Sociable: A Novel
When Elinor moved to New York with a degree in journalism, she had high expectations for her future life. Educated think-pieces would be written, glamorous parties would be attended, and wedded bliss would ensue with her boyfriend, Mike. Instead, she finds herself working a nanny job, living in a cramped apartment, and trying to figure out why her boyfriend has suddenly called it quits. In a funk, Elinor jumps at the chance to work for Journalism.ly, a website that’s shunned by most of the journalists she knows. But Elinor’s discovered a hidden talent at her new job and begins to think she might make her dreams come true after all.
Sociable is marketed as a sort of digital-media satire, but I was hard-pressed to find the humor or the insight. This is a 200-page story about clueless, obnoxious, self-absorbed characters who experience no growth, no revelation, and no redemption, not even at the very end. The presence of one likable character would have gone a long way toward earning a satirical overture, but instead the reader is subjected to a hard slog where Not Much Happens And No One Does Anything Worthwhile, not even our protagonist. Amusing? Hardly. Annoying? Definitely.
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