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The Assistants meets The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. in this exuberant comedy of manners set in the world of Internet media, a brilliantly irreverent novel about what it means to be young, broke, dumped, and scarily good at creating viral content.

When Elinor Tomlinson moved to New York with a degree in journalism she had visions of writing witty opinion pieces, marrying h
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Doubleday Books
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Theresa Alan
This novel had some good writing, but it was difficult for me to identify with twenty-somethings who spend their lives on their phones tweeting and Facebooking and snapchatting, living for "likes" and comments. Also, the characters had been communications majors, and yet all of them in dialogue abuse the words "like" and "literally" and end sentences that should be statements with question marks. Example: "But like, then I was like, Why do you want to know! And he was like, Well what if I moved ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sociable is an interesting and witty take on the social media age!

Elinor Tomlinson is living in New York with her recent journalist degree, hoping to one day put it to good use. Her boyfriend is also a journalist, and Elinor dreams of marrying him and living the high life of a famous journalist.

Instead, Elinor lives in a tiny apartment and is working as a nanny. The parties she attends are with interns and no one truly connected or famous. In short, not what she had in mind.

Elinor’s rise comes
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Carol (Bookaria)
I like reading about unlikeable characters and uncomfortable situations, these are some of the elements present in this novel and one of the reasons I really enjoyed it.

Elinor Tomlinson is a young journalist struggling to find a job in her field. She lives with her boyfriend in NY and works as a babysitter. One day, she returns home only to find out that the boyfriend of four years wants to break up with her, she is completely shocked and has no other option but to agree.

At the same time, she ha
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AnisaAnne
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars rounded to 4

#notforeveryone #readitanyway

There is alway a gravitational pull that steers me towards books about social communication. And Sociable provides a juxtaposition of journalism with the social media platform.

The story is about a twenty something couple Mike and Elinor struggling in the world of journalistic unemployment. They met in a communications class during their undergraduate, and have forged a path of poverty and unfulfilling jobs. Both of them through connections recei
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Angela
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I really hated this book and found the ending deeply unsatisfying. The main character is vapid, shockingly immature even for 26 years old, and judgmental. I stuck with it because I thought the book would be about her eventual turnaround and what she learned through writing viral content, but neither really happened.

While she very briefly acknowledges that MAYBE feminism isn't being judgmental but supporting other women to do what makes them happy, there are several other unresolved plotlines tha
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I #StealthRead the heck out of this book because I've been so busy lately, I haven't had time to post any proper updates or anything. I've been reading SOCIABLE on the sly for the last couple nights, right before I went to bed, and can I say how shocked I am that the average ratings for this book are so low? Her other books are like this, too, and based on this book alone it seems like people can't divorce themselves from the characterizati
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Jenna
Jane Austen meets Snapchat!
It makes me sad that, based on the average star reviews at least, many people don’t seem to enjoy this particular author’s unique brand of dry, deadpan satire - or possibly even understand it as such, which I find mindboggling. I completely 100% get why people who think this is a straightforward, rather than satirical, coming of age novel would detest it; I just don’t understand, at all, how anyone could possibly mistake it as such. As for me, I relish it!
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Meghan
The author has started to get people to put up fake 5-star reviews and I'm exhausted.
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Thank you Netgalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for a review.

This book is marketed as a book that should hit so close to home for me - a millennial went to college for journalism and now works at a Buzzfeed like company. And you know what? She's really good at writing material that goes viral! Is she compromising her values by doing this?

The description of this book, particularly on Goodreads, is i
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Jessica Woodbury
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
A companion book of sorts to STARTUP, but with even fewer likable characters. And I don't mean likable in the way we often use when discussing women in books. Not aggressive or abrasive, I mean vapid and ignorant. The protagonist, an aspiring journalist in her mid-20's named Elinor, isn't unlikable because she's ambitious or mean, it's because she uses hashtags like #lovethisguy. It almost feels like a vendetta, there's so much unspoken dislike for Elinor (and everyone else) in this book.

