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03 August 2010

Book Review: Tweet Heart

Tweet HeartTweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick

Publication Date: 22 June 2010

I purchased this book.


Description
Claire is a #hopelessromantic. Lottie is determined to set up her BFF with Mr. Perfect. Will wants his #secretcrush to finally notice him. Bennett is a man with a plan.

Claire can’t believe it when her dream guy starts following her on Twitter. She never thought he noticed her, and suddenly he seems to understand her better than almost anyone.

But the Twitterverse can be a confusing place, especially when friends act differently online than they do in person. Things get even more complicated when Claire realizes she’s falling for someone else, the last person she ever would have expected….

Told in an innovative format combining tweets, emails, and blogs, Tweet Heart is a contemporary romantic comedy that will set your heart atwitter.


My Review
The format of Tweet Heart is what drew me to it initially. I've read books in the past that were in all email, memos and/or voicemails and phone calls and I really enjoyed them. I thought it was a cool idea to use social media and Twitter to write a book and I was not disappointed. I liked how the icons gave me a glimpse into the physical appearance of the characters since, unlike traditional novels, character descriptions were not really possible. I also liked how I was able to see situations from different perspectives through each characters tweets. Author Elizabeth Rudnick does a great job of creating separate and unique personalities for her characters and allowing them to show through their tweets and emails.

My favorite character by far is Bennett. He's sarcastic, snarky and funny, which is hard to get across on Twitter when you can't use more than 140 characters (believe me, I speak from experience). His conversations and blog entries made me laugh. And Will got my sympathy for crushing on Claire who really liked another guy.

The story line of Tweet Heart was not original - boy likes girl, girl likes other boy, boy pretends to be other boy online, which leads to all kinds of shenanigans - but the format made the story different. It showed how easy it is to misrepresent yourself online and how anyone can pretend to be another person. For those who are not Tweeters, the format can take a while to get used to, but once you get it a great story and characters emerge. Tweet Heart is romantic and funny and worth picking up even if you're not a Twitter veteran.


My Rating is 3.5 stars

Description and picture courtesy of Goodreads.

3 comments:

Alison said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book - more than I expected to. The format would be fun to read.

RaĆ­la said...

Aw, it sounds so so so great! I'd love to get the chance to read it. Hope it does not take so long for me. :) Thanks for the review!

PinkStuff28 said...

I would like to read this ...it intrigued me ...tweeter style..LOL.

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