Book Review: It Started with a Tweet by Anna Bell

Could YOU survive a digital detox?

Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . .

Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy’s problems – a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria. Soon, too, Daisy meets a welcome distraction there in Jack, the rugged man-next-door.

But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village?

And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone?

What I Thought:
Coming in at number 29 in the #40yrs40bks challenge, It Started with a Tweet is a book by an author I’ve never read before and, based on what an enjoyable little read this book was, I’ll definitely be seeking Anna Bell out for more summery reads.

Although it’s billed as a romantic comedy, this book actually asks a really interesting modern-day question: are we too much in love with our phones, and have we forgotten how to live in the real world without them? This comes sharply into focus for Daisy when she is fired for sending a disastrous tweet from her company account. When her sister Rosie suggests a digital detox Daisy tentatively agrees, but finds it harder than she imagined to stay out of the loop.

There is a really telling scene when Daisy tries to return to her former life that I won’t spoil, but that really calls out anyone (like me!) who rely a bit too much on their phones while out and about!

Extraordinarily relatable, and with some very colourful characters It Started with a Tweet is light and funny and perfect holiday reading.

It Started with a Tweet is published by Zaffre Publishing. To find out more about Anna Bell you can check out her website, or connect with her on Twitter.

ps. At the time of writing, the Kindle version of this book is only 99p (Feb 18).

Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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