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“Reading Save as Draft gives the vicarious thrill of peeking where one shouldn’t only to get drawn in by the warm and funny heartbeat with which Cavanaugh Lee has infused this up-to-the-second modern romance—a truly good time” (Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Nanny Diaries).Inboxes are the new diaries, only much easier to fin“Reading Save as Draft gives the vicarious thrill of peeking where one shouldn’t only to get drawn in by the warm and funny heartbeat with which Cavanaugh Lee has infused this up-to-the-second modern romance—a truly good time” (Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Nanny Diaries).Inboxes are the new diaries, only much easier to find and unlock. Cavanaugh Lee’s fresh, fun novel breaks all the rules of dating—from misfires, typos, and emoticons to LMAOs, OMGs, and WTFs—while illustrating all that can go wrong with the latest forms of (mis)communication. Lee’s characters pull readers into their love saga and expose their inboxes as never before. An epistolary novel told entirely in emails, Blackberry texts and messages, Facebook and Match.com profiles, Save as Draft follows the quirky Izabell Chin, a wannabe-actress-turned-lawyer, and the two men who love her. There’s Peter, the preppy, reserved co-worker and loyal friend, and Marty, a guy who arrives via an alluring Match.com profile. A love triangle evolves over the course of several emails and texts as these characters struggle to say what they mean and mean what they say in an era that leaves them wondering if things left unsaid—or rather unsent—could have changed the course of their lives forever....

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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Save as Draft: A Novel Reviews

  • Jasmine
    2019-04-08 21:35

    okay so the main character is: 1. one of those idiots who needs a man to define herself. 2. obsessed with the save as draft option on email, I'm sorry who actually uses that ever? 3. Is pissed at her boyfriend for not being home by 5... you work at the same law firm why the fuck don't you have anything to do are you too much of a loser for people to want you to do work. 4. is flighty and stupid. Basically this book is about the worst possible conception of women ever, yeah I'm being a jerk but I can't believe this was written by a women, my most sexist male friends write less insulting women than this. only the two women who are suppose to be married (brooke and elizabeth) are even mildly managable. the emails aren't chronological they are man based so all the times she is emailing 2 men there are separate chapters for each man which is unnecessarily confusing. I knew I would hate this book I shouldn't have read it. I just thought a book in facebook messages would be fun. but that was a fake sell no facebook messages. also putting a relationship status on facebook without discussing it is not telling someone you love them it's fucking creepy. next time I'm going to do something like this someone take the book away from me.

  • Tina
    2019-04-05 15:35

    Original post at One More PageI was thrilled to see that Save as Draft was included in Simon & Schuster's latest galley grab as I've had my eye on it ever since Jill of Breaking the Spine featured this book in a Waiting on Wednesday post. I'm a big sucker for epistolary novels, and I love it even more when they use technology in the story too (case in point: Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick).Because I enjoyed the novel so much, I thought of writing a review for it in the way the novel is written. It might get a tad personal and long (just as how I tried to review This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen), but I hope you keep on reading. :P==================================from: Tina < hello @ tinamats.com>to: Achieving Friends :)date: Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 7:19 PMsubject: Save as Draft, and all sorts of thoughtsHello friends!This may be a very surprising email for you guys to get because...well, do we really communicate using emails now? There's Facebook and Twitter, and well, there are other ways we can communicate...but indulge me for a while. Sometimes a book can make you do silly stuff. ;)So I just finished reading this book, Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee. It's this book filled with emails and text messages from this girl, Izzy, to her friends and her guys. It starts with Izzy in 2008, where she joins an online dating website and meets Marty, a nice and sweet guy who seems to be very interesting. However, even after a great first date, Izzy tells Marty that she has decided to exclusively date her best friend, Peter and she was sorry. Then we are brought back to 2006, where Izzy first meets Peter, and how their relationship started from best friends to lovers.I'm going to stop there so I won't spoil you. I thought Save as Draft would be one of those typical chick lit romance novels with only a difference in format being an "electro-epistolary" novel, but I was wrong. I was very pleasantly surprised with this, and you may have seen my tweets during the weekend about this book -- I was literally laughing out loud at home while I was reading this because Izzy reminded me SO much of myself. I love Izzy - her over thinking, her flirting, even her depressing moments remind me so much of the times I felt the same thing! Girls, I think we'll all see some of ourselves in Izzy, or even her friends. The way they exchange emails and all that feels like they were actually exchanging dialogues instead of mere emails, and it's just like how we tweet each other sometimes, haha. I think we will definitely see some of the guys we know in Peter and Marty, too.The book is littered with so many funny exchanges that's the stuff you can see in modern sitcoms but also things you can see in real life. Of course, I'm no judge for that with my still single since birth status, but these are the things we usually talk about, you know?I think the biggest "lesson" I picked up with Save as Draft is how relationships are never black and white. I've talked to some of you about this before, and again, given my single status, I know I'm highly idealistic. That's why I like books like this -- they show a side of reality that I have not yet experienced and give me a bit of a warning, if you may. Something to remind me that things will never turn exactly the way I like it. Remember how I used to say that I wanted a guy who had no issues or hang ups in life just so things won't be complicated? Well, if I keep on thinking like that, then I know I would never ever settle down with anyone because a guy (or a girl, for that matter) without issues or hang ups does not exist. I think the author was very good at showing that relationships can be messy. There's no perfect relationship just as there is no perfect person. Even if the person seemed perfect at the start, you'd realize eventually that he's a workaholic, or he has issues with fat people (this really kind of grated my nerves there) or he's too presumptuous (haha this reminds me of someone!). It's all gray and there is never a clear thing, and sometimes you just really have to follow your heart, you know?And excuse me for being emo there. These are the things we usually talk about when we're drinking.I think this is the first time that I was confused at who I wanted the heroine to end up with. I mean, even my Best Friend vs. the Other Guy thing couldn't decide: Izzy fell for her best friend, but there was also this other perfectly nice guy there that I liked for her...is real life really like this?!It's a very, very good book, and I won't spoil you anymore because I'm going to make you guys read this! I was entertained all throughout, and I bet you guys will, too. Save as Draft is not a relationship manual, but it's given me a little insight on what I must remember when the day comes that I enter a relationship: (1) never substitute face to face communication with emails/tweets/chats/texts/what-have-you and (2) never let anyone dim my sparkle.Oh, and never ever do anything you'll regret when you're drunk. ;)Rambling off. Can't wait to see you guys again -- this weekend?xoxo,TinaP.S. I just thought of a perfect Valentine's Gift. I just hope this book gets to the Philippine shores on time. :)==================================If you're looking for a quick, fun yet meaningful read about relationships and how messy it can be, do get this book. Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee will be out in hardcover on February 1 under Simon & Schuster.

