- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

“Love and Miss Communication” (William Morrow Paperbacks), by Elyssa Friedland

Corporate lawyer Elyssa Friedland writes an honest love story with a bizarre twist in her debut novel, “Love and Miss Communication.” Readers must consider one thought-provoking question: Could you remain offline for a year?

Evie Rosen’s future is looking bright. She recently broke up with her celebrity boyfriend, but her professional life is thriving. Evie is well on her way to making partner at a prestigious law firm. Then her superiors discover how much time she spends on social media sites during office hours and she’s fired. Evie finally acknowledges that she’s become tethered to her electronic devices. She’s addicted to Facebook and online dating sites. In a moment of determination, she decides to turn her back on digital technology.

Evie quickly realizes the grand gesture of tossing her computer into New York’s Central Park reservoir and giving up Google isn’t easy. Without tweets, status updates, pins and posts, she’s forced to slow down and evaluate what’s important.

Friedland’s headstrong heroine guides readers through the process of digital detox. Do we have what it takes to truly unplug? According to Friedland, there is a happy medium. It’s OK to live a life of hashtags as long as you don’t limit yourself to 140 characters.

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