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#PleaseRetweet Paperback – February 28, 2017
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‘One of my most enjoyed books this year’ – Rachel’s Random Reads
‘A funny and frantic cautionary tale for the digital generation…Highly recommended’ – Chick Lit Love
'Easy-reading, believable characters and some great scenes… Great holiday book wink emoticon' – Just a Normal Girl in London
‘A perfect chick-lit combining humour, heartbreak and hashtags!’ – Life is Full of Books
‘Laughing out loud on the first page’ – Paris Baker’s Book Nook
‘If you're looking for a light-hearted, entertaining and current read then this could be the book for you. I loved it and I hope that you do too.’ – The Hazardous Hippo
'Emily Benet is such a fun author, and this book is a gem' – Leah Graham, Goodreads
'So many so-called contemporary romances and chick lit only pay a brief acknowledgement to modern mobile technology so it was lovely to read a witty book about what happens when it goes wrong! #goodbook #highlyrecommended' – Annie's Book Corner
About the Author
I was born in London to a Welsh mother and Spanish father, and spent my teenage years in Barcelona. Wherever I've lived my obsession with writing has followed! My first book Shop Girl Diaries began as a blog about working in my parents' eccentric chandelier shop. It was commissioned as a book and as a short film which was shown at The London Short Film Festival. I now write about the benefits of social media for writers for several publications and I run workshops. If I'm not writing or thinking about writing, it's probably because I'm up a mountain or fast asleep.
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I read ‘PleaseRetweet’ while on holidays in Greece and can say it’s the perfect beach read. It caused numerous LOLs and was such a fast read. On the surface, PleaseRetweet seems like another fun, chick lit that would appeal to probably female readers in their twenties. It tells the story of May whose work is basically to do social media for some C-list celebrities and help them climb up the society’s lists. In plain words, she tweets from their profiles, interacts with their fans, worries how many Retweets or likes her post will have and how to be funny most of the time. As someone who does love twitter and finds this social media a blessing of the modern time, I still would never be able to manage more profiles and impersonate people I don’t even know. How do you tweet on someone else’s behalf? How do you make yourself sound like him or her? I’m telling you, as easy and fun May’s job seems to be, I’d never want to do it.
May is an easy going person, she’s a very likable character thought she did give me headaches at times. She does have an unusual job despite being educated to do a more glamorous one, but she’s very good at it. However, what did bother me is her need to explain her reasons for having that job to her friends. I mean, if companies who do social media and PR like this exist, and it’s not a crime to have such a job, why would I feel the need to justify my reasons for doing it. It could be the fun, the cash or because I still haven’t found the right job. But May does sometimes feel bad for doing it. I do understand she starts feeling bad that she’s in a way lying to many people when she impersonates someone else, but she mustn’t take all those things to heart. Her job position exists because of these people who can’t be even bothered to communicate personally with their fan base, let them feel uncomfortable about this.
After starting the platinum package at their company, May is practically glued to her phone, neglecting her own social and virtual life all while worrying about her clients and their number of followers/fans. She does make loads of sacrifices and starts feeling bit overwhelmed with the new client package. Naturally, things will have to go a down line and there will be some troubles May will get herself into, but I wouldn’t like to reveal them to you. You just will have to read it for yourself to find out.
‘PleaseRetweet’ is definitely one of the most unique and refreshing chick lits I’ve read so far. The topic is very trendy and despite being a fluffy rom com on the surface, if you just ponder on the idea how social media can take over your life if you’d only allow it, you start getting the bigger picture and understand everything comes with a price. It’s the modern era, we stopped sending letters, we don’t need to wait 2-3 weeks to hear from friends, we use skype, twitter, facebook, whatsapp to keep in touch with our friends and do our jobs. As everything else created by humans, these social medias can be good or evil, depending on how you use them. They’re just like a knife, you can use it to make a sandwich and satisfy your hunger, or you can use it to kill someone. Social platforms are not bad in its core, they start haunting you if you don’t use them right. They are a tool to make your life easier, they are not supposed to become your life.
So, overall this really was an interesting, funny and fun ride and I definitely recommend it to all chick lit and rom com fans. I applaud to Ms Benet for the unique idea and the ability to portray both the advantages and downhills of social medias in such a light and hilarious way. I was engaged throughout and really enjoyed reading it. Emily Benet is definitely an author to watch out for and I sure will be checking her future novels. #simplyfantastic
And then the remaining 14% of the book take you from the blowup to what happens next...except it feels really rushed, all over the place, and there doesn't seem to be a real basis for what actually happens. I mean, why did May suddenly say enough was enough to her boss Craig...when she's been in tougher, more sticky spots before but still stuck through? I got the feeling the book was more to push to that blowup, but then, the book needed to end, so there you have it - strings tied every which way.
Speaking of the ending itself, I get the purpose of an ending that doesn't come with a pretty red bow. In this manner, this story reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada. The book ending was not the happy/light ending of the movie, but back to the book's ending; In Devil, the heroine, well, you can see she's going through this disconnection, becoming something she isn't, and this is something that makes her realize she cannot keep on as she is. And that's the empowering moment for her, and for the readers, in Lauren Weisberger's story.
But in #PleaseRetweet, I felt none of this journey leading to the ultimate destination. I imagined @SparkyMay would make her comeback (though she supposedly never left - but where did she go?). We are led to see @SparkyMay as this strong, snarky, solid-in-her-opinions person, but then she totally disappears. Where to? And May never comes into her again. That ending made me go, Couldn't they have found something else to do? It leaves a huge question mark about the future - bit like the rug being pulled under your feet after you've slugged through the whole book to find out how May is gonna come up on top of all this. Truth is, she doesn't, and that's the real shame.
I’m not a massive user of Twitter, I can take it or leave it, but I’m on it, I think I get it, and so I wasn’t put off by the sound of this book and all its hashtags. I thought it sounded like a very contemporary read and would be a bit different to many of the books I read.
May is a bit of a workaholic, she’s determined to prove herself in her new job, and build up her clientele. Her friends have a problem with the amount May works, even when she’s with them, she’s not really there, she’s always glued to her phone contemplating the next tweet, after all, Twitter never sleeps. There are others that think her job is frankly immoral, making up tweets, making up personas, for non-worthy ‘celebs’, fooling their followers.
I got into this book quickly, it was engaging, fun, quirky and an easy read. The celebrities May works for are very much D-list, not likeable, but they all brought a lot of fun to the story I have to say. At times I became frustrated with how annoyed May’s friends were with her work..it just seemed a bit far-fetched at times. I don’t know about anyone else but I pretty much presume many celebrity tweets are written for them, even if some of them are honest about that fact. I wanted to shout ‘what’s the big deal!’, I guess I was on May’s side! But even May ends up having enough of it and how she comes to that resolution makes for an interesting story.
This was a completely refreshing read and an author I hope to enjoy again, and I don’t think I’ll ever look at twitter the same way again!