  • Helen Dunn
    2019-03-22 21:10

    The best I can say is that I did finish it. It's a breezy book without much thought involved in reading. You can read it during commercial breaks while you watch TV (even if you are FF-ing the commercials!) Characters are completely unlikeable. Especially the main character. I wasn't rooting for any of them. I don't even like Izzy's friends who are supposed to be the voices of reason. (Seriously, I am SO TIRED of people constantly harping on how hard and miserable married life is. It's not so bad! Maybe you just aren't married to the right people!!)The email format of the story is slightly annoying and a little confusing if you aren't paying attention to the date/time stamps. Most of the time I didn't bother until I realized it was critical to the plot so I'd flip back and figure out the timeline.Extra annoyed by the crazy emails from the match.com guys because they had absolutely no bearing on the story at all. Completely wasted space.By the end of the story I wanted all of them to wind up miserable and alone. Also - why the big reveal of the email to Rose in the last pages when there are absolutely no repercussions??Total waste of time.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-20 16:38

    Let me save you the time, gentle readers: this book is awful. Terrible. I started to read it last night and after the first 20 pages or so was COMPLETELY uninterested (even though I usually like books like this), but I wanted to see what happened so I flipped to the end. Which made NO SENSE. Isn't a novel supposed to have a resolution? So I paged through it to see what happened and in a word: nothing. It was blathering drivel from a 20-something character who needs to stay away from online dating sites and men in general. Also, maybe herself. I've always wondered how one writes an unsympathetic main character, one the read doesn't care about. THIS IS HOW.I keep coming upon books that are for people who don't read much (therefore don't have very high standards of literature). This is one of those books. Also in this category: books by Lisa Scottoline.*I feel absolutely awful for this review, but I'm sorry, it's just bad. I'm not really this mean all the time!

  • Les
    2019-04-21 14:39

    "Save as Draft?" No, I'd be more inclined to hit the DELETE key. I kept hoping it would get better, but it just had such unlikeable characters. The common thread was that they created draft email messages (that were never sent) either holding other people accountable for their foibles or admitting how they really felt about something. However, they all acted poorly and were guilty of the same things themselves that they condemned others for. None of them tell each other how they really feel and frequently lie to or evade family and friends. I kept hoping someone would actually speak their mind rather than wimping out.Izzy is blivious that Peter wants to be more than just friends, so she starts an on-line relationship with Marty. She then dumps him after a single date to have a relationship with Peter, then refuses to respond to any more of Marty's emails. She also drops him from her friends status on Facebook, so she doesn't have to deal with him anymore. So it's okay for her to just ignore him so he'll go away. But she thinks Marty is reprehensible and a 1st class SOB when he stops responding to her friend Anna after they've had several dates (and slept together). Of course she says this in a draft email but doesn't follow through on actually telling him.She works in the litigation department at the same law firm Peter does, but while he's putting in 15 hour days, she's getting off at 5:00 everyday. Not sure what kind of litigation she's involved with as a lowly attorney in a high power firm that lets her avoid putting in any additional hours at work or at home (the only reference to her doing anything at work I can remember is sneaking sex with Peter). She gets more and more p*ssed off at Peter, so her solution is to buy $1k worth of Victoria's Secret clothes she hates but she'll wear for his benefit if he's ever home in time for her to entice him. Not sure of the logic, but at one point greeting him naked didn't have the desired effect so she could have saved the money. Marty starts out as the most likeable/sympathetic character. He tries to start a relationship with Izzy but she ditches him when she picks Peter instead. He starts to get creepy when he continues to email and then call her long after she has stopped responding, because he's still convinced she's THE ONE. Once Izzy's relationship hits the skids with Peter she starts interacting with him again. She thinks they're just being friends but he's setting his sights on marrying her. Eventually he goes way off the deep end, but she won't confront him, despite her friends begging her to. Peter calls Izzy an overachiever because she's taking the California bar exam, but he has a PhD in Biology from Harvard and then went to law school. Isn't that a bit of overachieving? It takes him 2 years but he finally gets Izzy, then gets stuck with the boss from hell. The author is an attorney so she does a good job of detailing the expectations Rose dumps on Peter at a moment's notice, only to change her mind after he's pulled an all-nighter.Peter won't stand up to Rose so his life gets sucked away and his relationship blows apart. He works late, won't talk to or have sex with Izzy, and avoids his parents, but yet he makes the time to have email conversations with an ex-girlfriend (who posts a message on Facebook which tips off Izzy). He secretly looks for a high school teaching job rather than standing up for himself at work. How many high schools are looking for a PhD Biology teacher? What about a different job in the legal profession? Whatever Izzy is doing would certainly be less stressful. He talks about how important his job is, and keeps begging Izzy to bear with him, but in the end he chooses the job over his relationship.By the end I didn't really care about what happened to any of them, although I will give the author credit for not creating a simple pat solution. She is writing a sequel so there is a possibility that Izzy and Peter can get it together. Izzy might want to contemplate a restraining order against Marty though...

