Sociable

Sociable By Rebecca Harrington Viral Book Rebecca Harrington is a writer living in New York City The Assistants meets The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P in this exuberan

Sociable By Rebecca Harrington Viral Book Rebecca Harrington is a writer living in New York City.. The Assistants meets The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P in this exuberant comedy of manners set in the world of Internet media, a brilliantly irreverent novel about what it means to be young, broke, dumped, and scarily good at creating viral content.When Elinor Tomlinson moved to New York with a degree in journalism she had visions of writing witty opinion pieces, marrying hThe Assistants meets The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P in this exuberant comedy of manners set in the world of Internet media, a brilliantly irreverent novel about what it means to be young, broke, dumped, and scarily good at creating viral content.When Elinor Tomlinson moved to New York with a degree in journalism she had visions of writing witty opinion pieces, marrying her journalist boyfriend, and attending glamorous parties with famously perverted writers Instead, Elinor finds herself nannying for two small children who speak in short, high screams, sleeping on a foam pad in a weird apartment, and attending terrible parties with Harper s interns wearing shapeless smocks So when Elinor is offered a job at Journalism, the digital media brainchild of a Silicon Valley celebrity, she jumps at the chance Sure, her boyfriend is writing long think pieces about the electoral college for a real website while Elinor writes lists about sneakers and people at parties give her pitying glances when she reveals her employer, but at Journalism Elinor discovers her true gift She has a preternatural ability for writing sharable content She is an overnight viral sensation But Elinor s success is not without cost Elinor s boyfriend dumps her, two male colleagues insist on mentoring her, and a piece she writes about her personal life lands her on local television Broke, single, and consigned to move to a fifth floor walkup, Elinor must ask herself Is this the creative life she dreamed of Can new love be found on Coffee Meets Bagel And should she start wearing a smock With wry humor and sharp intelligence, Sociable is a hilarious tale of one young woman s search for happiness and an inside look at life in the wild world of Internet media.. The best Books Sociable I like reading about unlikeable characters and uncomfortable situations, these are some of the elements present in this novel and one of the reasons I really enjoyed it.Elinor Tomlinson is a young journalist struggling to find a job in her field. She lives with her boyfriend in NY and works as a babysitter. One day, she returns home only to find out that the boyfriend of four years wants to break up with her, she is completely shocked and has no other option but to agree.At the same time, she has recently started working on journalism.ly, a news website and is trying to perform well on her new job while coping with the sadness of the breakup.It is hard to define the point of view of the narrator, at some points is Elinor, at other points J.W. (Elinor's boss) and at other times is an unknown narrator. At the beginning it confused me but at the end I had gotten used to it and did not distract me from the story.The main characters work on startup companies where social media plays a relevant role. The novel not only describes Elinor's emotional journey after her breakup but also the current state of journalism, online dating, millennials' relationship to work, and female friendship.Overall, I enjoyed this novel and recommend it to lovers of contemporary fiction and/or new adult. It reminded me of the novel Startup by Doree Shafrir which is another book I enjoyed.Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I like reading about unlikeable characters and uncomfortable situations, these are some of the elements present in this novel and one of the reasons I really enjoyed it.Elinor Tomlinson is a young journalist struggling to find a job in her field She lives with her boyfriend in NY and works as a babysitter One day, she returns home only to find out that the boyfriend of four years wants to break up with her, she is completely shocked and has no other option but to agree.At the same time, she has [...]


  2. This novel had some good writing, but it was difficult for me to identify with twenty somethings who spend their lives on their phones tweeting and Facebooking and snapchatting, living for likes and comments Also, the characters had been communications majors, and yet all of them in dialogue abuse the words like and literally and end sentences that should be statements with question marks Example But like, then I was like, Why do you want to know And he was like, Well what if I moved in Kind of [...]


  3. 3.5 stars rounded to 4 notforeveryone readitanywayThere is alway a gravitational pull that steers me towards books about social communication And Sociable provides a juxtaposition of journalism with the social media platform.The story is about a twenty something couple Mike and Elinor struggling in the world of journalistic unemployment They met in a communications class during their undergraduate, and have forged a path of poverty and unfulfilling jobs Both of them through connections receive j [...]


