- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402284152
- ISBN-13: 978-1402284151
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fakebook: A True Story. Based on Actual Lies Paperback – September 17, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
In a wacky and bold memoir about identity in this cockeyed social media environment, Cicirelli amuses himself at the expense of his relatives, friends, and Facebook family by concocting a fake virtual self that goes completely bonkers. Cicirelli—a 26-year-old Walter Mitty–type who feels life is passing him by, with all of his Facebook pals achieving undeserved success—decides to shake up his existence, creating a raucous Web version of himself with a mischievous, gonzo sensibility but completely lacking in conscience. He blames the excesses on his hell-raising bloodlines, but says he never thought his Fake Dave online persona would become popular. He describes tapping into a part of me who liked… seeing how far I could take it. Those who follow Dave on Facebook react with shock and horror as they watch his electronic double go through various fake life-changing episodes trashing an Amish buggy, and clashing with the faithful and the law before the scam runs out of steam. Cicirelli's comic online fever-dream is told with style and is a knockout. Agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Sept.)
In his mid-twenties, Cicirelli had a good job but felt like he was going through the motions. So he decided he would reinvent himself and start living the kind of adventure-filled life he craved. Not for real; just on Facebook. So began the completely fraudulent story of “Fake Dave,” a guy who shared the author’s name and face but who lived a series of completely made-up episodes (bolstered by Photoshopped documentary evidence and accompanied by a fictional girlfriend, Amish Kate). He had to let his coworkers and some of his friends in on the gag, but to most of his Facebook followers, he was on the road, livin’ the dreamer’s life. This very entertaining memoir chronicles Fake Dave’s amazing adventures, and also the real Dave’s life as he began to feel weirdly jealous of his fictional alter ego. Not to mention the increasing difficulty of keeping his charade going, living a sort of double life, one in the real world and the other in cyberspace. Lots of laughs here but also plenty of serious insights about the inherent unreality of social media. --David Pitt
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