This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff

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 as she rose to the top of the corporate world. An attractive woman of a c...

Details This Could Hurt

TitleThis Could Hurt
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Humor

Reviews This Could Hurt

  • Larry H
    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 company, even a year later, times were tough, and rumors of more layoffs float throughout the halls.Rosa Guerrero is the chief of human resources at Ellery, a woman who foug...
  • Ron Charles
    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 consultant, a communication strategist and all manner of related workplace necromancy. The cover of her new novel, “This Could Hurt,” is an employee termination check...
  • Marcy Dermansky
    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 compassionate take on corporate America. I loved it.
  • Cindy Roesel
    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 Ellery, it's never boring! Five somewhat dysfunctional people work hard, hoping to stay employed while the economy shifts making layoffs more realistic than ever b...
  • Jill
    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 friends who have.So, if the characters seem just a tad bit stereotypical, it’s for good reason. Rosa Guerrero is the widowed and childless HR Chief who is fiercel...
  • Ettore
    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 heart-achingly and gut-bustingly real. The characters are so fully formed and well written that you'll come to feel you've truly spent time with these people. This is a...
  • Allison
    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 until you are rooting for (nearly) each and every one of them, even with their foibles and flaws. And the epilogue! Oh, I grinned from ear to ear on that last page. ...
  • Emily
    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 after you finish the book.
  • Karen Bergreen
    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 attached--both to them and the story. A day after I finished, I found myself missing the characters.
  • Kristen Beverly
    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.
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    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. Medoff does is effective at solidifying characters so that they leap from the pages. Also, the manner in which your work family can be supportive, dysfunctional, ...
  • Courtney Maum
    Absolutely heartwarming!
  • Lynn Schnurnberger
    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 book that old readers and new will want to get their hands on.
  • Victoria Skurnick
    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.
  • Jessica Woodbury
    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 are basically my worst fears in coworkers embodied and I kept thinking that if I was their boss I'd fire all of them. It's clear that this is not supposed to be my re...
  • Nancy
    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 keeping her employees best interest at heart. This is an unexpected novel. While Rosa is feeling the stress of doing what she believes is best, she is pushing those...
  • Shawn
    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 failed in the end. Don’t waste your time.
  • Cindy Roesel
    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 published on Tuesday. It's a razor-sharp, achingly funny novel, which takes a look at how important work is in our lives. She creates a group of compelling and flawed ...
  • MissFabularian
    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 environment, and still found this highly relatable. From work spouses, to inter-office politics, Medoff shows the humanity and highly personal relationships in a plac...
  • Mara
    Love the voice of this author. Funny. GREAT book. Don't miss reading this one.
  • Michelle
    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 who's worked in corporate American understands why this is perfect. The characters are somewhat tropes, yes, but they have heart and even the horrible Lucy is utterly...
  • Patrick
    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, but this time she's a Hispanic woman as committed to her team and her company as to her own needs. I recognize the ambitious 'up and comers' who try to puzzle out ho...
  • Sally Koslow
    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-to-be-comfortable way, starting with Rosa, the group's tough but fair big cheese. The author dissects office politics with a sharp but delicate scalpel. Snappy dialo...
  • Jen Schuster
    Jillian's writing is wicked funny, smart, and sweet. The footnotes--laugh out loud. And insights about our collective experience navigating 'corporate America,' with the cast of characters with whom we spend most of our waking hours, are spot-on. Love it.
  • Joy
    I loved this book. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.
  • Lydia
    4.5 out of 5 stars. This book is really good, if you like the sub genre of books set in offices. I happen to, so I really enjoyed this book!
  • Ann Bauer
    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 how they succeed in their own small, valiant ways. It addresses issues of loyalty, ethics, friendship and romance. It's also compulsively easy to read. The story is t...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    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 groundbreaking in that it focused on the inner workings of a company's demise and its effect on the employees. Unfortunately I couldn't step away from comparing this much ...
  • Sue
    This Could Hurt is a great read, with characters that resonant--reminiscent of Then We Came to the End but without the narrative gimmickry.
  • Susan Henderson
    So looking forward to the January 9th launch of this book that everyone's talking about...“All too often, characters in novels live in that rarified novel-world where real-life concerns like jobs and bills and the sudden vital need for a flowchart simply don’t exist. Jillian Medoff remedies this with a refreshingly authentic portrait of corporate America and the varied souls that dream, conspire, flounder and triumph there, and this she does ...