This Could Hurt

This Could Hurt

A funny and deeply felt novel that illuminates the pivotal role of work in our lives?a riveting fusion of The Nest, Up in the Air, and Then We Came to the End that captures the emotional complexities of five HR colleagues trying to balance ambition, hope, and fear as their small company is buffeted by economic forces that threaten to upend them. Rosa Guerrero beat the odds A funny and deeply felt novel that illuminates the pivotal role of work in our lives?a riveting fusion of The Nest...

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Title:This Could Hurt
Author:Jillian Medoff
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0062660764
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

This Could Hurt Reviews

  • Michelle
    Feb 02, 2018
    I love a good workplace story (The Office, Joshua Ferris's brilliant "And Then We Came to the End") and this did not disappoint. I read in the acknowledgements that the author changed this to centering on HR late in the game, and that was a brilliant move because...HR, right? Anyone wh...
  • Allison
    Sep 04, 2017
    I haven't enjoyed a workplace novel this much since Then We Came to the End, and in many ways, the books reminded me of each other: biting, insightful, sardonic, fulfilling, unputdownable. Medoff juggles multiple characters deftly and carefully draws out their complicated inner-lives u...
  • Marcy Dermansky
    Aug 01, 2017
    I am lucky to have gotten the chance to red Jillian's new book before its release. I even blurbed it. This is what I wrote -- and mean every word. Searing, sexy and surprisingly funny, Jillian Medoff?s This Could Hurt burns through the pages. No one is safe in this cruel but compa...
  • Ron Charles
    Dec 05, 2017
    Jillian Medoff knows corporate America intimately. She once worked for Deloitte, the multinational professional services network that exists so that Don DeLillo doesn?t have to invent it. In addition to three previous novels, Medoff?s résumé includes stints as a management consul...
  • Emily
    Aug 06, 2017
    Jillian Medoff is one of my favorite writer. Her new novel is a warm, witty look at modern office life that anyone who has ever come near corporate politics (and even those who haven't) will adore. Her quirky characters and their all-too-human relationships will stay with you long afte...
  • MissFabularian
    Jan 18, 2018
    I started reading this and literally couldn't put it down. Medoff has written a novel that is relatable, accessible, and quite masterful in the telling of the ordinary lives of coworkers in a corporate human resources department. I have never worked in human resources or a corporate en...
  • Jill
    Nov 28, 2017
    It?s obvious that Jillian Medoff knows whereof she writes. Anyone who has ever been in a corporate environment will instantly recognize the truths that serve as the foundation for this plot. Many of us have either worked at a company like Ellery Consumer Research Group or have known ...
  • Karen Bergreen
    Aug 14, 2017
    I was obsessed with this book from page one. Medoff reminds me of Franzen, although she is less judgmental in her writing. At first read, I felt as if I were spying on a bunch of very psychologically interesting characters. And then, all of a sudden, I found myself very emotionally att...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Nov 26, 2017
    Ten years ago Joshua Ferris wrote And Then We Came to the End, a debut that won several awards, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and in retrospect was almost eerily prescient in that it predated the financial upheavals of 2008-09. Related in the second person, it was groundb...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Dec 01, 2017
    This has to be the only novel I know of that centers on Human Resources, a department in the workplace that is often mystifying to me (especially as I?ve worked at some places where HR personnel were the most brutal and unkind). I found it an original idea, so decided to check it out...
  • Helen Dunn
    Mar 17, 2018
    I liked about 90% of this workplace drama. It got a little ridiculous at points but the underlying idea of how you spend so much time with your co-workers that they are almost family and yet there is so much you don?t know and the relationships are so tied to the office they almost n...
  • Nancy
    Nov 28, 2017
    The description sells the book as humorous but I?m afraid the humor was really dressed as realism. The story is really a time period after the 2008 bust. People are skittish, morale is low, but Rosa takes her job very seriously to somehow balance the cut throat corporate world while ...
  • Sally Koslow
    Dec 08, 2017
    Jillian Medoff deftly crafts an exploration of the tangled inner workings of a large company's Human Resource Departments. For anyone who's worked at a corporation--though you don't have to have had that experience to relish this book--every character rings true in an almost-too-real-t...
