Title: The Status of All Things
Authors: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
304 pages, published June 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
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.
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.
Wow! What a great book! I was drawn to the book by it's gorgeous cover, and once I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it! The book was so culturally relevant to today's society of constantly updating our social media accounts, and constantly worried about how others view us via those social media accounts. How many times have we all wondered "What if I could go back in time? Would I change things? Did I miss something?" Katie is given exactly that chance. I loved her journey, and I loved the themes of this book--something we can all learn from and relate to. Things happen for a reason, things aren't always what they seem on the outside (or online), etc.
The writing style was fantastic. It flowed well and the book was hard to put down. I was originally concerned when I saw it was written by two authors--would their writing styles blend? Would it be obvious it was written by two people? I'm happy to say it was written beautifully and I had no reason at all to be concerned. The writing was outstanding. I look forward to more from these authors!
I definitely recommend this book! Quirky, fun, real, relatable--a great page turner!
Overall rating for "The Status of All Things": 5 Stars