Book Review: Facebook Jeanie by: Addison Westlake

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Synopsis: It’s Bridget Jones meets Groundhog Day…

Ever wonder if you made the right choice? What if you could go back and find out? 

31-year-old Clara is in a steady relationship—with Facebook. Every night after her depressing bureaucratic job (so much for saving the world), after coming home to her empty apartment Clara settles down with a pint of ice cream for some good, old-fashioned Facebook stalking. It’s her college boyfriend, The One Who Got Away. He now has a perfect marriage, perfect house, perfect life—everything she could have had if she hadn’t been so, so stupid. 

But, wait. Jeanie from Facebook shows up at Clara’s job. There’s a new app they’re beta-testing and Clara’s perfect for it. That night she clicks on it and… nothing happens. But the next morning when Clara wakes up at noon, hung over, listening to her roommate blow-drying her hair and singing “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”, she realizes she’s back in college. With the chance to do it all over again. 

Back in the world of frat parties, BFFs, and long-suffering, overlooked lab partners, join Clara as she discovers what it really means to hit the reset button on life. What could possibly go wrong? And, this time, can she get it right?

Review: Who hasn’t felt like they needed a reset on one important day which affected the rest of their life? Clara certainly does, as she spends all her free time on Facebook contemplating what might have been with her college boyfriend, Brad. Facebook-stalking Brad is a full-time passion of Clara’s as she compares her boring life to Brad’s perfect one. She sees what she thinks she could have had if only she hadn't dumped him right before college graduation. When Facebook Jeanie shows up to Clara’s office one morning, she gives Clara the chance of a lifetime to go back to the day she dumped Brad and make a different decision. Of course, you have to be careful what you wish for. ‘Facebook Jeanie’ had me hooked from the first few words! I’m sure at one point in our lives; we've all felt like Clara – wishing for what might have been. Clara was definitely a relatable character and it was great seeing her go through the resets and discovering who she truly is and what she wants out of life and out of love. ‘Facebook Jeanie’ is a sweet story with fun characters and a beautiful “happily ever after”.

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