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The Assistants meets The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. in this exuberant comedy of manners set in the world of Internet media, a brilliantly irreverent novel about what it means to be young, broke, dumped, and scarily good at creating viral content.When Elinor Tomlinson moved to New York with a degree in journalism she had visions of writing witty opinion pieces, marrying hThe Assistants meets The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. in this exuberant comedy of manners set in the world of Internet media, a brilliantly irreverent novel about what it means to be young, broke, dumped, and scarily good at creating viral content.When Elinor Tomlinson moved to New York with a degree in journalism she had visions of writing witty opinion pieces, marrying her journalist boyfriend, and attending glamorous parties with famously perverted writers. Instead, Elinor finds herself nannying for two small children who speak in short, high screams, sleeping on a foam pad in a weird apartment, and attending terrible parties with Harper's interns wearing shapeless smocks. So when Elinor is offered a job at, the digital media brainchild of a Silicon Valley celebrity, she jumps at the chance. Sure, her boyfriend is writing long think pieces about the electoral college for a real website while Elinor writes lists about sneakers and people at parties give her pitying glances when she reveals her employer, but at Elinor discovers her true gift: She has a preternatural ability for writing sharable content. She is an overnight viral sensation! But Elinor's success is not without cost. Elinor's boyfriend dumps her, two male colleagues insist on "mentoring" her, and a piece she writes about her personal life lands her on local television. Broke, single, and consigned to move to a fifth-floor walkup, Elinor must ask herself: Is this the creative life she dreamed of? Can new love be found on Coffee Meets Bagel? And should she start wearing a smock? With wry humor and sharp intelligence, Sociable is a hilarious tale of one young woman's search for happiness--and an inside look at life in the wild world of Internet media....

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Sociable Reviews

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2019-04-22 20:33

    I like reading about unlikeable characters and uncomfortable situations, these are some of the elements present in this novel and one of the reasons I really enjoyed it.Elinor Tomlinson is a young journalist struggling to find a job in her field. She lives with her boyfriend in NY and works as a babysitter. One day, she returns home only to find out that the boyfriend of four years wants to break up with her, she is completely shocked and has no other option but to agree.At the same time, she has recently started working on, a news website and is trying to perform well on her new job while coping with the sadness of the breakup.It is hard to define the point of view of the narrator, at some points is Elinor, at other points J.W. (Elinor's boss) and at other times is an unknown narrator. At the beginning it confused me but at the end I had gotten used to it and did not distract me from the story.The main characters work on startup companies where social media plays a relevant role. The novel not only describes Elinor's emotional journey after her breakup but also the current state of journalism, online dating, millennials' relationship to work, and female friendship.Overall, I enjoyed this novel and recommend it to lovers of contemporary fiction and/or new adult. It reminded me of the novel Startup by Doree Shafrir which is another book I enjoyed.Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

  • Theresa Alan
    2019-05-14 16:28

    This novel had some good writing, but it was difficult for me to identify with twenty-somethings who spend their lives on their phones tweeting and Facebooking and snapchatting, living for "likes" and comments. Also, the characters had been communications majors, and yet all of them in dialogue abuse the words "like" and "literally" and end sentences that should be statements with question marks. Example: "But like, then I was like, Why do you want to know! And he was like, Well what if I moved in? Kind of like a joke? But then we actually talked about it more and he was like . . ."Elinor and her boyfriend Mike are trying to get their careers in journalism going in New York City in an era when most magazines and newspapers are dying. Elinor consistently says she's a feminist, but has almost no self-esteem when it comes to Mike or her new career trying to write things that go viral for a website that doesn't actually make money.I'm also a feminist and many of my friends are, but never in my life have I had a conversation that goes something like, "That was not very faminist of you. What I did was feminist." "That was not feminist of you!" Is that how twenty-something feminists actually talk?Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel.For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • AnisaAnne
    2019-05-02 18:25

