Startup by Doree Shafrir

startupI had high hopes when I started Startup by Doree Shafrir. It starts at a ridiculous MorningRave, a “clean living dance party” populated by all sorts of denizens of New York City’s startup scene, notably Mack, the founder of an app of questionable value, and Katja, a journalist covering the tech scene. I was expecting more satire, and instead the story was more heavy with ideas and a lot of characters who were kind of despicable at times and noble at other times.

Ultimately the characters never felt quite real to me and more representative of ideas: here’s the older journalist going off about how journalism has changed in the last ten years, here’s a young woman being sexually harassed in the supposedly-enlightened company she works for: the characters seemed more like ideas than people, if that makes sense. I’ve seen reviews talking about how readable and accurate the story was, and while I read it quickly, I just felt dissatisfied by the story. It’s a book filled with sad, disconnected people who work an awful lot, and it wasn’t my thing.

Startup by Doree Shafrir

Little Brown, April 2017

Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher.


3 thoughts on “Startup by Doree Shafrir

  1. Sorry to hear that you were dissatisfied with this one, Rebecca. It really does sound like an interesting premise. And to me, well-developed characters are important.

    • Thanks, Margot. I think the book turning away from the funny beginning was my biggest problem. Thankfully I’m in the middle of a good Val McDermid book right now!

  2. When I read the word startup, my first thought was young desperate people trying to make a lot of money… and the hard work involved. I am too old to read about that kind of thing. (Except if you had said it was really good and had a mystery.)

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