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Twitter Girlby Nic Tatano
Publication: HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse on September 18th 2014
Source: HarperImpulse, NetGalley
Meet America’s Tweet-Heart.
She’s network reporter Cassidy Shea, better known as @TwitterGirl, with more than a million followers thanks to her sarcastic tweets. One hundred forty characters that can take anyone down a notch.
But while brevity may be the soul of wit, it can also get you fired.
When a controversial tweet goes viral the snarky redhead finds herself locked out of the career she loves… and watches her boyfriend take a hike.
Alas, no industry values sarcasm more than politics, and Cassidy becomes a marketable commodity for Presidential candidate Will Becker, a squeaky-clean, stone cold lock to be the next occupant of the White House. This candidate is unlike any other; he’s the country’s most eligible bachelor. He’s also looking for a running mate, and we’re not talking about a Vice President.
Twitter Girl has caught his eye.
Cassidy finds herself swept up in a whirlwind romance that turns her into the next Jackie Kennedy and becomes the favorite to be the next First Lady. The country can’t get enough of America’s First Couple… will Cassidy and Will Becker bring back Camelot?
But an anonymous tip triggers her journalistic curiosity. Is Will Becker all that he seems? The search for the answer teaches Cassidy the meaning of love.
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] admit it–I judged a book by its cover. (Can you blame me, though?)
Unfortunately, I learned my lesson.
I was unimpressed by the author’s writing style, overall. One of my biggest pet peeves in books/movies/shows is when every “good” character is ridiculously good-looking and every “bad” character is fat/ugly/balding, etc. Also, literally every male character whose appearance was given was described as having “deep-set” eyes, and just about every character (with the obvious exception of characters the reader is supposed to dislike) was described as inhumanly good-looking. I genuinely couldn’t tell the male characters apart or remember their names, because nothing distinguished them from one another. Maybe this is a common thing, and I’m just not used to books in the Romance genre, but this was a little irritating.
A lot of the book’s plot rides on Cassidy’s humor, and to me, that fell flat. I often felt like the author was laughing at his own jokes by having so many characters comment on how witty and clever Cassidy was–plus, I just didn’t really find her quips all that spectacularly amusing.
The romance portion of Twitter Girl was a bit lackluster, as well. It’s obvious from the get-go who the two (incredibly gorgeous, tall, thin, eat-as-much-as-I-want-and-never-gain-weight) female characters are going to end up with. Plus, I mean, in the end, the reader is even cheated out of a unique “confession” scene, with View Spoiler »Cassidy using literally the exact same speech her best friend gave to her brother when “confessing” to Tyler « Hide Spoiler.
It was a quick and entertaining read, but overall, Twitter Girl left me underwhelmed.