By: Elyssa Friedland
Published: May 12, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Publishers
Have you ever wanted to completely disconnect? No cell phone, computer, or iPad. No email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Could you do it for an hour? A day? A week? How about a whole year? Evie Rosen is completely dependent on being available 24/7 not only because she is trying to make partner at the law firm, but also for her social life. After not making partner and being fired for sending thousands of personal emails during business hours and then messing up a date after "googling" the wrong guy, Evie decides to give up the internet. She uses an old cell phone and no longer checks her Email, Facebook feed, or uses Google. Her friends think she is crazy and slowly she begins to wonder the same thing. How can anyone live without the internet for a whole year and still connect with friends and find a new job?
The concept for this book is interesting and even a little convicting. How often do I reach for my phone when I am bored, when I need to check the radar, look up an old friend, or use "google" as an encyclopedia? We all do it. It's become part of our life. But, living vicariously through Evie, you think about giving it up yourself. Sure you would miss out on seeing your friend's 100th photo of their new baby or miss that coupon to your favorite clothing store. But does any of that really matter?
Evie begins to realize that yes, some of her relationships will change because she "unplugged", but those friendships that matter grow deeper and are more fulfilling. Her down-time is filled with walks in the park, visits to her grandma and finding out she has a knack for decorating.
Even though this book starts slow and Evie's insecurity becomes repetitive, her character does come around. She has an endearing grandma and a few friends that keep the story interesting. Readers will be rooting for Evie and the new future she is creating. The romance piece is predictable, but it's who you want Evie to end up with so the reader is happy.
Overall, this book will encourage you to enjoy the time you spend with those you love, not the devices in your hands. It will show you that you don't always have to be connected to connect with others. And it reminds you that the internet can be a helpful tool, as long as you can balance your time on it. LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION is a current, witty, and modern love story.
Side note: I love the cover. The colors are bright and eye-catching. The cover relates to the concept of the book. Plus, it's fun!
Favorite quote from the book: "These people who take up space in our lives, they don't just vanish entirely. They leave scars."
|Elyssa Friedland - source|
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