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The Glitch

2.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,705 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Shelley Stone might be a little overwhelmed. She runs the company Conch, the manufacturer of a small wearable device that attaches to the user's ear and whispers helpful advice and prompts. She's married with two small children, Nova and Blazer, both of whom are learning Mandarin. She employs a cook, a nanny, a driver, and an assistant, she sets an alarm for 2AM conference ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Doubleday
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Emily Schafer I agree with Heather - the author tried to show some character growth for Shelley to step away from some of the behaviors that make her so aggressivel…moreI agree with Heather - the author tried to show some character growth for Shelley to step away from some of the behaviors that make her so aggressively unlikeable, but to me there wasn't enough internal reflection or gradation in those changes to seem believable. (less)

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Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a peculiar reading experience. First impression is...chicklit, women fiction, no, no, say it ain't so and then, in fact, it ain't so, it's suddenly a satire about an uber type A personality female CEO of a tech company with the newest neatest gadget on the market. And then it's a possible kidnapping, possible corporate espionage. And then it's a doppelganger story or possibly some sort of scifi clone scenario. And then it's possibly a sappy morality tale of how not to waste one's life worki ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Ugh nope. I thought the premise of this one sounded so good! I loved the idea of a woman (Shelley Stone) meeting a younger version of her self. Maybe she would have a chance to change things up in her life. But nope, this book just floundered a lot for me. Probably because I don't know what this book was trying to be. It didn't make me laugh. There was some weirdness with Shelley and the nanny (like I think
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*The July, 2018 read for Doubleday's Keep Turning Pages group. I was fortunate enough to win a hardcover copy of the book in their monthly giveaway. Many thanks!

Shelley Stone is a high-profile CEO of a tech company that makes the Conch, a popular wearable data device that gives the owner all sorts of useful information, based on their personal lifestyle preferences. But suddenly glitches are being reported: a mentally-ill man was advised to jump into the river; an older woman was led into risky
mindful.librarian ☀️
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book!
Quirky, tech-y, weird, intellegent, hilarious and just plain fabulous, THE GLITCH combines all of my favorite things in one story in the best way. If you are looking for standard domestic fiction or chick lit, that is NOT this book ~ this book is a complete satire on Silicon Valley and mommy-CEO's that had me laughing out loud so many times. Throw in the fact that the main character grew up in Wisconsin, and I fell in love!
Feb 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
*received an ARC for review*

I don't know what the hell this book is about.

I never got into the writing style, because there are entire pages of... I guess, backstory? explanations? basically unneeded descriptions that never ended. There was a page on how her husband's body looked and her thoughts on his genitalia. Like... Okay, I get the need for inner thought monologue, but it never ended.

Then there's the plot, that never made sense. It starts with a kidnapping... But was it really? 80% of the
Emi Bevacqua
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly the kind of smart, funny entertainment I crave. Shelley Stone is the singularly driven CEO of Conch, a success in Silicon Valley's highly competitive wearables space; her droll assessment of the sub-par performance of others (very a la Raviga Capital lead partner Laurie Bream on HBO's Silicon Valley) was a running gag I loved. Also her constant striving for gender equality (to the point of opting to take a men's multivitamin). Elizabeth Cohen manages to capture the entrepreneuria ...more
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much Doubleday Books for providing my free copy of THE GLITCH by Elisabeth Cohen - all opinions are my own.

I read Touch by Courtney Maum last year and loved it, so I was eager to give this one a try. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It’s more on the silly, humorous side than Touch, but I love the uniqueness of both books. I am quickly falling in love with whatever genre this is.

Shelley Stone is CEO of a tech company called Conch, who owns the market of a device that fits behind the u
RaeAnna Rekemeyer
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Incredibly well written. The narrative is written in a style perfectly complimenting the main character, who isn't necessarily likeable. It's a breath of fresh air to have a main character who isn't likeable, but you're still rooting for them. This should be a must read of the summer as it tackles women in tech, motherhood, relationships, and tackling obstacles.
When Mad Men debuted I began watching the show and was pretty ticked off a few minutes in and my first reaction was to turn it off. But I stopped myself and thought, "Wait, perhaps the thing that's peeved you is there for a reason. Don't you want to know if there's more to the story?" I stayed and the pay off was worth it. I have to say, The Glitch was a bit in that same area for me. Shelley, our narrator, is initially not endearing, in fact, she's deeply off-putting. To the point that, her lika ...more
Janet Newport

At 40% into the book, I found myself asking for the 100th (?), 350th (?) time "What's the point?"

At 65% in, I decided I just didn't care. DNF
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
I liked the idea behind this story, but gosh was it tedious. Despite it being awfully corporate, I could still relate to it because the main character happens to share a lot of professional and personal traits with myself - which, unfortunately, was not really very pleasant, because although she is certainly capable and successful, she is not portrayed in the least as likable. The writing is good first of all because the entire story is told through a detached, somewhat robotic person's point of ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
*2.5 stars

I was so intrigued with the premise but there were a few places it fell short for me. First, it was way too long and a lot of it could have been edited out. Less of Shelley's long, rambling thoughts, explanations, and life insights and more dialogue.

