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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Love and Miss Communication | Elyssa Friedland

Love and Miss Communication is the story of Evie, a woman who decides to give up the internet after several very public technology-related embarrassments. In the process, she discovers herself, love, and what it really means to be a great friend. For a complete summary, you can go here.

This is chick-lit in its truest form. It is about life, love, and friendship. It is a little sassy, relatable, and relevant. Chick-lit is not always the deepest or most insightful genre, but it is definitely entertaining. This book will probably resonate with a lot of people—myself included. I sometimes wonder if I rely too much on the internet, but I would not have a job without the internet. In regards to my personal life, it is so much easier to post pictures or updates to my hundreds of “friends” than it is to make personal phone calls to real friends and family. But social media leaves a lot to be desired, specifically true relationships. Evie discovers how easy it is to be forgotten without the ease of the internet. She learns that she must put forth an actual effort to stay connected to her true friends. 

I love the transformation that Evie makes in this book. She starts off as self-centered with an “oh, pity me” vibe going on. Throughout the book, she slowly makes a transformation into an authentic and genuine person and friend. I also really appreciated the slow progression of Evie’s love interest. Too often chick-lit features extremely fast-moving relationships that are entirely unrealistic. I felt like the progression of this relationship was believable. 

My one big question about this book was, “Why didn’t Evie give up her phone too?” She makes a big deal about giving up the internet—and therefore emails and social media—and she also gives up texting. But why not phone calls? I thought that too much of the book was phone call dialogue. I would have preferred more face-to-face conversations, as that is the purest form of communication. I also worry about this book being too modern. It references a lot of specific social media sites and apps that are super popular right now, but it will make the book irrelevant very quickly. New apps and sites are constantly being made. This isn’t a book that people will be able to read in ten or twenty years and be able to relate to the same way that people can now. 

I still think that this book was entertaining and worth a read. I would definitely recommend it to females—especially those like me, that may need to distance themselves a little bit more from the internet… 

If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it hereAfter you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

4/5 Stars

o Amber Gregg

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book, but it did not alter my review in any way.*

Check out my Q & A with the author, Elyssa!

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