Love And Miss Communication – Elyssa Friedland

Love and Miss CommunicationTitle: Love And Miss Communication
Author: Elyssa Friedand
Published: William Morrow & Company, May 2015
Source: received a copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com]

This unforgettable debut novel asks us to look up from our screens and out at the world…and to imagine what life would be like with no searches, no status updates, no texts, no Tweets, no pins, and no posts.

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.

Featured on InStyle Magazine as one of their 6 New Page-Turners to Read in May, Love and Miss Communication  shares the story of Evie Rosen, an ambitious woman whose life is about to turn upside down because of her online habit.  Can she get her life back in order before her savings run out?

I find it touching (and surprisingly refreshing) to read a story about a protagonist who chooses to stop using the internet.  With friends who depend on texting and emailing to stay in touch, Evie certainly misses quite a few parties and important updates during the time when she unplugs.  At the same time, not googling gives her a new sense of freedom and power.  Instead of shopping online, she has to go out and acquire what she needs in-person.  Instead of using Facebook to look up people online, she has to live in the moment and get to know new acquaintances through real conversations.   Honestly, I am not a fan of Evie before she unplugs from the internet.  I find her old self a bit on the freakish side.  And while her character doesn’t exactly mature in a direction that I prefer, I appreciate her effort and courage to go inward and face her inner demons.

What I find the most enjoyable is the bond Evie has with her grandmother.  Her grandmother is wise, strong and adorably funny. And she just cracks me up every time when she points at or touches the ring on her finger!

The romance in the story is very heartwarming.  I don’t want to drop names and spoil anything, but this amazingly gorgeous guy surely deserves some rounds of applause!  I particularly love the scene when he sweetly proposes to Evie.

Can you imagine yourself not using the internet?  Although I don’t think I’ll unplug from the world wide web any time soon, I like that Love and Miss Communication  offers us some food-for-thoughts on the weird and negative effect of social media.  And while you’re online, look up Friedland’s 10 Ways The Internet Is Ruining Your Love Life, Because Cyberstalking Exes Solves Nothing.  I think you’ll like it.

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About the Author

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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 MarketWatch.com, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Your Prom. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in New York City with her husband and young children.

 

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Things We Know By Heart – Jessi Kirby

Things We Know By HeartTitle: Things We Know By Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Published: Harper Teen, April 2015
Source: received a copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com]

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

What would you do after something tragic happened?

Quinn Sullivan was in her junior year when her boyfriend was killed in an accident.  Although people around her had been encouraging her to move on, she didn’t make much of an attempt until she bumped into Colton Thomas, the recipient of the donated heart of her boyfriend.  Would Quinn finally step out of her sorrow and say yes to love?

Undoubtedly, Things We Know By Heart  has a fairly predictable plot.  But this didn’t stop me from wanting to get to know Quinn.  As you might have guessed, Quinn was very much withdrawn into her own little world when the story began.  She didn’t keep in touch with any of her friends.  She stayed at home most of the time and she refused to take down any pictures and gifts that her boyfriend had given her before he got killed.  She might seem fragile but she wasn’t exactly a complete mess.  I could feel her sadness but she didn’t come across as someone whiny.  She might have her moments of weakness but you could tell she wasn’t self-centered or aloof.

Interestingly, Colton’s character mirrored many facets of Quinn’s.  He was likeable, friendly and kind, and I particularly loved the way he introduced Quinn to many of his favorite sightseeing and picnic locations.  He seemed philosophical at times – but not in a nerdy kind of way – more like he was considerate and respectful.

From the start, the attraction between Quinn and Colton was mutual.  Instead of rushing into doing something just because they had the chemistry, I liked that they both chose to spend quality time getting to know each other.  And I hope you wouldn’t mind me sharing this, but I absolutely adored the scene when they first kissed – it was so sweet and romantic that I smiled ear-to-ear when I read it!

The thing that delighted me the most was the sibling supports that were present in the story.  Quinn’s sister Ryan was fun, strong and dependable, and Colton’s sister Shelby was caring and fiercely protective.  I liked that both of them were unafraid to do what was necessary to point out the truths when their siblings were reluctant to face their reality.  That just made me wish I had a big sister to guide and protect me in my life!

If you’re in the mood for something adorably romantic and thoughtful, you’d want to pick up a copy of Things We Know By Heart.  I had a great time enjoying the story and I hope you will too.

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Dreaming of Cash $250 Cash Giveaway – January 16 – 30, 2015

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Suede To Rest – Diane Vallere

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