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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Occupational Hazard
Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he’s saddled with a weatherman who can’t admit when he’s wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who’s reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new assistant–former homeschool student Hayden Hazard–who can’t just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom.
When the Channel News 7 team inadvertently stumbles on a hot news story, Hugo is frantic to exploit this rare opportunity. But a series of crises–including a Botox disaster and the disappearance of a colleague–threatens to destroy his chance for ratings success and send him completely over the edge.
Meanwhile Hayden’s presence is distracting at least two coworkers. Softspoken reporter Ray Duffey isn’t sure whether he’s attracted or frightened by her outspoken faith, while ego-driven Sam Leege is certain her naïve spiritual convictions will fall victim to his persuasive attentions.
With their oddball antics and all-too-real foibles, this lovable cast of characters offers a hilarious look at the sometimes-unexpected effects of taking one’s faith boldly into the workplace.
Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants and A Girl's Best Friend
The scoop on Scoop--a fun, irresistible read that also provides a thoughtful look at our cultures emphasis on youth, beauty, and the allure of bad news.
Meredith Efken, speaker and author of S.A.H.M. I Am
The opening obituary in Scoop got my attention. The first page of chapter one made me laugh. And then, Rene Gutteridges writing talents sublimely piqued my curiosity. Not one of those uncontrollable responses waned until The Endwhen a new impulse arrived, one to yell, No! Not the end!
Charlene Ann Baumbich, author of the Dearest Dorothy series
A full line-up of fun, Scoop offers a hilarious, suspenseful show with a cast of enjoyable characters to love from sign-on to sign-off. Tune in to Rene Gutteridge's latest today!
Lisa Samson, author of The Church Ladies, Straight Up, and Apples of Gold: A Parable of Purity
“Scoop is a hilarious, smart look at life inside the evening news. Gutteridge’s characterization is, as always, spot-on and full of wisdom. I loved this book. Rene’s one of the few authors who can make me laugh out loud.”
–Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants and A Girl's Best Friend
“The scoop on Scoop--a fun, irresistible read that also provides a thoughtful look at our culture’s emphasis on youth, beauty, and the allure of bad news.”
–Meredith Efken, speaker and author of S.A.H.M. I Am
“The opening obituary in Scoop got my attention. The first page of chapter one made me laugh. And then, Rene Gutteridge’s writing talents sublimely piqued my curiosity. Not one of those uncontrollable responses waned until ‘The End’–when a new impulse arrived, one to yell, ‘No! Not the end!’”
–Charlene Ann Baumbich, author of the Dearest Dorothy series
“A full line-up of fun, Scoop offers a hilarious, suspenseful show with a cast of enjoyable characters to love from sign-on to sign-off. Tune in to Rene Gutteridge's latest today!”
–Lisa Samson, author of The Church Ladies, Straight Up, and Apples of Gold: A Parable of Purity
Stephanie4 Stars Out Of 5March 18, 2008Stephanie
This was one of those, "I'm desperate, so I'll read it" buys, but it turned out to be much more than that. This book got me giggling in several places, and in general, the plot is a great mix of comedy and suspense. The characters, too, are easy to root for, especially Ray, and I think Rene did a great job of painting him as a Christian with some real faith issues--and in turn, a real faith. I enjoyed the way she gently "poked fun" at some Christians' fixation on the idea that certain authors are always right when it comes to doctrine, as well. My only criticisms lie in the names--to my ear, most were horrible and some sounded too similar--and in the fact that some of the plot mechanics were a bit clunky (i.e., the Botox disaster). All in all, though, this was an enjoyable read that made me anxious to see what Rene would come up with for the next one.
Dalton5 Stars Out Of 5September 12, 2007Dalton
Hilarious! I actually laughed out loud with this. Few books can do that for me. Laughs are throughout, plus a strong message of faith, and also an inside-look at the world of news-media. Also, the character of Hayden was a definite inspiration, and shows how a Christian should really act. A delightful story and an engaging mystery, Scoop is a definite must-read.
Lee Harris4 Stars Out Of 5August 14, 2007Lee Harris
OK I'm a retired broadcast journalist, so I'm a bit prejudiced. Scoop is a funny, stimulating read with twists and turns that keep your going. It's so good -- or I read too much -- I've bought it and read it twice. Saving for another romp through TV land and the life of egos in action. Give it a read -- you won't be disappointed.
Ginny5 Stars Out Of 5June 5, 2007Ginny
The first of Guttridges Occupational Hazard series is a rousing story of life, love, and laughs at a busy television news station. From the stressed out news producer popping Happy Pills to cope, to the aging newscaster experiencing a Botox disaster, to the clueless, sweet and curiously savvy assistant who just cant seem to leave her faith at home where it belongs, this story is a delightful romp through the behind-the-scenes world of TV News. I laughed out loud several times. A thoroughly enjoyable tale.
Robyn4 Stars Out Of 5May 23, 2007Robyn
HILARIOUS!! I actually laughed out loud several times. The only reason that I gave this book a lower score was because we never 'heard' from Hayden Hazard (besides the prologue) whom I had assumed was the main character. I would have liked to hear the story from her point of view.