Read: March 2017
What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of The Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.
Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.
Kate’s two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.
In The Status of All Things, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke combine the humor and heart of Sarah Pekkanen and Jennifer Weiner while exploring the pitfalls of posting your entire life on the Internet. They raise the questions: What if you could create your picture-perfect life? Would you be happy? Would you still be you? For anyone who’s ever attempted—or failed—to be their perfect self online, this is a story of wisdom and wit that will leave you with new appreciation for the true status of your life.
This was a lot of fun to read! I love those stories where something happens and you can see what someone’s life is like if they head in the direction of that thing happening, and if they also head in the opposite direction if nothing happened. This story is kind of like that. Something happens and, with a little bit of magic (and maybe some faerie godmother-ing), Kate has the power to change her life. But is she changing it for the good? Or will her life play out the way it was supposed to?
There was definitely some silly stuff happening, but it was still an enjoyable read. It was also one of those books that made you think of the “Facebook effect” … we all post the good part of our life and it’s so easy to see someone’s life and wish you had what they had, or wonder what their secret for a perfect life is, but the truth is that nobody is perfect and sometimes it takes going OFF of social media to see that.
I will for sure be reading some more of Liz Fenton’s work … I’ve had my eye on a few of her titles and can’t wait to try them out!