  4. A companion book of sorts to STARTUP, but with even fewer likable characters And I don t mean likable in the way we often use when discussing women in books Not aggressive or abrasive, I mean vapid and ignorant The protagonist, an aspiring journalist in her mid 20 s named Elinor, isn t unlikable because she s ambitious or mean, it s because she uses hashtags like lovethisguy It almost feels like a vendetta, there s so much unspoken dislike for Elinor and everyone else in this book.Not much reall [...]


  5. I received a copy of this title via NetGalley It does not impact my review.I am usually a sucker for books that deal with journalists or authors It s just one of those topics that will make me automatically want to read something Unfortunately, it was not enough to save this book for me.The synopsis describes the tone as irreverent , but it fell short on that front for me There were a few humorous moments, but I felt like things should have been a little exaggerated I get what the author was tr [...]


  6. I really hated this book and found the ending deeply unsatisfying The main character is vapid, shockingly immature even for 26 years old, and judgmental I stuck with it because I thought the book would be about her eventual turnaround and what she learned through writing viral content, but neither really happened.While she very briefly acknowledges that MAYBE feminism isn t being judgmental but supporting other women to do what makes them happy, there are several other unresolved plotlines that [...]


  7. Note I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book was difficult to review I think the author may have been trying to poke fun at millennials, but it wasn t clear If taken seriously then this book was a bit too vapid and superficial It was a fast read, though, and provided some all too real moments about breakups and figuring out life after college The relationship parts were cringeworthy and too real, unfortunately Most girls I know have dated an asshole like Mik [...]


  8. At first I thought how can there be a book devoted to one young woman, her boyfriend, their breakup, their momentary jobs on social media and the potential of reconciliation without them ever speaking Then I realized that s exactly how my twenty something daughter and all her friends, regardless of genders, communicate with each other Even the rare dialogue sounded so familiar And, may I note, the young adults of who whom ugh, refer, are well educated, college graduates Obviously smarter than me [...]


  9. This one is a little difficult to review It was an okay read It was quick and entertaining, but something just felt off It might have been the writing style that I couldn t really get into, or maybe the character of Elinor who at times just came off as unlikable I related to the break up though I also did laugh a couple of times Overall though, it wasn t really my cup of hot chocolate, but maybe it s someone else s cup of tea Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  10. This book made me depressed Maybe it s because it s been a really long time since I was a 20 something, but all the characters were so superficial and ridiculous, and their lives seemed so sad I have browsed websites like Journalism where the mc works and, again, maybe I m just too old for them, but the articles were so self involved, maybe One of the articles that I read on one of these sites was all about the writer s nightime skin care regime I kept reading it because I was waiting to see if [...]


  11. A copy of Sociable was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Oof I take no pleasure in bashing books at all, but this was just t good In fact, if it wasn t such a short and easy read, I m not sure I could have made it all the way through I m not sure if this was the entire point of the narrative, but the characters were so unlikable to the point of being painful I get making a point or over exaggerating the stereotype of the millennial but there were points whe [...]


  12. Tried to power through this for a few times, but I wasn t into the writing style, the POV used, the character development if there was any The characters sounded a little too obnoxious and immature for what they were posing to be Made it almost halfway through the book but because I felt like I was already forcing myself to finish it, I decided to give up I would have enjoyed this because journalists and social media and finding one s self, etc but all in all, this book and I were not fit for ea [...]


  13. Note I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review.She wanted people to see her as beautiful and moral, warmhearted and historically correct, extremely tolerant but able to call out wrongdoing when she saw it, aware of all possible holes in her thinking, not defensive except when provoked, mildly irreverent but then unexpectedly sincere about the possibility of the American experiment In short, she wanted to be perceived how everyone else wanted to be perceived in her small c [...]


  14. This book had so much potential I truly thought it was going to be insightful about the effects of social media and the Millennial generations need for validation through likes and comments Sadly, this missed that mark.Sociable follows the main protagonist, Elinor, a recent collage graduate, trying to find a journalism job in New York City This was what hooked me to request this ARC As a Writing major, I see how much the world of journalism has changed and will continue to change the way we comm [...]


  15. Rebecca Harrington is hilarious, and this is a very entertaining and in general, not too obvious send up of all the ways in which social media, the modern workplace, 21st century romance, and sensitive feminist dudes can be terrible However, it s also a really cynical take on female friendships Aside from and really, along with my family, these are the most valuable and vital relationships in my life even when we re just texting each other emojis and gifs of Chris Evans Every book doesn t have t [...]


