Sunday, August 21, 2011

Goodnight Tweetheart, by Teresa Medeiros

I just finished reading Goodnight Tweetheart, by Teresa Medeiros. Usually I pick out a book because I like the author and then part way through the book I will read the back cover. I did the same with this one.

Abigail Donovan has a lot of stuff she should be doing. Namely writing her next novel. A bestselling author who is still recovering from a near Pulitzer Prize win and the heady success that follows Oprah’s stamp of approval, she is stuck at Chapter Five and losing confidence daily. But when her publicist signs her up for a Twitter account, she’s intrigued. What’s all the fuss?
Taken under the wing of one of her Twitter followers, “MarkBaynard"—a quick witted, quick-typing professor on sabbatical—Abby finds it easy to put words out into the world 140 characters at a time. And once she gets a handle on tweets, retweets, direct messages, hashtags, and trends, she starts to feel unblocked in writing and in life. After all, why should she be spending hours in her apartment staring at her TweetDeck and fretting about her stalled career when Mark is out there traveling the world and living?

Or is he?

I found this to be a highly unusual book as most of it is done in the form of tweets. Yes, you heard me correctly. A good share of the book is written in tweet dialogue. Each dialogue existing for 146 characters or less. I found myself wondering how you’d write a book in this form. Would you write it and then go back and make sure each form of dialogue was only 146 characters? Or would you do count each character as you went along? Or did Teresa simply get a feel of how long 146 characters is and get it all right the first time? And how many edits did she have to make?

Silly questions, I know. That’s the writer in me.

The reader in me enjoyed the simple online romance. It was cute! There were a couple references to sexual behaviors, and there were a couple choice words. If that doesn’t bother you, I’d recommend this book. It was light, fun, an easy read, and really well crafted. It’s amazing what the author has managed to tell the reader about each of the characters strictly through tweets.

If you are looking for something quick and different than your traditional romance, this is one I’d recommend!