Love and Miscommunication by Elyssa Friedland – Review, 5 stars

LoveAndMissCommPBThis unforgettable debut novel asks us to look up from our screens and out at the world…and to imagine what life would be like with no searches, no status updates, no texts, no Tweets, no pins, and no posts

Evie Rosen has had enough. She’s tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. She’s over the clever hashtags and the endless selfies. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it’s time to put down her smart phone for good. (Beats stowing it in her underwear—she’s done that too!)

And that’s when she discovers a fresh start for real conversations, fewer distractions, and living in the moment, even if the moments are heartbreakingly difficult. Babies are born; marriages teeter; friendships are tested. Evie just may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn’t mean you can unplug from life.

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Elyssa.Friedland.HeadshotElyssa Friedland grew up in New Jersey and attended Yale University, where she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She attended Columbia Law School and subsequently worked as an associate at a major firm. Prior to law school, Elyssa interned and wrote for several publications, including Modern Bride, New YorkMagazine, and CBS’s MarketWatch.com. She lives in New York City with her husband and three young children.

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My Review –

Love and Miscommunication is a cute novel that reminds us to put the phones down, turn off the computer, unplug the iPods and visit! Talk! Listen! Communicate face to face!

How can any of us even think of discarding our much-loved cell phones and computers?! I often hear of friends going out to dinner and all the cell phones are unceremoniously dumped in the center of the table and the first one to pick a phone up – pays. I can think of several, well, actually numerous times when I happen to be having a conversation with someone and they were checking the phone or texting at the same time and I’ve just stopped mid-sentence and they didn’t notice. I’m sure this has happened to us all at some point in our lives – tell the truth.

How does an up and coming attorney come unplugged after being fired for sending way too many emails?

festive chic attire. What the hell did that mean? Whatever it was intended to convey, it felt like a tall order after a ten-hour workday on a Saturday. She pulled open the bifold doors of her overstuffed closet, filled mostly with conservative work suits that blocked the view of her formal-wear options. From the back, she pried out the navy blue crepe dress that she had last worn to her great-aunt’s memorial service. By substituting sensible pumps with strappy sandals and adding dangly earrings, the dress could likely make the transition from funeral to celebratory…Her blackberry screeched like a rattlesnake … as she hastened to throw on lipstick and apply eyeliner… no such luck would it fit in her sequined bag…she didn’t know what to do…Carrying her phone all night was out of the question. Her friends would be merciless about her “Crackberry” addition. Leaving it home was also a nonstarter…Quickly, and trying as best she could not to consider the implications for the rest of her evening, she hiked her dress over her waist and slipped the PDA into her cotton panties… Evie checked her Blackberry so often that it was actually fitting it should take on the role of a bodily appendage. Someday, a more evolved version of her would emerge from the womb with a smart phone already implanted. She reached back down to lock the keys so she wouldn’t accidentally call anyone from down there. When her phone was safely secured between the grooves of her body and the fabric of her underwear, she actually felt somewhat satisfied with her solution and took a deep breath…everything would be okay…

Love and Miscommunication follows Evie for a year-long sabbatical of being unplugged and falling in love. The book is well-written and contains its fair share of comedy that will make you laugh. I actually can’t wait to read more by this author and I encourage you to add this book to your list of books to read.

 

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