10 November 2011

Book Review & Author Interview: Goodnight Tweetheart

2¢ Worth: Do you ever hit a slump? That horrible moment, that at one point or another, gets every reader. The moment when no book works. Well have I got the book for you. I call it, the slump slayer. Goodnight Tweetheart is like candy and a chick flick for the thirsty reader. It's wickedly funny, light, and fast-paced. Don't do Twitter? Don't worry, neither do I. Because honestly you don't have to be a fan of Twitter to enjoy the delicious banter, flirtation, and dialogue full of pop culture references.
Wrapping quote: "Told almost entirely in tweets and DMs, Goodnight Tweetheart is a truly modern take on a classic tale of love and loss—a Griffin and Sabine for the Twitter generation."
Wooed: I love(d) this book so much that this review basically wrote itself. I love when that happens.

Wrinkle: The ending isn't tied in bow. It's tender and lets the reader's imagination fill in the blanks.

Whippersnappers: It is quite clean but there are minor mentions to illness, drug abuse, and previous infidelities. You can also expect some playful sexual innuendos.

Writer Q & A:
Q: How old are Mark and Abby?
A: "Abby would have been around 29 at the time the book took place and Mark would have been around 30 or 31. I had to do the math by remembering that Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" was playing at Abby's junior prom. They're obviously familiar with a lot of TV shows that were "before their time" but I cheated by making them both huge fans of TV Land and Nick at Nite. ;) I have an extremely broad frame of reference when it comes to classic television and movies so I didn't think it was that much of a stretch to give them the same skill set."
Q: How did you come up with the concept for Goodnight Tweetheart? I noticed in the acknowledgments that you said Mark and Abby started tweeting in your head. Can you tell my readers more about that?
A: "I came up with the idea for GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART because I loved Twitter so much. When I realized I'd written about 80,000 words in "tweets", enough for a full-length novel, I decided it might be time to find a way to make this venue work for me creatively. My brain "tweets" all the time anyway. I also wanted to see if two characters could create a deep and meaningful connection using a medium that seems so superficial. Snippets of their conversation would pop into my head when I was driving or taking a shower or waiting in the drive-thru lane at Starbucks. I wrote a great deal of the book while sitting at Starbucks and as I was creating the dialogue between Mark and Abby, there were times when I almost felt like Mark was real and was tweeting with me. After I finished the book, I missed them both terribly, almost as if I'd lost two genuine friends!"
What's what: So what I'm saying is, read this book. Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros is a 5 star, updated and sweeter You've Got Mail that won my heart.

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com.

Click here to read a teaser of Goodnight Tweetheart.

41 comments :

  1. Yes! I was convinced I needed this the other fat after your teaser post! Do now of course I want it even more!

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  2. I just got this book from the library yesterday after seeing your Tuesday Teaser! Can't wait to start it, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Seriously reading this soon. Twitter is quite addictive actually, I have high hopes for this book after seeing so many good reviews. And awesome interview :)

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  4. Oh my goodness! I'm buying this and reading it tonight. I seriously need it! Plus, I've been on the fence about whether to read it or not and your review/interview has completely swayed me. Awesome job! Loved it! Yay! :o)

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  5. Oh I'm so glad! I'm adding this one to my list for sure. I loved your teaser so much that I couldn't wait for the review.

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  6. My friend said she mailed me this book already, so should be getting it any day now! Can't wait! It sounds so good, and it had gotten great reviews! I love chick-lit but hasve been disappointed lately by the ones I have read. I need this book!

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  7. BB: Oh goody! :)

    Sarah: Wahoo! I'm so glad to hear that.

    Smitten: Yay! Enjoy!

    1stdaughter: Wahoo! Yay!

    Alexis: Thanks :)

    MaryBookFan: Super fun :)

    Walltowall: This one won't disappoint you :)

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  8. That sounds life such a fun read and how creative! Twitter is definitely addictive!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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  9. It's so funny that you just posted this because the book review I put up today was a type of review I've never done before because I was in such a reading funk when I read it. Must try out the slump-slayer!

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  10. Yes! I love it when you read a book and the review writes itself because you loved the book so much!

    And wow, I can't imagine writing a whole novel in 140 characters. I have a hard enough time tweeting one 140 message. LOL

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  11. The slump-slayer? Nice! I'll have to give this one a shot. :) Great review and Q&A!

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  12. Awesome review. When I saw the teaser I was hoping you'd review this one because I've been curious about it for a while. Putting it on my TBR list. I like those books written in emails or diary entries...so innovative and different. So the twitter convos should be right up my ally. I love that her characters took over her head...makes them more authentic!

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  13. It sounds so sweet, I want to read it :)

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  14. Regina Hott: Thanks :)

    Melissa: Totally :)

    Jenny Snark: Ahhhh yes. I know what you mean. When you try something and it doesn't quite click but you're not sure if it's you or the book. I have SO been there :)

    Missie: Right? It rarely happens but I love when it happens.

    I feel ya. ;)

    JessicaBookLover: :) Thanks!

    Jade: I was curious about it for awhile too :) Oh and I too love different formats. :)

    Blod: Yay! Mission accomplished.

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  15. So glad to hear this was so fun! It's been on my radar for a while, especially since I'm Twitter obsessed myself.

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  16. What an awesome way to write a book! Next time I'm in a reading slump (which happens way too often), I'm definitely checking this one out!

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  17. sounds like my kind of book. awesome!

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  18. This book sounds great! Funny random story...I was following a "Juju" on twitter b/c I thought she was you. The frilly underwear picture should have been my first clue. Needless to say, based on her content, I realized I had the wrong Juju. :P

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  19. I'm glad the word is getting out about this book! I recently posted a short review of it as well! http://lratrandom.blogspot.com/2011/11/review-shorts-post-2.html

    I agree that there should be a second book! Like Hello Tweetheart

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  20. Meg: Oh you would love it :)

    Meredith: Yay! :)

    Chelley: :)

    Lily: LOL Ahhhhhh *hug* Yah not me. But I'm sincerely touched that you want to follow me :D

    LRatRandom: Coool. I'm on my way to check it out.

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  21. This sounds very cute....Ill have to add it to the TBR.

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  22. I like that--a slump slayer. I'm putting a star on this review.

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  23. Well that's it. I'm getting this book, pronto. I love your review; I can really tell how much you liked this book. I also like what the author said about trying to explore a relationship through something that seems so superficial. Very interesting.

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  24. Tina: Yay :) Glad to hear :)

    Kaye: Whoot :)

    Penelope: FAB! Thank you :) I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

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  25. Great review! I'm totally in a major slump right now. I saw this book at the store and wasn't sure about reading it...now I am! Great review :)

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  26. It's totally wonderful when a book takes you out of the slump!

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  27. I'm in a reading slump right now... so, thank you for the heads up Ju! You're a star!!

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  28. Aths: Amen :)

    Cherry: No prob ;) And nahhhh you're the sweetie star

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  29. Sounds cute, I love books that can break me out of a slump!

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  30. Kelli: Right? And I think this one will help with any slump :)

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  31. Sounds adorable :) I love the idea of a story told in tweets. Great review, Juju!

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  32. Great post Juju...through and through! I often find my mind thinking in tweets as well... ^_^

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  33. GMR: You do? How cute! I wonder what those read like.

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  34. I am more of a facebook person myself. I think in facebook status updates!! Sounds like a fun book.


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