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Dear Internet: It's Me, Avery by Jennifer Ammoscato

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"Oh, please! Don’t pretend you’ve never checked out that weird mole on WebMD. Or how to fold meringue on Epicurious. And I can't be the only one who clears her search history after looking up how to give a great bl— (Um, that last one’s not important.) 

Do I have an unhealthy Internet advice dependency? Probably. But it would NEVER steer me wrong. Right…?"

When newspaper reporter Avery Fowler figures out that her husband is having an affair, she turns to HowTo.com to navigate this challenging stage of her life. Cell phone clutched firmly in hand, she enlists her HowTo.com life coach, Clementine, to tackle such tricky questions as on-line dating (Dear HowTo.com: Is it lying if I say they’re real?”) and sex once nothing points north anymore. 

Add into the mix a new boss (the Wicked Bitch of the West), and Avery needs all the help she can get! The former gossip writer must now up her game to keep her job. (“Dear HowTo.com: how do I cover an attempted murder scene (despite a paralyzing fear of blood)?”

Co-worker and ace journalist Ryan Whiteford intimidates her with his first-class prose and daunting knowledge of shorthand. But they must join forces to topple their boss when, one fateful night, they learn her guilty secret. 

Can all life’s questions be answered with a keystroke? Or should the journey to becoming Avery Fowler 2.0 begin in our intrepid heroine's heart?



Hey! Here's my review.

With a title like that, I had no choice but to up the ante with the technology, and read the book via my favourite text-to-speech app on my smart phone. Once I convinced Nicole Ivona (my favourite Australian accented woman who lives inside my phone and reads me stories) that Avery's nickname wasn't "Arvay" (Ave) or Avenue (Ave. at the end of a sentence) and told her to say "Ayv", then all was well. (Dear Howto.com How do you stop Nicole saying stupid things?)

This was such a fun read. I had a stupid grin plastered on my face the whole way through, and often had my kids asking me what I was laughing at. I found Avery lovable and I'm looking forward to catching up with her again in the next book. I enjoyed her little asides, when she spoke directly to the reader. This novel had a "Murphy's Law" vibe - what ever can go wrong, will go wrong, but, of course, it all get fixed up by the end. There was a sweet romantic plot, but it wasn't the sole focus. 

I hunted this book down on NetGalley on a recommendation from a friend, and received it free in exchange for an honest review.


★★★★★ 

  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook
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Jamie Kramer
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6 September 2015 at 06:00 delete

I have seen this book around and thought I might give it a chance, but now I definitely will be! I like easy going and funny reads so this seems like it'll be a perfect addition to my shelves!

Jamie @ Books and Ladders

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6 September 2015 at 11:03 delete

I think you'll love it! Thanks for stopping by.

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Circumspect4
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7 September 2015 at 00:09 delete

Sounds like a great read! Do you ever find yourself reading a book and finding yourself adding the the accent of the characters? I'm really bad at doing that with British accents and US Southern accents. My Australian accent needs some work. ;-)

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7 September 2015 at 00:22 delete

Sometimes the voices inside my head add accents. I'm not very good at doing them myself though. One of the books I'm currently reading - Luna Tango by Alli Sinclair, has really captured english spoken by an Argentinian. Swoon!

I love audiobooks too, though I haven't found a non Australian who can pull off an Aussie accent without making me cringe! I don't sound like that! Ha ha.

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