Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Book Review: Keep Me Posted
Keep Me Posted by Liza Beazley
Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.
Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.
It doesn't help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?
The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.
But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet...
This book started off well. I related to the "mommy" elements, and I loved the idea of two sisters writing letters to each other. Unfortunately, it ended up to be more Cassie's story than it is letters, and I found her incredibly annoying. She's a very flawed character, so she has room for growth, but it was painful to read her mistakes.
Cassie is a stay-at-home mom, and she's bored with her life, so she starts manufacturing drama (i.e. her ex-boyfriend re-enters the scene). Meanwhile, her older sister, Sid, is living in Singapore, and has an actual problem: her husband is actually cheating on her. At Christmas, they decide to write letters to each other instead of talking on the phone because they think it will be fun. Both women really enjoy the act of writing letters and receiving them despite their sometimes overlaps with the long distance and slow delivery.
Cassie decides to upload the letters to a blog and make it private, so she can have a record of both sides of the conversation. A fluke server crash makes the letters go public and soon the women are famous without intending to be. Major drama ensues.
Overall, it was just too much drama for me, and I found the ending to be completely unrealistic and very manufactured. I wanted to love this book because I love stories about sisters, but it just wasn't for me.
My Rating: 3 Stars
I read this book as part of A Slice of Brie's book club.
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