Firstly, I loved the idea of telling a story using one person’s Facebook status updates. Being a social media addict it automatically appealed to me. Although, I wondered if it would keep me turning the pages, I was foolish to think that because this is exactly what the very nature of this book does – it keeps you turning pages! It is a quick read and therefore a can’t put down in the same way that a book with short chapters pulls you in. I’ll just read the next status…just one more…ok just another…. Before you know it, you’ve reached the end and at the same time have been taken on a journey through a 4 year snapshot of Dottie Harris’ life in which time she says goodbye to the carefree spontaneous life you have while still a childless couple and then goes through 2 pregnancies, she shares with you how she copes with caring for a newborn, a toddler, 2 children etc not to mention juggling the family-work-life balance.
The amount of times I totally related with Dottie or where Dottie’s status updates said my innermost feelings that I daren’t not share myself. Thus making it a hilarious read where I often found myself LOL, ROFL or LMAO, or all of them at the same time, and left me curious to the comments she might’ve received in relation to that particular update. I confess, this novella also made me feel a lot less guilty about my ‘passion’ for wine which seems to have grown exponentially since having children even when I didn’t think it possible!
I think this is a great pick up put down read (if you have stronger willpower than me) for when you are in between books and trying to decide what next to read.
Survival of the Ginnest by Aimee Horton out on Amazon Kindle on 29 April 2013 with other ebook readers following shortly thereafter.