Title: With Just One Click
Author: Amanda Strong
Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: Self Published
Date Published: February 10th, 2011
Edition: Paperback (Signed by Author)
Source: ARC (Provided by Author for Blog Tour)
“Reluctance was matched with a pit in my stomach; once I joined, anyone could randomly find me…did I really want to be found?”
Chloe, a successful movie reviewer and serial dater, finds herself added as a friend by her first love. The one who left her at seventeen standing with a note in her hand as he simply walked away. Will she allow herself to open old wounds?
Morgan, a loyal stay-at-home mom and wife, discovers one of her husband’s friends is his very single and flirtatious ex-girlfriend from high school. Will obsession and jealousy tear her solid marriage apart when she hunts for the truth?
Brynn, a lonely forty year-old living with her two distant teenage children and workaholic husband, fights temptation while revisiting the past with one of her friends. Will her deception destroy her family?
Three lives changed forever WITH JUST ONE CLICK. Confirming a friend isn’t as simple as it seems… but do these women have more in common than just Facebook?
I kind of stepped outside my box with this one. I’m not normally a Chick Lit reader, but at the same time I haven’t read much of it to begin with. However, the premise for this one sounded really interesting to me. I’m not a HUGE Facebook user. I know my way around, but I’m not obsessive and sometimes I don’t even go on my personal account for weeks at a time. However, I do know a few people who have had similar situations to the three stories in this book — kind of a combination if you will. So I thought this would be an interesting look into how Facebook, and really social networking in general, can affect a person’s life as a whole.
There’s no denying that the three women in this story could be real people, and that their stories could be eerily close to someone’s story in real life. At times I could relate to all of them, but at other times I found their actions to be frustrating and just something that I would not have done.
However, I found myself mostly relating to Morgan, and really enjoying her story. I think that most females could really relate to Morgan on some level, because being insecure sometimes feels like it’s part of being a female — like we got it as a free bonus for signing up to be the fairer of the two sexes! So I found myself really understanding Morgan’s actions and feelings, and rooting for her as she would overcome her insecurities and be all the better for it.
As for Chloe and Brynn, at first I could relate to both of them on certain levels. But as their stories went on, the lines seemed to blur and I started to realize that I was nothing like either of them. Which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but when it comes to being inside someone’s head and trying to understand the things they do and the reasons they do them, it makes it more difficult to connect with their character.
Anyways, this is a very timely story that I think many women in our generation could relate to. Facebook and social networking are such an integral part of our society these days. I can’t tell you how many people actually had looks of shock back when I didn’t have a Facebook account and they would ask if I was on there. Literally, not being on Facebook can almost classify you as an unperson!
Overall though, this is a great book for those out there who are big Facebook fans. My favorite parts were Morgan’s story, and how the three women’s lives tied together in the end. Definitely pick it up if you’ve ever heard of a Facebook horror (or happy) story, or been apart of one yourself!