Monday, September 7, 2015

Review: The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
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 fiancĂ©, 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.

Natasha's Experience:
I am thrilled to have the chance to read books that dive into deep discussions about fate and predestined paths. This topic is one that I can talk about for hours -- especially if there is sweet red wine involved. Fate is fascinating to me -- mainly because it's something that a lot of people believe in, but is also entirely difficult to wrap my own head around. THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS is one story that I will forever adore, especially because of the way fate was intertwined throughout the entire story line. 

When you are given the opportunity to redo your life, right your wrongs, is that an opportunity you absolutely can't pass up? Or is it one that you don't ever want the option of having? 

Kate is obsessed with social media -- as most of us are. She is always aiming to be the best possible version of herself, at least that's what she wants to come across on her Facebook. When Kate realizes that she can change her life by simply updating her Facebook status, she immediately believes that this new "power" can solve all of her surface problems. 

"You have a rare opportunity here -- to pinpoint where things went wrong so you can try to fix it before it gets too far."

Kate is given this rare and ethereal opportunity to go back and change her life story just by typing a few words into a status box. And why wouldn't she want a redo? Especially after having been deeply hurt and heartbroken over her fiance, Max, calling off the wedding the night before what is supposed to be the best day of Kate's life. At first, Kate believes she can go back and fix what is broken, mend fences and strive harder to attain her happily ever after. However, going back in time to change the way her life pans out doesn't just change her path, it affects the people around her as well.

"Was winning Max back still a victory if it meant I was losing myself in the process?"

This story is one of enlightenment and growth a person can experience if they would only step back from their mess of a life and see their problems for what they are. The characters, especially Kate, show so much character development and are vivid, alive, and vibrant. 

"But hindsight was a curious thing -- yes, you could make tweaks to your life, but if you did that, if you used it to right the wrongs, was it still your real life?"

I took a lot from THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS, but I loved realizing that you shouldn't believe that happiness is a product of comfort, you shouldn't settle for love if it only symbolizes stability in your eyes and if the opportunity to change or rewrite your past ever presents itself, you should think long and hard about how maybe some things are meant to be, no matter how many times you live through it.

"How do we know the difference between what's real and what we tell ourselves is real? Did perfection even exist? Or maybe it was just a very dangerous notion, one that we can only see in others' lives, but never in our own."

Side note: this cover is probably my favorite book cover -- ever. A+++ design.


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About the Authors

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for twenty-five years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

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  1. I loved the book and the cover design too! Great review!

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