Review: The Intern

Author: Dillon Khan

Publisher: Puffin (5th April 2012)

Pages: 384

ISBN: 978-0141338040

From Amazon
‘As I stood soaking it all in, my nerves were momentarily replaced by a rush of excitement: I was at the heartbeat of music.’

Jay Merchant has landed an internship for the best job in music television. He has access-all-areas to the biggest VIP parties and the hottest celebrities all over the world. The velvet rope has been lifted – now he’s got to capture it on camera.

But behind the scenes, Jay is thrown into a life of early starts, late nights, blood, sweat and tears. He has six months to turn his intern dream into a real job – but at what price?

It’s time for Jay to face the music . . .

After reading the description for this I had to read it as soon as possible. I’m incredibly nosy about what jobs in the media are like having wanted to work in TV when I was younger. I abandoned this idea a while back but if you are looking to work in the media (particularly music TV) then this book is a MUST read – it will open your eyes to what working in the media is really like wrapped in an engaging story!

As you’ve probably gathered The Intern follows the story of Jay, we learn how he lands himself his dream role at The Beat through to the glamorous life it affords him and the maybe not so wanted side effects of a job which demands so much and the consequences for his friends and family.

I loved how the story doesn’t shy away from technology and how it’s used by people today, the text regularly features text messages and emails which puts us into Jay’s shoes, allowing us to feel the pressure being pilled on by his boss, Max, from his girlfriend, Sophia in addition to demands on his time from his friends. It very much feels like a balancing act and like at any one time one of the plates is going to come crashing down.

The story told is completely believable – I can genuinely imagine everything that Jay goes through as an Intern from The Beat happening in real life to an intern on a show like this and I think the experience and knowledge of the industry that Dillon has really shines through.

Through the story we get to meet a host of other interns, of them my favourite has to be James III (so named because he’s the third James in the office). He’s cheeky, fun to have around and gives the impression that he’s just breezing through his internship (yet we know he’s under the same kind of pressures).

I really enjoyed Jay’s conscience coming out in celebrity voices in his head, giving his inner feelings a character all of their own and giving us an indication of how torn Jay is feeling about the decisions he has to make, decisions that effect the rest of the story. As he makes each one I kind of got an uh oh moment and willing him to change his mind! But at the end of the day it showed him to be a determined character – he had a goal and he went for it.

It sounds like I really enjoyed The Intern and I did (especially the last 100 pages or so) but if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen that I had mixed feelings about the book. It’s not something I can really put down to anything in particular – all I can say is that from time to time I found myself drifting away from the story and being distracted by nothing in particular.

Overall, I really liked The Intern – it gave an insight into what it would be like to work in the media and makes you question if you would have the determination to do it keep at it no matter what is thrown at you – Jay was certainly incredibly determined, I’m not sure I could be as determined! If you’re looking to enter the music TV or media industry this book is one you really need to check out.

Thanks to Puffin for sending me a copy

  1. I loved this one too but my only problem with it was that I didn’t think it was YA at all. I think its marketed wrongly and its an adult book through and through. I think I would have been terrified reading this at a younger age! haha

  2. Come to think of it I have to agree – though I can see why it has been marketed to a younger age (from a career point of view etc)

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