Stay Tuned was interesting from the beginning because it centered around a newsroom, though in a different medium from mine (newspapers). Melissa, the main character, has an engaging voice and stepping into her daily chaos was an immediate hook. It was easy to relate as Melissa, the station’s evening news producer/den mother, gets overwhelmed by everything going on in her life. There were several plot threads, and they could easily have gotten confused, but Clark never let anyone besides her heroine get muddled by them. The writing was polished and Clark’s TV news experience came through in the realism of the story.
The one place I felt the book had some room to improve was the ending, which felt like it wrapped up all the disparate threads a little too quickly before jumping into the epilogue. But it was consistent with the characters and their actions up to that point, so while there was room to improve it, I wouldn’t consider what’s there to be bad.
Overall, Stay Tuned is a great read with vivid characters and an entertaining plot. I’d definitely read Clark’s next book.