  • Kristen Beverly
    Oct 24, 2017
    Really loved this book. Super cute & let?s be honest - we all work with people like Rob, Lucy, Leo and Rosa! We know them all! It?s like a Book version of The Office, but with more heart & less Dwight. ...
  • Nakia
    May 15, 2018
    Really good work drama. Sucked me in almost immediately. I've never read a book that focused solely on relationships and issues at work. This one definitely piqued my interest and I'm looking forward to more. ...
  • Shawn
    Jan 02, 2018
    This felt very much like the author came up with a great premise for a novel ? workplace inner workings ? got great momentum going, then about halfway through had no idea what to do with it, so she just started rambling. Writing teetered on the brink of impressive, but faltered and...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Aug 29, 2017
    I don't think there are enough workplace novels, so I'm much more likely to pick one up when I see one than your average book. THIS COULD HURT is billed as heartwarming, but for me most of the book was more of a can't-look-away-from-the-car-wreck kind of experience. These characters ar...
  • Ettore
    Aug 17, 2017
    Warm, funny, enchanting, intriguing... What words of praise could one not use about this book? Jillian Medoff takes what seems on its face a rather mundane topic--corporate human resources--and fashions a tale about the behind-the-scenes machinations that's thoroughly engaging yet hear...
  • Cindy Roesel
    Aug 16, 2017
    THIS COULD HURT (Harper) by Jillian Medoff is an inspired satire on something we all (well, mostly all) have to do daily! Go to work! For the people working peeps in the Human Resources department of the Ellery Consumer Research Group, sometimes it?s a good day, sometimes bad, but at...
  • Cindy Roesel
    Jan 09, 2018
    We all fell in love with Jillian Medoff after reading her novel, I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE (5 Spot). It's about a mother who has to make a decision no parent can't fathom - having to choose which one of her children she will save. Jillian's new novel, THIS COULD HURT (Harper) will be...
  • Larry H
    Jan 12, 2018
    2.5 stars for this one. Things at Ellery Consumer Research Group haven't quite been the same since the crash of 2008. Even the HR department took its licks, shrinking from 22 to 16 to 13 people, then finally to 11. But even though promises of stability were made throughout the compa...
  • Patrick
    Sep 26, 2017
    I loved this book! This Could Hurt is sharply written and a great read. The goings on at Ellery Consumer Research are events, life crises, people I know. They are real and totally engaging in a book I couldn't put down. I recognize the familiar - the aging executive trying to hold on,...
  • Ann Bauer
    Jun 16, 2017
    I received a bound manuscript of this novel (due out early next year) and loved it. This Could Hurt reminded me of the Bildungromans of the 1980s and 90s?set in the financial district of New York, using business and the drama of everyday to reveal characters...heroes, really...and ho...
  • Mara
    Aug 24, 2017
    Love the voice of this author. Funny. GREAT book. Don't miss reading this one. ...
  • Linda Zagon
    Mar 01, 2018
    My Review of ?This Could Hurt? by Jillian Medoff Jillian Medoff , Author of ?This Could Hurt?, has written a unique and intriguing novel that combines big business with personal lives. The genre of this novel is fiction.Jillian Medoff describes her characters as complex, c...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Mar 16, 2018
    I love books about corporate/work/office life and the absurdity of corporate/work/office life and yet there are so few good ones. It?s hard to write a strong novel about how so many people spend their time. Joshua Ferris managed it as did Jessica Winter, Paul Murray and Michael Chabo...
  • Gabriella
    Apr 09, 2018
    This Could Hurt is a fully cast, candidly humorous journey through corporate office culture in the years following the Great Recession. Conceptually, Medoff really makes the most of her setting, and deftly highlights the specific career anxiety people felt post-2008. In most novels...
  • Courtney Maum
    Aug 08, 2017
    Absolutely heartwarming! ...
  • Lynn Schnurnberger
    Aug 03, 2017
    I was luckily enough to read this book in manuscript and couldn't put it down. Office intrigue, compelling characters, a plot wrapped around the byzantine world of office politics. At times touching, funny and always on-spot observational, Jillian Medoff has created another wonderful b...
  • Victoria Skurnick
    Aug 07, 2017
    This is the richest, most well-written novel I've read in years. it has the complexity and depth of a 19th century masterwork, yet its hip factor is a million. It is an unforgettable and heartening book, and I have been recommending to friends since I put the manuscript down. ...