Sunday, February 7, 2016
Book Review: The Status of All Things
The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
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 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.
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.
I had such high hopes for this book. The premise seemed so fun and similar to one of my favorite books, The Future of Us. Sadly, it didn't live up to the hype for me.
Kate is dumped by her fiance, Max, at her rehearsal dinner. She is devastated. When she returns home from Hawaii, she is granted the power to change her life by updating her Facebook status. She chooses to go back in time one month and try to stop Max from leaving her again.
I found Kate incredibly insecure and annoying. She cared way too much what other people thought of her, and she was so consumed with preventing Max from falling in love with Courtney that she doesn't even take the time to examine herself or whether the relationship is even right for either of them.
I really enjoyed Kate's best friends, Jules and Liam. The three of them met in college and had very healthy, honest relationships. Jules was super strong and amazing, and I totally loved her. And Liam was such a kind and wonderful guy. So much better than Max!
Overall the story was fairly predictable, but just too painful to read. I wanted to slap Kate constantly, as did Jules and Liam I think. I appreciated the message about Facebook and the attempt to write a very contemporary story, but it fell very short for me.
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.
My Rating: 2 Stars
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