READ BOTTOM UP (Dey Publishing) is called “a charming novel about falling in love (or like) in the digital age—the never-before-seen full story.” The novel unfolds with emails and texts passing back and forth in “real time” between Madeleine and Elliot and their BFFs, Emily and David.
What I call READ BOTTOM UP is the novel that makes me feel happy I was born twenty-years before everyone went digital and the majority of people I knew dating, communicated face to face, or on the phone and didn’t rely on this whole digital form of interaction. Yes, I know I sound like an old-fuddy-duddy, which I’m so not, but after killing an hour or so reading READ BOTTOM UP, it’s a quick read, it’s easy to sum up. The novel is in the format of emails and texts. Whatever happened to face to face? I’m happy that I’m still willing and able to talk to people, particularly of the opposite sex, one on one, even when it gets uncomfortable. IMAGINE!
I have friends who try to pull me in to the email and text vortex, but I resist and why? I know the drama I get into when dealing face to face. Reading READ BOTTOM UP makes it apparent communicating on the computer doesn’t help in anyway, it just compounds the normal challenges.
READ BOTTOM UP starts as a clever idea, quickly becomes a gimmick, but as GIRLS star Allison Williams writes, “Never has the dysfunction of my generation’s quest for love been so accurately reproduced as fiction.”
Authors Neel Shah and Skye Chatham have obviously tapped into their generation’s zeitgeist. I wouldn’t be surprised if READ BOTTOM UP is already in development to be a HBO or Showtime series.
About Neel Shah and Skye Chatham
Neel Shah is a screenwriter in Los Angeles. He used to be a reporter at the New York Post and his work has appeared in Glamour, GQ, and New York magazine.
Skye Chatham is a writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in various publications, including GQ and Maxim.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Dey Publishing we have one copy of READ BOTTOM UP to give away. ALL you have to do is leave a comment about an interesting experience you’ve had with texting or email.
FYI: I dated a guy on Match.com back in 2000 when it was considered taboo. I didn’t tell anyone how we met, because I thought, they would think I was crazy. We dated for two years!
Just leave a comment and we’ll pick a winner next Thursday, April 30th. Good luck!