Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published: 27th August 2015
Pages: 289 Pages
Social media whizz kid, May Sparks has landed her dream job. Well, not quite, but the salary is great and all May has to do is handle the online profiles of Z – list celebrities who have the tendency to say inappropriate things. Easy, right? #wrong
May’s clients include an ex big brother star (who she’s definitely not going to sleep with #neversaynever), a disgraced TV presenter (who wants May to sort out his marriage as well as his Twitter account), and a woman who once flashed her boobs on X-factor. They’re all relying on her to turn them into stars. But they’re not going to make her job easy.
As May is sucked further and further into her job she begins to lose her grip on real life. Her friends don’t ‘like’ her Facebook posts anymore and even her gorgeous neighbour, who once seemed to be on the same wavelength, criticises her career choice. Worse, May’s clients start getting trolled by an annoying tweep, who May happens to agree with.
Then May’s secret online identity is leaked, causing her to start trending on Twitter. It looks like the status update is over. Unless May can leave the superficial social media word behind and find her own voice again…
Firstly, I’d like to start by saying that the front cover for #PleaseRetweet is great! I like the colourful icons and the yellow speech bubble, it definitely suits the content inside.
May lands a job that we’d all love to have, she monitors social media channels all day long for celebrities – in fact she is those celebrities! She gets into the minds of her showbiz clients and develops the peronsas in order to get more retweets and likes!
The novel clearly indicates the addiction towards social media and it’s evident that it’s taken over some people’s lives. I’d be a hypercrite if I said I never updated my social networks or had my phone next me at all times, but it really makes me pull a sad face when I know how reliant we are on gadgets and the such like. They are a wonderful invention, but I think some people forget about their real lives!
As much as I loved May’s character I felt she was too involved in social media and became too anxious without it. She wanted to impressive her over powering boss and make a good impression, but surely she could have a free weekend once in a while? She definitely became a slave to social media.
The hashtags dotted through the novel were a good inclusion – it felt like a creative tourettes which jumped out of May’s mind.
The book in a nutshell…
Social media addiction at its finest. #PleaseRetweet is laugh out loud funny and perfect for romance fans!