Under the Influence (Hardcover)
This entertaining debut novel delves into the world of influencers and the hustle culture surrounding it. While it offered some cringe-worthy moments, particularly regarding the blurred boundaries, misuse of authority, and cult-like thinking, the absurdity of it all was strangely captivating. You will be hooked as you wonder just how far Harper is willing to go for her coveted 'dream job.' This is a humorous, contemporary read that tackles deeper themes with the right amount of complexity, adding depth and nuance to the story.— Micah
After a series of go-nowhere jobs in the New York publishing world, Harper Cruz is broke, lonely, and desperate for a salary that won’t leave her scrambling to make rent each month. So when she stumbles across a job posting from an influencer offering triple her last paycheck, she automatically submits her résumé.
Harper may not be familiar with self-help guru Charlotte Green, but her relentless optimism and charismatic can-do spirit has created a cult-like following of women across the country. When she selects Harper among thousands of other applicants in less than twenty-four hours, it’s obvious she sees something she likes. Despite the pressure to accept the offer just as quickly as she’s been given it, Harper decides to take a leap of faith and become the newest member of The Greenhouse.
Accepting the job means a move to Nashville, and Harper is quickly dazzled by the glamourous world Charlotte has built in Music City. The Greenhouse is more than a workplace—it’s a family—and Harper soon finds herself swept into its inner circle. At first, she loves working in such an inspirational environment, where mandatory dance parties, daily intentions, and group bonding activities make up for long hours and Charlotte’s persistent demands for loyalty. But the deeper Harper is pulled into Charlotte’s world, the more she realizes that having it all and being it all comes with a price.
"Crooks' debut is a modern update to The Devil Wears Prada, emphasizing the all-too-common blurring of our personal and work lives. Harper's denial of Charlotte's True Nature is unsetlling yet authentic." —Booklist
"Hey, girl! Are you looking for a fast-paced read that will entertain you AND make you think about how much influence certain people have on your life? Of course you are! So stop whatever you’re doing RIGHT NOW and grab a copy of Under the Influence. You’ll fly through this fun insider take on the influencer industry the same way you did The Devil Wears Prada."—Catherine McKenzie, USA Today bestselling author of Please Join Us and Spin
“Compulsively readable, frightening but addictive, Under the Influence perfectly captures some of the contradictions and challenges of modern work life.”—Shelf Awareness
“A very fun read...did not want to put it down. The book explores some of the darker sides of the [self-help influencer] industry: assistants who don’t get credit, plagiarism, toxic positivity, I could go on. I really enjoyed this.” –Grace Atwood, The Stripe