Reviewed by Susan Lobban
@TwitterGirl is Cassidy Shea, a network reporter with millions of followers who love her snarky comments. Who knew that 140 characters could change the course of your life? But that is exactly what happens when she is fired on the basis of one single tweet.
Jobless is bad enough but then, to add insult to injury, her boyfriend dumps her as he can’t be associated with someone trending in a bad way. However, she can even change her status when she is offered a job with presidential candidate Will Becker, who is hot right now in more ways than one. Sarcastic and biting remarks are just what he needs to forge ahead and @TwitterGirl is just who he needs on his side.
Her old job long forgotten, Cassidy jumps on the political bandwagon and soon becomes a valuable asset to the campaign. An added bonus is all the dating potential in her new workplace, especially the Senator himself, but surely she is out of her league with him – she is no Jackie O after all.
From the cover I was expecting a lighthearted, easy read but that was deceiving as it is so much more than that. Also, I am not usually a fan of male writers of women’s fiction, but Nic Tatano is the exception as he manages to write a believable and relatable female character, which makes you instantly forget the gender of the author. Cassidy’s insightful and witty tweets summed up the current events happening around her perfectly; Rather than relying heavily on too much Twitter speak, they popped up appropriately throughout and added a modern edge to the story.
Rather than following a tried and tested women’s fiction route, Twitter Girl sets itself apart by making the romance aspect more of an enjoyable interlude amongst the compelling twists and turns the campaign trail takes.
Nic Tatano has created a smart and fresh social media heroine, who I really wished was real. Twitter Girl was an unexpectedly engrossing read, which was highly addictive. It doesn’t matter if you are a Twitter follower or not, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I really was happily surprised by the intelligence and unpredictability of the story as it unfolded. I would even go as far to say that Mr Tatano will now have the honour of being the only male on my women’s fiction must reads.