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“With her first novel, musician and memoirist Alina Simone proves herself a hilariously whipsmart chronicler of thirtysomething creative ambition.” —Scott Indrisek, Bookforum
“Note to Self is goofy, sweet, and all the things you want in a coming-of-age story. There’s redemption in all this quotidian depravity.” —Jen Vafidis, The Daily Beast
“Simone captures Anna’s listless existence and her efforts to break out of her terminal inertia in this deft exploration of modern malaise.” —Kristine Huntley, Booklist
“The flavors of the book are sharp and sour, like a Chinese soup, and Alina Simone, a singer/songwriter, is clearly a novelist, too.” —Nick Hornby, The Believer
“Simone . . . skewers the self-absorbed world in which Anna is caught up with incisive writing and her observations are often so clever they deserve reading aloud. The dénouement stuns more than it should, but by then readers will be standing in Anna’s shoes.” —Publishers Weekly
“The Internet has burrowed deep into our souls, and Alina Simone writes about it with radical honesty. Plus she's hilarious.” —Amanda Palmer
“People as multi-talented and skilled as Alina Simone, who sings beautifully, writes essays, and now foists upon us a truly funny and poignant novel, need to be stopped. And maybe they will be, but in the meantime, there is no harm in falling into the soulful voice of Simone's narrator, Anna, as she struggles with the end of numb, cubicled youth and the awkward beginnings of new life.” —Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts
“Note to Self is smart, zany and sadly true about all that's truly sad about the state of human cognition in the digital age. Alina Simone has an extraordinary ear for the frenetic cadence and petty concerns of our times. She also has the heart and brains to point the way toward something more transcendent. I smiled, nodded, and shook my head in recognition all the way through.” —Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
“A remarkably assured debut . . . Wicked, witty.” —Kirkus Review
“Note to Self deftly dissects our Internet addiction, trawling the shallows of the 21st-century noncommittal mind in an engrossing story that both entertains and provokes. Alina Simone is a witty chronicler of our times.” —Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
Wow! What a great book! Anna goes from unemployed to non-paid assistant on a microbudget documentary. The action that ensues is a real page turner. Five stars.
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Posted April 21, 2014
Posted August 23, 2013
I kept turning the pages because I hoped I would find something interesting about this book, but it just wasn't for me. It is very contemporary with nice descriptions of activities the reader can relate to. I just didn't find the characters or story that engaging. It is a relatively quick read that might be fun to take to the beach.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2013
Posted July 2, 2013
A trip into the mind of an internet addict searching for the passion that would fly her to her corner of the sky.
Title does not do the book justice at all. Amazing read.
Posted June 30, 2013
Hoping Alina sticks to singing (and that her singing is better than her story telling).
Seven hours of my life spent in hopeful (please get better...oh I hope this is going somewhere) angst, which I cannot get back.
The book was boring, glaringly inaccurate at times (maybe in Brooklyn or Kiev rotary dial phones were the rule rather than the exception way back in 1987) and left this reader feeling like reading Craigslist ads for 7 hours would have been a better, more enlightening, use of my time.
Note to self...never purchase a book without reading a sample first. UGH!
Why 2 stars? Because I value the bravery of the author for her attempt at spotlighting the internet for what it is at its worst, and for the brave publisher that apparently saw something I must have missed when agreeing to bring this book to life.
This book has a lot to say about the Internet. From celebrity dishes to the disconnect of the Internet addicted, this is a brave and creative novel. The writing is easy to follow and the characters are well structured.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2014
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Posted June 16, 2013
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