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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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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
Feb 01, 2011 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers, and even guys
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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 18, 2011 Helen Dunn rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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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.


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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
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
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 18, 2011 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 -
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 Janning
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.
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
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
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
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 29, 2011 Meredith Schorr rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
This book was amazing. So amazing that I read it in two days (which is crazy, for me). It had so much heart, and the characters were amazing. I found myself being torn, not knowing which team I'm supposed to be on. The story becomes even more amazing when you realize that it was partially based on the author's life (as she talks to "Marty" and "Peter" in the acknowledgements). It makes the ending...I don't know what the right word is here...believable, touching. Either way, it made the story muc ...more
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!!!!
Apr 27, 2011 Kate 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!
Such a fun book. So easy to relate to if you're a young, single gal looking for love.
I honestly wasn't sure where this one was going. And I liked the fact that the ending wasn't one of the two expected outcomes I imagined. Then again, the closer I got to the end, the more I realized that it just wasn't possible for it to have one of those two endings and for it to be anything other than laughable.

It was interesting to read a story told entirely through electronic communication, since that is how a lot of people live their lives nowadays. I thought it might be too gimmicky for me
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
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
I picked this one up at Word on the Street a few weeks ago, admittedly because I liked the cover. I don’t believe in not judging books by their covers and I’m a sucker for this one’s casewrap cover.

A peek inside reveals that the whole story is told in emails, Twitter and text messages, appropriate for the story set in 2006 to 2008 (in case your first thought, like mine, was, “Who stills emails their friends?”).

Izabell is a lawyer who lives in Atlanta but is studying to take the California bar in
I haven't read many books in email, text, 'tweet', or any electronic form. It's not that I dislike them, I sometimes feel like they lack too much though. Many times there isn't much characterization and characters tend to be flat. Lack of detail is also another big issue I have with these sorts of books. So, when I received this book I was a bit hesitant after learning it was in this form...

It seems as though Cavanaugh Lee has derived this story from very personal experiences (see here) and I th
Save As Draft was a funny and an incredible book to read! A book filled with emails and fun!

I love the idea of books written in email form because the world is now based on technology and its advancement. With email, Twitter, and Facebook, who needs to write good ‘ol fashion letters anymore? Not saying I don’t like writing letters, I do! However, emailing, tweeting, and Facebooking are simply faster than writing a letter, send it off, and who knows when the post office can get it to our recipien
Ashley Gooding
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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
It's mostly due to the fact that I'm a TOTAL SUCKER for books written in an epistolary way that I even finished this one. It was fast and fun, but left me with a bad feeling which I suspect is mostly due to the fact that I didn't like any of the characters. Iz felt very immature, as did her relationship with Peter, and I didn't understand what was so attractive about Marty. Even if I don't like the protagonist, I can usually find some character in the story to connect with, but there was none he ...more
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
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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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