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.
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 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.