  • Lauren
    2019-04-15 22:11

    Initial thoughts after reading: One of the most frustrating books I've ever read and I'm still trying to decide if that's a good thing or bad thing or both...I'm leaning towards both. ~~~Official Review:This book is one of the most frustrating books I've ever read, and after a long period of thought I've decided that that is both a good and bad thing, because while this is one book I wanted to yell at at times, it's also one book I couldn't put down, not even for a second. Better yet, the frustrating parts make Save as Draft memorable...very memorable, in my opinion. And memorable is what I'm looking for in books, especially when the said book is also quite witty.Save as Draft tells the story of Izabell (aka Izzy to all her friends). She's a lawyer at an Atlanta law firm with nothing but an ample amount of time on her hands, and because of that and the fact that her love life is currently non-existent, she decides to sign up for eHarm. No, she's not desperate, just curious. With eHarm comes Marty, a guy whose sweet and as big as a film/music fan as her. She has to admit she does like Marty, but then there's Peter. Peter is her best male friend, and she's kind of had an off/on crush on him for years, so when he finally makes a move on her, she goes with and ends up as his girlfriend in the process. Marty or Peter? Peter or Marty? What's is a girl to do? Which guy is better for her? Or is the answer neither? Only time can tale in this fast paced read about on girl and the love triangle she somehow becomes a part of...Lets start with the characters of Save as Draft. For one, I had a love/hate relationship with Izzy for most of the book, because while I found her to be lovable in an odd kind of way, I also wanted to yell at her sometimes for making really dumb decisions when it comes to Peter and Marty. And talking about those two, I yet again loved/hated how Cavanaugh constantly had me wondering who would be better for Izzy. as well as who (if anyone) she would end up with. The sweet and likable Marty? Or the funny, workaholic Peter? Both had thier good and bad parts and both were great and horrible for Izzy in many ways. Moving on, I loved the the way Izzy's story was told. I'm always a fan of books told in email/text message format, especially when the author manages to succeed in using that method, and luckily Cavanaugh did. She managed to do fantastic job in fleshing out the characters as well as all the drama that was occurring. Better yet, I loved how she constatly switched from present to past times with the different messages, because it gives you a better understanding of Izzy and the characters in the long run. Furthermore, Save as Draft is a book about relationships overall, and I liked that a lot, because not only did Cavanaugh bring about many different questions and points within the book, but she did it a way that was memorable, as mentioned before. I liked how through her characters she had them question how well they truly knew someone in today's email obsessed world, and how far they would go and how much effort they would put into loving someone, even when that said person was breaking their heart into little tiny pieces. It was interesting to say the least. In all, Cavanaugh Lee's has quite the book with Save as Draft. It's funny, frustrating, romantic, and yet oddly bittersweet. It's a book that will leave you not only laughing out loud but with tears in your eyes. Most importantly it's a book that I highly recommend you pick up, and that's that. Grade: A-

  • Stacy
    2019-04-08 20:24

    I seriously cannot get enough of epistolary novels. They are one of my favorites, and somehow, I managed to read this one in less than five hours. Regardless of the storylines, epistolary books are usually fun to read, just because they're so informal in a way. Of course, being chick lit, there was heartbreak in the story, and it broke my heart a little bit too, what Iz went through. But I was surprised at how everything turned out in the end, which makes this story awesome. It fits the mold of a chick lit novel, but with a slight twist to make it even better. And the fact that I can relate to the online dating stuff makes it pure gold. You just don't realize how many weird people there are out there until you've been on a dating site. The odd ones do outnumber the normal ones, unfortunately. I'm definitely going to look for more from this author!

  • Shannon
    2019-04-01 18:34

    Lee's first work is as funny as it is compelling, and her unorthodox method of narration makes the story even more interesting. A must-read.Check out my full review at Luxury Reading - http://bit.ly/hwnZny

  • Karielle at Books à la Mode
    2019-04-13 15:18

    Blurb: A love triangle evolving over e-mails, texts, and Facebook messages that makes you wonder if the things we leave unsaid -- or rather unsent -- could change the story of our lives.==========================================Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011From: IzabellTo: ReaderSubject: Save as Draft==========================================Are we Facebook friends yet? I'm the wactress (waitress/actress) turned lawyer who lives her life online. Anyway, I've got this problem. There's this guy Peter. He's my best friend and co-worker, and we just started dating, which is potentially a huge mistake. But that's not all. There's this other guy, Marty from eHarm, and he ran with the bulls in Spain. I can't get him off my mind. What a mess. I'd love your advice if you can take a second out of your crazy, high-tech life. Shoot me an e-mail, text me, or BBM. And friend me if you haven't already! You can find me on Facebook under Save as Draft.IzabellWhat Stephanie Thought: Save as Draft is a charming novel that's bound to leave you hanging and frustrated at end, the very first epistolary fiction piece I've read since Paula Danziger's Snail Mail No More. Written entirely in emails, text messages, and Twitter updates, this book is sweepingly honest, as well as full of emotion. There lies a secret thrill in being able to peek inside someone's private life, especially in an era that is so dependent on internet communication.Cavanaugh Lee does not stop there. The essence of Save as Draft delves even deeper than the privacy of a password-protected email account, because the reader gets the inside scoop on what the characters don't. Emails that have been "saved as draft" or in less-techy terms, written but unsent, are revealed, opening up a whole nother road in knowing what the characters are actually thinking. Izzy and Peter, the engaged couple seemingly have everything paved out ahead of them. But miscommunication and too many saved drafts take a toll on the passionate relationship. You'll love reading how their relationship builds, climaxes, and abruptly falls, making you both cringe (because of how closely this hits to home -- this might as well be YOUR love life in YOUR email account) and smile (from the wit and the glad-it-wasn't-me! incidents) all within the same page.I love how the plot is conveyed through Facebook notifications (Izabell Chin has added you as a friend on Facebook) and eHarmony profiles to develop characters. It's a fun, flirty way to get to know the protagonists and the main conflicts.The ending made me so mad, but I couldn't have made it any more perfect. I won't give any spoilers, but I will say that it was sort of a tragic ending. Meaning, things do not end happily-ever-after as predicted. The ending is happy yes, just not the way I had thought it would be. Save as Draft is a heartbreakingly realistic novel that demonstrates human error in the ways we never speak what we think...and never think what we speak either.Stephanie Loves: "==========================================Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 3:33 PMFrom: IzabellTo: PeterSubject: Confession==========================================I joined eHarmony ... destroy this e-mail at once. I can't believe I'm even telling you. If you ever tell a soul, I will have you murdered by an Italian man with greasy hair whose name is Angelo.You should totally do eHarm too. Some of these dudes are hot. I'm sure the girls are hot as well. I mean, I'm on there. ;-)"Where Stephanie Got It: Received from Jen at Romancing the Book for review.Radical Rating: 8 hearts- Would recommend to lots of really good friends. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Leah
    2019-04-14 20:10

