Item description for Scoop (The Occupational Hazards Series #1) by Rene Gutteridge...
Overview Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley is desperate to boost his team's dismal ratings. Under pressure to tap into a younger demographic, he's grabbing every opportunity to convince aging anchorwoman Gilda Braun to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk - without success. Hugo's schemes to shoot to the top of the ratings are further jeopardized by a weatherman who can't admit when he's wrong, an ethically conscious reporter who's uncomfortable with sensationalism, and a new assistant -former homeschool student Hayden Hazard - who can't just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom. When his team inadvertently lands a huge story, a series of crises - including an untimely Botox disaster for Gilda and a disturbing mystery - threatens to crush Hugo's dreams of news stardom. Will tense interoffice relationships and Hayden's naive personal convictions destroy Hugo imagines? The first release in the Occupational Hazards series, Scoop offers a hilarious look at the sometimes unexpected effects of taking one's faith boldly into the workplace.
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Studio: Walker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
Publisher GALE GROUP
Edition Large Type
Series Occupational Hazards
Series Number 1
ISBN 1594151814 ISBN13 9781594151811
Availability 0 units.
More About Rene Gutteridge
Rene Gutteridge is the author of several novels including Ghost Writer, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazard novels. She is a published playwright with a degree in screenwriting and a decade of experience writing, directing, and publishing church comedy sketches. Rene is married to Sean, a musician, and is the mother of two. She is a fulltime novelist who lives and writes in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Rene Gutteridge currently resides in the state of Oklahoma.
Reviews - What do customers think about Scoop (The Occupational Hazards Series #1)?
Every book of Rene's is my new favorite.... Dec 12, 2007
and this was no exception! I first read "My Life as a Doormat" and really enjoyed it. Then I read the entire Boo series, including the recent release of "Boo, Humbug!" I thought the Boo series were my favorite, until I read "Snitch", the sequel to Scoop. I usually don't read books out of order within their series, but it just happened. When I saw "Scoop" for sale at my Christian bookstore last week, I had to get it - and wasn't disappointed! Rene is hilarous and fun and so are her characters. They're all so unique, yet at the same time, incredibly realistic. I can relate in some way to every single one of them. I don't know how this chick doesn't run out of material, but every book is funnier than the last. Kudos, Rene! I'm recommending this one to everyone I know. =)
I saw in a previous review by another poster about the homeschooling aspect of this book, and they sounded a little offended. Well, I was homeschooled off and on growing up, and I wasn't offended in the least. Homeschoolers ARE generally more sheltered and naive to things in life, though of course there are exceptions. My sister and I were very active in our church youth group and had a ton of friends. I don't think we were "Weird" at all - though maybe that's up for debate =) I'm appreciative of my parents for homeschooling me, and do not feel that I missed out on anything in my life. If anything, I feel I have gained more because I had less of the world's negative influence.
So please don't be offended by the homeschooled character's portayal - I wasn't in the least. She was a fun character, a sweet girl, with talent and beauty. Who cares if she was naive or sometimes overly exerted her faith? She's an inspiration to luke-warm Christians who hold back from fear or doubt, and I think we could all learn from the character of Hayden Hazard - homeschooled, old schooled, or whatever else =)
Please read this story, and Snitch, #2 in the series. You won't regret it!!
An interesting read Jun 25, 2007
I think this is a good book. It is a fast read and humorous. However, I felt the religious angle in the book a little tedious. I can appreciate the author attempt to potray Hayden Hazard as a religious person.
However, the author went a little too far and I got the impression that she was using the book as a veiled attempt at evangalizing which was unfortunate.
Not Bad... Jun 20, 2007
This book was not bad, but did not jump out and grab me as being wonderful. Not to mention, the author seems to have an interesting opinion of homeschoolers. I myself was homeschooled, and while her view was not really negative, and I didn't really have a problem with it, I would bet that the author was never homeschooled. Any homeschoolers reading this, having read the book, will know what I mean. Everytime a character would mention the main character, Hayden's, naive nature, or strange styles, they would excuse it because she was homeschooled. The author also says that since Hayden was homeschooled, she had no friends except her family. Here, I laughed out loud! But again, not really negative, just inaccurate. Also, some of the characters never seemed to develop, especially Hayden. There were some good parts, although there wasn't really a bad guy when you came down to it, and there were some funny parts. Again, it was a rather fun read, but one I would get from the library.
A Fun Read! Jun 6, 2007
The first of Guttridge's 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 cluelessly sweet and curiously savvy assistant who just can't 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.
Real-life issues meet fictional characters in a most entertaining and instructive way. Jun 6, 2007
In the first installment of the Occupational Hazards series, author Rene Gutteridge begins a delightful yet brief introduction to the Hazard family of seven. Recently orphaned when both parents die on the same date, this family of professional clowns sells off the family business, and each determines to make his or her distinct stamp on life. As one of seven homeschooled siblings, 20-year-old Hayden is devastated by her eldest brother's decision to abandon the clowning endeavor that had held their family so close together over the years.
Fast-forward five years, now 25-year-old Hayden is hired as an assistant to the executive producer at Channel 7 news. While Hayden's pleasant albeit naïve demeanor has her walking around the newsroom sharing her faith in simple yet clear ways, her fellow workers don't know what to make of her. Is she for real? How does anyone maintain that cheerful optimistic outlook day in and day out, especially in such a highly volatile media environment? But calmness seems to seep out of every pore of Hayden's innocent countenance, and somehow that drives people to distraction.
Her boss, Hugo, and his blue pills for anxiety make room for Hayden to lend her opinions on learning to trust God instead of stressing out (or medicating) in response to the uncontrollable events of the day. Her co-worker Ray, a reporter who is also a Christian, is attracted to Hayden's outward and inward beauty, but isn't sure if she frightens him with her vibrant faith. Seasoned anchor Gilda has a run-in with aging, and Hayden offers some timely yet introspective thoughts on learning to accept changes gracefully. These are just a few of the quirky personalities Gutteridge throws into the mix of an always unpredictable newsroom setting and a storyline complete with comedic interchanges and mystery.
When Hugo decides to up the ante and bring in higher ratings, he enlists Hayden to soften the blow that the aging Gilda needs some Botox or she's out. What no one realizes is that Gilda is working on a story behind the scenes that will have rippling repercussions affecting everyone at Channel 7. Gilda caves in and goes for the beauty treatments, then suddenly disappears. The remainder of the text revolves around everyone searching for Gilda and running down rabbit holes disguised as newsworthy stories. Characters develop, the plot thickens and relationships simultaneously self-destruct and implode under the pressure of sweeps week, missing (injured or no-talent) anchors and ongoing personal upheavals.
Amidst all the confusion, Hayden alone stays above the fray, and her faith in God's ability to provide shines brighter than all the TV talent combined. When everything in the newsroom looks about to crash in, Hayden's gentle witness and kindhearted refusal to compromise on truth draw the discordant group of employees together for a rousing moral victory.
Rene Gutteridge has created yet another imaginary world where real-life issues meet fictional characters in a most entertaining and instructive way.