Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by NAL

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...

My Thoughts…

I love the lost art of writing actual letters.   Putting a pen to paper, putting a stamp on it, and dropping it into the mailbox is so therapeutic.     This all seems harmless, write a letter to your sister, your sister writes back to you… what could go wrong?    

The actual writing of the letters was my favorite part.    I loved how Cassie took to heart what she was writing.   She didn’t want a letter of fluff.   She wanted to share her thoughts, feelings, and her shame with her sister.    Cassie also wanted to be sure that the letters would be saved forever.    That is where the mistake happens.   The internet is not safe.   Even when you put them on a private setting, nothing is safe on the internet…EVER!   

I was scared for how Sid would react to the glitch.   Would Cassie’s hubby be able to move past what had happen?   This part of the story moved so quickly.   The words just flew, the pages flipped, and I could not put the book down.   I had to know if Sid would stop the writing and connection with Cassie.    I was surprised at what part of this mess Cassie’s husband was most upset about.   

I am now looking for a pen pal.   Any takers?    I recommend checking out Keep Me Posted. 

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