Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. A marketing manager by day, she tweets her friends, instagrams every meal and arranges (frankly, appalling) dates on Tinder. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . .
Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy’s problems – a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria, that she just happens to need help doing up. Soon, too, Daisy finds herself with two welcome distractions: sexy French exchange-help Alexis, and Jack, the brusque and rugged man-next-door, who keeps accidentally rescuing her.
But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village? And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone?
*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads
*Thank you to the publisher, Bonnier Zaffre, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
Has the use of social media turned your life upside down? Well, it did for Daisy Hobson. Daisy loves her job as a marketing manager, even though it’s taking too much of her time. But no one would ever think that if you’ll look at her social media accounts. It seems like she has time for everything. Tweeting her friends constantly, taking pictures for her Instagram feed, and even going out on a date with guys she met on Tinder. Until a social media blunder happened. Daisy tweeted a rather personal tweet using their company’s Twitter account. Of course, it was supposed to be tweeted on her personal account but it’s too late to rectify the situation. She lost her job and became the butt of jokes online. Come her older sister, Rosie, to the rescue. She believes Daisy is in dire need of digital detox, the proof is glaringly obvious, and they have to do something about it. It just so happen that Rosie knows of the perfect place for her. Despite not being 100% sold on the idea, Daisy goes along with her sister’s plan and so she can get away from the embarrassing mess she created as well. And off they go to a small town in Cumbria where a dilapidated cottage is waiting for them. It was not what she’s expecting at all but seeing her sister’s excitement, Daisy decided to suck it up and give things a try. Maybe it’s what she really needs after all. But just a few minutes without a cellphone or laptop on sight and Daisy is already going crazy.
It took me a couple of chapters to finally get sucked into the story but when it did, I was highly entertained. Daisy is so easy to relate to as I’m sure most of us are attached to their phones, too, like her. Getting lost in social media– tweeting, watching YouTube videos, chatting with friends, taking that lovely photo, buying stuff online, and so on. It sure became a big part of our lives.
Daisy reflects a lot of us and thus make it easy to connect with her and mostly understand her situation. I love how she wanted the digital detox to be successful yet the temptation to check her social media accounts is so strong that she did some crazy things just to get herself online. It is silly but funny at the same time. Daisy can be annoying at times and I appreciate how her self-discovery and character development was done beautifully. How she realized the things she’s missing because of being so focused on her phone all the time. The other characters made the book so much interesting, too. The representation of Alexis, the French exchange help, is spot on (his English, I mean) and I find myself chuckling on some instances. Jack is a mystery and I enjoy the exchange of letters between him and Daisy. I can imagine the anticipation Daisy felt waiting for those letters.
Overall, I am highly entertained by this book with its timely storyline, great sets of characters and humor. It is thought-provoking, but to be honest, I don’t think I can do a digital detox as it’s my way to connect with my family and friends. There’s not too much romance in here as it’s main focus is Daisy’s growth but it is still a light-hearted and fun read.