    3.5 stars rounded to 4#notforeveryone #readitanywayThere is alway a gravitational pull that steers me towards books about social communication. And Sociable provides a juxtaposition of journalism with the social media platform.The story is about a twenty something couple Mike and Elinor struggling in the world of journalistic unemployment. They met in a communications class during their undergraduate, and have forged a path of poverty and unfulfilling jobs. Both of them through connections receive jobs in their field, and it feels like things may turn around. While Mike is writing unappreciated scholastic essays of pertinent issues, Elinor is excelling at writing about viral subjects such as coffee, Vans sneakers, celebrities. Mike makes a break from Elinor as she climbs the social media train. As Elinor is negotiating her sadness between tweets, she wonders how and if she will ever find love again.The novel carries a journalistic style, narrating the story of Elinor and Mike. At first, the third person story-telling was unexpected, but it creates a charming and humorous atmosphere. The novel is a quick, and easy read but it has some shortcomings that may put off the average reader. The first chapter negotiated my interest, and it was a hard sell. But I pushed through and there after the novel flowed more rhythmically. The two main characters themselves were not entirely developed, including their banter, which rendered them seemingly immature and naive. The conversations between characters are self-absorbed rants replete with word debauchery, acronyms, and hashtags. However, at that age twenty years ago, I shared Elinor and Mike's banalities and labile mood, and love of the word "like, " and therefore I found them quite relatable and amusing. In fact, I took a pause from reading to reflect if I was actually like that, #yesIwas and #notanymore? Between the conversations, the narrative is well-written and witty. Elinor did grow on me as she was finding her groove, while Mike just reeked of a neanderthal-ism. Being in your twenties is a time of being industrious in employment and love. It is a time replete with highs and lows, mistakes and tears. Harrington conveys this with humor and grace.Sociable makes a commentary about Millenials and the trend of social media as a form of investigative "BuzzFeed" reporting. In our current mobile society, information is on a text alert basis, scrolling, and swiping right or left The author highlights our obsession with electronic communication as a vehicle to convey our deepest sentiments. And the physical and emotional reactions to the brevities: What did it mean? Why did he or she text? How many likes did I get? All those words are just floating out there randomly waiting to fall into a two-dimensional bubble. And when people are face to face, the art of conversation is lost.Sociable is not the most sophisticated of stories, but it was a fun read and poignant. The novel almost reminds me of watching a television situation comedy with recurring characters involved in amusing situations. And you find yourself curious about the fate of Elinor. If you want a break from something heavy, I would recommend this book but with the above caveat.Thank you, NetGalley and Doubleday books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • Jessica Woodbury
    2019-04-19 17:28

    A companion book of sorts to STARTUP, but with even fewer likable characters. And I don't mean likable in the way we often use when discussing women in books. Not aggressive or abrasive, I mean vapid and ignorant. The protagonist, an aspiring journalist in her mid-20's named Elinor, isn't unlikable because she's ambitious or mean, it's because she uses hashtags like #lovethisguy. It almost feels like a vendetta, there's so much unspoken dislike for Elinor (and everyone else) in this book.Not much really happens here. The stakes could be high, since there's jobs and livelihoods and relationships involved, and yet it never seems to matter much if Elinor gets that job or if Elinor stays with her boyfriend. Neither makes much of a change in Elinor.I am used to novels that try to open up a character, to make us see them more fully and understand their flaws. The only times I felt warmly about Elinor was when her terrible bosses gave her their post ideas and she recognized them (correctly) as terrible ideas. But Elinor doesn't speak up, only thinks to herself that this is a bad idea, so even my warm feelings were limited. She doesn't think about her bosses and why they're ineffective, she doesn't try to make change, she doesn't use her knowledge to improve everything. She just nods and goes along with it. Which is how she does basically everything. I can't tell if we just don't get far enough inside Elinor's head, or if there's just nothing in Elinor's head to go deeper into. There is a lot here about new journalism, social media, and more, but it's hard to know what the point of view is because we're completely grounded in Elinor and Elinor doesn't seem to have a point of view at all. On anything. It's hard to see what Elinor loves so much about journalism (especially after going to school for it) when she doesn't seem to pay much attention to what's happening in the world. It's unclear if this book is actually anti-social media or just anti-Elinor. (I suspect it's the latter because there were a few places when Elinor's horrible boyfriend makes statements about Twitter that made me want to smack him, but I can't say for certain.) The only thing Elinor cares about is Elinor, and her view of herself is limited almost entirely to what other people think about her. But I will give this book a lot of credit in the "too real" category for portraying the meaningless conversations of the modern age. The way Elinor talks to her friends, her coworkers, and her boyfriend about things will sound a lot like people you know and conversations you've overheard (and probably try to extricate yourself from as quickly as possible if you're ever roped into one). In that sense it's so accurate it hurts and may actually feel a little too much like a horror novel.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-02 18:36

