(Review) Keep Me Posted
Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Pages: 320 (kindle)
Genre: Women's Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
NetGalley 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...
I was immediately drawn to this story because of the sister aspect of it. My sister and I are very close and I love reading about similar relationships. This story absolutely did not disappoint.
Sid and Cassie are adult sisters who are very different. Cassie lives in the city, has twin boys, and is addicted to social media. Sid lives off the grid and hardly even checks her email. One Christmas Eve they decide to start writing each other letters.
Cassie, who can't seem to let go of her social media ties, decides to scan and save the letters so she can look back on them as sweet memories. As the letters unfold the sisters pour their souls into pieces of paper. They talk about their husbands, children, friends, everything...
The book is also broken up with Cassie's POV, which is sometimes sad and sometimes funny. Cassie is unhappy in a lot of ways and the letters to Sid help her. There were plenty of times that I was annoyed with her, but I can also understand where she's coming from. I think we all have those times in our lives when we wish things were different. Cassie and Sid were both easy to relate to in a lot of ways. They were real and ambitious with real problems ad worries.
When everything goes to hell the sisters still stick together and I love that. Their bond only grows throughout the book and it's refreshing to read about a family growing closer rather than coming apart. Of course, while the sisters grow closer their personal lives suffer.
I loved Cassie's and Sid's relationship, though. The way that the helped each other and how they supported each other was the best part of the book.
Highly recommend this one for anyone with a sister. (Or anyone, really.)
Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Groups for the ARC.