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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  14 reviews
If you could be someone else, who would you choose? Twenty-somethings Trent, Shanti and Gavin launch a start-up that allows almost anyone to rent a stranger’s life for a week.

Not their apartment.

Not their car.

Their entire life.

The trio risk everything they own to build what they believe will become the Airbnb of lifestyles, but nothing prepares them for the ride that fol
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Rubber/Road
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Matt Abraham
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I immediately fell in love with this concept-the AirBnB for lives. Imagine, ordering a vacation from yourself as a pro surfer, dominatrix, or wartime reporter. The possibilities are endless, and in the hands of BSeppings they thrill and delight. And the actual life swapping is only part of the story, the main crux follows three friends as they try to get their project off the ground, being chased through south east Asia, hostile-y taken over, and of course interpersonal conflicts. Overall, this ...more
Ashby Kinch
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a ton of fun, and will take the reader on a romp through far-flung places, some familiar to techies (Austin, Berlin, Singapore), others more exotic (Vietnam, Bali). Seppings clearly relishes the telling detail of place--like his description of a conversation in the Driskill Hotel bar during SouthBySouthwest--where his characters talk, fall in love, and chase their dreams. On one level, it's a satire of the tech industry and the marketing of our inmost desires: we laugh with mordant ...more
Crystal King
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I first discovered this book when colleagues at the startup-ish software company I'm at shared this link in our "What's Next" Slack channel: The link takes you to an incredible website, teasing the idea that you can rent other people's lives. What?!

Surely this can't be real, I thought, and did a little digging. Finally, under the menu item, "Book, Now" I found the truth of the matter...and this fantastically fun book.

ShelfLife explores the lives of three startup founders, Tren
Peter Cameron
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Witty and insightful, the narrative hooked me in and lead me on a pacy journey through the tech start-up world - from coding, gateways & UX to the pitfalls of debt incentives that can steal venture ownership away overnight. A great tale for the South by Southwest generation who crave digital interaction and insist on life experienced as a nomadic adventure. Yet Seppings takes us to wise insights also familiar to the preceding generations be they of the personal development age or earlier long-ha ...more
Kylie Walgos
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to be offered a copy of this prior to release and I had no idea what it was about or where it was going, but it had me hooked pretty quickly. I thought the writing was witty, quirky and intelligent. I am clueless when it comes to apps, internet etc, but I had no trouble keeping up and going along for the ride. And it is a ride! It was well paced and moved along without getting boring. Not my usual genre, but the storyline kept me interested and I was intrigued the whole way as to ...more
Bill Thibadeau
Not sure what I just read

Reading a no electricity is for the purpose of entertainment. Sadly, for me, this book was not entertaining. The premise for the plot is good but the execution falls short. I found the book to be interesting at times and despairing at others. It is cumbersome and slow to unwind.
I don't like being negative about a novel that the author has spent many, many hours trying to craft. I wish this author success as she gains more experience. If I see another book by this author
Stephanie May
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelf life ... WOW! Do yourself a favour, and get a copy.
I wasn't sure where the concept would lead, but after reading it, I am recommending it to all!
The authors is well-written, the characters were well-rounded, the locations exotic, and its twists and turns make us scream out for more.
Could have great film potential, also.
If you want a book you cannot put down, then look no further!
Peter Anderson
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
HOW TO GET A NEW LIFE? Rent one and live it for a week. This is the new high tech method, there's a start-up company that will do it for you, if you have the app.
The old method was just to read a book. The new method is edgier.
I like it. Barrie writes about secrets and scandals, don't we love those? It's fast and daring, and funny.
Nicholas Vildzius
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An exciting escape in to the world of those starting up a web business. Think Silicon Valley with, Travel, Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. This book is very well crafted and an excellent read from start to finish. It manages to be both thought provoking and an easy to read. I would recommend this for sure.
Tim Sands
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast, funny and gripping. A brilliant and contemporary tale about the darker side of escapism.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Certainly an angle on the possibilities and problems of the digital/ virtual reality age. It has a promising start, that plays to the adrenaline fuelled focus that ‘IT’ and marketing people are sterotyped for. Full credit to the author for some of the imaginative and creative scenarios.
The ways the stories entwine are a little predictable towards the end. A bit like the author was getting fed up with the characters and just needed a tidy ending.
All in all, a good beach read, or one for when yo
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Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a hugely entertaining and immensely satisfying book, I really recommend it - including to anyone who knows comparatively little about the 'tech' subject matter (like me)*. The storyline rattles along at high speed in a completely addictive narrative, drawing you in right from the opening page where the main character pretends to be an ER doctor (shades of the movie Catch Me If You Can here, lots of fun). The characterisation is beautifully nuanced, and the human observation at times made ...more
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Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written fast paced novel. B Sepping provides an accurate insight, or even a case study on a broad range of today's social demographic. From the tribal , and almost violent surf culture to the air kissing rutheless fat cat business investors . Delivered with a slick writing style and loaded with satire.
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