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I am usually a sucker for books that deal with journalists or authors. It’s just one of those topics that will make me automatically want to read something. Unfortunately, it was not enough to save this book for me.The synopsis describes the tone as “irreverent”, but it fell short on that front for me. There were a few humorous moments, but I felt like things should have been a little more exaggerated. I get what the author was trying to do in poking fun at Millennial culture and could appreciate the effort, but it didn’t take it nearly far enough to make any sort of impact. Elinor just ended up coming across as insufferable and not in a funny way. All of the other characters were just as unlikable, especially her boyfriend Mike. No one really grew and there wasn’t really anyone I wanted to root for. JW, the one “real” journalist at, was the only character I really enjoyed reading about, but we saw less and less of him as the story went on.There was one thing in the writing style that really bothered me. The story starts out with kind of a 1st Person Plural POV. “It was midway through the party…when we saw Elinor.” and “We were in a small backyard…” (quotes taken from ARC). Then it completely abandons that style and seemingly goes to straight 3rd Person POV, with one exception. “Perhaps, the reader might be questioning…Reader, I don’t even know what to tell you.” (quotes taken from ARC). That is the only short part the reader is addressed and then the narrator uses “I” instead of “We” like in the beginning. If there is a purpose for those style choices, I did not understand it.Overall, Sociable was just not for me. I think it had a relevant and interesting concept, but it wasn’t executed well. I’m giving it two stars instead of one because it was a quick, easy read and there were a few humorous moments I enjoyed.Overall Rating (out of 5): 2 Stars

  • Angela
    2019-05-15 19:25

    I really hated this book and found the ending deeply unsatisfying. The main character is vapid, shockingly immature even for 26 years old, and judgmental. I stuck with it because I thought the book would be about her eventual turnaround and what she learned through writing viral content, but neither really happened.While she very briefly acknowledges that MAYBE feminism isn't being judgmental but supporting other women to do what makes them happy, there are several other unresolved plotlines that she doesn't appear to learn anything from - i.e. her relationship, her TV appearance, her dates. She's so clueless that doesn't even realize that her coworker isn't talking to her anymore because she's annoyed that she published an essay referencing her and her friends without asking.Without any character development, this book just meanders along and doesn't go anywhere.

  • AJ
    2019-05-12 15:52

    Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book was difficult to review. I think the author may have been trying to poke fun at millennials, but it wasn't clear. If taken seriously then this book was a bit too vapid and superficial. It was a fast read, though, and provided some all too real moments about breakups and figuring out life after college. The relationship parts were cringeworthy and too real, unfortunately. Most girls I know have dated an asshole like Mike and still been devastated when that asshole ended things. Elinor will look back years later and wonder 'What was I thinking?' Her dating experiences are also way too relatable, especially how she falls in love so easily with the guys who aren't interested. She feels like it will be worth more if she "proves" herself worthy and "wins" their attention. That's not how love works, but I understand the feeling.Also, her career envy is very real right after college. At that point you really have nothing else to base your life on, so falling behind others with your lackluster job can feel like it is the end of the world. One of my biggest problems with the book is how Elinor acted with her bosses. Her interactions with them were unrealistic and extremely unprofessional. She flat out told one of her bosses that she hated him, and resented the fact that he was her superior even though he was her age. I'm sorry, but that's how the working world goes sometimes. I know people at my office that are being managed by someone 10 years younger than them, but they still act professional. Overall, I would recommend this book for someone looking to poke fun at the extremes of millennial culture. Its a quick read that will keep you entertained.

  • Toni
    2019-05-08 17:29

    At first I thought how can there be a book devoted to one young woman, her boyfriend, their breakup, their momentary jobs on social media and the potential of reconciliation without them ever speaking. Then I realized that's exactly how my twenty-something daughter and all her friends, regardless of genders, communicate with each other. Even the rare dialogue sounded so familiar. And, may I note, the young adults of who / whom ugh, refer, are well educated, college graduates. Obviously smarter than me. This is just theWorld now, sometimes. Not everywhere, not all the time, but whenever they feel like it. "They," those damn millennials; sigh; and I have two I happen to love. Decent book, check it out.Thanks Netgalley.

