April Book of the Month Club Pick and Review: Startup by Doree Shafrir

“Mack noted, with no small degree of satisfaction, that his selfie already had 129 likes.” – Doree Shafrir, Startup

Book Review for Startup by Doree Shafrir

We  are very happy members of the Book of the Month Club. (There is an affiliate link in this post, but the post is not sponsored. We happily pay for our books each month.) Book of the Month Club gives subscribers a chance to pick one of 5 hand-picked books each month for 15.99. You can also pick an additional 2 books for 9.99 each. This month, I chose Startup by Doree Shafrir and Jackie chose I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.

Kirsten’s Pick: Startup by Doree Shafrir

My brother works at a startup and to be honest, I don’t possess much knowledge about what that means. The description for this novel hooked me. I thought a story about working in the tech industry, particularly that of a startup might help me understand his world a bit more. The promise of humor fit in with my goals of reading some lighter fare this month too.

Startup by Doree Shafrir did not disappoint. I read this book right after completing The Circle by Dave Eggers which has a much darker take on the tech industry and privacy in the digital age. Shafrir’s writing, in comparison to Eggers, is clever and funny – gently poking fun of the industry (constant re-tweets, likes, snaps, etc.). Shafrir goes deeper and tackles some more serious topics as well, but nothing quite as intrusive as The Circle.

Ageism (old after 32) and lack of diversity in the tech industry are woven through out the novel. Sexism and sexual harassment also come into play giving this fun read some meat. I identified the most with the mid-thirties mom who was re-entering the workforce after staying home to raise her kids for 5 years. Her take on the hip twenty-something set made me feel understood. I recall asking my brother what OG stood for when we were discussing which french press coffee maker I should purchase. (Original gangster and Bodum respectively.) Her constant need to look up terms on Urban Dictionary made me feel strangely validated.

This debut novel was exclusively available a month early through the Book of the Month Club. The national release date is not until April 25. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be adding it to our Ultimate Beach Reads Guide next month.

“Such a small impact on the world, yet the very centre of my own.”
― Clare MackintoshI Let You Go

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Jackie’s Pick: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I chose I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh after hearing good things from a friend. This was a book choice from months ago,  before we joined.  The great thing about Book of the Month Club is you can choose books from months past! I Let You Go is a completely different kind of book.  It is thrilling and has a crazy twist that had I not been sitting, would have knocked me flat.  I loved this well written book that had me in tears and my heart pounding and couldn’t put it down for the last 200 pages!

I don’t want to ruin anything by giving too much of the plot. This book starts with a devastating accident in which a little boy is struck by a car.  The story follows his mother after the accident and the police detectives on the case to find out “who dun it”.  This book is un-putdownable.  By far one of the best books of the year for me.  5 stars!!!!!

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April Book of the Month Club Pick and Review: Startup by Doree ShafrirStartup by Doree Shafrir
on April 25th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Humorous, General, Satire
Pages: 304
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One of the most anticipated books of 2017--Vulture, BuzzFeed, The Millions, Nylon, and Book Riot's "All the Books" Podcast

From veteran online journalist and BuzzFeed writer Doree Shafrir comes a hilarious debut novel that proves there are some dilemmas that no app can solve.

Mack McAllister has a $600 million dollar idea. His mindfulness app, TakeOff, is already the hottest thing in tech and he's about to launch a new and improved version that promises to bring investors running and may turn his brainchild into a $1 billion dollar business--in startup parlance, an elusive unicorn.

Katya Pasternack is hungry for a scoop that will drive traffic. An ambitious young journalist at a gossipy tech blog, Katya knows that she needs more than another PR friendly puff piece to make her the go-to byline for industry news.

Sabrina Choe Blum just wants to stay afloat. The exhausted mother of two and failed creative writer is trying to escape from her credit card debt and an inattentive husband-who also happens to be Katya's boss-as she rejoins a work force that has gotten younger, hipper, and much more computer literate since she's been away.

Before the ink on Mack's latest round of funding is dry, an errant text message hints that he may be working a bit too closely for comfort with a young social media manager in his office. When Mack's bad behavior collides with Katya's search for a salacious post, Sabrina gets caught in the middle as TakeOff goes viral for all the wrong reasons. As the fallout from Mack's scandal engulfs the lower Manhattan office building where all three work, it's up to Katya and Sabrina to write the story the men in their lives would prefer remain untold.

An assured, observant debut from the veteran online journalist Doree Shafrir, Startup is a sharp, hugely entertaining story of youth, ambition, love, money and technology's inability to hack human nature.

April Book of the Month Club Pick and Review: Startup by Doree ShafrirI Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Published by Penguin on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Contemporary Women
Pages: 384
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One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016!

The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl...“a finely crafted novel with a killer twist.”(#1 New York Times bestselling author Paula Hawkins)
On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street...

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, “I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I'd written it...a stellar achievement.”