Thursday 4 January 2018

Review: It Started With a Tweet by Anna Bell

Could YOU survive a digital detox?
Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . . 
Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy's problems - a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria. Soon, too, Daisy meets a welcome distraction there in Jack, the rugged man-next-door.
But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village? 
And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone? 

Review: This is one of those books that will hook you in right from the word go because it is such a character driven novel, you will feel like you are hanging out with a friend and watching her as her life falls to pieces and she works out how she is going to build it back up again. Parts of this book felt a lot like Sophie Kinsella's latest novel in that sense and then there ere other parts that had me crying with laughter one moment and then thinking about my own life and evaluating it in others.

So there's my summary, but what did i especially like about these characters and the way I was made to think?

I really loved the fact that the main character of this novel had flaws. She is just like everyone else and so I found he really easy to relate to right from the word go. She also has friendships and family relationships that she ought to be able to rely on but she's not sure whether she can or not, something which is becoming increasingly more common as friendships and families are spread further and further across the globe.

The relationships that the main character has and the relationships that she develops with new people that she meets over the course of the novel are all really interesting to read about and to watch change and grow. I loved that she developed more of a relationship with her sister, more out of necessity than anything and the fact that she develops new relationships with people who get to know her outside of her London life, that was a really interesting difference to draw on when reading.

There are some real comedy moments in this book. Things happen and people say things and they had me laughing out loud. But this book did make me think about my own addiction to my phone and to social media. I am sure that this book wouldn't have taken me as long to read if I hadn't stopped every few chapters to Tweet about it or to update on Goodreads, or check my Instagram notifications and I have noticed other people's phone usage IRL since as well.

Thank you to Anna Bell for writing a novel and characters that are so easy to relate to, so entertaining but made me think at the same time. I so enjoyed this book and I think you will too.

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