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…
* Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *
#Please Retweet is the first book by Ms Benet I have read, but it certainly won’t be my last one. From the moment I saw she had a new rom com out about a twitter addict, I was looking forward to reading it. Ms Benet even did a little blog competition where she let readers decide what the cover will look like, and they had to pick between two, the current one and a very pink one. Being the typical girlie, I did love the other, pink cover, however I do think this one does send a strong message and shows what the book is about.
I read ‘PleaseRetweet’ while on holidays in Greece and can say it’s the perfect beach read. It caused numerous LOLs and was such a fast read. On the surface, PleaseRetweet seems like another fun, chick lit that would appeal to probably female readers in their twenties. It tells the story of May whose work is basically to do social media for some C-list celebrities and help them climb up the society’s lists. In plain words, she tweets from their profiles, interacts with their fans, worries how many Retweets or likes her post will have and how to be funny most of the time. As someone who does love twitter and finds this social media a blessing of the modern time, I still would never be able to manage more profiles and impersonate people I don’t even know. How do you tweet on someone else’s behalf? How do you make yourself sound like him or her? I’m telling you, as easy and fun May’s job seems to be, I’d never want to do it.
May is an easy going person, she’s a very likable character thought she did give me headaches at times. She does have an unusual job despite being educated to do a more glamorous one, but she’s very good at it. However, what did bother me is her need to explain her reasons for having that job to her friends. I mean, if companies who do social media and PR like this exist, and it’s not a crime to have such a job, why would I feel the need to justify my reasons for doing it. It could be the fun, the cash or because I still haven’t found the right job. But May does sometimes feel bad for doing it. I do understand she starts feeling bad that she’s in a way lying to many people when she impersonates someone else, but she mustn’t take all those things to heart. Her job position exists because of these people who can’t be even bothered to communicate personally with their fan base, let them feel uncomfortable about this.
After starting the platinum package at their company, May is practically glued to her phone, neglecting her own social and virtual life all while worrying about her clients and their number of followers/fans. She does make loads of sacrifices and starts feeling bit overwhelmed with the new client package. Naturally, things will have to go a down line and there will be some troubles May will get herself into, but I wouldn’t like to reveal them to you. You just will have to read it for yourself to find out.
‘PleaseRetweet’ is definitely one of the most unique and refreshing chick lits I’ve read so far. The topic is very trendy and despite being a fluffy rom com on the surface, if you just ponder on the idea how social media can take over your life if you’d only allow it, you start getting the bigger picture and understand everything comes with a price. It’s the modern era, we stopped sending letters, we don’t need to wait 2-3 weeks to hear from friends, we use skype, twitter, facebook, whatsapp to keep in touch with our friends and do our jobs. As everything else created by humans, these social medias can be good or evil, depending on how you use them. They’re just like a knife, you can use it to make a sandwich and satisfy your hunger, or you can use it to kill someone. Social platforms are not bad in its core, they start haunting you if you don’t use them right. They are a tool to make your life easier, they are not supposed to become your life.
So, overall this really was an interesting, funny and fun ride and I definitely recommend it to all chick lit and rom com fans. I applaud to Ms Benet for the unique idea and the ability to portray both the advantages and downhills of social medias in such a light and hilarious way. I was engaged throughout and really enjoyed reading it. Emily Benet is definitely an author to watch out for and I sure will be checking her future novels. #simplyfantastic
My rating: 8/10