Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

What They Say....What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of Your Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.
Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancĂ©, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

Kate's two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.

In The Status of All Things, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke combine the humor and heart of Sarah Pekkanen and Jennifer Weiner while exploring the pitfalls of posting your entire life on the Internet. They raise the questions: What if you could create your picture-perfect life? Would you be happy? Would you still be you? For anyone who’s ever attempted—or failed—to be their perfect self online, this is a story of wisdom and wit that will leave you with new appreciation for the true status of your life.

What I Say....This was a cute, quick read.  It starts with Max telling Kate he doesn't want to marry her after all, on the eve of their wedding in Hawaii, with all of the family and friends present.  The icing on the cake is that he is in love with a Kate's coworker and friend, who is also in Hawaii for the celebration.

Kate is devastated, not just because she is losing her fiancĂ©, but equally worried about how this will look on social media.  People are congratulating her on Facebook and she can't imagine telling them that the wedding has been cancelled.

This is when Ruby makes her first appearance, bringing with her the ability for Kate to change her life via Facebook statuses.  Kate chooses to go back a month to try to convince Max that she really is the girl for him.

It seems like the perfect solution, but Kate finds out that it isn't so easy to change the course of fate.

As she tries to push her life towards the perfect Facebook status update, she almost misses the true love that is already in front of her.

This was a lighthearted read, and a good reminder that life puts you right where you are supposed to be.

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