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SAVE AS DRAFT @Readers A love triangle evolving over e-mails, texts, and Facebook messages that makes you wonder if the things we leave unsaid—or rather unsent—could change the story of our lives.
6:59 PM Feb. 14th via twitterfeed

Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011

From: Izabell

To: Reader

Subject: Save as Draft

Are we Facebook friends yet? I’m the wactress (waitress/actress)
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 27th 2011)
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Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: american
okay so the main character is:

1. one of those idiots who needs a man to define herself.

2. obsessed with the save as draft option on email, I'm sorry who actually uses that ever?

3. Is pissed at her boyfriend for not being home by 5... you work at the same law firm why the fuck don't you have anything to do are you too much of a loser for people to want you to do work.

4. is flighty and stupid.

Basically this book is about the worst possible conception of women ever, yeah I'm being a jerk but I
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers, and even guys
Original post at One More Page

I was thrilled to see that Save as Draft was included in Simon & Schuster's latest galley grab as I've had my eye on it ever since Jill of Breaking the Spine featured this book in a Waiting on Wednesday post. I'm a big sucker for epistolary novels, and I love it even more when they use technology in the story too (case in point: Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick ).

Because I enjoyed the novel so much, I thought of writing a review for it in the way the novel is
Helen Dunn
May 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
The best I can say is that I did finish it. It's a breezy book without much thought involved in reading. You can read it during commercial breaks while you watch TV (even if you are FF-ing the commercials!)

Characters are completely unlikeable. Especially the main character. I wasn't rooting for any of them. I don't even like Izzy's friends who are supposed to be the voices of reason. (Seriously, I am SO TIRED of people constantly harping on how hard and miserable married life is. It's not so ba
May 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Let me save you the time, gentle readers: this book is awful. Terrible. I started to read it last night and after the first 20 pages or so was COMPLETELY uninterested (even though I usually like books like this), but I wanted to see what happened so I flipped to the end. Which made NO SENSE. Isn't a novel supposed to have a resolution? So I paged through it to see what happened and in a word: nothing. It was blathering drivel from a 20-something character who needs to stay away from online datin ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Initial thoughts after reading: One of the most frustrating books I've ever read and I'm still trying to decide if that's a good thing or bad thing or both...I'm leaning towards both.


Official Review:

This book is one of the most frustrating books I've ever read, and after a long period of thought I've decided that that is both a good and bad thing, because while this is one book I wanted to yell at at times, it's also one book I couldn't put down, not even for a second. Better yet, the frustr
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I seriously cannot get enough of epistolary novels. They are one of my favorites, and somehow, I managed to read this one in less than five hours. Regardless of the storylines, epistolary books are usually fun to read, just because they're so informal in a way. Of course, being chick lit, there was heartbreak in the story, and it broke my heart a little bit too, what Iz went through. But I was surprised at how everything turned out in the end, which makes this story awesome. It fits the mold of ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Shannon by: Vera
Shelves: reviewed
Lee's first work is as funny as it is compelling, and her unorthodox method of narration makes the story even more interesting. A must-read.

Check out my full review at Luxury Reading -
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog
Blurb: A love triangle evolving over e-mails, texts, and Facebook messages that makes you wonder if the things we leave unsaid -- or rather unsent -- could change the story of our lives.
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011
From: Izabell
To: Reader
Subject: Save as Draft
Are we Facebook friends yet? I'm the wactress (waitress/actress) turned lawyer who lives her life online. Anyway, I've got this problem. There's this guy
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2011
One of my favourite ways for novels to be written is via email. I know lots of people think it’s not entirely possible to write a novel via email and make us care for the characters, or to keep the plot flowing, but I’m personally a big fan. They’re always such super-quick reads and if the author is good enough, you can make a novel from emails work. Cavanaugh Lee hits it out of the park with Save As Draft, a novel told through emails/Twitter updates/Facebook updates/text messages. I thought Sav ...more
Samantha March
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Not too long ago, I gingerly accepted a review request for Teresa Medeiros’s Goodnight Tweetheart, a novel made up mostly of Tweets. I say gingerly because I thought, “Tweets? How could readers understand and connect with characters by reading their Twitter thoughts?” I gave the novel 4 stars.

Proven wrong, I now eagerly accepted to read the debut by Cavanaugh Lee, Save As Draft. This novel is written mostly in email messages, along with a few tweets, texts, and Facebook updates along the way.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked up the book because epistolary novels are kind of interesting. I'm always curious about narrative structure and I'm interested to see how a writer handles the challenges of characterization in this situation. The emails and drafts work fairly well. The "Save As Draft" conceit is the most intriguing element because it does insert some complexity, that "what if" element, into the experience. There are a couple of instances of SMS, twitter updates, and an occasional FB status change but th ...more
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Save as Draft is an epistolary work told through emails (both sent and unsent) and social network updates via twitter and facebook -- a fitting format for these times. At the beginning the protagonist tells her friend (electronically of course) that she's giving up on love and rejects the lame suggestion of online dating, which she promptly signs up for, of course. What follows is Izzy's correspondence with an early match, her best (guy) friend/crush, and her girlfriends, two of whom are married ...more
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked up an ARC of this book at a sale because the cover caught my eye. It's not the type of book I usually read, but since I just finished American Psycho, I wanted something light. This book definitely delivers - I was sucked in from the beginning. The story is told in email messages, Twitter/Facebook updates, and texts. That makes it incredibly easy for you to say "Just one more email," but keep going; I finished the book in about two hours. Izabell is a law student who is trying online da ...more
Meredith Schorr
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Meredith by: Samantha at Chicklit Plus
This book was BRILLIANT. It took all of the self-control I could muster not to read it in a single sitting because it was that much fun. At the same time, it broke my heart. Really made me think about how what is left unsaid or "un-sent" could change the course of our lives. As despondent as I was to read "the end", I was that thrilled to read that Lee is working on the sequel. It will be on the top of my to-read list. I recommend Save as Draft not only to those who enjoy chick-lit, but to anyon ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: isurrender
I should have listened to Kristin Marciniak. I made it to page 76 before throwing in the towel, but this was awful. It was cute as a short story when Adrian did it for Purple. Email, even with some draft emails thrown in, leave out too much to make a novel. I'm sure it was entertaining when Lee was living it, but it was not entertaining when I was reading it.

