Monday, 12 February 2018

Book Review: It Started with a Tweet by Anna Bell

The Blurb
Could YOU survive a digital detox? 
Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Sophie Kinsella, It Started With A Tweet is the hilarious new romantic comedy from the author of The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart.
'Had me smiling from start to finish. It was a joy to read; smart, witty and completely fresh' Cathy Bramley.
Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . .  
Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy's problems - a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria. Soon, too, Daisy meets a welcome distraction there in Jack, the rugged man-next-door.
But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village? 
And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone? 
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Bonnier Zaffre for the advanced reading copy.

You can buy It Started with a Tweet here.

My Review

I don't know about you, but when my phone bricked and I had to wait three whole days for a new one, I thought my life was over (albeit temporarily). I felt isolated, lost, had a serious case of FOMO - yet I still had internet access on my computer so I wasn't actually in any real danger of losing touch with the world.

Poor Daisy agrees to go cold turkey after a teeny tiny error in posting something to her work Twitter  instead of her private account. She goes into virtual - and real - hiding, led by her rather bossy sister.

Daisy's struggle with her addiction is very real, and I think many of us would feel the same panic in the same situation; leaving yourself wide open for abuse is a very real risk.

The book is hilarious - with several LOL moments, and I was swept up into Daisy's life, feeling her indignation and frustration as she battles against her sister's strict rules. Who hasn't sneaked out of somewhere to make that call. 

It does make you think, as Daisy learns that actually, being without the internet and not being immediately contactable is not the Most Terrible Thing in the World. It can be quite liberating, like walking out of a cave for the first time, blinking in the sunlight and hearing the birds singing. Like, you know, real living life! 

Of course this is a rom com, not a lecture about the perils of Social Media; so of course we have the obligatory hot men who cannot possibly be considered as a potential partner as they are grumpy argumentative pricks... until we get to know them and ultimately love them. 

I loved this book - it's a great laugh and a perfect escape from technology. OK, so I read it on a Kindle... shh!

Time to add another author to My Authors to be Added to my TBR pile...

About the Author

Anna lives in the South of France with her young family and energetic labrador. When not chained to her laptop, Anna can be found basking in the sun in the summer, heading to the ski slopes in the winter (to drink hot chocolate and watch - she can't ski) or having a sneaky treat from the patisserie - all year round! 

You can find our more about Anna on her website - or follow her on Twitter @annabell_writes.

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