Published by Washington Square Press on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction
What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of
Your Perfect Life
follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.
Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.
Kate's two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.
In The Status of All Things, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke combine the humor and heart of Sarah Pekkanen and Jennifer Weiner while exploring the pitfalls of posting your entire life on the Internet. They raise the questions: What if you could create your picture-perfect life? Would you be happy? Would you still be you? For anyone who’s ever attempted—or failed—to be their perfect self online, this is a story of wisdom and wit that will leave you with new appreciation for the true status of your life.
This is the second book I have read and enjoyed by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. This book and The Year We Turned Forty both play with the idea of getting to relive history and make changes to one’s life. They definitely write women’s fiction I like and can relate to with a kind of whimsical twist.
When Kate gets dumped by her fiance Max at her rehearsal dinner she is blindsided and devastated. When she takes to Facebook to wish to do the last month over she wakes up and finds she has that chance. She finds that whatever she writes on Facebook becomes true. Only her best friends know this after she uses her “power” to help them. However not everything goes as intended. Can Kate change the past and get Max to marry her this time around?
I really loved the twist with the going back in time and the Facebook statuses coming true. It was such a fun concept. Kate, while I liked her in general, was someone who was way to obsessed with what people thought about her and had to always appear perfect. I do think that is the point of the story so I was just looking for character growth which I got. I did love her friends Liam and Jules and glad they were there to help balance out Kate.
The look at relationships, friendships and how we put ourselves out there on social media was handled well and relatable. It was a quick and easy read that I am glad I picked up. Looking forward to more from these authors.