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Review: Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

on May 3, 2016

Keep Me PostedKeep Me Posted
Lisa Beazley
Text Publishing
2016, 320p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Cassie and Sid Sunday, once as close as sisters could be, have drifted apart. Cassie’s struggling as a stay-at-home mother to twin toddlers in Manhattan, while Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore. It doesn’t help that Sid spurns social media while Cassie is addicted to her iPhone.

So when Sid suggests they reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie is on board. Intimate and honest, their correspondence becomes a kind of mutual confessional and renews their bond. But Cassie’s made a big mistake—one that their relationship, not to mention their marriages, might not survive.

Keep Me Posted is a fresh and funny debut about the struggles of keeping in touch, keeping it real and keeping it together.

I love writing letters even though these days I have no one to write them to! Writing letters have been replaced by email, texting, instant messaging, facebook, instagram etc. A thousand and one ways that are easier and quicker than writing longhand letters and posting them. When I was 11 and in grade 6, my parents sold their house and we moved 6hrs north. My best friend and I wrote letters for years, exchanging probably hundreds. It’s been a while since we wrote to each other – around the time we started university we switched to email and now we keep up to date with each other’s lives via facebook and interact on the odd occasion via private message on there.

I miss the letter writing!

So books that revolve around this sort of thing are always of interest to me. I like a good epistolary novel and I like ones that include things like letters, emails, texts, etc. They always are a fun way to show a picture, to round out a story and that’s how people communicate these days. So I was immediately drawn to this book because the idea of it sounded so good. I’d love someone to suggest writing letters to me but I don’t have a sister and my brother is very much a texting person!

Cassie and Sid live very different lives – Sid is living with her husband in Singapore as an ex-pat, her time filled by hiring staff and hopping around Indonesia for various yoga retreats. Cassie shares a cramped New York brownstone with her husband and their twins, Cassie unwilling to give up their apartment’s fantastic location for something a bit more spacious. Whilst Sid’s life seems glamorous, aided by the in-home help that everyone has in Singapore, Cassie is struggling a little with being a stay-at-home parent and a chance meeting with her ex leaves her wondering what might have been….and sends her on a potentially dangerous path.

The letters are supposed to be private. But Cassie wants a way to keep a record so she scans each one she writes before she sends it and then each one she receives, so that they can be saved in order, making up one long story. Unfortunately what was supposed to be a private record, for Cassie’s eyes alone, suddenly becomes public and goes viral. Although the wider public doesn’t have enough information to identify the letter writers, there’s certainly enough incriminating evidence for friends and family to and it only needs one person to put names to the letters. Cassie knows she needs to confess – both to her husband and her sister, that their personal business is out there for the public to read. But in doing so, she could lose two of the most important people in her life.

Oh, Cassie! I did feel for her, because she thought that she’d done enough to keep the letters private and the way in which they became public wasn’t her fault but she did choose to keep a record of the letters! Without also telling her sister Sid, who was spilling her most personal and intimate thoughts and details of her life in her return letters to Cassie. It’s one thing to potentially splash your own dirty laundry across the internet but in this case, there was collateral damage as well. I thought it was quite interesting that it was Cassie, the one who is supposed to be savvy with technology (glued to her iPhone, kept a blog etc) that ended up accidentally broadcasting everything.

As much as I did feel for Cassie and her ‘oops’ moment, I also found her a bit frustrating. I get the whole ‘what might have been’ thing, I think everyone has those moments, especially when they are struggling with the little things. Running into an ex-boyfriend can trigger those sorts of things but Cassie does go a bit further than just wondering, putting herself into the position where they’d be crossing paths again and again…. And then when she knows that word has gotten out there, that things have become public, she takes so long to tell her husband. And the way in which she does it….doesn’t flatter her at all. It’s much less than he deserves really and I don’t blame him for being furious and humiliated and not wanting to listen to her. Why should he? Cassie seems to expect immediate understanding and forgiveness, not just from her husband but basically from everyone else she talked about in her letters. Now obviously they were meant to be private, for Sid’s eyes only but….they ended up public. And that means you have to deal with the resulting fallout, Cassie. Not just expect everyone to basically get over it.

I enjoyed this book…..I loved the letters between the sisters and the way in which the relationship between them was explored. I would’ve liked a little bit more from Sid to be honest, to balance out the Cassie. The only part of the book that didn’t really work for me was the ending. It felt so neat, almost too good to be true. Like the book spent a lot of time telling me these things and then almost reversed them for the ending in order to tie up all the loose ends. They felt ‘too’ tied up, like everything worked out super perfectly without a single solitary lingering issue. It just didn’t feel particularly believable for me, nor in keeping with the rest of the book.

7/10

Book #73 of 2016

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