Read Bottom Up: A Novel

Read Bottom Up: A Novel

by Neel Shah, Skye Chatham


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A charming novel about falling in love (or like) in the digital age—the never-before-seen full story.

Madeline and Elliot meet at a New York City restaurant opening. Flirtation—online—ensues. A romance, potentially eternal, possibly doomed, begins.

And, like most things in life today, their early exchanges are available to be scrutinized and interpreted by well-intentioned friends who are a mere click away.

Madeline and Elliot's relationship unfolds through a series of thrilling, confounding, and funny exchanges with each other, and, of course, with their best friends and dubious confidants (Emily and David). The result is a brand-new kind of modern romantic comedy, in format, in content, and even in creation—the authors exchanged e-mails in real time, blind to each other's side conversations. You will nod in appreciation and roll your eyes in recognition; you'll learn a thing or two about how the other half approaches a new relationship . . . and you will cheer for an unexpected ending that just might restore your faith in falling in love, twenty-first-century style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062262189
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Neel Shah is a screenwriter in Los Angeles. He used to be a reporter at the New York Post and his work has appeared in Glamour, GQ, and New York magazine.

Skye Chatham is a writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in various publications, including GQ and Maxim.

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Read Bottom Up 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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reesspace More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a few hours which thrills me as it's been years since I can say that about a novel. It could have something to do with the layout or the fact that I honestly loved it and spent every free moment of my busy day reading it. The book is about four different relationships. The beginning of a relationship between two people, and their relationship with their friends respectively. Written as if you are reading texts and mostly emails, you get a glimpse into relationships in the current electronic world. Where instead of calling each other you simply shoot out an email or text. We are all leaving paper trails and documenting everything we do. It's interesting, scary but also serves as a journal into our lives. Imagine if you could face the end of a relationship by re-reading the beginning of it. You could see all the mistakes you made and all the signs you should have seen, but while doing that you take your besties on the roller coaster ride that is your life. This is exactly what happens with the characters in Read Bottom Up. It goes something like this: Boy meets Girl Boy tells Friend about it. Boy emails Girl Girl forwards said email to her friend and they discuss in detail Girl emails Boy Boy emails Girl back Girl forwards email to her friend and they discuss in detail I loved it! The relationship between Madeline and Elliot and Elliot and David and Madeline and Emily made me smile. From the beginning the relationship is on a crash course. I felt it could be a very real story of two people. Madeline wanting more but not asking for more with the occasional passive-aggressive, sarcastic email or text to drive a point home and get information without really being direct and the two friends who keep their crash course friends grounded. Truly perfect for a beach read. This is chick lit at it's best and I believe you will love it too.
samreads More than 1 year ago
An interesting take on the modern love story. Girl meets guy. Guy meets girl. This story is about David and Madeline. The intricacies and inner workings of their budding relationship splayed out for us to read. A budding relationship, plus the subsequent conversations between each other and their interactions with their respective best friends. Read Bottom Up is a fun, light, and can I say casual read? Definitely easy enough to read in one sitting (or two). The book is written using our modern forms of technology - email and texting, with references to instagram, twitter, and facebook. We as the reader don’t get to “see” what’s happening between David and Madeline, but instead see their conversations between their in-person interactions, their digital selves. One difficulty I had with this book was the characters themselves. They “sounded” the same, which is sometimes difficult to follow when theres so much emphasis on communication. All in all, it’s a fun read and definitely a quick book to get through. Although it’s missing that element that makes contemporary romance so addicting, it does a great job in depicting the nuances of love and searching “the right one” in the digital age. Read if you like: contemporary romance, YA/NA, girl x boy relationships, setting: New York If you liked A Little Something Different (by Sandy Hall), than I think you’ll like this book as well.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Two authors chose to write this book in a new way, through email and text to show a relationship in a new way and it was very very interesting.  A male and female author exchanged emails with each other and "with a friend" to show how a relationship evolves.  They didn't see the emails between "friends" while they were exchanging their own emails, which really made the book feel honest.   I loved how the relationship started and the journey.  It was great to see the ups and downs of the relationship.  I laughed out loud a few times as the emails between the girls hit close to home and I absolutely loved seeing the emails between the guys and hear how guys talk to each other in the beginnings of a relationship.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice to see a book written this way. Took a while to get used to how it was written. Nice love story told by text/Emails.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Read Bottom Up is a modern day romance; boy and girl meet, and much of their relationship takes place in emails and text messages. The authors wrote in the Authors' Note that they wanted to see a more realistic modern dating experience in a novel. So they wrote it. But they added a twist. Neel and Skye each wrote as their corresponding character- Elliot, a hip restaurant owner who just went through a bad breakup, and Madeline, who works for a publisher marketing cookbooks and searching for a real, fulfilling relationship. There are two other characters in the book- Elliot's best friend David, and Madeline's best friend Emily, an elementary school teacher. Neel wrote his character's emails and text messages to Madeline and David and Skye wrote Madeline's emails and text messages to Elliot and Emily. The twist is that Neel never saw Madeline's correspondence to Emily and Skye never saw Elliot's correspondence to David until the novel was finished. It's a clever concept and one that works beautifully, giving the novel a realistic feeling. Even though I am older than the target market for this book, I loved it. It's a Sex and the City for this generation, where every piece of their life could be played out on social media for all to parse and ponder. Elliot is witty and charming, and maybe just a little bit flaky. When Madeline arrives at their second date, she finds an entire table filled with Elliot's friends, and she hardly speaks to Elliot all night. What does this mean? She turns to Emily for advice. They have been dating for awhile, sleeping at each other's apartments, spending most of their time together, when Elliot informs her that he will be spending an entire week in Vermont at the wedding festivities of a college buddy. (I guess that's how it works today, weddings are a weeklong process.) Elliot doesn't ask Madeline to accompany him, and while trolling on Elliot's friends' Instagram accounts, she sees that Elliot's ex-girlfriend is also at the wedding. What does this mean? Again, she turns to Emily. Elliot spends much time sharing his thoughts about Madeline with David. There are times when he doesn't understand why Madeline is angry with him, and he wonders if they are truly compatible. Read Bottom Up is a fun, quick, addictive read. You feel like you know these characters, and for a minute I expect to see them turn up somewhere on my Facebook news feed. There is a real twist at the end of the story, one I did not see coming, but enjoyed immensely.