Book Review: All for a Story by Allison Pittman

All for a Story (click on book or see below for description)
by Allison Pittman
Downloaded free from Amazon on 5/4/14 (Released October 2013)

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time: Too long because of my move.  But a fun book that I really enjoyed!  Monica Bisbaine aka “Monkey”, is an anonymous writer of a gossip column  titled “Monkey Business” for a local New York paper during the 20’s (a decade I very much enjoy reading about.)  I found out this book was loosely based on an actual writer known as “Lipstick” who wrote for The New Yorker in the 1920’s.  (Fun fact the author shared at the end!)

To gather material for her column, Monica frequents many local speakeasies and is the topic of much conversation when her articles are published as they are vague, but could lead to trouble for some of the owners.  Thus her need for anonymity.  She has her share of male friends, one in particular, Charlie, who pops up throughout the book.

Early in the book, her boss, the owner of the paper where she works, passes away suddenly and everyone is worried for their jobs, especially Monica, as he tended to look the other way when it came to her column.  But in comes the owner’s great-nephew Max Moore.  With a strong faith, he has a different direction in mind for the paper, particularly Monica’s column.  First order of business was to investigate the rising popularity of the “Anti-Flirt Club.”  Again another real fun fact thrown in.  Many chapters begin with one of their “rules” in their movement to empower women against unwanted male attention.  (See below)

Flirting was definitely a gift of Monica’s (and I’d dare to say necessity in her field), so this “mission” was quite an interesting fit for her.  But through it she meets other women, gets some good/bad (depends how you look at it) press from her column, and grows alongside Max.  Both thrust into a world of unknowns, it is a good story with a few twists and turn thrown in.   One being a bit unexpected, but really an almost coming of age, questioning who you are/want to be story.  Monica is spunky, stubborn, opinionated, and makes for a fun main character!

Great read, fun read, I think you’ll like it!

And just for fun – here are the rules of the Anti-Flirt Club:

  • Don’t flirt: those who flirt in haste oft repent in leisure.
  • Don’t accept rides from flirting motorists—they don’t invite you in to save you a walk.
  • Don’t use your eyes for ogling—they were made for worthier purposes.
  • Don’t go out with men you don’t know—they may be married, and you may be in for a hair-pulling match.
  • Don’t wink—a flutter of one eye may cause a tear in the other.
  • Don’t smile at flirtatious strangers—save them for people you know.
  • Don’t annex all the men you can get—by flirting with many, you may lose out on the one.
  • Don’t fall for the slick, dandified cake eater—the unpolished gold of a real man is worth more than the gloss of a lounge lizard.
  • Don’t let elderly men with an eye to a flirtation pat you on the shoulder and take a fatherly interest in you. Those are usually the kind who want to forget they are fathers.
  • Don’t ignore the man you are sure of while you flirt with another. When you return to the first one you may find him gone.


Description from Amazon:

Monica Bisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column allows her access to all the local speakeasys in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away—and find fodder for her next article. But when the owner of the Capitol Chatter newspaper passes away, Monica wonders what will happen to her job, and the lifestyle she loves.

Max Moore may hold the title of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s paper, The Bridal Call, but Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max learns that his great-uncle has passed away, leaving him all his earthly possessions, Max resigns and heads to D.C. Determined to take over the Capitol Chatter, infuse it with his values, and turn it into a respectable paper, Max is soon bumping up against the equally determined Monica Bisbane.

Under Max’s direction, Monica embarks on her most challenging assignment yet: infiltrating and reporting on the Anti-Flirt Society. Though reluctant at first, as Monica meets and mingles with the young women of the club, she begins to question the innocence of her flirtatious lifestyle. And when romance begins to blossom between Max and Monica, she must choose where her loyalties lie: with the young women of the society or the alluring pull of the speakeasy and its inhabitants.

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