• Print Length: 256 pages
• Publisher: Dey Street Books (April 7, 2015)
A charming novel about falling in love (or like) in the digital age—the never-before-seen full story.
Madeline and Elliot meet at a New York City restaurant opening. Flirtation—online—ensues. A romance, potentially eternal, possibly doomed, begins.
And, like most things in life today, their early exchanges are available to be scrutinized and interpreted by well-intentioned friends who are a mere click away.
Madeline and Elliot's relationship unfolds through a series of thrilling, confounding, and funny exchanges with each other, and, of course, with their best friends and dubious confidants (Emily and David). The result is a brand-new kind of modern romantic comedy, in format, in content, and even in creation—the authors exchanged e-mails in real time, blind to each other's side conversations. You will nod in appreciation and roll your eyes in recognition; you'll learn a thing or two about how the other half approaches a new relationship . . . and you will cheer for an unexpected ending that just might restore your faith in falling in love, twenty-first-century style.
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Boy meets girl…and the rest is history, right? Well, Elliot, a chef, meets Madeline at his restaurant opening in New York City’s West Side. Their romance unfolds in a series of emails and texts to each other and their respective best friends, David and Emily; who only see one side of the story. With constant contact through phones and Facebook stalking, relationships aren’t as easy as they used to be and Elliot and Madeline’s rollercoaster relationship is all too real.
Contemporary and very true to reality, I felt like I was getting a chance to snoop through a friend’s phone to see all of their dirty little relationship secrets. Touching, hilarious, quirky and gritty, Read Bottom Up took me through all the facets of a relationship. With just the e-mails and texts, this was an extremely quick read, but engaging. Unfortunately, we do just dig into the relationship and there is not a lot of background information on anyone, but some of that does come out in the correspondence. I actually felt a closer connection to Emily, Madeline’s best friend who is level headed and dishes out advice. I also enjoyed the collaboration of the two authors that gave a fresh voice to each of their characters. Overall, a unique, modern and light romance that made for a quick read.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.