Book: Keep Me Posted
Author: Lisa Beazley
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Women’s Fiction

I received this book from Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 3 stars out of 5

Synopsis:

Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.

Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.

It doesn’t help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?

The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.

But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet…

(Synopsis and cover image from Goodreads)

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Keep Me Posted releases today!

I liked this book.

It was an interesting read with some fun moments, some anxious moments, and some emotional moments.

It’s not my typical read–which is probably why I didn’t love it. I mean, I quite enjoy women’s fiction, but usually I read books that are not like this one. I can’t quite explain why. It just felt different for me. But that may be because I’ve read a lot of YA recently, and a lot of stories about finding love or losing love rather than maintaining a relationship.

I liked the main character, Cassie, but I didn’t feel a strong kinship to her. In fact, at times she annoyed me. She felt a little bit shallow and a little ungrateful for all the things and people she has in her life.

Maybe I didn’t connect with her as much because I’m not a mother so I can’t appreciate the drastic life changes and identity changes that come with becoming a mom, especially a stay-at-home mom. As a former career-woman, Cassie struggles with the direction her life has gone and feels a little lost and left behind. She fantasizes about what her life would be like if she’d stayed with her high-achieving ex and not had her twin boys.

While lamenting her life and all that she wishes it was, Cassie also struggles with missing her sister and wanting to feel connected to her and close like they were when they were teenagers. She also deals with typical women’s issues of wanting to feel beautiful but being stuck in habits that don’t help her feel good about herself.

This story was realistic and honest.

The relationships BEazley wr had depth and I think everyone can connect to at least some part of this girl’s story. It is definitely a good taking-my-power-back, finding-my-own type of story.

Cassie deals with real-life issues. Beazley brings in humour (hello twin three-year-old boys!) with a strong story arc. Also, the structure is intriguing, a mix of first person narrative and personal letters. It was fun to switch between the two and imagine what the wait between letters would have been like for Cassie.

I read this book in a digital format. It was okay, but I think I would have enjoyed it more in a print format with the ability to experience the letters more tangibly.

Beazley also did a great job at incorporating modern technology (cell phones, texting, blogging, the internet) into the story without it seeming forced or overdone. It felt natural–something I’ve seen many authors not do so well.

Keep Me Posted is definitely worth a read, but probably not something I’ll read again.

Also, this book made me want a sister. And to write letters. Anyone want to be my pen pal?

Have you read Keep Me Posted? What did you think?

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