Book Review: Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman


Title: Just the Facts
Author: Ellen Sherman
ISBN: 978-1-63152-993-1
Publisher: She Writes/BookSparks
Pub Date: Sept, 2015

Synopsis from

When English major Nora Plowright finds herself staring at college graduation as if at the edge of a cliff, she decides to become a newspaper reporter—and right away, she manages to get a job at a local paper (which you could still do in 1978). Although fearful by nature, Nora pursues a tip from a stranger and soon is investigating corruption at the Maryland State Highway Authority regarding the controversial placement of a major freeway. The developing scandal, with its shady “players,” tests both her budding reportorial skills and her appetite for danger. Also, her passion for storytelling makes it increasingly difficult for her to stick to the facts.

Honest and humorous, Just the Facts is a coming-of-age novel about finding one’s way in the real world that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with figuring out what to do when she or he grows up.

My Review:

Very short story, it is only 182 pages long but it shows what it is like to start a new career as a news reporter in a new city away from family.  Editors would constantly ask for more articles and juicier stories.  Waking up super early to get information from the police station, meeting all sort of people, and working weird hours. The main focus of the book is main character, Nora, finds out there is a corruption going on at the State Highway Authority and how she handles the situation.  The book makes new reporters job seems like a detective or investigator, which is interesting but scary.  When reporting a story, you might offend someone and that person might come after you; especially when that person is a government official or powerful entrepreneur.  There is also a little mystery going on in the book. =)

Even though the story takes place in 1978-79, it is relatively relevant to how things are done now a day.  It teaches a couple of things.  First, it teaches me to separate love life from your work.  Boyfriends should not be your mentor, a person who is constantly trying to change you probably means he does not like the current you.  Secondly, it shows me that not everyone can be trusted inculding your friends and/or co-workers.  Even when you tell them explicitly not to tell the secret/idea/business plan to anyone, they might back stab you at the end.

I recommend this book to anyone who is about to start their first jobs.

3 Stars out of 5

Received a free copy through publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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