    One of my favourite ways for novels to be written is via email. I know lots of people think it’s not entirely possible to write a novel via email and make us care for the characters, or to keep the plot flowing, but I’m personally a big fan. They’re always such super-quick reads and if the author is good enough, you can make a novel from emails work. Cavanaugh Lee hits it out of the park with Save As Draft, a novel told through emails/Twitter updates/Facebook updates/text messages. I thought Save as Draft was utterly absorbing and although a love triangle isn’t the most original of plots, the email aspect and the fact Izabell (worst. spelling. ever. of. the. name. isabel/isobel/isabelle/isobell) isn’t annoying over her love triangle (you know, the whole “I want X/no I want Y/no X is for me” etc which Izabell does not do!), makes it easy to get involved in.Izabell is your typical twenty/thirty-something modern female: a wactress (waitress/actress) turned lawyer (who knew?) obsessed with technology. Email, texting, Tweeting, Facebooking. If it’s technological, Izabell does it. However, Izabell isn’t exactly the best when it comes to love, so when she ends up with two guys to choose from, she has no idea where to start. First, there’s BFF Peter, and then there’s Marty, a guy Izabell meets on eHarmony and who she clicks with instantly. We follow her emails during the course of a couple of years as she struggles with her job and as she tries to decide who indeed is the man for her, if indeed either Peter or Marty are…Save As Draft is a novel I managed to finish in a matter of hours, and I felt Lee’s emails were personal enough – from Izabell, from Peter, from Marty – that we quite easily get to know their characters and their personalities, despite no real narrative to the novel. I can’t say I was particularly enamoured with either guy – Peter was a bit of a workaholic, Marty a bit, er, weird, and I never really knew exactly where Izabell would go with either of them. The ending came as somewhat of a surprise, as well actually. It kind of made me sad the ending was so ambiguous, but apparently Lee is working on a sequel, so I will hold my words about the ambiguous ending.The only downside of the novel, for me, is that it’s based heavily on Lee’s own life. There’s a PDF on Lee’s website about how the novel came around and as such, Save as Draft is basically (seemingly) Lee’s story with different names. It rather makes a mockery of the whole “All events are fictional” and although I know that writers say “Write what you know” but I’d rather not have known just how true-to-life Save As Draft is because a) it seems lazy to just write about your own life and b) fiction should be fiction, always. Nevertheless (because it’s probably just me who’s not a fan of writers writing their auto-biography masquerading as a fiction novel), I still enjoyed the book. It was a quick and easy read and, despite the stupid spelling of Izabell’s name, I liked Izabell. She was sweet, somewhat naive, and seemed as if she’d be a person you’d like, if she was real (and she could be real, as I’ve said above). I look forward to the sequel to Save As Draft, and I do wonder when we’ll see it because I’ll be buying it, for sure.

  • Samantha March
    2019-03-23 19:22

    Not too long ago, I gingerly accepted a review request for Teresa Medeiros’s Goodnight Tweetheart, a novel made up mostly of Tweets. I say gingerly because I thought, “Tweets? How could readers understand and connect with characters by reading their Twitter thoughts?” I gave the novel 4 ½ stars. Proven wrong, I now eagerly accepted to read the debut by Cavanaugh Lee, Save As Draft. This novel is written mostly in email messages, along with a few tweets, texts, and Facebook updates along the way. The story follows Izzy Chin as she tries to find love. She joins E-Harmony and connects with Martin, and they have an instant connection. Through technology, they decide they could meet in person. One wildly successful date later, Izzy dumps Martin after deciding to take a chance on her best friend Peter. Peter and Izzy fall in love, as readers can depict from the sappy emails and TMI Facebook status updates, and quickly get engaged. But when Peter starts acting like he is married to his job, Izzy feels lost in the shuffle. She knows it may be wrong, be she drifts back to Martin, who is overly hopeful he can make a relationship with Izzy work. Readers can see how different the outcome could have been, if only some of the characters would just hit send. The ending I think will shock everyone. I actually started shouting after I closed this book. But in a good way, a way that made me think. What if we were just honest with each other? What if we didn’t have technology allowing us to censor our thoughts and emotions? Save As Draft is definitely on my Favorites List. I loved getting to know characters a different way, and the added friendships of Izzy’s and their take on marriage brings in the comedic relief. The subjects touched in this novel are actually very serious, and I appreciate how this story is told with such honesty and validity in the technology crazed world we live in. I highly recommend this book, and looks forward to more from newcomer Cavanaugh Lee.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-19 18:22

    I picked up the book because epistolary novels are kind of interesting. I'm always curious about narrative structure and I'm interested to see how a writer handles the challenges of characterization in this situation. The emails and drafts work fairly well. The "Save As Draft" conceit is the most intriguing element because it does insert some complexity, that "what if" element, into the experience. There are a couple of instances of SMS, twitter updates, and an occasional FB status change but they weren't consistent enough for me. The problem is that the book, much like its characters, is attractive on the surface but lacks depth. I do not understand characters like these at all. I have never had patience for characters who natter on and on about wanting a loving, committed and lasting relationship and then act and think in ways that are shallow, selfish, destructive, fickle, and so on. I understand confusion and poor decision making but not this kind of behavior. It's no wonder they can't keep it together. It is especially bad when you add the "love triangle" plot into the mix. I guess we're supposed to forgive them their self-serving and generally lame behavior because they are so beautiful, so sparkling, so irresistible? Ugh. So, yeah, I'm biased. I approached this book like I do most books that identify themselves as "chick-lit" as something of an experiment in ethnography. I am curious about the behaviors, the culture, the interactions of these women. I don't even know how to describe them... Victoria's Secret binge shopping, wealthy but you know really arty and free-spirited, young, professionals (who never really seem to work).I'd probably put this at a 1.5. The experiment in form was handled pretty well but the rest fell flat. Now, if you are someone who can connect with these situations and characters then I would think the book would be a nice little treat. In any event, it is a very quick and light read.

  • Shannon
    2019-04-03 16:35

    Save as Draft is an epistolary work told through emails (both sent and unsent) and social network updates via twitter and facebook -- a fitting format for these times. At the beginning the protagonist tells her friend (electronically of course) that she's giving up on love and rejects the lame suggestion of online dating, which she promptly signs up for, of course. What follows is Izzy's correspondence with an early match, her best (guy) friend/crush, and her girlfriends, two of whom are married and another who is single and also wading in the online dating waters. Here is the #1 reason I did not rate this book higher -- I disliked Izzy, for the most part anyway. Her emails and updates are so self-absorbed and her flirtations are cringe-inducing, in my opinion. She endlessly is fishing for complements, a trait I cannot stand in anyone. However, I cared enough about her to be happy for her in her happiest moments and to be heartbroken for her in that loneliest period. (Although I do not approve of some of the things she did during those times, but I cannot say more without giving spoilers.) I felt this was a great concept, and I did enjoy reading it, but I could have loved Save as Draft had I not felt the main character to be such a brat.

