The Status Of All Things

Finished The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Amazon):

“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.”

I absolutely love the concept of this story!  I mean, who wouldn’t love the ability to be able to completely change your life with a status update?  (“I am so excited about losing weight! I genuinely love salad!”)

Of course, there are a few pitfalls, and there’s no way to guarantee that fate won’t continue to assert itself.

Even so, Kate knows that if she just perseveres…

I did really love Kate.  She’s very relatable and she uses her powers for good (mostly).  She shares the good fortune with her friends and (eventually) even tries to cure cancer and end world hunger (those last two don’t work; the fine print is that you can’t make changes that don’t impact you in some way).

This book is incredibly fun and hard to stop reading.  It’s a little over 300 pages and I managed to read it in only a few hours.



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