Isn't It Pretty To Think So?

Isn't It Pretty To Think So?

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by Nick Miller
     
 

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Set in Los Angeles, the novel follows Jake Reed, a world-weary recent college graduate struggling to find use for his liberal arts degree amidst a waning workforce. He eventually lands a job in real estate as a "Social Media Manager," a role that requires the mindless pursuit of likes, tweets, and hits.

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Set in Los Angeles, the novel follows Jake Reed, a world-weary recent college graduate struggling to find use for his liberal arts degree amidst a waning workforce. He eventually lands a job in real estate as a "Social Media Manager," a role that requires the mindless pursuit of likes, tweets, and hits.

After a death in the family and a surprise inheritance, Jake quits his job and meanders through lonely hotel rooms, quiet beach towns, and then, in a dramatic shift, stations himself in West Hollywood where disillusioned twenty-somethings lose themselves in the madness of drugs and sex. It is here that the only proof of memories is found in filtered photographs posted online from the night before.

Miller captures the angst, restlessness, and spirit of the Millennial Generation -- a group mindlessly charging through the recession during a time when the line between existence in the physical and digital world is blurred. The novel provides a fascinating, grim, and often times humorous portrayal of the lifestyle that represents our contemporary youth.

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Walter Martens
It has been said that Hemingway came as near as anyone to describing the hopes, angst, and lifestyle of his generation in their youthful early adulthood following World War I, at least as far as the expat set in Paris was concerned. The same argument can be made for Miller's attempt at capturing a particular generation (the Millennials) at a particular moment in history (following the economic meltdown of the late aughts).
Amazon - Rebecca Pilling
Jake is the quintessential 20-something coping with post-collegiate, twenty first century life. His life is a barrage of social media, photographs, smart phones, cyber-relationships and disconnect from the people physically around him. Any ties made between two people are superficial and vapid, lacking any true depth or affection. Miller's assessment of our generation is quite accurate and his appreciation of a less-than-electronic was refreshing.
Amazon - Jason Shough
The book is timely and relevant. It contains thought-provoking commentaries on modern life's most challenging puzzles -- notably, the incongruity between how we present ourselves in digital and physical form. On this topic, Miller writes one of the rawest, most cutting passages I have ever read on the concept of "self" in the age of Facebook. It is required reading for anyone who has ever thought about these kinds of things.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015471915
Publisher:
Fernando French Publishing
Publication date:
08/29/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
390
Sales rank:
1,247,315
File size:
1 MB

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