Tuesday 21 June 2011

Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker

I was contacted a few weeks ago by American author Lisa Becker.

She kindly sent me a copy of her self-published  book; Click: An Online Love Story - and included a lovely dedication on the front page.

I'm probably not the target audience for Click - being a mid-forties, married for ages, British woman but that didn't stop me from enjoying the book.

Written in e-mail format, this is Renee's story of her experiences with online dating.  In the main, the emails are between Renee and her three friends; Shelley, Ashley and Mark, and then there is the email correspondence between Renee and her potential dates.

This is not a new way of telling a story, it's been done before and done well, but it is a clever way.  Lisa Becker has managed to portray the characters well through their messages - with hints about their friendship history and their current lives.

Lisa Becker
On the whole, the book works well, there were times when it was obvious that little extra details had been added into the email messages - purely to inform the reader of events that had happened in the past.  Maybe not things that close friends would say in an email, they wouldn't need to, but it did help to get the gist of the character relationships.

Click is an easy, quick and at times, really funny read.  Renee is a great lead character, although I wasn't so keen on her friend Shelley and especially hated the way she signed off from her emails with the phrase 'Mwah! Mwah!' - and really, does anyone have quite that much sex - with that many different people??

I did enjoy reading Click, and believe a follow-up book is planned - I'd suggest an extra edit on the next one though.  

Huge thanks to Lisa for sending the book to me and I wish her the best of luck with her writing career.

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