Sunday, May 20, 2018


SUMMARY: (from Penguin Random House)
In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal—to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely—in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

It is almost more than she can handle—especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that’s only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love—and communication—are far more complicated than she ever imagined.

I know I'm a couple years behind, but I really enjoyed this book. When I discovered Willis as a young teacher, I couldn't put her books down and learned to save them for breaks. Willis' books will either delight or destroy you, and I was waiting to savor this one because I knew it would delight me. A week when I had a bad cold seemed the perfect chance to lose myself in her latest romantic comedy.

This book features one of my favorite book covers of all time and a hero who so closely resembles my husband, right down to the name, I was a little spooked. So I may be biased about enjoying this book! But it delivers all the classic overwhelming zaniness of modern life Willis is so adept at, features a satisfying romantic duo, and brings the experience of telepathy to life in vivid detail. If you loved BELLWETHER, TSNOTD, or Willis' lighter short stories, you'll enjoy CROSSTALK.

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