Liz Fenton

The Status of All Things : A Novel

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorLiz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
Publication DateJune, 2015
ISBN-139781476763415
GenreFICTION / Women
"Kate is a 35-year-old social media obsessed woman, who, after being jilted at her rehearsal dinner, discovers she can change her life by what she writes in her Facebook status. Heartbroken and confused over why she was left, she wishes to go back in time--to before her fiance Max, broke things off-- so she can try to save their relationship. Because it turns out, the reason Max ended their engagement has a lot to do with Kate's close friend and co-worker, Courtney. Kate, with all of the power at her finger tips, continuously writes status updates to try keep them apart, but for reasons she doesn't understand, she ends up pushing them together over and over again. And she starts to wonder if it's even possible to literally re-write fate. Meanwhile, the only two people who know she's time traveled are her two best friends since college, Jules, a frazzled married mom of two and pastry chef and Drew, a comfortably single computer programmer. In order to convince them she's really gone back in time, she's offers to use her wishes to help them with their own lives. But do her attempts at improving them help? Jules's marriage begins to unravel and Drew's relationship with a celebrity changes him. As Kate watches all of their lives play out on and off the internet, she begins to question everything: her obsession with perfection, with posting photos with just the right amount of filter, with crafting a status update that will generate the most likes. She realizes that her obsession with social media -of posting the status of all things online -- and all the pitfalls that come with putting your entire life on the internet, might have been what got her left her at the altar in the first place"--

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"Kate is a 35-year-old social media obsessed woman, who, after being jilted at her rehearsal dinner, discovers she can change her life by what she writes in her Facebook status. Heartbroken and confused over why she was left, she wishes to go back in time--to before her fiance Max, broke things off-- so she can try to save their relationship. Because it turns out, the reason Max ended their engagement has a lot to do with Kate's close friend and co-worker, Courtney. Kate, with all of the power at her finger tips, continuously writes status updates to try keep them apart, but for reasons she doesn't understand, she ends up pushing them together over and over again. And she starts to wonder if it's even possible to literally re-write fate. Meanwhile, the only two people who know she's time traveled are her two best friends since college, Jules, a frazzled married mom of two and pastry chef and Drew, a comfortably single computer programmer. In order to convince them she's really gone back in time, she's offers to use her wishes to help them with their own lives. But do her attempts at improving them help? Jules's marriage begins to unravel and Drew's relationship with a celebrity changes him. As Kate watches all of their lives play out on and off the internet, she begins to question everything: her obsession with perfection, with posting photos with just the right amount of filter, with crafting a status update that will generate the most likes. She realizes that her obsession with social media -of posting the status of all things online -- and all the pitfalls that come with putting your entire life on the internet, might have been what got her left her at the altar in the first place"--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.

Specifications

Publisher
Washington Square Press
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
Title
The Status of All Things
ISBN-13
9781476763415
Publication Date
June, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.31 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
1476763410

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Can You Re-Write Your Life- Amazing Novel

This book is centered on whether a woman who could change the way life happened by creating her own FB statuses. Wouldn't we all like to try that? The characters are bright and witty. There is love and romance, which we all need in a good book, but there is something deeper here too. The authors rightly analyze how we all portray ourselves online. This is a powerhouse of a novel! Read it!

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A fun read...funny...thoug...

A fun read...funny...thought-invoking Kate is a social media junkie, always posting her latest updates, taking lots of selfies. But now it is the eve of her wedding to Max. Kate thinks they are the perfect couple until her bubble is burst when Max suddenly informs her that he cannot go through with the wedding. She is devastated. She returns home and just before going to bed posts on her Facebook page that she wishes she could do the past month over. Did your mother ever tell you to be careful what you wished for because you might get it? Well, perhaps Kate's mother should have said it. Kate awakens to find that it isn't July 1st (the date she went to bed) but is now June 1st. To put it mildly, she freaks! A do-over with memories intact. What an opportunity! When she posts a wish as status on her Facebook page, the wish comes true. She cannot undo whatever caused Max to back out of the wedding. Now if she can only determine the exact moment she lost him. She cannot imagine how she will survive without Max so she must do whatever it takes to get him to go through with marrying her this time around. She tells her best friends Liam and Jules about this magic in her life. To prove to them that she isn't crazy she makes a wish for each of them in a desire to make life better for them. It is a cute story, a fast read. Great writing. Not great literature, but fun. I love the premise of the story. I did pretty much figure out about halfway through what was going to be the outcome. But that is okay because I enjoyed the journey. Kate and her friends come across as very human - they make mistakes, they feel vulnerable, they do crazy things. I would have loved to have had them for friends myself.

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The Status of All Thin...

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke I almost put the book down but am glad I didn't. What would you do if something major happened in your life and you did not like it? What if you had the ability to make a wish and go back in time and rewrite history? Would you take it? Would you make an attempt to change your fate? Will someone ever be able to change history? Are we fated to live our lives no matter how things happen? Do you believe in fate? Is everything that happens to you supposed to happen in the way it does? I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To quickly summarize my opinion of The Status of All Things.....good with a moral. This story definitely makes a strong statement about fate and how we live our life. Our main character is Kate. She is obsessed with posting on social media and with others who post. She feels that everyone she reads about on Facebook lead perfect lives. She gets this feeling because of everyone only posts positive comments. Kate is having problems with her soon to be husband Max. She makes a wish on Facebook and it comes true. She tells her two best friends about it. Initially they do not believe her but when she makes a wish for each them and those wishes come true, they believe her. Ms. Fenton and Ms. Steinke take a humorous poke at the obsession people today have with social media. Journey through time with Kate and come to your own conclusion.


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