  16. I am too old for this book One star sorrynotsorryP.S Thanks to NetGalley and DoubleDay Books I ll give this book one thing I did finish it, despite hating almost every single interaction Too much dialogue featuring literally, and hashtag Once is already too much


  17. This was a really fun read I find that I really enjoy just reading books that are about people in their twenties who are smart and dealing with life It s kind of like a soap opera, and yet I bet this kind of stuff actually happens to people all the time.


  18. Thank you Netgalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for a review This book is marketed as a book that should hit so close to home for me a millennial went to college for journalism and now works at a Buzzfeed like company And you know what She s really good at writing material that goes viral Is she compromising her values by doing this The description of this book, particularly on , is incredibly misleading Is this book meant to be a satire of millennials and how they re viewed This book [...]


  19. Received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair review.This book frustrated me in exactly the ways I expected as soon as I saw it compared to The Assistants, one of my least favorite reads of 2016 Add it to the sub genre of fiction about poverty stricken millennials in New York City with no substantial ambitions or sense of irony Young women keep writing these books and they don t quite work for me as satire so I wonder if they actually know people like this But let me start with what Sociable [...]


  20. Sociable would be considered part of the Fiction genre that Ms Harrington claims to be an anthropological insight into feminine success and the consequences on personal relationships Written from an omniscient omnipresent perspective the main character Elinor is painted as an empty headed, condescending victim of her own choices The writing would have been powerful had there not been random asides focusing on tertiary characters such as one of her mentors These asides did not add anything to th [...]



  21. Sociable by Rebecca Harrington would get a 2.5 rating from me, if that was possible I kept waiting for this book to actually mean something, but it just didn t Maybe I was the wrong audience for this, but it left me wondering what happened to the rest of the book Maybe it s set up to be a series and it just leaves off like this to segue into the next book If so, I wish I d known because I usually don t read books that do that.The primary character, Elinor, and her friends were very shallow and c [...]


  22. This was an easy, light read, but just didn t do much for me Every time you d think Elinor would experience some character growth, and therefore I might start to root for her, she would backslide into pathetic habits There also was no real resolution to her work conflicts, she had better ideas than her mentors but it was never thoroughly addressed, which could have been developed It felt like the book just ended because it was time, and therefore several things were unresolved to me, and not in [...]


  23. I don t understand why the hatred towards this book it s shallow because these are the characters acting in it This is the youth of the 21st century I think I can be a bit harsh with the characters of this novel because I, too, am a 20 something living in a world of hastag everying, LOL when you have a straight face, constant social media checking, the desire to appear deep and profound, but in reality being too shallow for our own good, and with a question mark at the end of a statement which b [...]


  24. I don t know if it is because I read a few other books in the last few months about social media and the curated life vs real life or whateverd I kept comparing those two books to Sociable, but I think I decided that Sociable was just not for me I found the characters to be unlikable, they were superficial and ridiculous I think it had a relevant and interesting concept, but it wasn t executed well It was a quick, easy read and there were a few humorous moments I enjoyedbut there was nothing rea [...]


  25. Who doesn t love a hilarious story about a self unaware Millennial trying to make it in the big city Elinor, a twenty something year old graduate, has finally said goodbye to being a nanny and landed a journalistic job at a start up She gets to drink bad coffee, write quick pieces and make sense of her life However, writing viral content isn t the job she dreamed of and her personal life soon spins out of control The measured, cool and collected person she s trying to portray on the social media [...]


  26. Elinor is a journalism major who moves to NYC after college with the intent of making a name for herself in Journalism Elinor has an idiot boyfriend, a shitty apartment and a shitty personality Elinor manages to get a job at at one of those websites that put out those annoying clickbait posts you see on social media all the time Elinor hates her job Elinor s boyfriend breaks up with her Elinor moves to another shitty apartment and hangs out with her equally shitty friends Depressing, no Like man [...]


  27. I received an advanced readers copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Navigating NYC as a recent graduate while searching for your first job within your career and that doesn t include being a nanny and a decent apartment in this day and age is certainly not an easy feat I must give Elinor, the main character, credit because she is able to do all of this on her own without reaching out to her parents for help That is a huge difference between the current 20 somethings I know and lo [...]



  28. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased reviewThis was an absolute bore for me I got through fifteen pages before I was completely bored with this title I would have stopped right there but I pushed myself to read the rest of the book Even for being such a short book, it seemed to last such a long time One thing I did enjoy is the modern use of technology and terminology such as hashtag


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