OK, I admit that I wasn't too sure about this book, had no idea what to expect, but I'm glad that I started reading it because I was completely blown away!!! Yes, this novel may sound shallow at first, but the author manages to turn it into something abolutely delicious and I devoured it like yummy chocolate cake while enjoying every second of it!
I thought the strongest point of this novel was the writing itself aka Hannah's narration - it's fresh (*wink wink*) and modern and sassy and vivacious and I absolutely loved it! I always say that the book is not about the story, it's how the author tells it and Ms Foster really made the best of it.
Based on the blurb, I expected Hannah to be more of an Ugly Betty or Andy at the beginning of DWP, but she seemed to fit in with the rest of the beauty girls just fine, even if she was a bit self-conscious. She annoyed me slightly when she got all emotional and mad, but on the whole I really enjoyed her narration and the girl evidently loves her job and thus makes it sound really interesting. I really enjoyed reading about what such a job involves, plus all the freebies they get and all the meetings and glamurous functions they attend. The author also shares an interesting and a useful beauty tip at the beginning of each chapter, which was a cute little addition.
I loved pretty much all the characters, I thought they were really well portrayed and no one annoyed me, which rarely happens. The best friend Iz was lovely and great, I loved their friendship, her gay friend Gabe was incredibly funny and fierce, the work friends all added to the story too so that was great! But the male characters - ooooh, what a charming bunch! I fell for pretty all the boys Hannah crossed paths with, haha. Trucker may have been slightly too aggressive in his approach, but I still thought he was kind of cute and hilarious. Jesse may have been a bit of an idiot, but I still couldn't hate him, he had his good moments. Dec was full-on adorable and dreamy, and I think I developed a serious crush on Dan (which was gone by the end of the book, you'll see why) - I loved his flirtatious ways and the texts between him and Hannah were just the best.
Honestly, I was surprised myself how much I enjoyed this novel, but I can mainly attribute this to Miss Foster's outstanding, original and sassy writing, which really makes the book stand out. This has to be of the best chick lit novels I've ever read (far better than certain others by more acknowledged authors) and I strongly recommend it all the fans of the genre.
All in all, I absolutely adore the Ms Foster's writing style and I'll definitely be looking out for more books by her!