Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham is a short novel (can be read in a few hours) about dating in the modern world of today. It’s told exclusively through emails and text messages and it really does scream of the world we live in now. Back in my days of dating we didn’t have social media. It was the phone or nothing. Yet still the same emotions and insecurities exist today – they are just communicated in a different way.
Madeline and Elliot meet at a restaurant opening and begin dating. Of course in today’s world it’s all about emailing and text messaging and we see the relationship between these two unfold in just that way. In addition to the messages between Madeline and Elliot we also have the messages between Madeline and Emily (her best friend) and Elliot and David (his best friend). You really can see from the beginning that this relationship may be doomed because these two want very different things from life. Madeline is looking for a really serious relationship while Elliot is still looking to just have fun and doesn’t really see the big deal if he doesn’t answer a text message for days.
As the relationship progresses we see the insecurities and over analyzing of the relationship. Both Madeline and Elliot are constantly copying and pasting messages and sending them to their best friends for their opinions. There is anger and a million questions but neither makes a move to just confront the situation. It’s a normal dating scenario – just taking place in today’s world where everything seems to revolve around social media. I don’t want to give away the eventual outcome of the book but I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the ending.
I enjoyed this book primarily because of the format. I enjoy books done a little differently like that. The only thing I would have liked to see was a bit more of a romantic tone to the book. I think this book will really appeal to those who are hooked on all of the social media of today and definitely those who are currently dating in it.