Review: THE GLITCH by Elisabeth Cohen

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Thank you so much Doubleday Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.

Book Description: 

Shelley Stone, wife, mother, and CEO of the tech company Conch, is committed to living her most efficient life. She takes her “me time” at 3:30 a.m. on the treadmill, power naps while waiting in line, schedules sex with her husband for when they are already changing clothes, and takes a men’s multivitamin because she refuses to participate in her own oppression. But when she meets a young woman also named Shelley Stone who has the same exact scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is she finally buckling under all the pressure?

My Review: 

I read Touch by Courtney Maum last year and loved it, so I was eager to give this one a try. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It’s more on the silly, humorous side than Touch, but I love the uniqueness of both books. I am quickly falling in love with whatever genre this is.

Shelley Stone is CEO of a tech company called Conch, who owns the market of a device that fits behind the user’s ear giving social cues and advice (seriously, I’m dying). She’s married to Rafe and has two small, genius children, named Nova and Blazer. On a family trip, Nova suddenly disappears while her parents are preoccupied, and they go looking for her, but an odd stranger ends up returning Nova. But then, weeks later she runs into another mysterious stranger, who is also named Shelley and who looks like a younger version of herself, right down to a distinctive scar.

This quirky, silly book is laugh out loud hilarious! Shelley is very rigid, analytical, and career driven, while Rafe wants to slow down a bit and be parents. I found myself laughing at some of the things Shelley says and does; but I found her endearing, even though she’s not exactly likable or the “warm and fuzzy” type. I haven’t laughed this much since I read Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. This book is not meant to be taken too seriously, but it does cover topics such as career, motherhood, and marriage. I loved reading it and highly recommend THE GLITCH for anyone looking for something smart, original, at times cringe worthy, and funny.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars!

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