Book Review: BOOKS, BLOGS and REALITY by Ryan Ringbloom

Life can suck…

When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors. 

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t. 

Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.

Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them?


I know that most people, majorly women (and me), have a social media life, whether it's on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Tumblr, where we share the good and exciting parts of our home lives. We embellish and express how our home lives are doing, we make friends, share feelings and thoughts that we could never tell in real life. But sometimes, when reality and fiction collide, or when you think they should, it just makes everything worse for both of your lives. And then once you go through all of the confusion, pain and sorrow by doing all of that, you realize that real life isn't so bad after all. It just takes a bit of control to make it even better. 

This book was so reminiscent of how I live my social media life, it was uncanny! lol
So, the story surrounds four women who have boring home lives, but in the digital world, share common ground with romance and fantasy books, their blogs, and trying to live up to this big world that doesn't exist in the real world. Rachael has a fetish for BDSM and wants to try it out with her new boyfriend, all because she read it in a scene of her favorite book; Jess believes that her boyfriend with the "bad boy" image has a good heart deep down, just like the male characters in the books she reads; Lizzie is newly married with a two-year-old baby, but feel stuck in her boring home life and gets little romantic attention from her husband, her high school sweetheart. Brooke becomes romantically involved with her boss at her new job, and wants everything to be all sunshine and rainbows, but real life doesn't work that way.

What I loved about the women's friendship was that even though they have never officially met, they all felt like they knew each other. That they could talk to each other without judgement, not only because they haven't seen each other, but because they have a strong bond. It reminded me of my friends on Twitter. We all have a commonality, we all have that special bond that keeps us together, and we feel like we can tell each other things we don't even tell our closest friends in real life. I don't really know why that is, but reading BBR made me think of myself and how I treat people, on and off-screen.

What I also found interesting was how each woman had to work towards a happy ending. Each female had to literally stop and think about the outcomes of using fantasy-romance novels as a clutch for their relationships, in order to save their relationships at home. As it should be, because in real life, that's how it is. One day, it could be the best day ever, and then the next it could be the worst. And sometimes, taking someone you love and care about very deeply on those trips could mean a lot.

I could talk about this book forever, but basically, it was a fun and entertaining novel. The writing style was very simple, nothing too glamorous or poetic, but it was still enjoyable and creative to watch what these women went through.

Rating: 4/5 
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