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Love and Miss Communication: A Novel

Love and Miss Communication: A Novel

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Thank you LibraryThing for the advance reader's copy. I like the the idea of the story, turn your phone, tablet, computer, etc. off. I'm an old gal and remember how it was without all the electronics and not being available every second, no texts, tweets, emails, etc. I like the story but felt it lost steam the second half of the book. It was a light read. If you are looking for something light and quick, give it a try. ( )
  lvmygrdn | Sep 1, 2015 |
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This book was a pretty typical "chick lit" offering. The characters were fairly shallow and the socially redeeming factor being "quitting the internet". Heaven knows there is way too much socializing on devices and too little meaningful person to person interaction. I couldn't really like Evie as a person, one reason being her biggest goal in life seemed to be "getting a successful husband". Everything else was secondary. The book did keep me reading, but I was quite happy when I finally finished it so I can now read something with more substance. ( )
  bibliophileofalls | Aug 30, 2015 |
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LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION is a pretty typical love story with the addition of information age complications. Evie Rosen has given up the internet after blaming it for her horrible dating experiences, the loss of her job, and her constant heartbreak and feelings of insecurity due to access to too much information. Once she ditches her computer, we follow Evie's attempts to navigate life and relationships while unconnected, unattached, and unemployed.

LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION was a challenge at first. I felt that the first four chapters of the book were trying too desperately to sound smart, and that was really off-putting. The middle chapters of the book were a bit better. The writing was smoother, and I was able to connect better with Evie--although I still found her to be annoying rather than engaging a lot of the time.

That said, I was immersed in the flow of the story, and then the last 4-5 chapters of the book happened. Evie went back into full-on annoying mode, and I was just reading to get through the rest of the book.

I wish LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION had a bit more depth to it. There are times when Evie's musings are thought-provoking, and the life-without-the-internet plot could have done so much more than it did.

I suspect some people will enjoy Evie's story more than I did, so I won't say that I don't recommend it at all. I would suggest that readers go in with expectations for a light and quick read.

Thank you to LibraryThing and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  kalky | Aug 15, 2015 |
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I received this book through the Early Reviewer program in exchange for a review.

Evie Rosen is a 30 4 year old, single woman. She thought her boyfriend of 2 years would change his mind about marriage but she just didn't realize it wouldn't be with her. This whole situation started her on a downhill slide. To try and get control of herself and her life she decides to quit using the internet. No email, facebook, twitter, google searches, nothing!

I loved this premise. I regularly find myself getting irritated with all of the people who can't spend face to face time with others. Their phone or computer is always front and center. We have lost touch with spending quality time with one another. While I say I loved the premise I must also say that I had a hard time getting into this book. I really do not know the reason other than possibly it was the drawn out storyline. The story really began to get rolling, for me, past page 200. The second half of the book flew by quickly unlike the first half. I would suggest this for anyone wanting to disconnect from things digital. I also think it tells a wonderful story about the need to reconnect with one's self, family and friends and being truthful about why you do and say what you do. If you want a leisurely read that doesn't have many "wow" moments or zingers this is a pretty good story. ( )
  WillowOne | Aug 4, 2015 |
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This book had a fun premise. The idea of giving up internet and email is one I can't quite imagine myself. I wish the book had focussed a bit more on the challenges that would present. I know I can barely get out my front door without connecting to the internet for some reason or another. Once that premise is established, this was a typical romance kind of book. It was cute and enjoyable, but also predictable. It makes a good airplane read or beach read. ( )
  marcyjill | Aug 4, 2015 |
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Featured in Cosmo Magazine!

A Glamour Magazine and Instyle Magazine Book Club pick!

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 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 also unplug from life.

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