You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.
Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get- together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.
The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.
A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
What does TWG think?
Can I just state that this review for ‘The Big Event’, is actually for part one as the book is being released in the format of several short stories. Therefore, this book isn’t a full length novel as it is in actual fact, a short story which can be read in approximately ten minutes.
For such a short story, ‘The Big Event’ certainly left a mark on my soul. Using social media as the overall theme throughout the story, ”The Big Event’ follows Constance as she meets her social media buddies offline, for the first time. Of course there is a chance that the life her online buddies have led via Instagram for example, may be completely different to the physical persona which Constance comes face to face with. Naively maybe, but Constance was hopeful that people would be who they said they were. She was hopeful that they weren’t stringing her along by stretching the truth via social media. Ahem.
I thought the theme was brilliant as it fit in with the here and now, especially as a lot of people live their lives via social media, without realising (or remembering) that other people can see what they write. Even though a lot happened in such a short space of time, I was a little bit defeated by the fact that this book was a short story due to how thought-provoking the situation regarding ‘real friendships’ came across. I would have loved to have been able to read and enjoy such a poignant story, without worrying that the story was going to finish at any time.
There is such a lovely, hidden message in this story and, if you’re like Constance and have some really good online friends you would do anything to meet in the flesh, ‘The Big Event’ is going to warm your heart big time whilst also making you realise that having friends isn’t just about who comes to your house most. No. It’s about who was there when you needed it – online, or offline.
I am really looking forward to reading the next part in this series.
About The Author
Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).
Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.
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