Where Honesty Never Ends.
Note: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (taken from Goodreads): Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley’s judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.
Hello everyone! The Review Board here, to share its thoughts on Double Click, the second book in the Click trilogy. Here with her thoughts, The Unleashed One.
About a week ago, I shared my thoughts on Click, along with fellow reviewer Mini Truth. After much debate, she was not curious enough (putting it mildly) to continue on with the rest of the series. I, on the other hand, wanted to see what ended up happening with Mark and if a few other characters I liked in the first book would pop up in the second book. In addition, I wanted to see if this “approach” to the series would change any.
Since the first book focused on the adventures (more like misadventures) of online dating, I hoped that Double Click would take on a more balanced concept, since for the most part … mission accomplished for Renee. Unfortunately, it was pages, upon pages of e-mails with nothing in the middle in the form of dialogue or narrative.
I attempted to give it a pass in the first book because this method made a tad bit of sense.
With the second book, not so much and here are the reasons why.
Time Is A Blur
Double Click just starts off with an email. There’s no indication of how much time has passed between the last book and this one. One would only know that via the blurb. Putting something as simple as “Six Months Later” would have been beneficial. In addition, all of the headers of the emails are so elementary and alike, that it feels as if there is no days or time which makes it difficult to keep up with the series of events.
New Events Happen and No Explanation As to Why
In the first book, Ashley was going through the ups and downs of her dysfunctional relationship while behaving like a Bitter Betty towards Renee and outwardly expressing her disdain for Shelley. Somehow, she ends up not only in a relationship, but also getting married and having a kid in this book. I would not have such beef with this if there was any type of hint of it in the previous work. That is hard to do when one is expecting the strength of email correspondence to carry the story.
Another example is the change in behavior of Shelley, transforming from a mediocre imitation of Samantha from Sex and the City to someone who ends up in the very thing that she swore off. What was it about this particular person that just made Shelley switch up everything? Emails do not do this dramatic change in character makeup justice. One is just told the information and the reader is supposed to accept it.
Gordon, I agree.
Technological Sophistication is Sorely Lacking
For me, even a story that is fictional has to possess a level of authenticity. Since the Click series utilizes technology, the wheels in my brain started turning as to whether it was in alignment with the times. The 1st book reflected the year 2011 and this book reflected the year 2012. So, from a social sophistication perspective, this entire set up is lacking.
Allow me to get even more detailed for a minute.
Instant Messaging arrived in the mid to late 1990’s. I even remember that good ol’ “AIM” messenger.
Emojis (which I adore using) were also being invented in the late 1990’s. 🙂 😀
Skype peeked its head in 2003.
Facebook was founded in 2004.
Twitter came along in 2006.
Smartphones made their debut somewhere around 2007 . Smartphones have tremendous capability, which is why they are deemed smart. It is like having a mini computer on you at all times.
Instagram came along in 2010.
Snapchat appeared in 2011.
By now, you may be wondering why I stated all of these facts. It is because all of these things were in existence during the time frame that Click and Double Click were written. Therefore, why not make the presentation match with what existed in technology? It would have broken the monotony of all of the text. Also, there are events that would have made more sense being conveyed by Instant Messaging or using a smartphone. I just didn’t get why this story behaved as if it was oh so before 1990 when all was there to make it plausible.
Character Development is Blah
The more I read about Renee, the less I like her. One would think that she would be more secure since being in a relationship. Instead, she acts like a brat and becomes judgmental, the very thing she claimed not to find cool about Ashley. Shelley is still as catty as ever. Ashley traded in her judgmental side for being a blend of whiny and bitter, due to her new responsibilities. I still found Mark to be decent, although there isn’t enough detail given to even explain why he’d be drawn to Cassidy.
4 out of 10 Stars
This is where I am with this trilogy. Yes, I’m going to finish it but I have this look on my face … and trust me, this is not the face you want me to have when I am reading a book.
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