REVIEW : Goodnight Tweetheart... by Teresa Medeiros

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Goodnight Tweetheart...
Author     : Teresa Medeiros
Publisher  : Indonesia - Gramedia Pustaka Utama
   U.S - Gallery
Source : Bought
ages      : 248

Summary from Goodreads :
New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros absolutely dazzles in this quick-witted, laugh-out-loud funny, and highly moving love story that will set readers’ hearts a twitter.

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?

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.

I tend to read Chicklit or Contemporary Romance from authors I've known before, their names are like a suggestion for me at least I would enjoy the writing style I've liked. Teresa Medeiros was a very new name for me and I never read nor find her book before so why suddenly I decided to read her book, Goodnight, Tweetheart... ? Shamelessly I confess, the first thing interested me to this book was that cute cover. I abruptly took it at the first I saw the cover then the story ensured me to bought it. It's quite interesting with writer who stuck at Chapter 5 of her second book for years and a mysterious guy as main characters and the premise about how people could find their love through social network like Twitter. And yeah, it's not disappointing at all for me. I really glad I found this funny and heartwarming novel! It's a quick reading and I really enjoy the dialogues, which mostly in Tweet and Direct Message forms, since I'm an avid Twitter user I understand them very well :). I really really love those witty tweet and DM volley between Abby and Mark, jokes about pop cultures and it's so creative, funny, and sarcastic. And as a replacement of explicit steamy scenes that this novel doesn't have, we'll get, ehem, almost naughty sex-tweets. Lol, somehow it could redden my cheeks xD

To be honest, I couldn't really enjoy about first 3 chapters of this novel, because Abby was really pitiful. Her condition is a proof that to maintain is even harder than starting. Her wonder-success first book burdened her too much so Abby scared she couldn't make another hit with her next book and that makes her stuck. I felt sorry for her and quite understand how stressful it is, have no idea what to do next although we already had the concept. She lost her readers, follow with her confidence then she thinks to stop. Reading that made me feel sad as her, but than the plot start to lighten and enjoyable when her publicist makes a twitter account and she meets 'Mark Baynard'.

Just forget about hot-guy-meets-average-woman type like in mostly contemporary romance if we talk about Mark Baynard. You even won't know single thing about how he looks like, handsome or not, hairy or bald, muscular or fatty, etc. Mark only appears as an hillarious description of his conditions and as Tweets or DMs and the way he talks through 140 characters. But he's the amazing unknown person who slowly brings Abby back from her desperation cave.

Actually I always feel sceptical about relationship that built from social network although it's already a trend and well with good luck you could build a good one these days. Internet / virtual world is full of liars and lies so what could be expected from something uncertain no matter how fun it is. But reading Goodnight, Tweetheart could ease that perception, well, a bit. This novel kinda gives us an amazing premise, to gradually love someone we never know how he is in real life and it's like we like him not because of his dashing appearance but from the way he thinks and talks. Somehow words and thoughts are more important, even can influence our opinion about others. I think If I met someone smart and witty like Mark virtually, I couldn't help but fell in love with him too and want to know the real him so badly with any consequences like Abby does. I was really happy finally Abby and Mark meet and accept their each other condition. I even finished it with bursting tears in my eyes because it's so moving and heartwarming. But still kinda bugging me, I couldn't imagine how Mark looks like! /frustating/

Overall, Goodnight, Tweetheart is simply a sweet, moving and heartwarming romance. I really really enjoyed it and emotionally gave it a high rating. I recommend it to everyone who can enjoy romance that lack of some romance elements itself and if you're a sappy person like me, don't forget to prepare Kleenex while reading this =D


Chopped from Goodreads :
“Abby_Donovan: I bet you were one of those uber-cool teachers like Mr.Chip, weren't you?
MarkBaynard: I was more like Mr.Kotter or that guy from GLEE who looks like the love child of Orlando Bloom & Justin Timberlake.
Abby_Donovan: Your female students were probably writing "I love you" on their eyelids and listening to "Don't Stand So Close to Me" on their Walkmans.
[...]
Abby_Donovan: Goodnight Mr.Schuester
MarkBaynard: Goodnight Miss Pillsbury
Abby_Donovan: Goodnight Puck
MarkBaynard: Goodnight Rachel
Abby_Donovan: Goodnight Kurt
MarkBaynard: Goodnight Quinn
Abby_Donovan: Goodnight Finn
MarkBaynard: Goodnight Sue Sylvester, you heartless but oddly sexy beast
Abby_Donovan: Goodnight Artie
MarkBaynard: Goodnight Tweetheart...”

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