I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review. (My first - thanks!)I had so many confusing emotions about this book. I am not sure if this is because I was unclear on the aim of the book. Was it satire? Was it serious? Was it both? I feel like it was both. I saw a lot of myself and friends in parts of the characters. But, at other times it did feel a little bit overdone. The main character reminded me a lot of Shoshanna from Girls - Her character was great in the show but it would have been overkill if all of the characters were like her. This is what I felt in this book. However, I️ still enjoyed it because of my love for nyc and the mirroring of many aspects of the millennial lifestyle. Social media has completely overrun our lives and we have a tendency to care too much about ourselves, leading us to be self centered and rude to others. Maybe my dislike stemmed from some of the novel hitting too close to home. Is it possible I am that self-absorbed and short sighted? In the end this was a smooth and easy read that was overall very fun loving.
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An exuberant comedy of manners set in the world of digital media, Sociable is a deliciously irreverent satire about the capriciousness of internet fame, the bewildering sexual mores of online dating, the preening male ego in the workplace, and about what it means to be young, broke, dumped, and scarily good at creating viral content.
When Elinor Tomlinson moved to New York with a degree in journalism she had visions of writing witty opinion pieces, marrying her journalist boyfriend, and attending glamorous parties with famously perverted writers. Instead, Elinor finds herself nannying for two small children who speak in short, high screams, sleeping on a foam pad in a weird apartment, and attending terrible parties with Harper’s interns wearing shapeless smocks and clogs. So when Elinor is offered a job at Journalism.ly, the digital media brainchild of a Silicon Valley celebrity, she jumps at the chance. Sure, her boyfriend is writing long think pieces about the electoral college for a real website while Elinor writes lists about sneakers and people at parties give her pitying glances when she reveals her employer, but at Journalism.ly Elinor discovers her true gift: She has a preternatural ability for writing sharable content. She is an overnight viral sensation! But Elinor’s success is not without cost. Elinor’s boyfriend dumps her, two male colleagues insist on “mentoring” her, and a piece she writes about her personal life lands her on local television. Destitute, single, and consigned to move to a fifth-floor walkup, Elinor must ask herself: Is this the creative life she dreamed of? Can new love be found on Coffee Meets Bagel? And should she start wearing clogs? With wry humor and sharp intelligence that skewers everyone from grand dame newspaper columnists to content farm overlords to peacoat-wearing lit bros, Sociable is a hilarious tale of one young woman’s search for happiness.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Netgalley sent me an e...
Netgalley sent me an ebook for my honest review of the book. It was reminiscent of The Startup. Fast read. I did not like Elinor. I mean I empathized with things she went through like struggling to find a job in the field in which she majored, fighting with her boyfriend, and difficulty dealing with the breakup. I tried hard to like her but I just kept thinking get over yourself. If you are miserable move back to Chicago or to a different city. The beginnings of the chapters had various descriptions of social media posts. It would be interesting for them to be actual visuals of of the Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. posts. Solid 3 stars.
10 REASONS WHY YOU DON...
10 REASONS WHY YOU DON'T WANT TO READ "SOCIABLE" 1.) It's over-cooked satire. Think of a hamburger left of a hot grill for 30 minutes. An overdone mess. A waste; you throw it away and get another......book. With satire, less is often better. 2.) It's about 20 nothings - college grads, unemployed, whose chief skills derive from their addiction to social networks, along with 40 million others - so their talents are not exactly unique. 3.) None of the characters are very likable. They are all as shallow as a toddler's inflatable wading pool. Their personal relationships are as empty as their heads. Their bosses have no clue about managing people (nor about running a business). Everything has an odor of failure about it. Not the fun read I was anticipating. 4.) Check the reader reviews - I suspect many of the more favorable ones are written by 12 year olds, and the others by adults over 30. 5.) The prose. Ugh. Here is a sample, it is near the end. This level of introspective thought runs through much of the story. Our heroine to her ex-boyfriend who is suddenly unemployed: "No. That's not what I'm saying. I don't think you would like it there because I just don't think you would like it." 6.) It is not clear how these 20 nothings are paid nor how they manage their pittances. Despite forking out $1100 monthly for a closet shared with five others, they somehow can afford Uber rides all over the place and drinks that cannot be ordered in 25 words or less. 7.) As all parents understand, 20 nothings are all leaches. Child support does not end with a college degree, it goes on forever. Yet only one character in this entire herd lives with Mom on occasion. No one else mentions Mom or Dad in the entire book - they must all be orphans. 8.) Perhaps you noticed a blurb "Extremely Funny" attributed to the Washington Post. Careful, careful - there are reviews and there are reviews. This is not from one of the Post's magnificent 300 word essays on a major new novel. It is from a writeup on summer reading featuring "7 electric new novels about the wired life." Each "review" is one paragraph. I only skimmed the article but it appeared ad worthy blurb words abounded. 9.) The men in the story are very weak; women are even weaker, cloying, despairing. 10.) Many make their living by coming up with "10 best" lists, hoping they will go viral. How ridiculous; nobody reads "10 reasons why....." anymore!!
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