Book Review: Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland

This unforgettable debut novel asks us to look up from our screens and out at the world...and to imagine what life would be like with no searches, no status updates, no texts, no Tweets, no pins, and no posts.

Evie Rosen has had enough. She's tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. She's over the clever hashtags and the endless selfies. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it's time to put down her smartphone for good. (Beats stowing it in her underwear--she's done that too!)

And that's when she discovers a fresh start for real conversations, fewer distractions, and living in the moment, even if the moments are heartbreakingly difficult. Babies are born; marriages teeter; friendships are tested. Evie just may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn't mean you can unplug from life.

Release Date: May 12, 2015
Age Group: Adult
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

Love and Miss Communication was such a fun read.  I really enjoyed it from the first page to the last.  Evie is completely addicted to her phone.  She is constantly on Facebook, email, and other social media.  Evie is caught up with making her life online look perfect, when in reality, it's not.  It's all about image.  Until she stumbles upon some crushing news about an ex on Facebook. 

Evie decides to stop using the Internet for a year.  She learns a great deal about herself in the process, and finds a different kind of lifestyle than the one she had before.  Evie is able to focus on her passion, and what makes her happy, instead of being caught up in the frenetic pace of her former life. 

I loved the metamorphosis in Evie.  It was fascinating to watch her change and grow into a better person.  She had a few stumbles along the way, but always managed to pick herself back up again. 

The love story was super sweet and perfectly done.  I liked that Love and Miss Communication is an adult read, but a fairly clean one.  One of my favorite aspects of this book were the minor characters, particularly Evie's grandmother Bette.  She was so much fun!  And Bette's paramour, Sam, was a great addition to the story as well. 

Love and Miss Communication was a fun, light-hearted read.  It made me consider how important it is to put my phone down and interact with those around me.  I liked that the focus on connectedness was delivered in such an engaging and entertaining way.  I highly recommend Love and Miss Communication and will definitely read Elyssa Friedland again! 


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