Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Alyssa may not be from Chicago, but she certainly seems like she absorbed a lot of our attitudes on life. If time had allowed I would have plowed through this memoir in a day. It’s an easy, honest peek not only into The White House but into the life of a very average person who works there. Alyssa worked her way up the ladder into a job as deputy chief of staff for Barack Obama. I know I have a real problem with imposter syndrome as does Alyssa through most of this book. She is shocked when after firing off an angry email that Obama himself counsels her that she is scaring the staff. She is just so normal, and I think that although the chapters on list-making might have made more sense as an appendix, this reads like an honest conversation between a mentor and student. Alyssa includes many details that I know I would have flinched at. It’s mostly those moments that you’ll tell a close friend and hope that your coworkers never hear about. I loved that she was so honest and open about mistakes and just bad luck situations that she found herself in. Spoiler: I cried a little when her cat died.

My review was on an uncorrected proof copy that I received in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Published March 21, 2017