Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros

OK, so basically I read this novel because it’s about Twitter! And I love Twitter, despite the fact that I’m often too lazy to fight with my phone to get it to work properly. I can only tweet, my stupid timeline doesn’t update unless I take the battery out of my phone and turn it on, and then 5 minutes later it’s not working again. Pain in the ass, I can’t wait to get a Droid. Anways.
 
So this novel is about Abby Donovan, a writer with one successful Oprah-approved novel under her belt, who has been struggling for years to write a second novel. Her confidence is down, she rarely leaves her apartment, and she’s dangerously close to running out of money to feed her two cats, Willow and Buffy. Then her agent signs her up for a Twitter account to remind her fans that she’s still out there, and she agrees to give this Twitter-thingy a whirl.
 
On her first day in the Twitterverse a witty professor on sabbatical named “MarkBaynard” becomes one of her followers and starts to teach her Twitter 101, and they develop a tweetship of snarky conversations peppered with pop culture references. And as Abby gets more comfortable with Tweeting, she starts to realize that she should be more like Mark – out there seeing the world and seizing the day instead of lounging in her sweats and avoiding writing her new novel. And her flirty tweetship starts to turn into something maybe more…
 
So this is supposed to be a romance story for the Twitter generation… and it KIND of works. I guess. Mark and Abby’s conversations take place entirely via 140-characters-or-less Twitter conversations, but really, it’s not any different than the people that used to “meet” and “fall in love” via AIM conversations. So this is really one more novel for the all-around digital generation than the Twitter generation.
 
Also, maybe it’s just me… but online flirty romance is creepy. I really don’t believe in meeting potential marriage-material people online. You never know for sure who the hell you’re talking to, which makes the flirty sexual innuendo (in YOUR endo… LOL sorry, Scrubs reference, the Todd is a perv), and online “dates” SUPER WEIRD. And really, meeting a potential boyfriend / girlfriend solely via Twitter is just as weird as meeting someone in an anonymous online chatroom. Or those weird dating websites.
 
I guess I’m trying to make a distinction here – making friends with fellow bloggers via Twitter is not that weird. There are some bloggers that I’d love to meet up with someday, preferably at like a big blogger or bookish event. But you know, we become friends via the whole book-blogging community in general, and then start following each other on Twitter, etc. It’s super weird to just log onto Twitter and strike up random conversations with random non-bloggy people that Twitter suggests you may like. Is any one getting the point I’m trying to make here? I guess developing online-only FRIENDSHIPS is not very creepy, where developing online-only ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS is the height of icky and you’re just asking to end up dead in a stranger’s freezer somewhere.
 
So, given my whole stance on the online-romance thing, Abby and Mark’s blossoming Twitter-romance was kind of off-putting and uncomfortable. Also, over 50% of their conversations seemed to be nothing but pop culture references and jokes. And while some made me happy (YAYYYY for mentioning Glee!), most of them kind of went over my head anyways because they’re based on older shows that most of the Twitter generation (ahem, my generation) know nothing about. Seriously, who my age has seen enough episodes of Frasier or Gilligan’s Island to really get all those jokes? Which makes it kind of weird that this book about what I’m assuming are mostly 30-year olds getting totally into the Twitter thing. Twitter-romance seems much more appropriate for people 20 or younger, because they’re naive and dumb enough to be developing online romantic relationships. People over 20 should know that it’s weird, pathetic, and stupid to be “dating” someone who you’ve met online and have no clue who they really are.
 
So, while I liked Abby and totally wanted her to get back on her feet and finish her novel… I also thought she was kind of lame for only perking up after she starts a flirty intimacy with an online stranger. It all just felt kind of wrong and skeevy.
 
Sarah Says: 2 stars

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2 comments

  1. I agree, getting involved in an online-only romantic relationship is creepy and naive and would be most probable to happen with people much younger than 30-ish. Though, Abby seems an interesting character. Great review!

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