Published on April 5, 2016 by Penguin Random House
Genre: Women’s Chick Lit, Contemporary
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…
(Source: I would like to thank the Net Galley and the Publisher for providing the copy. This will not influence my reviews.)
This is the craziest, funniest, and craziest book that I read before this year ends. (it’s evidently with the uses of superlatives. HAHA!) So, what is this story about?
Cass and Sid are two sisters who lived in a different country, Cass is in New York and Sid is in Singapore. One day during Christmas Time, Cass and Sid talked about the lives they knew in High School and that talked made Sid lonely because her sister – Cass doesn’t know what’s going on about her since Sid doesn’t use Facebook, E-mails, and other social media accounts to connect to other people. Because of that Sid struck an idea to be a Pen Pal with Cass.
I really, really LOVED the concept of this story – the Pen Pal thingy because ever since we have social media accounts we kind of forget to get in touch with other people who used to be close to our hearts especially when the other person doesn’t use it. It brought them closer AGAIN. So much CLOSER (because they never talked too much, they see each other when it is holidays and Sid doesn’t have social media accounts.)
In that sense, it isn’t just about sibling love but also their highs and lows of their lives – their problems about marriages, parenting, friendships, etc. While they were sending letters to each other, Cass decided that she will scan all the letters that she received from Sid and the letters that she will give.
What’s the crazy part?
- Cass made a private blog and decided to post the scanned letters there to have a remembrance.
- WHY would you scan the letters and not just keep the letters instead?
- and INSTEAD of owning the private blog, you should just create a folder in your computer and save it there.
- It creates a fiasco on her world because of her blog.
SO YEAH, it’s really really crazy!! But little thing did I know, even if this sounds stupid there’s a good side that it brought to them. It’s like a blessing and a curse. I did enjoy reading this nonetheless.
As for the characters, I don’t have negative feedback to them. I like the character development each of them, especially Cass. Cass sounds immature at first but she loves her family so that is why she needs to be a better person. While Sid, has the purest heart of all.
I also love Leo because he is a good husband to Cass and father. *Claps*
I recommended it to everyone if you want to read a light book and you want to get away from book slump – it must a try to read this.
If I remember correctly, I’m not a Chick Lit reader but because of this book it made me want to read more. HMMMM