Lisa Beazley * NAL * April 5, 2016 * 320 Pages
Oh, hey. Remember me? I used to, like, read books and write reviews ‘n’ stuff. Criminey, I feel like it’s been forever since I posted something. (It’s been all of eight days…) What can I say? It’s Christmas-time. With three young kids. I’m barely staying sane. Anywho, on to Keep Me Posted.
Cassie is stuck. She’s a thirty-something stay-at-home mom with twin three-year old boys. Her marriage is…fine. Her husband, Leo, is solid and dependable and a wonderful partner, overall, but the passion is gone. Probably because, let’s face it, Cassie’s passion FOR LIFE is gone. She’s bored and unchallenged. And bored. So when her sister, Sid, suggests that the two of them start hand-writing good ol’ fashioned letters to each other, Cassie begrudgingly agrees. Their letter experiment unexpectedly makes them both a little happier–until Cassie accidentally posts the extremely personal and revealing letters on the internet. Predictable–yet entertaining–fallout ensues.
I enjoyed this book, overall. It took me a few pages or so to really get into it. I was expecting more action more quickly. I guess I thought Cassie’s “uh oh” moment (of accidentally posting the letters online) would happen sooner. It actually doesn’t happen until well over halfway into the book. I came to appreciate the slower build up, though, since it allowed me to really get to know Cassie and her sister. When their embarrassing personal stories did finally go public, I genuinely felt for them.
I do have to agree with other reviewers that the book can be very “chick lit” at parts. Prepare yourself for some unrealistic scenarios and somewhat cliche and slightly underdeveloped characters. Still, there was enough depth, wit, and humor in these pages to keep me interested in the story from mostly-beginning to end. I felt for Cass and Sid (even if I didn’t like them both all the time), and, even though I was pretty sure they were going to make out okay, I still kept flipping pages, curious to know exactly how.
In short, this ended up being a pleasant and enjoyable read. The story is fun and light. The characters are likable and complicated enough. Not a terrible way to spend an afternoon, in my opinion. And author Lisa Beazley is definitely on my radar now.