keep me postedKeep Me Posted

Author: Lisa Beazley

Publication Date: April 5th, 2016

Publisher: NAL

Synopsis: Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.

Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.

It doesn’t help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?

The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.

But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet…

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My Review

While reading this book, it occurred to me that I don’t read enough fiction outside of the YA genre.  I’m not really sure why I don’t branch out as often as I should, but this book is a prime example of why it’s important to check out books from genres you might not usually pick up.

Keep Me Posted seems like it’s going to be a funny, sweet comedy/heartwarming family drama that you won’t be able to put down, and that’s exactly what you’re getting with this.  Two sisters, Sid and Cassie, have become estranged due to life choices they have both made – Sid lives all the way in Singapore with her family, and Cassie lives in Manhattan with her husband and two kids.  While the miles certainly have kept them apart, so has the fact that their lives are also quite different – and while neither sister has really made the effort to keep in touch with the other, they decide that maybe, just maybe, they can rectify this if they start writing each other letters.

In these letters, the sisters detail their daily lives, share stories, hopes, and dreams, and together they finally find a way to stay in touch with each other, and hopefully regain the closeness they used to share.  However, things don’t always go as planned, and when Cassie decides to start a blog of her own (private blog, that is), to keep the letters safe (she has kids, and with kids, is anything ever safe?), things happen and the letters find themselves public, after all.  Yep, all those stories and private details of their lives were out in the open on the internet.

I have to say – the characters in this book are incredibly well thought out and they are really easy to relate to.  Cassie seems to be struggling to keep her family in check, and things seem difficult for her (as a mom with two young kids, I could connect with her quite easily…parenthood isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, and sometimes…well sometimes you’re just a mess).  The book is really heavy on Cassie’s side of things, although we do learn about Sid and her life, as well.  Both sisters have their personality traits and together they make a heartwarming pair.

Keep Me Posted is such an amazing look at family, love, and the incredible bond that can exist between siblings, even when they’re thousands of miles apart.

This definitely isn’t a book to miss – you’ll want to check this one out!  It’s an amazing debut novel from this wonderful new author!

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

lisa beazleyLisa traded her corporate communications career for fiction writing when she moved from New York to Singapore with her husband and children. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Lisa has a journalism degree from Ohio University and has lived and worked in Cleveland, Honolulu, and New York City. When she’s not reading or writing, Lisa is sharpening her toad-catching, Lego-building, and deep-breathing skills as the mother of three young boys. Keep Me Posted is her first novel.

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