Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham….
The book surprised me, as I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The book centers around social media and it had quite a few deep observations on the current state of social media and the ways it impacts our lives. I loved the family dynamics and the slow-burn romance. It had unexpected twists and turns which kept me engaged throughout the story. Although I have a few qualms with it, mainly the one regarding my country India, which was mentioned in the book by Rafael, the protagonist’s love interest, who says that he used to live in India earlier, where he didn’t have a mobile phone due to lack of network and living in the rural areas of the country. This struck me as a result of a lack of research because these days you wouldn’t find anyone without a phone in India, despite the location of the place. The reception of a cell phone is also not poor. A simple Google search would have taught the author that. I am just disappointed that the author put misleading information in the book and my country has (yet again) been portrayed in a negative light. I am well aware that my country is a developing one, but putting incorrect information in a YA book that will be read by thousands of teens is not the right way to go. Anyway, this was the only major qualm that I had against the book but apart from that, the book is well-written and overall enjoyable.