“Not unlike Callie, I had often spent a fair amount of time manipulating the way others saw me on Facebook. Now I wondered if we’d both be a lot happier if we spent more time cultivating relationships with the people right in front of us.”
“In the past few days, I’d started to look at Facebook differently, wondering what the real story was behind the date-night photo or the pouty-lipped selfie.”
“I thought she’d been in a perfect marriage too. And I was engaged to be married to a guy I had always thought was perfect for me. How do we know the difference between what’s real and what we tell ourselves is real? Did perfection even exist? Or maybe it was just a very dangerous notion, one that we can only see in others’ lives but never in our own.”
One Million Page Princess
September 17th 2015
Wow. Okay. Where to begin…
My first post of 2015, and it is the middle of September. I can’t quite believe it myself. To be fair, several months were spent giving this blog a major overhaul by the super fantastic people at Daymarker Design Co., (HUGE THANK YOU!) however, just because my year of 52 books came to a close does NOT mean I have stopped reading and reviewing books.
I merely took a step back to enjoy reading for the sake of reading, blog posts not included.
That being said, after my nine month hiatus I am now ready to get back on the band wagon and play a bit of catch up on posts for the things I read and shoulda/woulda/coulda done earlier.
I’m going to kick things off with The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. I received an advance copy of this book in January, but it was released to the general public in June. At the time I was looking for a novel whose film rights were still available to purchase, and what initially drew me to this book was its tagline: What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook?
“Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, 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.”
In the incredibly social media driven world we live in today, I thought it made for a very, very interesting concept, and I enjoyed it very much. I would probably only recommend it to women ages 25-45, but if you’re looking for a fun and light read about love, life, and self discovery (on and off the internet) then I am confident you would enjoy this story. This is definitely a great beach read when you’ve decided to take that long awaited and much needed ‘unplugged’ vacation.
So often when we peruse our friend’s timelines on Instagram or Facebook we forget that it’s usually only the very glamorous, painstakingly set up photos and status’ that are displayed on the flashing screen before our eyes. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy”. Remember dear readers, the grass is greener where you water it.
Thank you so much for sticking by me through that very long hiatus. I’m back, so get ready.
Until next time,