Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book Review: "Love and Miss Communication" by Elyssa Friedland

Love and Miss Communication Elyssa Friedland
Published: May 12, 2015
ISBN: 9780062379849
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Recommended for readers who are a little too plugged in

Evie Rosen has had enough. She's tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. She's over the clever hashtags and the endless selfies. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it's time to put down her smartphone for good. (Beats stowing it in her underwear--she's done that too!)

And that's when she discovers a fresh start for real conversations, fewer distractions, and living in the moment, even if the moments are heartbreakingly difficult. Babies are born; marriages teeter; friendships are tested. Evie just may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn't mean you can unplug from life. 

My Thoughts:
Let's start with the good--and there is a lot of good here.  I guess the proper review format would be to save my "bottom line" for the end of this, but I'm going to be a rebel and start with it.  I really enjoyed this book and it was exactly what I needed when I read it.

Friedland's writing style is exceptionally good for this type of book in that there seems to be a fair amount depth to her writing and she fleshes out the main character of Evie quite nicely.The secondary characters are more one-dimensional, but since the novel is so focused on Evie, it isn't really an issue.

The premise of this book is both unique and timely.  If you are reading this review, you are plugged in.  Evie goes completely off the grid.  Like, she won't even look at a computer screen (at least not when it is turned on).  I know I couldn't do it and I doubt many others could either.  I kept thinking there was no way she would be able to function in life without the internet, but she makes it and it is pretty awe-inspiring.  Honestly, I would recommend this book on the premise alone.

Now, the critical part.  Before I go on, let me reiterate that I did enjoy this book.  It is on the lighter side, and I knew that going into it, so even though I have these criticisms, they were not big issues for me.

First off, I knew exactly what was going to happen in this book.  There was nothing that caught me by surprise and I knew pretty much from the start how the book would end.  However, this book could fall under the "chick lit" umbrella and such books usually follow the same formula, so the fact that this book was not surprising is not surprising.

I also wish Friedland had spent more time on what Evie went through the first few days and weeks of going off-line.  Did she go through the typical withdrawal symptoms?  Did she eat all the chocolate in the world?  I don't know, because Friedland never really went into that.  It seemed like giving up the internet was just as easy as deciding to do so and I really, really, really doubt that.

My final little criticism is that the epilogue of this book just doesn't fit with the rest of the book.  You could just skip it and not miss anything but, if you choose to read it, you might be scratching your head, trying to figure out how it relates to anything. Epilogue should tie up loose strings, this one just tangles up a whole other ball of yarn.

Still, this was an enjoyable read for me and one I'd recommend to anyone looking for a beach read where they don't get WiFi.

About the Author:
Elyssa Friedland attended Yale University, where she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and subsequently worked as an associate at a major firm. Prior to law school, Elyssa wrote for several publications, including Modern Bride, New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CBS, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Your Prom. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in New York City with her husband and three young children.

Find out more about Elyssa at her website, and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

Want to read more about this book?  Check out some of the other stops on the tour (links go to the blog, not the specific review):

Tuesday, May 12th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, May 14th: BookNAround
Friday, May 15th: Book Babe
Monday, May 18th: Into the Hall of Books
Tuesday, May 19th: Many Hats
Wednesday, May 20th: Kritters Ramblings
Thursday, May 21st: 5 Minutes For Books
Monday, May 25th: Mel’s Shelves
Wednesday, May 27th: Raven Haired Girl
Thursday, May 28th: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
Friday, May 29th: From the TBR Pile

Love and Miss Communication
by Elyssa Friedland

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