#BookReview: The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Reviewer:  Annie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

the status of all thingsSummary:

What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of Your Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.

Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

Kate’s two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.

In The Status of All Things, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke combine the humor and heart of Sarah Pekkanen and Jennifer Weiner while exploring the pitfalls of posting your entire life on the Internet. They raise the questions: What if you could create your picture-perfect life? Would you be happy? Would you still be you? For anyone who’s ever attempted—or failed—to be their perfect self online, this is a story of wisdom and wit that will leave you with new appreciation for the true status of your life.


Fun. Light. Intriguing.  You will not want to put this book down.  Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke can really tell a delightful girls story.  I was enamored with the fact that it is revolved around the statuses we post on Facebook.  Don’t we all want to portray that our life is super awesome and we all have everything we ever need and want (hiccup)?  Perfect?  Ok, yeah, not so much.

Don’t we all look at some people’s statuses and wonder “how did they get it all so right”.  Guilty!  This is a great story about “status” control!!

Kate’s fiancé Max breaks up with her right before the Rehearsal Dinner…literally, the night before their wedding!  Kate did not see that coming from a mile away.  Her best friends, Jules and Liam help her get through the next month….when the “Status of all things” changes drastically.  This was almost fairy-tale like with Kate getting a “do-over”.

Kate wakes up the day after Max breaks up with her, and she wakes up on June 1st, instead of July 1st.  She is given ONE month to make things right between her and Max.  She meets her “fairy-godmother” named Ruby while waiting impatiently for her to finish making the Mocha that Kate was going to bring back to the hotel for her BFF, Jules.  I thought this might be a bit cheesy, but it was brilliantly executed.

The question is; what does Kate have to change to make this happen, and what is most important?

Are acceptance and fate the same thing?  Do we need to go back in time to change things, or will we always have the same result?

This book really dug deep into our use of Facebook to leave our “status” out there for everyone out there to read, interpret, and comment on.  I am thinking I post too much!!!

I wanted to keep reading, even when the story ended.  That is when you know you read a really good book!

4 Stars

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