Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke Review


What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of Your 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.

My Review: 

Would you change any part of your life if given the chance?

When social media addict Kate’s wedding is called off by her fiancé during their rehearsal dinner, she is devastated.  Why would he do this to her the day before their wedding?  When Max tells Kate he has fallen in love with one of her friends, she really takes it hard. 

One morning after the breakup, Kate drags herself out of bed.  She walks to the coffee shop where she meets a barista named Ruby who might have the answer to Kate’s happiness.  Kate soon learns she can change her life by changing her status on Facebook.  Will this incredible gift be just what Kate needs, or is it a mistake waiting to happen?

I enjoyed reading how Kate changes her life and the lives of her close friends Jules and Liam.  When their lives start falling apart, Kate will do anything to make them happy again.  This book made me think of the things that I would change in my life if I had the opportunity.