When You Read This by Mary Adkins
“Iris Massey is gone.
But she’s left something behind.
For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish.
Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’ big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.
Told in a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy—funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet—that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss.” Description from Goodreads
So a little background: I’m followers of my blog have noticed that I always start my reviews with my experiences with the book. This could be how I obtained it, the hype, etc… I feel like some times the experience with the book plays a part in your overall opinion of the book. So it’s just something I do….. I actually got an ARC of When you read this from my book partner in crime. We both tried to win this book off of Goodreads. She won it, I did not. Well, it turns out the publisher sent her not one but two copies! I lucked out. What was she going to do with two ARCs? Send one to me of course!!
I was originally interested in this book because of the description of the format. I thought is would be really cool and different to watch a story unfold through emails, blogs, texts, and other parts of our online lives! This was a fast, engaging read. I laughed and I dropped a tear near the end. The whole story is how Iris affected the people on her life. It really made me think about MY life. I’m turning 30 next week. If I died, what image did I put out into the world on my online platforms? With my actions and mannerisms in general?
I liked the characters in this story. Except Carl and his “client” ( trying to avoid a spoiler here). Carl is super extra HAHA! All of the characters in this book managed to make me smile or laugh or shake my head and think, “Really?”. This is a good thing because over all this is a VERY depressing book. It will leave you contemplating your existence and evaluating your life. Are you REALLY living the way you want to? It clearly represents the complex relationships we deal with every day. This book was very relatable.
Unique format, has ALL the feels, quick read…… I’m going to give When You Read This 5 out of 5 stars. I 100% enjoyed mt experience with this book.
The expected publication date for this book is February 5th, 2019! Click the link below to get more information and pre-order today!