  • Allison
    2019-04-09 20:21

    I picked up an ARC of this book at a sale because the cover caught my eye. It's not the type of book I usually read, but since I just finished American Psycho, I wanted something light. This book definitely delivers - I was sucked in from the beginning. The story is told in email messages, Twitter/Facebook updates, and texts. That makes it incredibly easy for you to say "Just one more email," but keep going; I finished the book in about two hours. Izabell is a law student who is trying online dating because she doesn't realize that her best male friend has feelings for her. The expected relationship drama ensues, with input from Iz's female friends (several who are already married). The format is quirky and fun, but about halfway through the story took a dramatic turn and I realized how invested in it I actually was. I've read other reviews that hate the resolution, but I actually loved it. It's very realistic yet hopeful, which was the perfect way for the book to end.

  • Meredith Schorr
    2019-03-23 21:27

    This book was BRILLIANT. It took all of the self-control I could muster not to read it in a single sitting because it was that much fun. At the same time, it broke my heart. Really made me think about how what is left unsaid or "un-sent" could change the course of our lives. As despondent as I was to read "the end", I was that thrilled to read that Lee is working on the sequel. It will be on the top of my to-read list. I recommend Save as Draft not only to those who enjoy chick-lit, but to anyone who has felt one thing and said another - sadly, it happens so often these days when the most common form of communication is email/text.

  • Dave
    2019-04-13 19:32

    I should have listened to Kristin Marciniak. I made it to page 76 before throwing in the towel, but this was awful. It was cute as a short story when Adrian did it for Purple. Email, even with some draft emails thrown in, leave out too much to make a novel. I'm sure it was entertaining when Lee was living it, but it was not entertaining when I was reading it. Just back away and put it down. Listen to Kristin if you won't listen to me.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-16 18:39

    Such a fun book. So easy to relate to if you're a young, single gal looking for love.

  • Kate
    2019-04-11 14:35

    Her first name is my maiden name, and the name of my first born son... assuming I ever pop a kid out!I cannot wait to read this!

  • Natalia
    2019-04-19 18:35

    Just one more girly book about e-mailing/twittering/texting. Good for rainy evening when home alone. Some pages are worth skipping (though silver cover looks nice). Totally boring!!!!

  • Jessica Lawlor
    2019-04-06 16:16

    Dating is hard. Izabell (Izzy) a lawyer living in Georgia knows this firsthand. During a law school internship, Izzy fell hard and fast for her colleague Peter. But for some reason, Peter and Izzy just couldn’t get it together and remained best friends.Fast forward a few years later and Izzy has just hit the online dating scene where she goes on the best first date ever with Martin. Just as things with Martin are heating up, Peter re-enters her life. Told entirely in emails, Facebook and Twitter messages, Izzy embarks on an adventure to find her true love.I absolutely LOVED the format of this book. I am a huge fan of books told through email and SAVE AS DRAFT was no exception. This format somehow sucks me in, and I was able to finish this book in one glorious beach day. We spend so much of our time these days online whether its emailing, blogging or using Facebook and Twitter. It just becomes a part of our life. It was fun to see how Lee was able to take something we all do every day and form a story out of it. I even loved the final few pages of the book where Lee wrote the acknowledgments in emails to her publisher, editor, all the normal people authors usually thank, but ALSO thanked “Peter” and “Marty.” I liked that Lee admits that this book is loosely based on personal experiences and thanks these two men in her life who taught her about relationships.Not only did I love that the story was told in emails, I loved the entire concept of “save as draft.” Much of the story is unsent emails; the things the characters wished they had the courage to say. I think this is something we can all relate to. We have all been in situations where we want to say one thing, but end up saying something else. It was interesting to see how Izzy and Peter and Izzy and Marty were often thinking the same thing, but were too afraid to hit send.While I loved almost everything about this book, I found myself a little bit frustrated with the relationship between Izzy and Peter. Much like Izzy became super annoyed at Peter for always ditching their plans for work, I became irate as I continued reading. Peter seriously had NO backbone and no confidence in standing up to his boss. I found myself both annoyed at Peter for sucking, and annoyed at Izzy for hanging on for so long.Also, I don’t know about you, but I was very creeped out by Marty by the end of the book. In the beginning of the story, I quickly fell for him, much like Izzy did. His charm and humor definitely won me over, but by the end, Marty was coming dangerously close to stalker territory. Not cool.While I didn’t love both male characters, I really enjoyed the depth that this book explored relationships. Izzy was faced with a tough choice: go with the goofy guy with many of the same interests and hobbies as her, or go with the overachiever who is guaranteed to provide her a good life? In SAVE AS DRAFT, we learn that sometimes it’s not as simple as making a choice. Relationships are not black and white. Life is complicated. Izzy learns this as she navigates through both relationships and struggles with figuring out who is right for her OR even if either of them are right for her.A few months back, I had the opportunity to interview Cavanaugh Lee about the book. It was fun to learn about the inspiration for the book and Lee’s plans for the future.*Spoiler Alert* I of course wanted Izzy to get a happy ending. I tried hard not to feel disappointed at the end of the book when she ended up with neither of the two main male characters. I know that real life isn’t always a happy ending and this book was very loosely based on situations the author had actually experienced herself. While the romantic in me rooted for a happy ending, the realist in me was satisfied with the true to life ending.

