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Review: The Status of All Things

July 23, 2015

The Status of All Things

Thirty five year old Kate is obsessed with presenting a perfect life on social media.  When Max, her fiancé, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner, telling her he’s in love with a friend of hers, the first thing she does is post on Facebook, wishing for a “do over.”

No one’s more surprised than Kate when her status update comes true.  She now has exactly one month to figure out where things went wrong so she can make things right between her and Max.  Things don’t go exactly the way she planned, though, and that just might be okay.

At first glance, The Status of All Things by best friends Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is a light, fun read – I know I laughed several times as I read it – but, on closer inspection, it’s a book with a lot of heart and a great message and I really enjoyed it.

Kate is constantly checking her social media and all of her friends appear to have perfect lives with perfect husbands and children.  Kate’s life is not that way but she does her best to make it appear that it is by only posting the best pictures and updates possible.  She’s devastated when her fiancé walks away and worries how she’ll break the news to everyone.  Her opportunity to do things over results in lots of funny situations but also an awakening of sorts for her as she learns that things aren’t always the way they appear.

I thought the ending of The Status of All Things was perfect and loved the message of the book.  I think it’s one that many people need to hear and thought the lighthearted manner was a great way to present it.  If you want a fun book that will make you think, pick up The Status of All Things!

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
23 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2015 7:16 am

    I liked this too.mi found the switching from present, to past to future sometimes confusing but the end was good.

  2. Beth F permalink
    July 23, 2015 7:17 am

    Sounds like a good one — I like it when a book has more depth than it seems at first.

  3. July 23, 2015 7:23 am

    Sounds good – and fun 🙂

  4. July 23, 2015 9:02 am

    I liked this one a lot too. And plan to go back and read these authors’ previous book. I really enjoy when a book is presented in such a humorous, lighthearted manner but has some very real truths embedded. I put a quote on my review that I totally believe – ‘sometimes you just have to let your arm look fat in the picture’. Right? LOL

  5. July 23, 2015 9:04 am

    I’ve been curious about this one; sounds like it’s worth moving up the TBR pile!

  6. July 23, 2015 9:49 am

    This sounds pretty interesting. I have to look out for this one

  7. July 23, 2015 10:12 am

    What a perfect light summer read! It sounds really good!

  8. July 23, 2015 10:21 am

    OOH! I forgot about this one! I have it somewhere! Maybe that is what I can do this afternoon 🙂

  9. July 23, 2015 10:23 am

    I could read this

  10. July 23, 2015 1:27 pm

    Sounds like a great summer read!

  11. Patty permalink
    July 23, 2015 3:08 pm

    I love your thoughts about this one! I need to read it!

  12. July 23, 2015 3:19 pm

    In today’s over-saturated social media world, I can see how someone would feel pressured to have the perfect life and to display it to everyone, but life just isn’t that way. No one has a perfect life; we all yearn for something more or something we think we want. Sounds like a good read.

  13. July 23, 2015 4:10 pm

    Definitely not a story that could have been written a decade or two ago…. this sounds good!

  14. July 23, 2015 5:48 pm

    I wondered about the title but now I get it! Terrific review, Kathy! 🙂

  15. July 23, 2015 9:25 pm

    I have been curious about this one, glad you liked it.

  16. July 23, 2015 10:49 pm

    Sounds like my kind of story.

  17. July 24, 2015 2:07 am

    This will do for me on a sunday afternoon

  18. bookingmama permalink
    July 24, 2015 6:17 am

    I agree! This book was cute and fun to read but also had some surprisingly substantial messages.

  19. July 25, 2015 10:45 pm

    I think it was Twitter where I either saw a tweet you posted or one of yours re-posted about this book. It definitely sounds like one I would thoroughly enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  20. July 27, 2015 3:53 am

    I love the premise of this one and need to make the time to read it soon. So glad you enjoyed it!

  21. Literary Feline permalink
    July 27, 2015 11:33 am

    I hadn’t given much thought to reading this one, but you make me want to. It sounds like it is a good one! Thanks for the great review, Kathy.

  22. July 27, 2015 8:39 pm

    I do have one friend that I suppose I could wonder abt her ‘perfect’ life on FB but, I really hope it is as good as presented. Otherwise, I really don’t see the stress of presenting any ideal perfect life on FB. I am glad that all my views on life SEEM real. In a good sense, real. Hoping so. Glad the book was good.

  23. August 1, 2015 5:10 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting read and definitely related to topics that are relevant to the lives of many today. The topic of the impact of social media on our lives and relationships is particularly interesting to me.

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