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Welcome to the not-too-distant future. Babies born in the year 2000 have been released into the world as adults. Fresh out of a relationship and her college apartment, Flossie O'Brien relocates from Chicago to San Francisco, just in time to witness social media meet its demise at the hands of trendsetters who have traded their shallow online connections for small and exclu ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Colleen Weems
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Apr 14, 2018 Kelly Schnorrbusch rated it it was amazing
I finished this about a month ago and even though I really enjoyed it, I needed time to collect my thoughts. It is unique in that you don't hear about Imaginary Friends that don't belong to children. However, the struggles that Flossie and other young adults are experiencing in The IFs don't feel so rare. I can honestly say that at least once a day I'm seeing someone grumble about kids and their phones forcing out human interaction or someone shares a meme about how their social anxiety makes th ...more
Okay, I was a little unsure because of the whole imaginary friend thing, but oh my gosh, this book was amazing. Incredibly creative and well-written, this book draws you into the story and leaves you rooting for (and booing) the characters — real and imaginary. As if that's not enough, the second I closed this book, I found myself stopping to reflect on my own life, relationships, and use of social media. Outstanding job to this new author, can't wait for the next one!!
This book is set in the relatively near future, in a society where social media has been abandoned in favor of a return to more personal relationships- which leaves the less socially inclined feeling lonely and outcast. It becomes a new trend for people- fully grown adults- who have trouble fitting in to create imaginary friends for themselves and establish various relationships with them. While I enjoyed the concept, the plot fell a bit flat. There were also a good number of spelling and gramma ...more
This was such a delightful read, and truly got harder to put down as I went through the book. I thought the book was a perfect blend of engaging characters and plot as well as bigger questions to wrestle with. I had a list of questions once I was done to think through; to me, thinking and talking about a book after you’re done rather than moving on to the next book means it’s special. A bonus was reading a book set right down the street in present-day San Francisco which I haven’t read much of.
The IFs is the most current, original book I have read since A Visit from the Good Squad. It reflects the deep social disconnections that our culture has propagated. The main character is hilarious and anxious and very believable. LIving in the Bay Area I loved the SF settings which are vivid and exact. Most of all it made me feel for these lonely young people's humanity as they try to forge friendships and love stories away from their family of origins. I just loved it because of its ingenuity ...more
I cannot wait to finish so I can write the review ...but so far 6 Stars!!! Also, a little weird to read during our current pandemic. Colleen has captured something way before this all started. She may be part witch or oracle (I mean that in a really good way!)
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