  • Jess
    2019-04-22 19:17

    Review originally posted at Find the Time to ReadWhen I had first heard about Save as Draft I was enthralled with the idea. A book that takes place completely over e-mail and other various social medias? Sounds like something right up my alley, sign me up!Sadly it took me almost a year to finally pick it up, and when I did I have to say my own personal hype got in my way. That's not to say that Cavanaugh didn't write a good story, or that Save as Draft wasn't entertaining, because she did and it was. It was just ... not as good as I had built it up to be.Izabell (Izzy to her friends) came across as an extremely flat character to me, which is hard to understand considering most of the story is told from her emails, twitter feed and text messages. It seems almost as if Cavanaugh had all these great ideas about the character that Izzy could be and smooshed them all together instead of picking one or two. I still don't understand the significance behind her studying for the California Bar Exam since she was already a lawyer in an Atlanta, Georgia lawfirm. I also cannot figure out how she ended up in Georgia when her family lives in California and she says that she loves it there.I did however like when she started meeting people on E-Harmony. Although only one match was shown, as someone who has used E-Harmony in the past I really appreciated how true Cavanaugh kept to the email format from E-Harmony (which is a pain in the ass, but that's a totally different type of post). And I really have to say I loved the way one of Izzy's friends kept showing the weird emails she would get from guys on Match.The supporting characters in Save as Draft were interesting. You've got the BFF turned boyfriend who honestly my heart kind of broke for. You could see he was stuck in a tight position, but at the same I couldn't have much sympathy for him because he made himself into his bosses doormat.Then you've got the E-Harmony dude, who was freakin' creepy! Seriously, towards the end of the book you can see where Izzy finally catches on that this dude might be wacked in the head, but it takes A LONG time in getting there, there were several big clues in the beginning that I feel most people who are doing the online dating thing would have noticed and just cut ties and ran the other way.Finally, you've got the girlfriends. There were I think 3 or 4 of them, and they were kind of the glue that kept Izzy as a person together. I didn't like how when one of her friends had a serious problem come up Izzy really didn't come to her rescue, instead she kept crying about her own problems, but at the same time I can see how that would happen in real life so I can't be too mad about it.Over all, I have to say that Save as Draft wasn't a real winner for me, but it was engaging enough that I didn't want to put it down right away, and I actually wanted to see what would happen next. There was a little wiggle room left at the end to create another book in this series, but I'm not sure how much Cavanaugh could squeeze out of it without it becoming a monotonous retelling of the first book just with different names.Do I Recommend: I would recommend for those who are super into technology and want something light and kind of fluffy to read.

  • Danielle
    2019-04-01 16:39

    Izabell is just your average driven girl. A recent law school graduate, once an aspiring actress now she’s an attorney at a law firm in Georgia and she’s taking the Bar in California. Needless to say, the only thing missing from Izzy’s life is love. With a bright future ahead of her and a great group of girlfriends behind her how could she possibly go wrong in the dating scene? The internet. From one email to the next text watch how the seemingly normal interactions she could be having in person change with the click of a mouse.From page one of Save as Draft I was completely hooked. The entire novel is set up to look like you’re reading an inbox full of emails, text messages and tweets. So, not only is it unique, but it’s fun to read from one situation to another and one character to the next. It was an incredibly original idea and potentially risky if done incorrectly. But Lee pulled it off and was able to create characters you fall in love with in the span of a few short emails.What was most interesting to me was the fact that you get almost nothing by way of character “creation.” There’s none of the typical, “she had blond hair with green eyes and laughed when she got nervous…” All you get are pieces of a puzzle you get to put together as you read each of the emails. Izabell talks with her close group of girlfriends and primarily two or three other male characters throughout the book which provides much of the history and personality for each character. What I liked most about this was that I was able to create in my mind situations, characteristics and backgrounds for some of the things that were left out. It made the story that much more enjoyable and easier to connect with.On a more serious note, the story brought to light something that I’ve long known is a problem with communicating via technology as opposed to in person. Words typed on a page, letters entered into a phone and situations are often misconstrued. What could have been a potentially harmless email can turn into a vicious cycle of he said-she said all because of the wrong emphasis placed on a word. What’s worse sometimes, is what goes unsaid. Those emails not sent, the texts unwritten and the words left out because it exceeds 140 characters can often lead to hurt feelings or feelings of elation depending on the recipient. Even using phones can lead to this same problem. When we live in a world filled with technology it’s often difficult to step back and realize that there’s a bigger picture and perhaps it may be worth an actual face-to-face conversation.For me, Save as Draft is one of my top reads so far this year. I absolutely adored this book! Not only did it address some more serious issues in a light hearted way, but it had me clinging to the last pages wondering what was to become of Izabell and her beaus. I’m still dying for a sequel, and if there is to be one you can count on me to be first in line to pick it up! This will no doubt be a much loved book by Chick Lit fans everywhere and I for one am eager to see what Cavanaugh Lee does for a follow up to her debut novel. A fantastic read that all of us technology addicted Chick Lit fans will absolutely fall in love with, a must read!

  • Read In Colour
    2019-03-24 18:34

    Save as Draft is an updated version of You've Got Mail with a healthy dose of humor and, so far, one of the best things I've read this year. First time author Cavanaugh Lee takes readers along on the adventures of the sparkling Izabell (Izzy) Chin as she balances her romantic and familial relationships, along with friendships.Told through a series of e-mails, FaceBook postings and tweets, Save as Draft is a "girl meets boy, girl dates other boys, girl dates original boy, boy loses girl, another boy finds girl, boy wants girl back" story. Confused? Well sure, it takes a minute to get everyone straight, but you'll have absolutely no trouble understanding what's going on.Mixed in with Izzy's tweets, postings and e-mails with various characters are the draft versions of emails. These are the most honest of everything the characters say because they portray their true feelings. We've all had moments when we typed an e-mail that really expressed how we felt, but hit "save as draft" instead of send. As a reader, I found myself wishing the characters had the nerve to hit send. In some instances they finally did, but in others true feelings were never expressed, which made me wonder if things would have turned out differently had those feelings been made known. Ms. Lee is at work on a sequel, so I guess we'll have to wait to find out.What did you like about this book?It's gives a very accurate portrayal of how people interact today. With texting, tweeting, Facebooking and e-mail, it really is possible to conduct a relationship and go for extended periods of time without talking to someone by phone. Is that a good or a bad thing? Unless you truly know someone, and sometimes even if you do, it can be difficult to read their tone through electronic communication.Another thing communicating electronically does it take away face to face time. Since the characters already know each other, for the most part, it's not until maybe midway through the book that the reader learns Izzy is Asian-American. And that only comes out as a result of a conversation that she has with someone she's met through an online service. Up until that point, I don't know that I had an image of her in my head. Not knowing what she looked like didn't take away from the story. And when I realized that she wasn't the typical "white chick" of chick lit, I gladly added her to my Colorful Chick Lit list.What didn't you like about the book?I don't like not knowing what's going to happen next. I was so sure that Izzy and another character would re-connect, but that didn't happen. It's almost like feeling happy for your friend when she gets what she wants, but, as a friend, you think you know what's better for her. So while I'm happy that she's happy, I'd really like her to see with the guy I think she should be with. Does that make sense?What could the author do to improve this book?Finish writing the sequel, because I'm dying to see what happens next!