Not muc
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Kristy
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
After college, Elinor moves to New York with her journalism degree and dreams of writing pieces that mean something. She sees a future with her boyfriend, Mike, also a journalist. Instead, Elinor lives in a cramped apartment with no kitchen, sleeps on a foam pad, and nannies to two slightly whiny and obsessive children. She thinks her future is looking up when she's offered a position at Journalism.ly, a digital brand a la BuzzFeed. But soon Elinor learns that her sole function there is to produ ...more
Stephanie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I am usually a sucker for books that deal with journalists or authors. It’s just one of those topics that will make me automatically want to read something. Unfortunately, it was not enough to save this book for me.

The synopsis describes the tone as “irreverent”, but it fell short on that front for me. There were a few humorous moments, but I felt like things should have been a little more exaggerated. I get what the aut
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Lianna
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, forgettable
** A copy of Sociable was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **

Oof.

I take no pleasure in bashing books at all, but this was just….not good. In fact, if it wasn’t such a short and easy read, I’m not sure I could have made it all the way through. I'm not sure if this was the entire point of the narrative, but the characters were so unlikable to the point of being painful. I get making a point or over-exaggerating the stereotype of the millennial but there wer
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AJ
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This book was difficult to review. I think the author may have been trying to poke fun at millennials, but it wasn't clear. If taken seriously then this book was a bit too vapid and superficial. It was a fast read, though, and provided some all too real moments about breakups and figuring out life after college.

The relationship parts were cringeworthy and too real, unfortunately. Most girls I know have dated an asshole li
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Stephanie
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, arc
This book made me depressed. Maybe it's because it's been a really long time since I was a 20-something, but all the characters were so superficial and ridiculous, and their lives seemed so sad. I have browsed websites like Journalism.ly (where the mc works) and, again, maybe I'm just too old for them, but the articles were so... self-involved, maybe? One of the articles that I read on one of these sites was all about the writer's nightime skin care regime. I kept reading it because I was waitin ...more
Toni
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
At first I thought how can there be a book devoted to one young woman, her boyfriend, their breakup, their momentary jobs on social media and the potential of reconciliation without them ever speaking. Then I realized that's exactly how my twenty-something daughter and all her friends, regardless of genders, communicate with each other. Even the rare dialogue sounded so familiar. And, may I note, the young adults of who / whom ugh, refer, are well educated, college graduates. Obviously smarter t ...more
Ana Garza
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This one is a little difficult to review. It was an okay read. It was quick and entertaining, but something just felt off. It might have been the writing style that I couldn't really get into, or maybe the character of Elinor who at times just came off as unlikable. I related to the break - up though. I also did laugh a couple of times. Overall though, it wasn't really my cup of hot chocolate, but maybe it's someone else's cup of tea.

Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest r
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Yi-Hsuan
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2017, arc
I am too old for this book. One star. #sorrynotsorry

P.S. Thanks to NetGalley and DoubleDay Books. I'll give this book one thing - I did finish it, despite hating almost every single interaction. Too much dialogue featuring "literally," and "hashtag." (Once is already too much!!)
laura (bookies & cookies)
This book definitely won't appeal to everyone. You definitely have to read between the lines to get at what the author is saying about social media & connections... by not having any of that message explicitly in the text.

The main characters are unlikeable, annoying, and say a whole not about absolutely nothing.

Which is why it's brilliant???

Sociable is about he social media journalistic landscape and how everything is valued by "clicks" and "likes." By having the characters do a whole lotta
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Miguel
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review.

She wanted people to see her as beautiful and moral, warmhearted and historically correct, extremely tolerant but able to call out wrongdoing when she saw it, aware of all possible holes in her thinking, not defensive except when provoked, mildly irreverent but then unexpectedly sincere about the possibility of the American experiment. In short, she wanted to be perceived how everyone else wanted to be perceived in her small
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Amanda
Oct 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received this book from NetGalley and Doubleday Books in exchange for my honest review.

Oh, I wish I had something nice to say about this book but it really didn't have any redeeming qualities.

