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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
Published by NAL on April 5, 2016
Genres: Family & Relationships, Sagas, Women's Fiction
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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...
Keep Me Posted is a tale of unwanted viral fame wrapped into a story of two sisters dealing with issues. I have read a few unwanted internet fame stories in the last year (The Good Neighbor and Goddess of Suburbia) and the viral issue always seems to overshadow what could have been a great story otherwise. Cassie is a NYC mom of young twin sons dealing with a marriage that has gone stale, a frenemy next door, and an ex that is a little too hot and around. Sid is living in Singapore with her husband, teen son and small daughter and feeling lost and alone in a strange land. They begin to write letters to each other to have a sense of connection. Cassie wants to record the letters for posterity so she scans them to a blog and privacy protects it.
The plot of Keep Me Posted has some very bright spots and some not so bright. I enjoyed the sisterly bond, but the constant stating of unhappiness and doing nothing towards fixing it was grating and dragged down some of the scenes. I did enjoy Lisa Beazley’s writing. She could set a scene very well and I could picture the action as it happened. The world she created was vivid and I loved the parts set in Singapore as I could feel the humidity rising. The pacing was good, with few lags and mostly driving forward events. The emotions were high, but tended towards the over dramatic. The characters were unbalanced. Sid was lovely and I really connected with her, whereas Cassie tended to be whiney and unhappy but unwilling to do anything to fix it until backed into a corner.
I did enjoy Keep Me Posted for the most part. I just could not connect with one of the main characters and thus the majority of the story. I did enjoy Beazley’s writing style and they way she painted her settings, I was impressed with that ability in a debut. Keep Me Posted was an interesting read and I would read Beazley’s next book.
Favorite lines – And when I became a deceptive and secretive ne’er-do-well, I gained empathy for blackmailers and backstabbers and those men in Lifetime movies who have two families in two different cities who know nothing about one another.
Biggest cliché – I’m not happy, but I won’t talk to the one involved ’cause it would be too hard.
Have you read Keep Me Posted, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge