work and experiencing the supernatural on her subway commute.

She meets Ted, a small town antique store owner, and their romance provides a quiet interlude in her life. Just when Mellie starts to get comfortable there’s a murder, a viscous love rival, and her big secret is about to be discovered!

Melie herself has a mix of strengths and weaknesses that make her both likeable and relatable. She tries too hard and has a tendency to overthink things. Like a lot of people she is desperate to find someone to settle down with. These traits add complication to Melie’s life and to the book.

Drawing on a career in HR, the author has created a rich setting full of “behind-the-scenes mayhem” inspired by her own experiences. All the characters, even the really minor ones, are well described by both their actions and Melie’s thoughts. The crises of the characters are complimentary side plots to Melie’s story, integrating neatly and highlighting key aspects of Melie’s thoughts and behaviours.

The writing style is conversational and character-driven. Included in the book is a reader’s guide of comprehension questions and a description of the author’s HR career.

I liked a lot about this book. Melie and the other characters were interesting, and their stories were skilfully woven together. It was easy to empathise with Melie.

What I didn’t like was the ending. It seemed convenient, and Melie didn’t really grow as a character because in accommodating someone else her problems became irrelevant.

The formatting of Melie’s thoughts needs work. Her thoughts are presented as italic blocks and the edge of the blocks is cut off. I could guess what the missing parts were but it was a little disappointing when the rest of the book was so well done.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Though I didn’t like the ending it is still a great story worth trying. Anyone who has experienced work related politics will love this book.

Dream Job
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like Guppy's review? Post a comment saying so!

User avatar
Posts: 148
Joined: 22 Jul 2015, 07:22
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 7
Currently Reading: Station Eleven
Bookshelf Size: 46
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "The Bone Whisperer" by D.S. Allen

Post by peprica21 » 13 Dec 2016, 09:02

Thank you for your honest review. Doesn't sound like a book I would add to my reading list, although I was attracted by the title.

User avatar
Posts: 2026
Joined: 20 Oct 2015, 20:49
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 12
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Currently Reading: God is Alive and Well
Bookshelf Size: 417
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "Superhighway" by Alex Fayman

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 13 Dec 2016, 09:49

Sounds like an interesting book with fascinating protagonist. Melies seems like a character I would root for :) Too bad, though, about the ending. Still, it sounds like a very enjoyable book. Good job on the review.

User avatar
Posts: 431
Joined: 17 Sep 2016, 14:04
Favorite Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Favorite Book: Never Cry Again
Currently Reading: Fused
Bookshelf Size: 72
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "A Matter of Faith" by Duke Woodrick
Reading Device: 1400699169
fav_author_id: 19883
Location: Ohio

Post by Kdonegan91 » 14 Dec 2016, 00:34

Too bad it ended badly because that can ruin the whole book. Great review!
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. - Wayne Dyer

Posts: 112
Joined: 06 Nov 2016, 21:54
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 15
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 31
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "Aftermath" by Gary Gaudin

Post by Guppy » 30 Dec 2016, 00:24

Thanks all for the kind words, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my review.

User avatar
Posts: 642
Joined: 22 Oct 2015, 10:47
Currently Reading: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Bookshelf Size: 243
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "The Hunt for Winter" by KC Cowan & Sara Cole

Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 05 Jan 2017, 08:25

Very interesting premise to this book. Thank you for the review. Sounds like the author packed a lot into a small amount of space. Maybe if the author further develops it, it will become a 4 star book. Sounded like a lot of good ideas!
"no one down here" --- Up the Down Staircase

Post Reply

Return to “Other Fiction Forum”