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26/09/2013

Book Review: Facebook Jeanie By Addison Westlake

Blurb:Ever wonder if you made the right choice? What if you could go back and find out?

31-year-old Clara is in a steady relationship—with Facebook. Every night after her depressing bureaucratic job (so much for saving the world), after coming home to her empty apartment Clara settles down with a pint of ice cream for some good, old-fashioned Facebook stalking. It’s her college boyfriend, The One Who Got Away. He now has a perfect marriage, perfect house, perfect life—everything she could have had if she hadn’t been so, so stupid.

But, wait. Jeanie from Facebook shows up at Clara’s job. There’s a new app they’re beta-testing and Clara’s perfect for it. That night she clicks on it and… nothing happens. But the next morning when Clara wakes up at noon, hung over, listening to her roommate blow-drying her hair and singing “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”, she realizes she’s back in college. With the chance to do it all over again.

Back in the world of frat parties, BFFs, and long-suffering, overlooked lab partners, join Clara as she discovers what it really means to hit the reset button on life. What could possibly go wrong? And, this time, can she get it right?

"Brad? From college?”

“Brad Wilkins. I think we really had something,” Clara insisted

“That ship? It sailed. A long, long time ago.” She surveyed Clara, this time with more compassion. “What’s going on with you? Is it because you hate your job?"

"I do hate my job.”

Cat shrugged. “Everyone hates their job. That’s why they have to pay you to do it.”

——————

Together they squealed.

“This is just like Bella and Edward!” Jeanie declared.

“Only Brad’s not a vampire, so it’s even better!” Clara squealed some more.

Addison Westlake has delivered once more. Here's to humor, fantasy and beautiful chick-lit.

Honestly, I'd freak out when demanded to read paranormal. I'd ignore the email or (if my guilty conscience keeps plaguing me) I'd email the author back:

Sorry, I don't do paranormal, but you can try these bloggers....

But, I got gripped by the first chapter. Or, the first page. Mind you, I use 'paranormal' lightly. This is no tale of blood-sucking creatures and all the other brouhahas Vampire fiction has introduced us to...

Clara is thirty-one, recently dumped by long-term boyfriend, Gil. And through all her misery at home living on the red liquid diet (no pun intended), she can't even afford being labelled a couch potato since her ex left with all his furniture. But all hope of her recovery isn't lost; He might have left without her heart, but he's left her with every single lady's companion, his cat. Except Jedi-the cat hates-sorry, loathes her for feline reasons beyond man's understanding.

With Facebook being her only companion through misery, Clara drools over the pics of her high-school boyfriend Brad, and dreams of what her ATM would have been with him. He was the one he let go away. Or The One She Broke Up With to be precise.

But all's in the past now. He's married, he's moved on, he's speaking billions and she's hating her job. But Clara can't grasp reality. What if she could go back to the past, unbreak up with him.

What if Jeanie, a Facebook employee appears into her life informing Clara about a new Facebook app that's being beta-tested by a selective few, and what if this takes the whole Facebook experience to a whole new (3D) level, what if you could go back down timeline lane and correct something in the past, and what if Clara wants to tag along with the Facebook genie to unbreak up with Brad. But what if she gets distracted along the way? Did I say distraction comes in the form of hot, czechoslovakian male Aleksander Novak.

Well, headstrong, Clara knows her Mr. Right is Brad and can't afford to be swayed from her goal by anyone however dorky they were back in college.

Three chances for a time travel. So many dreadful mistakes. No room for altering what's been done in the past except the objective for the time travel. Oh I love the developers of this Facebook app

Great tactic by Addison Westlake fusing new adult with adult fiction.

You would love this book if you want something with a little touch of magic. I think what made this fairy-tale so interesting was the absence of elves, dwarfs, fairy-godmothers and the like. That less introduction of fantastical features made this book believable.

I am a sucker for this theme, roll your eyes, but we've all been in Clara's position before. We've all wished there was a way we could go back to the past and alter just one dreadful mistake that made us lose the perceived "one". We spend hours browsing through their Facebook profiles, scanning their pictures and keeping up with the new development of their lives. Come on, don't make me feel like I am the only one who stalks. We all do, so I don't see why this book should be anything less than relatable. Freshman in College going through my first week, so this book's setting really came in handy.

Addison Westalake is my kinda girl. Surely, this is going amongst my (very few) pile of books that made me crack a rib. She isn't subtle with the humor one bit. It's constant and really, really funny. She takes humor all the way up. And that's what I like in my chick-lit.

If you are the kind who loves supporting cast more than they do the lead girl, you'd love this one. Clara is teamed with all these highly humorous characters who just enrich the humor to this book. From Brad the millionaire who has a fetish for Lacrosse helmets as a tool for foreplay, to Brad the hippy crack addict. Roger the Realtor who loves swishing his waist in leopard-print thongs to I'm Sexy And I Know It. Jeanie made me crack up with her over-the-top girl-next-door personality. And Cat, friend of Clara's bluntness in stating the obvious made this book a master recipe for humor.

Surprise elements-check. Little touch of magic-Check Fantastic cast-check. Relatable tale-check. Humor-check, check!

Five stars people.

Facebook Jeanie is available on Amazon on the 1st October. I digged this book and would recommend it to anyone who's looking to have a blast with something out of the ordinary yet easily relatable. Please key this book on your list of (1st) October releases.

Trotting over to every (author) friend I know to read this book.

My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads as well as Amazon.

Signing off, having a blast with the only roomie I have seen since the others haven't showed their faces yet. Going back to play Scrabble with him. I am loving the college experience and plan to get wasted on Friday (can you blame me? It's free drinks.)

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