Tour Stop: Off The Record by Camryn Garrett
OFF THE RECORD, by Camryn Garrett
Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Page Count: 320 pages
content warnings: sexual assault, sexual harassment, internalized fatphobia
*I received an e-arc from Netgalley free of charge, and my opinions are completely my own.*
Josie is a teen journalist - even if her family doesn’t take her work as seriously as she does. However, all that is about to change, as Josie won the opportunity to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus - this opportunity could potentially throw her into greater heights as a writer. As Josie sets on a multi-city tour, she gets to know the cast and creative crew behind the latest Oscar bait film and even begins to develop a little bit of a crush on the subject of her profile, newcomer actor Marius Canet. But when Josie meets a young actress and gains her confidence, a dark secret is revealed and Josie has to decide whether she is the right person to write this story - or even if she can.
After reading Off The Record, I want to protect Camryn Garrett at all costs - she are so good at writing characters that cut deep to your heart, whether it is through discussing sexual assault or the highs and lows of teenage romance. Every time Josie spoke or tweeted, she came off as authentic and so damn relatable, even amongst the terrible situations that she was learning of. Off The Record is great for a thoughtful read that makes you want to go on a justice crusade afterwards.
Now it is time for the jewel of this post: my actual, real-time reactions to reading Off the Record. It was a TIME reading this while I was at work as I kept having to make sure I wasn't too visibly upset. Afterwards, I was looking through and realized that I had to narrow it all down to maybe a third of the original size. 😳 Get ready y'all for my no context reactions...
DAMMMN Camryn! Going off in the second paragraph, I love it! You go!
HE SAID THE TITLE, MARIUS SAID THE TITLE
fuck yeah, we love to see support and not shying away from sensitive subjects
I’m in danger.
~I’m picking up pretty sketch vibes~
Wow, this story went from lighthearted and coming of age light reading to deep and reflective thriller/contemporary fiction, 0-60 real quick
Conflicted because *SPOILER*, but omg JOSIE!!
NO NOT *SPOILER*
I mean, great for plot purposes, getting to hear from a POC, but NOT *SPOILER*
*SPOILER* INVALIDATED JOSIE AS A JOURNALIST AND I AM READY TO START SWINGING
NO *SPOILER*, FUCK FUCK FUCK NO
Such great plot but fUCK
Remember earlier when I said it was 0-60? Hahaha, I lied, this is the real 0-60
I AM SCREAMING ALONGSIDE YOU JOSIE
God i love justice
God i love josie
God i love camryn garret
What a fucking amazing way to end this story
Are you still not sure about reading Off The Record? Well, if you like these books:
Head Over Heels, by Hannah Orenstein
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Ace of Spades, by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (coming out on June 10th)
Then you’d definitely want to grab a copy of Off The Record!
The super awesome thing is that Off the Record is officially out now! You can get a copy from your local bookstore or library, or you can get a copy online. Click on these buy links and you can get your own copy: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Indigo | IndieBound.
Many thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours for allowing me to join the Off The Record book tour! You can check out the rest of the tour stops on their Tour Schedule webpage.
Camryn Garrett was born and raised in New York. In 2019, she was named one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 and a Glamour College Woman of the Year. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, received rave reviews from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Today Show, and The Guardian, which called a “warm, funny and thoughtfully sex-positive, an impressive debut from a writer still in her teens.” Her second novel, Off the Record, will be released May 18, 2021. Camryn is also interested in film and is a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.