  • Ana
    2019-05-18 15:31

    This one is a little difficult to review. It was an okay read. It was quick and entertaining, but something just felt off. It might have been the writing style that I couldn't really get into, or maybe the character of Elinor who at times just came off as unlikable. I related to the break - up though. I also did laugh a couple of times. Overall though, it wasn't really my cup of hot chocolate, but maybe it's someone else's cup of tea. Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-28 17:31

    This book made me depressed. Maybe it's because it's been a really long time since I was a 20-something, but all the characters were so superficial and ridiculous, and their lives seemed so sad. I have browsed websites like (where the mc works) and, again, maybe I'm just too old for them, but the articles were so... self-involved, maybe? One of the articles that I read on one of these sites was all about the writer's nightime skin care regime. I kept reading it because I was waiting to see if it would end up with some kind of philosophical meaning, but no, it was just a blow-by-blow account of all the stuff she uses on her face every night. It was a lot of stuff. I really hope that this was meant to be satirical, because if this is what it's actually like to be in your mid-20s in NYC (or anywhere, really), then I weep for the future. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me at an advance copy of this book.

  • Lianna
    2019-05-17 21:31

    ** A copy of Sociable was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **Oof. I take no pleasure in bashing books at all, but this was just….not good. In fact, if it wasn’t such a short and easy read, I’m not sure I could have made it all the way through. I'm not sure if this was the entire point of the narrative, but the characters were so unlikable to the point of being painful. I get making a point or over-exaggerating the stereotype of the millennial but there were points when even the way they spoke (If they started one more sentence with “Like” or ended a statement with a question mark, I was going to lose it) was terribly childish and annoying. The story meandered around without really going anywhere or bringing about any sort of resolution...and the ending was abrupt with no lessons learned and no growth achieved.

  • kb
    2019-05-08 19:45

    Tried to power through this for a few times, but I wasn't into the writing style, the POV used, the character development (if there was any? The characters sounded a little too obnoxious and immature for what they were posing to be). Made it almost halfway through the book but because I felt like I was already forcing myself to finish it, I decided to ~give up. I would have enjoyed this because journalists and social media and finding one's self, etc. but all in all, this book and I were not fit for each other.

  • Miguel
    2019-05-11 14:43

    Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review.She wanted people to see her as beautiful and moral, warmhearted and historically correct, extremely tolerant but able to call out wrongdoing when she saw it, aware of all possible holes in her thinking, not defensive except when provoked, mildly irreverent but then unexpectedly sincere about the possibility of the American experiment. In short, she wanted to be perceived how everyone else wanted to be perceived in her small circle of digital friends. Luckily, this is one of the easier personalities in the world to pretend that you have.When one reads a comedy of manners from days past, it is easy to sit on the outside and laugh at the conventions of yesteryear. It is another sensation entirely when one experiences the vague, unsettling discomfort of reading such a comedy about the contemporary moment. But Sociable inspires that feeling. Rebecca Harrington’s clinical gaze gets to the core of precisely what behaviors recur almost pathologically and offers some compelling explanations as to why. Of course, the social commentary is just a side-effect of the genuine hilarity Harrington captures. Though as I laughed I occasionally found myself uncomfortably wondering, “is this me…?” Harrington’s near-naturalism shows neither contempt nor love for her subjects. They are treated tenderly, but their faults are exposed clearly for the reader’s own enjoyment and, perhaps, introspection.Harrington goes beyond incisive commentary on modern friendship and romance. She demonstrates an unparalleled prescience about the state of journalism. Harrington's fictional Memo Points Daily and capture the spirit of MTV News's restructuring. The beginning scene of the novel, with the closing of the (also fictional) Newr Report, echoed social media sentiments after the infamous "pivot to video." This clear vision grants credibility and verisimilitude to Harrington's novel.Beyond that, Harrington shows a close attention to literary form. Her references to Madame Bovary and Virginia Woolf do more than demonstrate her literary bonafides. They establish Sociable and its characters firmly in a literary tradition of social commentary without judgment. And Harrington earns the comparisons! Her authorial interventions are brilliant. The sparse narrator who addresses the reader in a Victorian fashion ("dear reader...") is the most likable character in the novel. The voice of the narrator captures the essence of the novel in a brief monologue about Elinor's breakup, "Rapidly, the whole thing had dissolved into boring societal and symbolic forces that went well beyond Mike, but somehow applied to him, like most affairs of the heart."But, luckily for Harrington, this is a story one can love without a single likable (or even dynamic) character in the bunch. While Mike is clearly contemptible, the reader is invited to identify with Elinor even as Harrington lays bare Elinor's worst nature. Harrington cleverly uses social types to play out something bigger with an eye for unfiltered inner-monologue. This is a story that feels real, genuinely in touch with the culture and identity of young people today. But above and beyond all that, it manages to be hilarious.