Every character was painfully unlikable. They were all whiney and self centered and would get mad at all the other self centered people. The word "Like" was over used, like so much. It was pitched as a book with humor but I never found it. Feminism is brought up serval times but they never really seem t
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kb
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Tried to power through this for a few times, but I wasn't into the writing style, the POV used, the character development (if there was any? The characters sounded a little too obnoxious and immature for what they were posing to be). Made it almost halfway through the book but because I felt like I was already forcing myself to finish it, I decided to ~give up. I would have enjoyed this because journalists and social media and finding one's self, etc. but all in all, this book and I were not fit ...more
Carrie Templeton
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like so many things about this book, but it all fell flat for me. The tone and structure was all trying a bit to hard to be #millenial with a result that was just ok. I definitely didn’t get the ending 🤷♀ ...more
Kaitlyn Red Wing
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, 2017
This book had so much potential. I truly thought it was going to be insightful about the effects of social media and the Millennial generations need for validation through likes and comments. Sadly, this missed that mark.

Sociable follows the main protagonist, Elinor, a recent collage graduate, trying to find a journalism job in New York City. This was what hooked me to request this ARC. As a Writing major, I see how much the world of journalism has changed and will continue to change the way we
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Heather
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, literary-fiction
Received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair review.

This book frustrated me in exactly the ways I expected as soon as I saw it compared to “The Assistants,” one of my least favorite reads of 2016. Add it to the sub-genre of fiction about poverty-stricken millennials in New York City with no substantial ambitions or sense of irony. Young women keep writing these books and they don’t quite work for me as satire so I wonder if they actually know people like this.

But let me start with what Soci
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Emily // Mixed Margins
I can't believe I made it to the end of this book. The whole thing was incredibly annoying, especially the writing.

Things I didn't like about the writing:
--third person omniscient narration
--exclamation points
--breaking the 4th wall and addressing the reader
--statements ending in questions
--"super" used as a prefix (e.g., the bar was supercrowded)

The dialogue was so painful to read. I couldn't tell if it was poorly executed satire or just poorly written. It seemed so over-the-top that part of m
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Trin
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Rebecca Harrington is hilarious, and this is a very entertaining (and in general, not too obvious) send-up of all the ways in which social media, the modern workplace, 21st century romance, and sensitive "feminist" dudes can be terrible.

However, it's also a really cynical take on female friendships. Aside from (and really, along with) my family, these are the most valuable and vital relationships in my life -- even when we're just texting each other emojis and gifs of Chris Evans. Every book do
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Nadine
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't know if it is because I read a few other books in the last few months about social media and the curated life vs real life or whatever...and I kept comparing those two books to Sociable, but I think I decided that Sociable was just not for me. I found the characters to be unlikable, they were superficial and ridiculous. I think it had a relevant and interesting concept, but it wasn’t executed well. It was a quick, easy read and there were a few humorous moments I enjoyed...but there was ...more
Jamele (BookswithJams)
This was an easy, light read, but just didn’t do much for me. Every time you’d think Elinor would experience some character growth, and therefore I might start to root for her, she would backslide into pathetic habits. There also was no real resolution to her work conflicts, she had better ideas than her mentors but it was never thoroughly addressed, which could have been developed more. It felt like the book just ended because it was time, and therefore several things were unresolved to me, and ...more
Ashley
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
First, I would like to thank NetGalley and Doubleday Books for giving me an ebook copy of Sociable in return for an honest review.

I don’t know where to begin. I can’t tell if the Rebecca Harrington was trying to write a satire about millennials or was simply trying to write a romantic comedy about the effects of social media, and that’s a problem for me. I’m not expecting the writer to explicitly state what they trying to convey, but I do expect to come out of a book with a pretty solid idea of
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Jen
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read Sociable in a matter of hours last weekend, it's a quick easy read. Elinor is a millennial who went to school for journalism. She now works as a nanny and is trying to break into the journalism world. She catches a break and accepts a job as an online writer, creating material meant to go viral. This should be an exciting time for her, yet as her journalism career is finally starting to take off her personal life is falling apart. This book had great promise but unfortunately, it was not ...more
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