“No more stalking people on Google.
No more Facebooking exes.
No more reading twits on Twitter.
No more posting pictures and waiting for “likes.”
No more refreshing Gmail every thirty seconds.
No more hashtagging meaningless combinations of words.
No more Instagramming every instant.
No more Foursquaring her whereabouts.
No more bidding on eBay for the thrill of competition.
No more pretend job hunting on Monster.
No more blogs. (She was slandered on one, for God’s sake!)
No more watching two-year-olds boogie to Beyoncé on YouTube.
No more playing Scrabble against house-bound Aspergians.
No more Candy Crush, that time-sucking psychedelic mess of sugar balls. And, best of all, no more OkCupid, JDate, eHarmony, and Match.”
Review written by: Jessica C.
Yes boys and girls it’s the digital age. It’s hard not to look around and see some sort of reference to it, or finding that you are about to run into someone because you are too busy staring down at your phone. Text messages, blogging, social media insanity. It’s all around us. With such a world we live in now it seems crazy for the main character, Evie, of Love and Miss Communication to end her relationship not just with social media… but online completely. Granted, the notion of avoiding social media for a time is quite appealing, but to all together cut yourself from everything online including email seems the impossible.
For Evie, at the start of taking her online hiatus it is near impossible, Evie goes through detachment like any addict going through withdrawals. To me I wasn’t sure I really could connect to the concept or find myself enjoying the book. However, Love and Miss Communication became a delightfully enchanting surprise. A Bridget Jones Diary for the digital age.
Like Bridget Jones, Evie goes through her own dating disasters and struggles with family and friends. While some of her friends and family find her crazy for shutting herself off from online, Evie starts to realize the more she is away from online the more she is likely to be herself.
During the process of her hiatus, Evie finds a great job, a new passion in a work field she didn’t expect herself to ever pursue, and of all things… love. I won’t spoil the story for you because it is something to experience for yourself. If anything I found it amusing and so realistic that Evie automatically let her guard down and let people know her as she truly was, without consequence, when she was living with assumptions.
Even when Evie struggles with losing her job and almost losing her grandmother, she does in the end find herself a good man that loves her for who she is. Without the focus of the digital world, Evie starts to act natural and lets her guard down to truly see the world around her.
The one thing I can say about the book is that some of the things that happen in the book seem far too impossible. It’s hard to relate completely with Evie when she has an amazing job, that even when she loses, she ends up finding an equally amazing job that pays her extremely well. Go figure that. Add in her posh, up scale friends and it seems too far fetched for some of us that can’t imagine such elite lifestyles.
Still it’s a decent book that I found myself steadily going through. I wasn’t consumed or absorbed by the book, but it was a cute summer read all the same. Until next time, happy reading!