  • Kaitlyn Red Wing
    2019-05-03 20:47

    This book had so much potential. I truly thought it was going to be insightful about the effects of social media and the Millennial generations need for validation through likes and comments. Sadly, this missed that mark.Sociable follows the main protagonist, Elinor, a recent collage graduate, trying to find a journalism job in New York City. This was what hooked me to request this ARC. As a Writing major, I see how much the world of journalism has changed and will continue to change the way we communicate with one another, and how we access the news. However, the book doesn't focus as much on Elinor's journalism career. It touches briefly on the subject, and if the book was longer, perhaps we would've been able to see more into the workings of journalism and what it's like being a women working in a mans world. Ellinor's boss and "mentors", J.W., and Peter are--in the nicest way possible--the worst. Time and time again we watch as they invalidate, belittle, and put down Elinor. Their ideas for articles are pretty awful ideas, and Elinor thinks this, yet never says anything. Her success is claimed by them multiple times in front of others and every time I wanted to yell at her to not let them walk all over her.I was yelling at Elinor throughout the entire book basically.The third person narrative made the entire story hard to get through. I got used to it after awhile, but an author should trust their readers to understand characters by their actions and not have to be told. Instead we are told over and over again why a character does something and why we should care. And I never cared. Elinor is by far one of the most vapid, narcissistic, and shallow-minded characters I've ever read. Here's a peak into her mind, "She always thought it looked better on her than it looked on Sheila. She wished Sheila would just give it to her. She would have given it to Sheila if the situation was reversed." I wish I could say she has some type of revelation into how she thinks and acts, but she doesn't. Oh, and Sheila is her "best friend" when they continually treat each other like garbage and never seem to even like each other.I appreciated the author trying to touch on feminism and women empowering themselves, but it was so far from actually covering and understanding what it means to be a feminist. Now I don't know if this is because of Ellinors take on feminism, or if the author doesn't truly grasp the subject. At times it felt like it was thrown in the narrative as a way to try to relate to the reader, "And how was Elinor supposed to judge what made Sheila happy? Maybe that was actually more feminist, not to judge. There was certainly a satisfaction in her own open-mindedness and changeling opinions." When it never made a lot of sense when it was touched on.I did find myself throughout the book asking myself if I did the things Elinor and her friends do on social media. And though it may never be to the sad, desperate attempt for validation like Elinor does, It did open my eyes more to how I use social media and how everyone around me uses it. I may not desperately reach out to ex's, or continually email and text someone who so obviously is ghosting me or ignoring me like Elinor, but I did realize how social media has truly changed the way we communicate and how easy it is to become obsessed in likes, shares, and comments.Thank you Netgalley, Doubleday Books, and Rebecca Hardington for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I wish I could give this a better review, I truly do, but it missed the mark for me.

  • Trin
    2019-04-19 14:28

    Rebecca Harrington is hilarious, and this is a very entertaining (and in general, not too obvious) send-up of all the ways in which social media, the modern workplace, 21st century romance, and sensitive "feminist" dudes can be terrible. However, it's also a really cynical take on female friendships. Aside from (and really, along with) my family, these are the most valuable and vital relationships in my life -- even when we're just texting each other emojis and gifs of Chris Evans. Every book doesn't have to be every thing, or reflect every truth, and it's possible that I'm just so hungry to see these types of relationships portrayed that I'm bitter over every missed opportunity. Harrington's protagonist Elinor is obviously, and intentionally, not a role model, but I couldn't help thinking that she'd be much better off -- and maybe even a much better person -- if she had even one good friend to support her, and send her gifs of Chris Evans when she needed them.

  • Yi-Hsuan
    2019-05-05 22:25

    I am too old for this book. One star. #sorrynotsorryP.S. Thanks to NetGalley and DoubleDay Books. I'll give this book one thing - I did finish it, despite hating almost every single interaction. Too much dialogue featuring "literally," and "hashtag." (Once is already too much!!)

  • Lydia
    2019-05-03 22:48

    This was a really fun read. I find that I really enjoy just reading books that are about people in their twenties who are smart and dealing with life. It's kind of like a soap opera, and yet I bet this kind of stuff actually happens to people all the time.

