Review: Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
Published April 5th, 2016 by NAL.
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Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.
Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.
It doesn’t help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?
The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.
But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet… (Goodreads)
Keep Me Posted is the story of two middle-aged sisters living halfway around the world from each other that vow to keep in contact over the next year via snail mail. The sisters could not be more different from each other but are hoping since are are unable to see each other as often as they would like the letters will be a way of staying in contact. Cassie lives in New York City in a small apartment that she shares with her husband and twin boys. Sid is living in Singapore with her teenaged son from a previous relationship and her daughter. Sid’s husband is away from home a lot due to business.
The story is narrated from Cassie’s perspective but we do get letters from both Cassie and Sid. Cassie decides if she’s doing this, she really doing it. She opens up about how she is feeling with her underwhelming marriage and sex life, the struggles of being a mother and her husband’s family. A bit later she even shares an encounter with an ex. Sid’s letters share how different Singapore is from America but also her struggles. Cassie really wants to have the letters forever so she scans them for prosperity but in doing so they are published publicly on her blog The Slow News Sisters.
It’s not until more than halfway through the book that Cassie realizes the mistake, so the story is more of how these two women are juggling their lives. Life isn’t always easy. There is not a manual on how to fix X, Y, or Z. The sisterhood of Cassie and Sid is very evident and my favorite part. I can relate to her always thinking the grass is greener. The plot reads exactly how you think it would. One day to the next with letters sprinkled throughout. In the end, both Cassie and Sid end up dealing with some hardships, but it all turns out alright. I rated Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley 3 stars.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.