It was Shelley herself who brought my rating down to 2.5 stars. Personally I have very little in common with her. Her savage competitiveness, aversion to home/family life, and single-minded drive to succeed at all costs is pretty much the
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book resonated with me in a lot of ways. Shelley Stone is a CEO for a wearables company, a woman who likes to work and has made her name doing it. Her wry narration is at the heart of the novel; she must cope with unusual goings-on, very odd things that are outside the scope of her normal realm. She is powerful yet also slightly naive, and her journey of self-realization unfolds as she hunts for answers. I loved Shelley, the writing, her world - everything.
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Feb 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This was a DNF for me. I gave it 50% before I decided I really didn't care what happened to this most ridiculous, unbelievable character. That's it for me folks!
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written and quite different from what I expected, but great nonetheless!!!!!
Lolly K Dandeneau
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
via my blog:

I gazed at the girl. There was something peculiar about her, about meeting her. My Conch buzzed in an alert pattern. “Say hello,” it said, “To Shelley Stone.”

Shelley Stone has been running Conch from it’s start-up, a company that manufactures a device worn in the ear that gives advice, prompts much like one’s “inner voice” only better! She and her husband Rafe are raising two children, who of course were meant to be geniuses! Four year old Nova
Riva Sciuto
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: the-worst
This is just terrible. Absolutely terrible.
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
So, when I first heard about The Glitch, I was all like - Wow. What cool idea for a story! This is going to be awesome. I need to get my hands on this one! And then I read it, and I was all like - WTF did I just read? Did someone slip me drugs? Did I miss something?

Shelley is like one of those Steve Jobs-esque corporate tech CEO robots who is basically all work and zero play. Her company is called Conch, and is sort of like a Siri for everyday life that clips onto your ear. Even Steve jobs seems
Peter Bryce
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I drop the occasional book from boredom but this advance reader's copy got dented as I kept dropping it while laughing. The Glitch is truly different & surprising and tells a great story about the wonders and terrors of parenthood, California, and what to do when you realize your ten o'clock meeting is actually in Omaha. (Answer: use technology, then find out that technology makes things worse.) The book reminded me of Where'd You Go Bernadette? but also of classics like Frankenstein and the pro ...more
Rebecca George
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cohen has truly written one of the most memorable characters ever! As others have said, it was not exactly what I thought it would be like, but it really is a great debut and is well worth the reader's time.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this funny, sharp, satirical read. Rarely has there been a protagonist who is so entertaining yet unlikeable at the same time. I had deep sympathy for her--maybe it's the earnestness. Extremely well done.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Two stars: An interesting book that goes no where.

Shelley Stone is the corporate executive for Conch, a company that makes small computer devices that attach to the ear and provide all kinds of advice, think Siri or Alexa for all day every day. To get where she is today, Shelley is dedicated and driven. Her days are meticulously mapped out, her schedule is constant and she has little time for anything other than work. Then things take a strange turn when her daughter disappears, and Shelley see
Deb Jones
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I was on the fence as to how many stars to give this book. Honestly, I did not enjoy the story itself, but the writing itself was good.

In the first few pages, the protagonist and her husband are so self-absorbed and career-obsessed that neither of them can get off their cell phones to look in earnest for their lost young daughter. I wanted to be able to develop some empathy but found instead I'd have been happy for these two lost souls to be bumped off early in the book.

The bigger picture of the
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is like watching a high wire act. Cohen manages to keep the main character's voice at such a crescendo level that I expected it to come crashing down at any moment. So I kept reading, with eyes wide and heart pounding. And when the cracks do start to appear, it's all the more satisfying. A completely unique character, voice, and book.
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
When I started reading The Glitch, I immediately thought that if someone decided to do a skit on Saturday Night Live (and this may have already happened but I'm usually too tired to stay up and watch) that was based around a parody of Sheryl Sandberg, Elisabeth Cohen's debut would provide the perfect script.

"I take my daughter to school myself. People are always surprised by this, that I do that. You know, some things are important and those are the things I make time for. I can’t drive the car
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was not what I was expecting, the main character was not someone I could relate to, despite being a working Mom myself. There is such a thing as too much description in a book, this book could have probably been 100 pages (or more) shorter, and perhaps less irritating, just by omitting a lot of the inner monologue descriptions of every single thing that Shelly encountered. I was really disappointed by the entire book, overall.
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you DoubleDay Books for sending me this free copy, in exchange of an honest exchange. All opinions are my own. 

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This book, was crazy, weird, and highly entertaining. Shelley Stone is one unique character. This book had me laughing out loud often, and cringing at other times. (Because of the whole corporate lifestyle) I don't even know what this book should be described as, ChickLit? Humor? SciFi? Women's Lit? Contemporary? It's honestly a mish-mash of a
Pam Golafshar
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A smart, engaging read. It’s rare that I find a main character I like this much when she’s thoroughly unlikeable to everyone around her! I would highly recommend this book.
Trish Adkins
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me smile with each turn of the page—well beyond the Chick Lit of my 20s, The Glitch delivers a delicious satire about womanhood in an achievement driven world. I laughed, I thought and I loved each and every word!
Heather Linville
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg, I loved this book. Hysterically funny and so well-written.
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Elisabeth lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. She graduated from Princeton University, studied writing at Johns Hopkins, and has a library science degree from the University of Maryland. She enjoys reading, writing, crosswords, running (sometimes), and spending time with her family and her dog (100%).

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