  • Meghan
    2019-05-19 14:50

    Thank you Netgalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for a review. This book is marketed as a book that should hit so close to home for me - a millennial went to college for journalism and now works at a Buzzfeed like company. And you know what? She's really good at writing material that goes viral! Is she compromising her values by doing this?The description of this book, particularly on Goodreads, is incredibly misleading. Is this book meant to be a satire of millennials and how they're viewed? This book is not about a woman who goes to work for a Buzzfeed like company - it's about a woman who cannot get over a breakup with her terrible ex, and who happens to get a job at a company. So here are my thoughts laid out easily:1. If you are going to have website addresses in your book, buy the domain and have them go to your book's site or author's site. It should be part of your marketing campaign. 2. I've never worked at a start up, though I do have friends that do, and for the most part, this "we aren't going to give you any guidelines, new person" seems to be satire in the book, but this book isn't advertised as a satire. The nepotism in this book I buy.3. The mentorship plot line and the older journalist plot line could have had some depth. They felt flat and forced and absolutely ridiculous. 4. Pick a POV? The "perhaps the reader" thrown in occasionally is jarring and isn't earned. 5. There's no growth in the main character at all. I got to the end of the book, flipped the page expecting more, and was actually genuinely shocked that it was over. What was the major drama? What did she learn from it? What did she gain? The description makes it sound like she starts debating if NYC is worth it, but honestly, nothing in her life has value except her worthless ex. She doesn't even have the cliched growth of "I have found my path alone!" ......though I think that's the vibe we are supposed to get. 6. Female friendships. I am so sick of books portraying women as not being ale to have female friendships with actual merit and depth. The main character only has faux friends, including her "best friend" who reminds me of friends I dropped in my early 20s for being fake as can be. None of the friendships felt real. Is it the fault of the MC who has no depth? IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE A SATIRE OF MILLENNIALS?I genuinely do not get the point of this book and what it's trying to accomplish.***Netgalley arc. read for 24in48. Full review to come later this week.

  • Heather
    2019-05-14 20:23

    Received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair review.This book frustrated me in exactly the ways I expected as soon as I saw it compared to “The Assistants,” one of my least favorite reads of 2016. Add it to the sub-genre of fiction about poverty-stricken millennials in New York City with no substantial ambitions or sense of irony. Young women keep writing these books and they don’t quite work for me as satire so I wonder if they actually know people like this. But let me start with what Sociable does right -- Harrington accurately skewers editors and corporate heads of journalism outfits. I have been in meetings where someone shows me a slideshow and says a lot of words about what they want from the reporting team and when they put the laser pointer away none of us have any idea what they want. The scenes of entitled white men talking about viral content and the big picture with no action requested of their employees are on point.For the young female characters, Harrington does too much telling and not showing. She deploys a third person limited narrative style, from the point of view of Elinor, a 20-something working as a nanny who gets a job at a startup Buzzfeed wannabe website, but then breaks the fourth wall to observe something wryly about Elinor in long info-dumps or quick asides. I feel like these are things I should be learning about the main character organically but I’m just not.There is also no audience surrogate in this so-called comedy of manners which occasionally strikes a Jane Austen tone. Elinor is self-involved and an occasional trainwreck and so is every other person she interacts with except one minor character who pops in for a few scenes and I wanted to cling to her and never let her go. No one actually listens to their friends. No one has a sincere conversation. Every few pages Harrington hammers home that everyone is always on their phones and then criticizing people for being on their phones only to turn to their own phones again with no sense of irony.As a millennial reading a book by a millennial about millennials, particularly about the media industry, I grew frustrated quickly with the unlikeability of everyone in this book. With no one to root for and a disjointed narrative style, Sociable becomes a slog and more things jump out to irritate. The ending fell flat with no one appearing to change or learn anything about themselves which left me feeling like I'd wasted my time reading about people I didn't like.

