Genre: Comedy, Women’s fiction
Isa Maxwell wants to be discovered. It’s a surefire way to win back her ex. She also needs a job. Lucky for her, the billionaire, Mr. Hue, is holding auditions for an assistant at Shizzle, Inc. The only problem is Isa has no idea what she’s doing in the world of business despite having somehow managed to graduate from community college. Through a combination of Mr. Hue’s stupidity and dumb luck, Isa manages to survive at her new job and even gains some new love interests. But Isa’s luck is about to run out.
So it was sometime in late May when, unemployed, half-starved and depressed, I glimpsed a sign of hope. I just found out that despite my best self-destruction efforts, I managed to graduate from Capitol Community College, so I was celebrating the news with a sixteen-hour TV marathon and a family-sized bag of Cheetos. It was then, somewhere between the reruns of Buffy and MASH, that I saw the commercial that would change my life forever.
It started with a stock-standard montage of an office skyscraper and a boardroom business meeting. I was about to flip the channel, when the boardroom window exploded, as three men clad in unidentifiable black uniforms and armor swung inside, sending the unsuspecting business folk into screaming fits.
The camera cut to the leader of the SWAT team, who took off his uniform and helmet, revealing a business suit and a perfectly coifed head of graying hair. I immediately recognized him as Mr. Hue, the famous playboy billionaire. The businessmen and women stopped screaming and started laughing, shaking his hand and exclaiming, “Mr. Hue!” and “You rascal!” The other two militants continued to stand guard.
Mr. Hue turned to the camera, which moved in for a close-up.
“I’m Mr. Hue,” he said. “You know me as the eccentric billionaire famous for crazy stunts, like going over the Victoria Falls in a barrel or hand feeding barracudas around my private island in the Caribbean.” There was a rapid and spectacular montage of the hooting Mr. Hue jumping out of planes, off bridges, and into oceans of every shade of blue and turquoise.
“But did you know,” said Mr. Hue, back in the shattered boardroom, “that I technically have a job as the CEO of Shizzle, Inc?” The montage resumed, now showing Mr. Hue surrounded by enthusiastic employees, talking and pointing awkwardly at business-looking documents.
“This job is very demanding,” Mr. Hue’s voice continued over footage of him in a hard hat, shaking hands with factory workers and pointing awkwardly at large blueprints. “It is only possible thanks to a dedicated team of personal assistants.”
A team of nearly identical beautiful blond women smiled together for the camera. The montage continued with them running to and fro with business-looking documents and large blueprints.
“As Shizzle, Inc continues to grow, so does my team,” said Mr. Hue, back in the boardroom, “and I am excited to announce the search for the ultimate Shizzle assistant!”
My pulse quickened, and my hand froze in the bottom of the Cheetos bag, where it was searching for crumbs.
“This nation-wide search will uncover the individual most deserving of making my coffee and answering my phone calls. Are you that special and talented person?”
“Yes!” I yelled at the screen and tossed the Cheetos bag.
“Are you ready to take on the world alongside the coolest and richest man in the southeastern states?”
“Yes!” I yelled with even more fervor.
He went on talking, something about terms and conditions, but I was no longer listening. I knew what I had to do.
Shizzle, Inc. by Ana Spoke is a hilarious book. Right away, I was laughing out loud. Isa Maxwell is quite possibly one of the most unaware main characters I have ever read, but it is just that ignorance of herself and life in general that makes her such a funny character. I found myself drawn to Isa because she was so comedic. I cringed when she did something ridiculous or outrageous, and I cheered for her when things went her way. Mr. Hue is hardly more intelligent and aware than Isa, and the combination of the two of them was hilarious. Shizzle, Inc. is a light-hearted, entertaining read that I did not want to put down. The book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger—one that will have you cringing but looking forward to the laughs it will bring. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series, and I highly recommend reading Shizzle, Inc.
Where to find the author:
Amazon US: Ana Spoke
Goodreads: Ana Spoke