The Twitter Diaries

The Twitter Diaries
Georgie Thompson and Imogen Lloyd Webber
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
ISBN-10: 1448209862
288 pages
Available August 16th on Amazon.com.
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview.

Can you write a book from the perspectives of two people, keeping each person’s lines to 140 characters or less?

Yes, you can.

But is it any good?

Well …

Stella Cavill and Tuesday Fields meet cute: they both rush in late to a swanky Manhattan party, Stella decked out in haute couture and Tuesday in a Virgin Atlantic sleeper suit, luggage lost en route from London. Stella happens to have a couple of shopping bags with her, and gladly spiffs Tuesday up. The two blondes, who look so much alike that they could be twins, strike up a friendship. When Tuesday returns to London, they keep up their correspondence through Twitter direct messages.

Over the course of a year, we read their DMs. Tuesday is getting over a broken heart and attempting to prove to her boss that she needs more challenging assignments in her job as a TV sports reporter. Stella is struggling with her boyfriend, Will, who travels all the time, and whom she needs closer to her as she attempts to start a shoe design business. The two travel, experience romantic and professional ups and downs, and deal with mothers who are less than thrilled that their thirty-something daughters are unmarried.

This is a cute conceit, although it is difficult to sustain over the course of 288 pages. Sometimes you just want more. For instance, when romance arises, we don’t get a lot of detail. Now, that could be due to these two women having a fairly new friendship, but I don’t think so. They share a lot about their professional lives and their mothers.

The other challenge is all of the Twitter names. You need to decipher who @No1Sportsman, @Supermodel1971, @MerchBanker and @PM_TV are, to name a few. Some are identified with their real names by Stella and Tuesday, but others are left to descriptions. Sometimes it just seems like there are a lot of @ signs.

The story is cute, but you aren’t really pulled into it. I felt like I knew Stella and Tuesday, but I wasn’t emotionally invested in them the way I get with characters I really care about. Perhaps that is the real drawback to 140 characters. How well can you really know someone when they are limited to so few words?

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