  • Karin Goczkowski
    2019-05-04 15:48

    Sociable would be considered part of the Fiction genre that Ms. Harrington claims to be an anthropological insight into feminine success and the consequences on personal relationships. Written from an omniscient/omnipresent perspective the main character Elinor is painted as an empty-headed, condescending victim of her own choices. The writing would have been more powerful had there not been random asides focusing on tertiary characters such as one of her 'mentors'. These asides did not add anything to the narrative and interrupted whatever flow the writer provided to the plot. What sets Elinor apart from other characters is that she literally did not have a single redeeming quality about her. She is in a constant state of complaint, acting as though the world has wronged her despite her complete inability to better her situation. Themes of feminism (hah! she thinks she knows what this is), role of men, and media consumption are all present. While forcing myself through this read I never found a real plot. It felt like I was just reading through her daily routine with copious amounts of her stating they were in the midst of "polarizing times". My favorite part of this book was when Mark left her because he finally realized she was a whiny child. My least favorite part is every time she fails to take accountability for her actions. I would never recommend this to a patron.

  • Tessa Ruben
    2019-05-17 20:37

    Smart, cutting and hilarious -- I laughed out loud!

  • MaryAnn
    2019-04-24 16:49

    Sociable by Rebecca Harrington would get a 2.5 rating from me, if that was possible. I kept waiting for this book to actually mean something, but it just didn't. Maybe I was the wrong audience for this, but it left me wondering what happened to the rest of the book. Maybe it's set up to be a series and it just leaves off like this to segue into the next book? If so, I wish I'd known because I usually don't read books that do that.The primary character, Elinor, and her "friends" were very shallow and completely concerned with ridiculousness. It felt like high school in a way - Should I hook up with him? Did he think that was dumb? Should I text him now? I must have missed the point completely because even her "job" at was similar. This guy's mentoring her, that guy is mentoring her, no one tells her what to's just pointless.The best part for me were the social media updates at the beginning of the chapters.If someone else gets this book please explain to me how I so completely missed it. Thanks!Netgalley, the publishers and the author - thanks for allowing me to read an ARC. I just wish I'd enjoyed it and could leave a better review.

  • Jamele (BookswithJams)
    2019-05-07 20:32

    This was an easy, light read, but just didn’t do much for me. Every time you’d think Elinor would experience some character growth, and therefore I might start to root for her, she would backslide into pathetic habits. There also was no real resolution to her work conflicts, she had better ideas than her mentors but it was never thoroughly addressed, which could have been developed more. It felt like the book just ended because it was time, and therefore several things were unresolved to me, and not in a good way. Thank you to NetGalley for an electronic ARC of this book.

  • Ioana
    2019-05-20 21:51

    I don't understand why the hatred towards this book: it's shallow because these are the characters acting in it. This is the youth of the 21st century. I think I can be a bit harsh with the characters of this novel because I, too, am a 20 something living in a world of hastag everying, LOL when you have a straight face, constant social media checking, the desire to appear deep and profound, but in reality being too shallow for our own good, and with a question mark at the end of a statement (which btw is more than I could handle in this novel.) So, it is a novel focusing on millennials. No better definition of the word than this select group of characters."Funny" is not the word I'd use to describe this book. Sure, there were some moments. However, what sums up this book is cringy. The focus on appearance, the failure to be of any substance, the obsession with one fix idea one has - it's too much at times. And yet, I couldn't blame the author; this is who the young people are nowadays, in larger and larger numbers. I liked how the author at times addressed the reader directly. I wish she had done that more often. At some points it felt as if she kept the distance, and only sometimes came closer to the reader again. Those ocassions were when one of the characters (usually the main character, Elinor) did something worse than before. I didn't like any of the characters. Elinor lacked any tact and individuality. She is dependant and seemed to like to dwell in self-pity (she has a bad day every time we see her doing something, anything) and conformity, she is fake and selfish. She is like a child who expects a gold star for doing something that's expected of them; except she's an adult. Her ex-boyfriend, Mike, is beyond what words could describe: annoying, self-sufficient, self-absorbed. Mainly all the characters exist to benefit from the others, to gain something from their large network. The characters manage to drive you nuts!It left a bitter taste this novel. It's an easy read, lacking substance as far as depth of character goes, but maybe this was the point - to show the shallowness which we as a world are heading towards. Despite the light tone, it's sad. I am sure anyone over 35 years old would not like this novel, and those younger would still need tolerance for it. Silly me actually thought there'd be a redeeming moment for Elinor. Nothing though. Nothing can redeem the world this novel shows. I received a free e-book copy of this novel from the publisher via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

