Evie's life isn't entirely the way she'd like it but it's better than it is about to become. She's convinced that she's about to become partner in her law firm but she and her long time boyfriend broke up when she gave him the ultimatum that she wanted to get married like all of her close friends. A nice and promising blind date goes quickly south when Evie admits to having Googled her date. When she finally gets called in front of the partners at the office, it isn't to offer her the partnership she's worked so long and hard for, it's to fire her for her excessive emailing and web surfing on company time, a problem the extent to which she had no idea she had. Then she finds out through her excessive Facebook stalking that her commitment-phobic ex has gone and gotten married. It all of a sudden seems to her that he wasn't against marriage, just against marriage with her. Insta-connection and technology are ruining her life so she comes up with the idea of going off of them, completely. How does life unfold when you aren't glued to a screen? Evie needs to find out and to reconnect with her own core self.
When Evie disconnects, her character comes into sharper focus and in some ways that's good and in others, it's bad. Her envy of her friends' marriages and children becomes pretty crystal clear although it doesn't show her in the best light. And being unplugged makes her look at the way in which she might have been her own worst enemy in her relationship, choosing to stay with a man who had made his wishes known up front and sabotaging her own dreams for certainty and the easy contentment of being able to click the box on Facebook that says "In a relationship." Being unplugged in today's world means often being out of the loop and Evie discovers this as well, showing her that, once her self-imposed year is up, moderation is a reasonable plan and that forsaking technology entirely is doing her no favors either. As Friedland shows, technology can over take everything else in our world, making it impossible for us to experience the joy of just living in the moment, but if used carefully, it can also enhance life and keep us connected in ways that aren't so harmful as well. Evie may not be entirely changed by the end, still anxiously waiting for that expected proposal, but this is a light, fun, and timely look at our lives today, on screen and off.
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Thanks to Trish from TLC Book Tours and the publisher for sending me a copy of the book for review.