Ten Girls to Watch {Review and Giveaway}

by NancyT

Charity Shumway was hired by Glamour Magazine to research the 500 past winners of their Top Ten College Girls contest. She used this experience as the basis for her fun new novel, Ten Girls to Watch. Click over to 5 Minutes for Books to read her thoughts on the difference between reading a novel that’s inspired by real-life events and reading a novel that’s inspired by nothing but pure imagination. This was one of the things that drew me to this story.

Dawn West’s life isn’t quite what she hoped it would be. She’s stuck on her ex-boyfriend, who’s clearly moved on, living with a roommate who can’t quite pay the rent, and paying the bills by writing an online lawn care column and signing up for any market research study she comes across.  At a party held by her ex’s family she meets the editor of Charm magazine, and after confessing her lawn care prowess isn’t quite what it appears, is offered the job of tracking down the former winners of the magazine’s Ten Girls to Watch contest.

Dawn turns out to be perfect for the job, enticing the winners to open up about what the contest meant to them, how it influenced their lives and what they’re doing now. She chats with teachers, scientists, authors, doctors, lawyers and hundreds of other successful women, and learns something from many of them, whether it’s hair care tips or how to stay true to oneself.

Ten Girls to Watch is full of larger-than-life characters and Dawn finds herself in some pretty crazy situations, but that’s what makes this novel delightful and fun to read. Scattered throughout the novel are pictures of the contest winners with their original bios — the ones from the 50′s when it was just a beauty contest are pretty priceless — as well as some features from the Charm issue honoring the contest winners. These gems just add to the charm (no pun intended) of the novel.

We have one copy of Ten Girls to Watch for one lucky winner!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win. And don’t forget to read the author’s guest post on 5 Minutes for Books.

  • The winner of What You Wish For is #4 Valerie Taylor Mabry.

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Nancy was a big fan of Glamour in her younger years. She writes about her boys, books and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys and Books.



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1 Stacie Fontinell September 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Cooking light and sunset!
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2 Jessica To September 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I like All You magazine.

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My guilty pleasure if People magazine.
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4 Jennifer Donovan September 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Nancy–I do was a big Glamour reader in my teens and early twenties.
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5 Chelsea September 10, 2012 at 12:13 am

I love fitness magazine

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6 Brenda Smith September 10, 2012 at 8:02 am

Real Simple or All You

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7 Jenny September 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

All You magazine

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8 Helen September 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Family Fun. I get such great ideas in that one.
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9 Staci A September 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I like Parents.

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I like US Weekly

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motor trend, only one i get at the moment

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12 Jessica T September 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Real Simple is my favourite magazine!

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13 Kimberly B. September 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

Mine is Good Housekeeping.

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14 Liz September 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

I love Real Simple!

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15 Rebecca Rahkonen September 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

My favorite magazine is Cooking Light

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16 shelby brigham September 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

i love shape magazine

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17 Kelly H. September 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I like Star.

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18 Terra Heck September 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

My favorite is Marie Claire. Thanks.
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20 gail September 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

atlantic monthly i love

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21 The Green Yak September 15, 2012 at 1:55 am

I enjoy Monocle!

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right now shape

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I like Lucky magazine.

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24 dario September 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I like People

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25 Traci Lynn Butler September 19, 2012 at 12:24 am

I love magazines – it’s hard to choose a favorite – I like All You, Good Housekeeping, LHJ, Food Network…

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26 PinkySwayers September 19, 2012 at 5:38 am

My favorite magazine is Martha Stewart’s Living. Thanks for the giveaway!

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My favorite is people style watch and psychology today

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28 Lani September 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Cooking Light would be on the top of my list.

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Vogue and Vanity fair
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30 Diane Baum September 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

i like Time Magazine

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The tv guide lol
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32 shawna September 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

All You is my fav.

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33 Susan Smith September 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

I like People and Good Housekeeping

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good housekeeping mverno@roadrunner.com

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35 Jennifer Peaslee September 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I like All You…it’s the only magazine I subscribe to

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I Love Bon Appetit

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37 Ed Nemmers September 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I enjoy “Entertainment Weekly”!

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38 kathy pease September 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

i like good housekeeping

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39 Beth September 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

My favorite magazine is The Week.

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40 Chelsea M September 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I love Us Weekly! I can’t help but buy it any time I see it at the store.

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my favorite magazine is rolling stone

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My favorite magazine is MAD!!! Love the satire :D

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I like Sunset
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44 Samantha Meyer September 22, 2012 at 2:16 am

I like People magazine, but mainly for the crosswords, lol

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45 DanV September 22, 2012 at 8:24 am

I like People

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46 Angela W September 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

I love Lucky Magazine

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My favorite magazine is Redbook.

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My favorite magazine right now is BabyTalk.
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49 samantha September 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

i like family fun or parenting

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50 Sarah Yurga September 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Family Fun is my favorite magazine as a girl scout leader

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51 Teresa Thompson September 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I read Yoga Journal from cover to cover.

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52 brenda Elsner September 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I love All You!

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53 Charlene Kuser September 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

My favorite magazine is Vanity Fair

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54 Leah Shumack September 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I like to read People magazine

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55 Lisa September 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I like all you.

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56 heather c September 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Family Fun is FUN!

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57 mike b September 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

i like entertainment weekly

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58 Karen Gonyea September 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm

LOVE O Magazine :)

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59 Sand September 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Marie Claire is my current favorite.

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60 Veronica Garrett September 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Cosmopolitan is my favorite magazine.

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