  • Cassy
    2019-04-15 16:22

    This book should be taken for exactly what it looks like; a light reading chick-lit. Of all the novels I've read of it's kind, it's actually not bad and, worth reading if you've got some time on your hands.The book has a very Dangerous Liaisons feel to it, everything being written in letters so, as the reader, you only find out about it after it's happened. The other thing that I really liked about this book was we got to see all the emails that our characters never sent. The "draft" emails were all the emails fill with the things they really wanted to say but couldn't bring themselves to do.Izabell is our main character and signs up for internet dating. She, inevitably, gets herself tied up in the whole love mess. I actually like Izabell because she's a very intellegent girl (has passed the bar in Georgia and passes the Bar in CA during the book.) In other ways, however, she's like every other girl: looking for love and not quite sure where she wants to find it. It's easy to relate to her as a character in that way. There are also parts that are heartbreaking. She gets engaged but ends up never seeing her fiance because he gets stuck at work all the time. Her fiance doesn't have the guts to tell his boss no and just get out of this job that's ruining his relationship. And the worst part is they are both trying to make it work. Izabell tries not to hold his job against him but when he has to cancel every dinner, every outing and finally the vacation that they've been planning since before he got the job, she can't really handle it anymore. And while he tries to accomidate his job and make a career for himself, he can't seem to understand that there's a difference between a career and slave driving. That some jobs aren't worth it.While all this is happening, another guy is trying to sneak his way in, and inevitable, sneaks in too quickly. He feels that Izabell is the girl for him but he doesn't give her time to grieve, time to deal with the fact that her soon-to-be-marriage has ended. Inevitably, both relationships that could have been wonderful for Izabell, end tragically.The book has this terribly bittersweet ending though. It ends with a lot of maybes and could have happened and Izabell on the prowl again, almost as if she's learned nothing. I was really put off by the ending, especially because it left no room for any real hope for any of our characters. When I read chick-lit, I'm sorry, I kind of want a happy ending. That's why I read it. I expect it to be fluffy and a little superficial but that's OK. That's the POINT. And this robbed me of my perfect ending.Overall, the book wasn't bad, just ok. It's a good beach book. Good for some mindless reading but nothing really fulfilling is going to come out of it.

  • Chrissy
    2019-04-04 17:35

    I admit, I'd never heard of SAVE AS DRAFT when I picked it up on the "New Releases" table at the library. I think I was most intrigued by the format of this one -- it's a novel told entirely in emails, tweets, and Facebook status updates. I figured, if nothing else, it would be a quick read to at least help me make it to 100 books for the year. (Yes, I'm shamefully behind, especially after getting hooked on two TV shows -- GOSSIP GIRL and THE LYING GAME. I never, I mean NEVER, watch TV, and I'm giving up priceless book time here, folks!)Anyways, Izzy works for a law firm and is studying to pass the bar in two separate states. Along the way she meets Peter, a fellow attorney who soon becomes her best friend. Of course, Izzy is interested in being more-than-friends but she doesn't quite know how to tell him. So, she throws herself into an online dating service instead and meets Marty, a man who instantly falls for Izzy's spunky, sparkly personality and wants to strike up a relationship. In the meantime, Peter has decided he loves Izzy, which hurls Izzy into a whirlwind engagement. But, Peter is too busy at work which leaves Izzy free to talk to Marty, who has now been matched up with Izzy's friend Anna. And, the whole bulk of romantic escapades is told entirely through emails and tweets (with the occasional Facebook status thrown in for good measure).I think the best part of the book was indeed the format, which made for a quick entertaining read and really kept the pace going. It did get a bit confusing as the story jumped back and forth between time periods, from Peter's story to Marty's. I'm thinking it may have just been easier to tell it all chronologically, but it all worked out fine for the most part, I think.There were a few things I don't think I quite understood though. First, if Izzy and Peter work at the same firm, why does Peter work nearly 24/7 and Izzy has time to sit at home and get drunk? Although Izzy never talks about work, beyond the first few pages, she certainly has time to spend thousands on lingerie -- so she's working too, no? If Peter is having such a hard time in the legal field, why make such a drastic change of career? Why not just get a position like Izzy's and go home in time for dinner every night? And, why did everyone "Save as draft" so much? I don't think I've EVER done this in my email -- not once!And the ending? I'm guessing there's a sequel coming -- so I'll let it slide. If there was no sequel, I'd be disappointed. I don't need a happy ending, but I need to feel satisfied in some way -- like I didn't waste my time, right?For a quick run read of romantic entanglements, I'd definitely recommend SAVE AS DRAFT -- but don't get too ready for the ends to get tied up here. I'll definitely check out the next one, whenever it comes out.

  • Ashley Gooding
    2019-04-03 14:16

    Save As DraftAuthor: Cavanaugh LeeCharacters: 4 out of 5Plot: 3 out of 5Overall: 3 out of 5Format: HardcoverSource: Won from Simon & Schuster on TwitterDescription: (Author Website) Dear Reader,Are we Facebook friends yet? I'm the wactress (waitress/actress) turned lawyer who lives her life on-line. (Don't we all these days?)Anyway, I've got this problem... There's this guy. His name's Peter. He's my best friend and co-worker, and we just started dating which is potentially a huge mistake. But that's not all. There's this other guy, Marty. I met him on eHarm, and he ran with the bulls in Spain. I can't get him off my mind. What a mess. I'd love your advice if you can take a second out of your crazy, high-tech life. Shoot me an e-mail. Or text me. Or BB messenger me.And friend me if you haven't already! You can find me on Facebook under SAVE AS DRAFT!—IzabellFrom My Point of View: This is the first book I've ever read that was written in an e-mail format (meaning the entire book just e-mails). It was definitely fun and interesting. My only real complaint about this format is you don't really connect with the characters. Tweeting and E-mailing is, I think, pretty impersonal. Since that's all this book contained, I didn't find myself really feeling anything for the characters. I felt like I was just an observer rather than a participant. Every book I've ever REALLY loved pulled me right into the story. The formatting of this type of book simply doesn't allow for that.Aside from that issue, I loved the characters. Izzy was great. Funny, quirky, and entertaining. Peter was also a favorite of mine, even if he was pretty weak as a person -- I'd have quit that job a LONG time ago. And, of course, there was Marty, who I did not like given his stalker-esque tendencies.I enjoyed the overall plot of this story, but was left feeling pretty unsatisfied with the ending. For the sake of not spoiling the ending -- DON'T READ PAST HERE!! =) [ I tend to expect books with love triangles to end with the main character choosing one or the other and that didn't happen here. I was so annoyed that Izzy ended up alone. I realize neither guy was a good choice for her, but I was after a neat and tidy ending. This book didn't give me that. ]Overall, it was a great lazy Sunday kind of read. I wouldn't hesitate to try another book by this author or even written in this style.

