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Save as Draft

Title: Save as Draft
Genre: Chicklit

Originally Published: February 1, 2011
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 978-1439190692
Source: Scribd

The Story

Save As DraftFrom the Scribd book page:

SAVE AS DRAFT @Readers A love triangle evolving over e-mails, texts, and Facebook messages that makes you wonder if the things we leave unsaid—or rather unsent—could change the story of our lives.
6:59 PM Feb. 14th via twitterfeed

Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011
From: Izabell
To: Reader
Subject: Save as Draft

Are we Facebook friends yet? I’m the wactress (waitress/actress) turned lawyer who lives her life online. (Don’t we all these days?)

Anyway, I’ve got this problem. . . . There’s this guy. His name’s Peter. He’s my best friend and co-worker, and we just started dating, which is potentially a huge mistake. But, that’s not all. There’s this other guy, Marty. I met him on eHarm, and he ran with the bulls in Spain. I can’t get him off my mind. What a mess. I’d love your advice if you can take a second out of your crazy, high-tech life. Shoot me an e-mail. Or text me. Or BB messenger me.

And friend me if you haven’t already! You can find me on Facebook under Save as Draft.

Izabell

The Response

I admit it. I’ve been in a reading slump. I’ve been having a hard time focusing on books lately. I have about a half dozen started that I haven’t been able to get past the first few chapters of, but which I am completely unwilling to give up on because gosh darn it they look so good! It wasn’t until I picked up something completely utterly different that I was actually able to read more than a chapter or two before getting distracted.

And boy is Save As Draft different for me. The whole story is told through emails, texts and tweets, and centres around one woman and her relationships over the span of one year. Her two extremely passionate and rather uncool relationships.

I mean, on the surface they’re pretty awesome. But… looking back, both men are rather possessive to the point where it’s kind of creepy. Dictating who she can be friends with, being convinced that she is “The One” that you’re going to spend forever with, and telling her this, when she’s obviously not ready for a relationship, not getting the hint when she doesn’t respond to emails…

I really wasn’t partial to any of the characters in this book – that usually means I don’t like the book, but in this case it still managed to be amusing and hard to put down. I found the main character, Izabell, to be a bit of a flake, who rushed headlong into everything, and I’m really not sure whether she grew at all by the end of the book. And, well, I’ve already spouted off on why I didn’t particularly like the two main men in the book. The other characters were just background characters (and honestly, I kept getting them mixed up with each other).

But for it’s flaws, it was fun. It was an extremely fast read, right from the beginning of the book. While I find the epistolary style doesn’t always work, it did in this case. It allowed us to get glimpses of important parts while not getting too emotionally involved. It also made it more realistic to see tweets, as well as notifications and posts from Facebook. (That said, though, this same aspect could make the book quite dated in a few years, depending on what trends happen in social networks down the line.)

One of the more interesting things in this book was definitely all of the emails that hadn’t been actually sent, but had been saved as a draft (hence the title of the book). With online communication it can be so easy to misinterpret what others are saying – and I’m talking in real life here – that I was often looking to read in between the lines of what was actually said in this book (as well as how things were phrased) to really get a glimpse into what the characters were feeling (something that you don’t normally have to do when reading a non-epistolary novel). The communications that were saved as drafts and never actually sent helps give the reader that look into what each character is really thinking and feeling, and how much of their true self they are presenting to other characters in the book.

The Bottom Line

Overall, this was an okay book – it had some great things going for it, but also had it’s flaws. I’d recommend this to people looking for a fast and fun chicklit book, something that isn’t too serious or in depth.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:10 am April 13, 2015.
Category: Chick Lit
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  • Kyla @ Mommy’s Weird

    I love books like this. They crack me up. The save as draft angle is genius.