Fun, humorous women's fiction about Alice Atterberry, a mega-famous (and famously irritable) twenty-five-year-old children's book author (think a young J.K. Rowling with a pixie cut and a bad attitude) with an unfortunate tendency to speak her mind at the most inconvenient times. When a very public confrontation with a young fan escalates far beyond her control, Alice begrudgingly turns to tasty-as-pecan-pie Southern PR guru, Ethan Reynolds, perhaps the only person who can save Aliceand her booksfrom her red-hot temper.
The problem is
despite being the author of an incredibly successful series of children's books, Alice has never played well with others.
Alice Atterberry may have the most famous name in YA fiction today, but her misanthropic nature and quick temper make her a liability in front of crowds. To avoid a public relations nightmare, Alice's publishers have built her a reputation of being reclusive and enigmatic, which has only heightened the hysteria over her wildly popular angel-themed books. When a villainous ten-year-old boy named Simon goads Alice into a very public argument (that may or may not result in someone getting a wedgie), the real Alice comes crashing into the spotlight. The problem is that she never wanted to be there in the first place
and now she can't seem to get herself out of it.
To save her careerand, let's be honest, theirsfrom tanking, Alice's publishers hire deliciously diplomatic and sexy Southern PR whiz, Ethan Reynolds, to be the Henry Higgins to her acrimonious and edgy Eliza Doolittle. But Alice's inability to self-edit isn't the only obstacle they face. Simon's family is suing for millions and has joined forces with a powerful televangelist who has been gunning for Alice since her first book came out, labeling her "the devil's scribe."
Young, stubborn, and plagued by persistent poor judgment, Alice seems to dig herself in deeper every time she opens her mouth, despite the cozy, late-night coaching sessions from Ethan. But when Simon calls her with a mysterious warning, Alice realizes that she is being set up to fail. Now, everyone close to her is a suspect including, and especially, Ethan himself.
The Problem with Alice Atterberry, with its witty humor and zany, unfortunate situations, is vaguely reminiscent of Meg Cabot's adult fiction, especially her Heather Wells series. If this book was in high school, at lunch it would sit with books by Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, and Helen Fielding.