  • Nadine
    2019-04-25 17:32

    I don't know if it is because I read a few other books in the last few months about social media and the curated life vs real life or whatever...and I kept comparing those two books to Sociable, but I think I decided that Sociable was just not for me. I found the characters to be unlikable, they were superficial and ridiculous. I think it had a relevant and interesting concept, but it wasn’t executed well. It was a quick, easy read and there were a few humorous moments I enjoyed...but there was nothing really memorable about the book and I didn't really care for the writing style. Bottom Line: I cant really recommend this book. I gave it two stars, but very meh for me. I would recommend reading Hello, Sunshine or My Not So Perfect Life over this. **I received a copy of Sociable from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

  • A.D. Green
    2019-05-09 17:26

    Who doesn’t love a hilarious story about a self-unaware Millennial trying to ‘make it’ in the big city? Elinor, a twenty-something-year-old graduate, has finally said goodbye to being a nanny and landed a journalistic job at a start-up. She gets to drink bad coffee, write quick pieces and make sense of her life. However, writing viral content isn’t the job she dreamed of and her personal life soon spins out of control. The measured, cool and collected person she’s trying to portray on the social media is… well, not really her. Surprise, surprise anyone?Once I’ve started reading the novel, honestly, I couldn’t put it down. I finished it over the weekend. There’s something mesmerizing about self-centered characters — you laugh with them and often at them. Everything rings, oh, so close to the reality that it makes you think between the crisp lines. Kind of funny, kind of sad, but also very true. Start-ups and websites, Instagram and Twitter, hashtags and filters. We all want to be the bigger, better person, but are we really? And why do we care what version of us we are curating to the world?Rebecca Harrington offers a charmingly sympathetic and satirical look at Elinor and her endeavors in the working world, unhealthy romantic relationships and worrisome friendships or simply 21st century adulthood. The writing is flowing down the pages in such a perceptible and sharp manner that carries you to the next sentence with ease and talent. At the end you just can’t close the book without a laugh escaping your lips.It’s contemporary fiction that knows what it’s doing and it’s not making excuses. Highly recommended… unless you tend to take yourself a bit too seriously.I have kindly received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and Doubleday Books in exchange of a fair review.

  • Katyak79
    2019-04-26 17:25

    Elinor is a journalism major who moves to NYC after college with the intent of making a name for herself in Journalism. Elinor has an idiot boyfriend, a shitty apartment and a shitty personality. Elinor manages to get a job at at one of those websites that put out those annoying clickbait posts you see on social media all the time. Elinor hates her job. Elinor's boyfriend breaks up with her. Elinor moves to another shitty apartment and hangs out with her equally shitty friends. Depressing, no? Like many others, I hate giving negative input but this really missed the mark for me. First off, the ending made me a little crazy. The story just randomly....stops. No explanations, conclusions, resolution. No anything. Second, I really just felt like the story itself fell short. When I started reading this, my initial thought was that I hated all the main characters and how shallow they were. When I realized this was intended to be more satirical, I started to enjoy the story line a little more. In spite of this, I still feel like the author missed a lot of potential here. This could have been an insightful story about how social media affects our lives and relationships, but instead it was just kind of snarky for no reason. #meh

  • Lara Ryan
    2019-05-08 18:35

    I received an advanced readers copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Navigating NYC as a recent graduate while searching for your first job within your career (and that doesn't include being a nanny) and a decent apartment in this day and age is certainly not an easy feat. I must give Elinor, the main character, credit because she is able to do all of this on her own without reaching out to her parents for help. That is a huge difference between the current 20-somethings I know and love and for that reason, Elinor is a decent role model. When looking on Amazon for a description of this book, I noted that it is listed under Humor and Satire. I suppose that is important to note because it doesn't come across extremely well while reading it. Even though I knew what the story was about, I couldn't help but get extremely frustrated by the dialogue and inner monologue. Is this really how millennials think? I know that this does mimic normalcy in conversations but definitely with an added exaggeration. I think, I hope.As much as I was frustrated with this writing style, I did however finish the whole book. Did I like it? Not entirely. But I do appreciate what the author was trying to portray. Maybe it is just meant for a different genre to read.

  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    2019-04-29 15:40

    I am too old to read a book about 20-somethings. If this is the future... I weep for my daughter.

  • Joe
    2019-05-04 16:47

    I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased reviewThis was an absolute bore for me. I got through fifteen pages before I was completely bored with this title. I would have stopped right there but I pushed myself to read the rest of the book. Even for being such a short book, it seemed to last such a long time. One thing I did enjoy is the modern use of technology and terminology such as hashtag