Just back away and put it down. Listen to Kristin if you won't listen to me.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Such a fun book. So easy to relate to if you're a young, single gal looking for love.
Apr 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
Her first name is my maiden name, and the name of my first born son... assuming I ever pop a kid out!

I cannot wait to read this!
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2011
Just one more girly book about e-mailing/twittering/texting. Good for rainy evening when home alone. Some pages are worth skipping (though silver cover looks nice). Totally boring!!!!
Jessica Lawlor
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Dating is hard. Izabell (Izzy) a lawyer living in Georgia knows this firsthand. During a law school internship, Izzy fell hard and fast for her colleague Peter. But for some reason, Peter and Izzy just couldn’t get it together and remained best friends.

Fast forward a few years later and Izzy has just hit the online dating scene where she goes on the best first date ever with Martin. Just as things with Martin are heating up, Peter re-enters her life. Told entirely in emails, Facebook and Twitter
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, reviewed
Review originally posted at Find the Time to Read

When I had first heard about Save as Draft I was enthralled with the idea. A book that takes place completely over e-mail and other various social medias? Sounds like something right up my alley, sign me up!

Sadly it took me almost a year to finally pick it up, and when I did I have to say my own personal hype got in my way. That's not to say that Cavanaugh didn't write a good story, or that Save as Draft wasn't entertaining, because she did and it
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Izabell is just your average driven girl. A recent law school graduate, once an aspiring actress now she’s an attorney at a law firm in Georgia and she’s taking the Bar in California. Needless to say, the only thing missing from Izzy’s life is love. With a bright future ahead of her and a great group of girlfriends behind her how could she possibly go wrong in the dating scene? The internet. From one email to the next text watch how the seemingly normal interactions she could be having in person ...more
Read In Colour
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Save as Draft is an updated version of You've Got Mail with a healthy dose of humor and, so far, one of the best things I've read this year. First time author Cavanaugh Lee takes readers along on the adventures of the sparkling Izabell (Izzy) Chin as she balances her romantic and familial relationships, along with friendships.

Told through a series of e-mails, FaceBook postings and tweets, Save as Draft is a "girl meets boy, girl dates other boys, girl dates original boy, boy loses girl, another
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
This book should be taken for exactly what it looks like; a light reading chick-lit. Of all the novels I've read of it's kind, it's actually not bad and, worth reading if you've got some time on your hands.

The book has a very Dangerous Liaisons feel to it, everything being written in letters so, as the reader, you only find out about it after it's happened. The other thing that I really liked about this book was we got to see all the emails that our characters never sent. The "draft" emails were
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I admit, I'd never heard of SAVE AS DRAFT when I picked it up on the "New Releases" table at the library. I think I was most intrigued by the format of this one -- it's a novel told entirely in emails, tweets, and Facebook status updates. I figured, if nothing else, it would be a quick read to at least help me make it to 100 books for the year. (Yes, I'm shamefully behind, especially after getting hooked on two TV shows -- GOSSIP GIRL and THE LYING GAME. I never, I mean NEVER, watch TV, and I'm ...more
Ashley Gooding
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
With the internet buzz I saw going on around this book there was no way I couldn't pick it up. This is a debut novel by Lee and it says that she is working on her second one. I have to say I am looking forward to that in personally I really enjoyed this book.

Written entirely in emails, text messages, and a few tweets, with some of the emails being updates to facebook features. Some of the emails are saved as drafts, or emails that aren't sent, bringing about the title I believe. Something to no
Romancing the Book
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
What Stephanie Thought: Save as Draft is a charming novel that's bound to leave you hanging and frustrated at end, the very first epistolary fiction piece I've read since Paula Danziger's Snail Mail, No More. Written entirely in emails, text messages, and Twitter updates, this book is sweepingly honest, as well as full of emotion. There lies a secret thrill in being able to peek inside someone's private life, especially in an era that is so dependent on internet communication.

Cavanaugh Lee does
Once Upon a Twilight
In this witty novel the main character - Izabell or Izzy - is a lawyer, living in Georgia. and during a law internship she fall's for her colleague Peter. Izzy and Peter just didn't work out romantically, so they only stayed friends. Skip a few years, Izzy was convinced to try online dating where she met Martin. When she starts to like Martin, in comes Peter into her life again. So she starts dating them both, off and on, to see which one is her real true love.

As new twist to the classic love tr
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I don't like to give negative reviews, and perhaps this one is somewhat unfair, because my expectations were rather low, but in good conscience I can hardly recommend this as anything other than a quick, mildly entertaining read.
My issues do not stem from the fact that everything is written in the style of an e-mail/text/tweet, but rather from the weaknesses found in the characters.
The story focuses on Izabell, a thirty-year old 'looking for love'. I don't like to deride this, but by the way sh
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“You and I are made of the same grain, and we've got one thing that most people don't have: sparkle. it's 50% of us. So, if someone takes away our sparkle -- there's only 50% left of us, and that's not much. If Peter takes away your sparkle, as I'm afraid he may be doing, then you're not my Izabell anymore. You're someone else.” 2 likes
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