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message 1: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne I agree. I'm 65% finished and I'm done. why did this get such good press?


message 2: by Libby (new)

Libby Suzanne wrote: "I agree. I'm 65% finished and I'm done. why did this get such good press?"

Exactly! The reviews don't make any sense - I don't know one good reader who enjoyed this book.


message 3: by TamElaine (new)

TamElaine I have to agree with everything you are saying....what character development was done made the main character, in my opinion, come across as a young teenage boy instead of the adult we are TOLD he is....and the Google thing was really getting on my nerves and yet I use Google as my main search engine....I was really ticked when Kobo was mentioned and asked "who actually owns a kobo." well I do....and most people I know in person does... I'm 60% finished and I have contemplated on giving it up a few times, and yet something is holding me to it....thanks for your review, it's validation for me among all these amazing reviews


message 4: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Wong It was an excellent short story stretched quite a bit too thin for a novel.


message 5: by Nico (new)

Nico Totally concur. Seems like a highschooler Google employee wannabe's attempt at a first novel that should've never found it's way out of the literary agent's slush pile. Probably only got a book deal because he was a Twitter employee. Boo.


message 6: by Annabel (new)

Annabel Smith So relieved to find someone agrees. I cannot understand why this is getting such raves. I agree that the writing was absolutely pedestrian and the whole Google thing - yes! Massively overrated.


message 7: by Dael (new)

Dael Alexis Agreed. kind of a dud.


message 8: by Patti (new)

Patti Just finished this book - grudgingly! It is so disappointing to start a book that has potential only to see the story buried behind the "oh, I'm the author and I have to show you how smart and savvy I am by putting in all this other stuff".
Stick to the story - please.
And come up with an ending that is comparable to the implied promises made at the beginning of the book.
Wow!


message 9: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Spelts ross I like the idea of this novel, but am finding (50% complete) that I have to force myself to read it. It is lacking something that compels me to want to know more. I will finish it, but will be looking forward to something new soon thereafter.


message 10: by Jacqui (new)

Jacqui Rodgers The writing is annoying. His inner monologue is almost as insufferable as what's-her-face in Fifty Shades of Grey. Harsh, I know, but it's stopping me from enjoying this book. We get it, Clay is witty, charming and endearingly quirky in a quasi-nerdy way. Enough already.


message 11: by Karin (new)

Karin I couldn't agree more with your assessment of the book.


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily Goode I completely agree. I was so tired of hearing about Google and had to force myself to finish the book.


message 13: by Anita (new)

Anita Dallas I agree with your sentiments. I only finished it because I was listening to it on CD during a long car trip. Waste of time.


message 14: by kate (new)

kate thank you. you said exactly what i want to but more eloquently. i just can't give this book anymore energy, ha.


message 15: by John (new)

John Bradley This review was spot on. After the 100th google reference I almost threw the book across the room!


message 16: by Annie (new)

Annie I agree. I was afraid I wouldn't find anyone who thinks the same


message 17: by Andrea (new)

Andrea I couldn't finish it. Good premise, below-par writing, and too many tech references to hold my interest. Life's too short.


message 18: by Kate (new)

Kate Anderson Completely agree with your review. And now have more faith in human kind to note that many others out there agree with you. The book in one word: juvenile.


message 19: by Melanie (last edited Aug 16, 2014 06:03AM) (new)

Melanie Thanks for the review--and for all the other commenters who share the same sentiments! I checked this book out of the library for a book club. I think the only thing that sped up my reading was the impending meeting.

At one point I felt that maybe I was being too harsh, that perhaps I missed something and this book had been written for teenagers. But no.

It seemed like the author was trying too hard to be hip and cool or trying to be like someone else. He failed miserably.

Kate sums it up well. Juvenile is a perfect description. I too am bewildered at the praise this book has received.


message 20: by Whitney (new)

Whitney Boatright It's OK. To me and maybe it's just me but does anyone notice a lot of unnecessary detail and facts? I just find it hard to understand


message 21: by Whitney (new)

Whitney Boatright I couldn't finish. I wonder if I'm just not in the mood :-(


message 22: by Paul (new)

Paul Absolutely flabbergasted that you feel this way. Will have to check out the books you do recommend, they must be truly astounding! :)


message 23: by Stacey (new)

Stacey Fisher Thomas I'm fin


message 24: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie marzano I also found it hard to understand and skimmed through the google details. I was also bothered by Clays excessive use of the word "like". Especially in a presentation to what he calls scholars!! That was what made me want to throw the book.


message 25: by Nico (new)

Nico I'm listening to the audiobook version. I just turned it off to read reviews, because it's starting to drive me a little bananas. Thank you for pointing out the free advertising campaigns, ugh. I'm going to stop listening, and maybe i'll come back to it, or not. Someone picked it out for me, it was meant well. Anyway. For any audiobook people, the narrator is a bit fast, which I don't really enjoy.


message 26: by Bookworm (new)

Bookworm Thank goodness I'm not the only one. I can't understand the rave reviews or even the lukewarm/okay ones. This was a dreadful read but several people recommended it to me.


message 27: by Beth (new)

Beth Blue And I thought I was being grunpy...stlll struggling with this book, trying hard not to quit simply because I am not a quitter! But it has not been the pleasant journey I expeded. Glad I am
not the only one not to go crazy about this one. Too much hype, too little literature...


message 28: by Zain (new)

Zain maybe you guys just lack of imagination tbh


message 29: by Fawndolyn (new)

Fawndolyn Valentine Teresa wrote: "I like the idea of this novel, but am finding (50% complete) that I have to force myself to read it. It is lacking something that compels me to want to know more. I will finish it, but will be loo..."

I'm in this exact boat! 50% done, 100% checked out. There's no reason to care about anybody in this book (I mean, closest I've come to caring about a character is for Penumbra himself, who, at this point, is barely in the thing) enough to continue..


message 30: by Renee (new)

Renee Also for Apple. Don't forget Apple. I'm only halfway through and have already made the book-length ad observation!


message 31: by Trijnewijn (new)

Trijnewijn I agree with your review, but the Google references threw me of for a completely different reason: almost all of them are totally made up. My husband works at Google (not in silicon valley, but still), I know how to programming and almost every sentence about either of those subjects is just complete nonsense. It's the most irritating and inaccurate book I've read. Even the movie "the internship" got more facts about Google right, aaargh!


message 32: by Jack (new)

Jack Treml Meh? So sorry you all weren't as captivated as I was.


message 33: by Charity (new)

Charity If you enjoy parts of it, being funny or whatnot, and finish the book, it rates more than one star. I'm not a ratings expert but if I cannot finish a book, it gets one star. You also mentioned the good plot...


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