  • Emily
    2019-03-25 18:19

    With the internet buzz I saw going on around this book there was no way I couldn't pick it up. This is a debut novel by Lee and it says that she is working on her second one. I have to say I am looking forward to that in personally I really enjoyed this book. Written entirely in emails, text messages, and a few tweets, with some of the emails being updates to facebook features. Some of the emails are saved as drafts, or emails that aren't sent, bringing about the title I believe. Something to note about these saved drafts is that if they were sent the plot of the book would have changed dramatically and that is why they are given to us but not sent I believe. The book follows Izabell (aka,Izzy and Iz) as she starts a relationship with Marty, who she meets on eharmany, and things finally fall into place for her and her Best Friend Peter and a relationship starts there. We follow Izabell as she makes choices in these relationship and see how they develop and change over time. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I really do enjoy the email based books. The text message parts made sense, but it would have worked without them too. I am not sure if the few tweets in this book added anything, but I think they do have potential in a writing style. I liked the flow the email's provide. The one problem that I have is that I found it hard to keep track of the dates and timeline. I think that was due to it being emails and I would see who it was from and too, but ended up skimming the date and time sometimes. That is a personal thing and didn't distract from the book enough to even take it down a star in ratings. I have read a few reviews that people didn't like Izabell, for the set up I though the characters were developed well even though we could only get so much information about them. Plus, Izzy just seemed like a person I could get along with and relate to, so maybe that is why I liked the book too. Overall, I would recommend this book. Know that it is set up in a way that some won't like, but I did. I own a copy now and am very glad I did that and didn't just wait for it from the library like I usually do. E

  • Romancing the Book
    2019-04-06 21:34

    What Stephanie Thought: Save as Draft is a charming novel that's bound to leave you hanging and frustrated at end, the very first epistolary fiction piece I've read since Paula Danziger's Snail Mail, No More. Written entirely in emails, text messages, and Twitter updates, this book is sweepingly honest, as well as full of emotion. There lies a secret thrill in being able to peek inside someone's private life, especially in an era that is so dependent on internet communication.Cavanaugh Lee does not stop there. The essence of Save as Draft delves even deeper than the privacy of a password-protected email account, because the reader gets the inside scoop on what the characters don't. Emails that have been "saved as draft" or in less-techy terms, written but unsent, are revealed, opening up a whole nother road in knowing what the characters are actually thinking.Izzy and Peter, the engaged couple, seemingly have everything paved out ahead of them. But miscommunication and too many saved drafts take a toll on the passionate relationship. You'll love reading how their relationship builds, climaxes, and abruptly falls, making you both cringe(because of how closely this hits to home -- this might as well be YOUR love life in YOUR email account) and smile (from the wit and the glad-it-wasn't-me! incidents) all within the same page.I love how the plot is conveyed through Facebook notifications (Izabell Chin has added you as a friend on Facebook) and eHarmony profiles to develop characters. It's a fun, flirty way to get to know the protagonists and the main conflicts.The ending made me so mad, but I couldn't have made it any more perfect. I won't give any spoilers, but I will say that it was sort of a tragic ending. Meaning, things do not end happily-ever-after as predicted. The ending is happy yes, just not the way I had thought it would be. Save as Draft is a heartbreakingly realistic novel that demonstrates human error in the ways we never speak what we think...and never think what we say speak either.

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2019-04-04 19:14

    In this witty novel the main character - Izabell or Izzy - is a lawyer, living in Georgia. and during a law internship she fall's for her colleague Peter. Izzy and Peter just didn't work out romantically, so they only stayed friends. Skip a few years, Izzy was convinced to try online dating where she met Martin. When she starts to like Martin, in comes Peter into her life again. So she starts dating them both, off and on, to see which one is her real true love.As new twist to the classic love triangle this book is written all in email's, Facebook messages, and twitter messages. In the modern world I'm on social media almost twenty-four seven so it was easy for me to get into. I fell in love with this book, the story, and the characters because it is so relatable. The point of view is confusing at times because it's from the person sending the email or Facebook message. On the other hand it also gives the book depth because you can see the story from every one's point of view and understand every one's side.All the characters are very likeable and relatable: Izzy, her friend's, and even the men in the story. They all seem so average and that is what gives this book so much charm. You can see day to day that they are just so normal. They get tired, moody, happy, sad and have typical expressions to things and I think it makes the characters more three dimensional.All around I liked this book, it had everything that I look for in a good read. It has great humor, joking and making fun of themselves or others all the time. It has love, and not just with one person to one person. it is a love triangle. It's modern and trendy because it is written completely in Facebook message, twitter messages, and email which so many of us do daily. It has many twists and things I was not expecting at all which makes it more interesting. When I was reading this book, I could not put it down. I'm sure you won't either.

  • Malia
    2019-04-21 14:35

    I don't like to give negative reviews, and perhaps this one is somewhat unfair, because my expectations were rather low, but in good conscience I can hardly recommend this as anything other than a quick, mildly entertaining read.My issues do not stem from the fact that everything is written in the style of an e-mail/text/tweet, but rather from the weaknesses found in the characters. The story focuses on Izabell, a thirty-year old 'looking for love'. I don't like to deride this, but by the way she is presented, I gathered very quickly that she is already massively in love with her wonderful, quirky, fun-loving, risk-taking, AMAZING self. Izabell is not a mean person, she is just enormously self-centered. Everything is about her. All her emails to her friends are always concerning whatever is going on in her life and anything concerning her friends is more or less ignored. The man she comes in contact with through eHarmony, Marty, is similarly full of himself (though Izabell is more likeable). He actually has a points system for rating women and actually whines about the women he meets being so sub-par, too fat (yes, he seriously says this to another woman), too boring, uncultured, not 'fun-loving' or 'risk takers'; all in all incompatible with someone as flawless as himself. Needless to say, we, would not be friends. That being said, I am certain neither Marty nor Izabell would want to be friends with me either. some people and, as it happens, some books are just not made for one another and that's okay.Now, I know this all sounds very critical, but the book does have its merits. The story is light and, despite my annoyance with the characters, compulsively readable. Further, this is the debut book of Cavenaugh Lee and she obviously took a risk choosing to write in this manner, which is so relevant to the way we communicate nowadays and still rarely done in novel form.Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com