This book is just too cute for words! I recently stumbled across it on Goodreads while looking for new epistolary novels to read, and boy am I glad that I did! Sweet, charming, and down right funny, there was almost nothing about Goodnight Tweetheart that I didn’t like!
Goodnight Tweetheart tells the story of Abby, an award winning author whose first novel almost won the Pulitzer, and received the Oprah book club seal of approval. Since her shot to fame, however, Abby has been suffering from a major case of writer’s block. In an attempt to re-connect with her fans (and spend more time procrastinating on her next book), Abby joins Twitter to see what all the fuss is about.
Abby is quickly sucked into the world of Twitter, and finds herself opening up to one of her followers by the name of @MarkBaynard. An English Lit professor on sabbatical, Mark is tweeting his way across Europe as he works on a novel of his own. Tweeting back and forth almost everyday, Mark and Abby’s relationship begins to take a romantic turn. But can two strangers who meet online really be soul mates?
I’m not going to lie, one of the things that I loved most about Goodnight Tweetheart was the fact that it is an epistolary novel (or at least 75% of it is in the epistolary form). The second thing that I loved about it were the tweets themselves, which were HILARIOUS! The banter back and forth between Abby and Mark was just soo charming and funny, and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Most of this humour centered on geeky pop culture references from TV and Movies, which only endeared the book to me even more.
These pop culture references were most evident in the adorable pattern that arose in the way that they greeted and signed off with each other. For example, their Twitter conversations always start with “What are you wearing?”
MarkBaynard: What are you wearing?
Abby_Donovan: Coffee stained sweatpants and Audrey Hepburn’s tiara from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You?
MarkBaynard: Tim Allen’s uniform from Galaxy Quest and Igor’s hump from Young Frankenstein.
And their conversations always end with a pop cultured themed series of “Goodnights”
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…
While this framing device became predictable after the third time it happened, I found it the thing that I looked forward to the most in the book.
One of the main complaints I’ve seen online about Goodnight Tweetheart is the fact that many people seem to find the love plot far fetched and unrealistic. How can two people who meet on Twitter fall in love with each other? That’s just CRAZY! While I’ll agree that it’s out of the ordinary, I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility. In fact, my own cousin is happily engaged to a man that she met through using social media! In an Internet dominated society, connecting to a person on Twitter is not as crazy as it sounds!
The only thing that personally annoyed me about Goodnight Tweetheart was the way that the Tweets were formatted in the text. There is no “@” sign placed in front of any of the Twitter handles used by either Abby or Mark throughout the entire book. This was a small detail, but one that irked me nonetheless. Other then that, I thought that Goodnight Tweetheart was absolute perfection!
So what are you waiting for?! If you love chicklit, romance, and something a bit geeky, then you need to get off your butt and read Goodnight Tweetheart now! It’s #amazing #adorable #addicting and #thebestthingtohappensinceslicedbread !!