ARC Review: The Gossip by Jenny Holiday


Dawn Hathaway is a realist. She’s not the smartest girl at Allenhurst College. She’s not the prettiest, either. So if she wants to be popular, she’ll need something else: power. What better way to get it than to start a gossip column in the campus newspaper? If she has to commit a few minor crimes in pursuit of the latest scoop, what’s the harm?

 Arturo Perez loves being a campus cop. He knows Allenhurst’s nooks and crannies—and lately he’s been finding the campus gossip snooping into every one of them. He can’t deny that he enjoys bantering with the sassy schemer. But he also can’t shake the sense that there’s more going on with Dawn than meets the eye.

When tragedy strikes and Dawn needs help, how far will Art go to protect her?


The Gossip by Jenny Holiday tells the story of Arturo Perez and Dawn Hathaway who meet at Allenhurst College. Dawn was a student while Arturo was the campus cop, definitely an unlikely couple. The two meet when she  is a freshman but the relationship spans over all the years that she is a student at the Uni.Interestingly, their paths crossed  because Dawn just kept getting in trouble over her antics as a freshman trying to fit into the college. A few tickets and embarrassing encounters finally led to something else.

The story is narrated by Arturo and Dawn in alternating chapters and so we get to see the relationship developing from the two POVs. There is background information through the chapters that gives more information about the two characters hence making it easier to connect to them and the developing relationship. The two of them are  complex characters. It was interesting to see how they related to each other as they also struggled with their own issues.

The Gossip by Jenny Holiday is quick, easy read with just 120 pages on Aldiko reader. The story is set in the 80’s which was great since it added the 80s vibe to the romance. It develops at a slow pace and there is not much conflict or surprises along the way. I think this will work out well for fans of romance who also do not like insta-love. If you are in the mood for a cute,short,  love story then this one is for you.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange of a honest review.


Title: The Gossip
Author: Jenny Holiday
Publisher: Jenny Holiday
Publication: October 4th, 2016
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 100

About Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channeled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, spending many years promoting research at a major university, which allowed her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings—minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi or visit her on the web at

3 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Gossip by Jenny Holiday

    1. This is one is tough. I think people who are into romance novels will like it but there’s a reason I never rated it(its not a genre that I like) so knowing your preferences, I would be misleading you if I recommended it to you:-)

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