YES. For awhile now, my friend Shirley and I firmly believe Ryan Seacrest just needs to discover us and we'll put those Kardashians to shame. Mostly because we're awesome and our bubble butts are real and not comprised of things injected into them. But when I was reading this book, I kept laughing so damn hard because it was like our text messages have been hacked and put into book format. Madeline and Emily are so Shirley and I.
Easily, a really great book that would absolutely make any top 10 list of books I've read this year.
Read Bottom Up - Neel Shah & Skye Chatham
A charming novel about falling in love, or like, in the digital age, told in an inventive, creative style.
Madeline and Elliot meet at a New York City food event. Flirtation, online, ensues. A romance, potentially eternal, possibly doomed, begins.
And, like most things in life today, their early exchanges are very public, available to be scrutinized and interpreted by well-intentioned friends (aka amateur love doctors) who are a mere click away. Of course like all good email trails, this one reads from the bottom up.
Madeline and Elliot's relationship unfolds through a series of thrilling, confounding, and funny exchanges with each other and with their best friends. The result is a brand new kind of modern romantic comedy, both in format and in content. Read Bottom Up is a brilliant, fresh portrait that captures how enchanting, exciting, and downright confusing falling in love twenty-first-century style can be.
Now the book isn't very long, only 239 pages, and the format of the book is such that I got this read in less than two hours. It's a novel, but it's written as a series of texts and emails. The story is basically about Madeline, who begins dating Elliot. Madeline is conferring with Emily, Elliot is conferring with David, and it's what I would assume dating would be like in 2015. You see, back in my day (heh) there was none of this. We didn't have social media and it wasn't hard to find someone to date- it just feels harder now. Anyways.
I've read some other reviews where they said the dialogue didn't feel genuine and I will tell you - it is. It absolutely IS because this page would be identical to something Shirley and I would send each other, if one of us was dating and the other went on the awkward group date as support to the other.
I'm telling you right now, if you don't have a friend in your life that you would say this kind of thing to, or would say it to you- your friends suck and you need to do better in your life. Do better. They are out there, I promise.
But back to the plot. We have Madeline and Elliot, both trying to figure out what the other person really means and instead of asking each other, they rely on their respective friends (Emily and David) to decode the obvious for them and basically hold their hands through the beginnings of a relationship. I want to tell you if things work out between Madeline and Elliot but I can't because that ruins it, but the ending? LOVE. Did not see that coming, and it was great. It's like a second book could come and it would be just as fun.
Overall I totally loved this book. I feel bad for the people who aren't loving this book because I feel like you need more funny in your life. And it's such a quick read, for those of you who want to read a good book in a short amount of time, this is one you need to pick up. Fortunately for you, it can be purchased at Amazon, Indiebound and Barnes & Noble.