Review: Best Friend for Hire by Mary Carlomango @marycarlomagno

Release date: June 20, 2017

Publisher: Post Hill Press

Genre: Chick Lit


Need someone to talk to or a friend to lean on?

Call Best Friend for Hire.

I am here for you.

Jersey Girl Jessie DeSalvo has her dream job at one of New York’s top publishing companies. After ten years of hard work the day of her big promotion has arrived. Unfortunately, her company has other ideas. Instead of a corner office, Jessie is handed her pink slip. 

Left with little more than her cell phone and an unusable contact list, Jessie retreats to less-than-fashionable Hoboken, New Jersey, to figure out her life—and deal with the attentions of her loving but inquisitive Italian-American family. Then she accidentally stumbles into a career as a professional best friend—by helping friends and strangers straighten out whatever is wrong with their lives. Her jobs include planning the New Jersey wedding of the year and saving a bankrupt rock club in town. Soon, things get complicated when she falls in love with the club manager—and promises an appearance by Bruce Springsteen.

In the end, Jessie realizes that not even “The Boss” can make things right—and that she needs to become her own best friend to be truly happy. 


This was such a cute, fun read! It starts on the day Jessie thinks she’s receiving her long awaited promotion, but instead she gets fired. The hits just keep on coming for her and she finds herself in a series of hilarious scenarios and mortifying moments. She’s desperate for money and starts Best Friend for Hire on a whim, she’ll take on just about any client and along the way she meets some memorable and eclectic characters. 

Jessie was such an easy character to like, she’s very relatable and I especially liked her sarcasm and sharp wit. Watching her take herself from a career driven woman to one who has watched her carefully laid plans go up in flames was sad, yes, but also funny and entertaining. She was really able to take everything on the chin and used humor to get her through tough times. She HAS to have a great sense of humor especially when she’s dealing with her highly critical Sicilian family. There’s a scene where her and her brother go for Sunday dinner at their parents house that had me laughing so hard! 

This was an easy, light read about finding a new path in life and also finding confidence in oneself. It was a super fun way to spend an afternoon and is a great summer read! 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

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