Authors Showcase: Right Click by Lisa Becker
March 1, 2015
The Book: Right Click
The Author: Lisa Becker
The Story: Love. Marriage. Infidelity. Parenthood. Crises of identity. Death. Cupcakes. The themes in Right Click, the third and final installment in the Click series, couldn’t be more pressing for this group of friends as they navigate through their 30’s.
Another six months have passed since we last eavesdropped on the hilarious, poignant and often times inappropriate email adventures of Renee and friends.
As the light-hearted, slice of life story continues to unfold, relationships are tested and some need to be set “right” before everyone can find their “happily ever after.”
About Lisa Becker:
Lisa Becker had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story.
She is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for you!
Review by Kimmel:
Right Click is the third and final installment of the Click Series and I was so excited to get back to Renee and her world. The style is unique, writing an entire book while exclusively using email exchanges between characters. You wouldn’t think it would work, but Becker figured out a way. Especially in this day and age with text messaging so easily at our disposal, it seems like no one really emails anymore, and yet there is always a legitimate reason that they are sending these messages as emails and not as a very long text message. I do think the whole series would be great in the normal format with interaction amongst the characters, but I think it works this way.
To be honest, after reading the second book, I didn’t think there would be much else for Becker to do with this group of characters. I was excited to finally get to Renee and Ethan’s wedding, but aside from that I didn’t have many expectations. I was happily surprised with the plot twists that were thrown in that kept me engaged the entire time. I was especially happy with what happened with Shelley, Renee’s BFF who moved to Seattle at the very end of the second book. It was surprising, and yet very appropriate and true to her character. I love that.
There is a very short Epilogue at the end which I will say I was very happy to see. I hate ending a series and wondering what happened with the characters. It was short and sweet but gave the perfect amount of information to satisfy a curious reader.
I think my favorite part about this series is it lets me satisfy that natural curiosity to eavesdrop without actually butting into people’s lives. You can’t tell me that you’ve never been tempted to peek into someone’s email or facebook or text messages when they aren’t in the room and happened to leave it open and available to you. I’ve never given into that temptation because I respect my friend’s privacy, but the thought has crossed my mind. Reading this series is like spying on all of these friends but without the guilt. Win, win.
Review by MSEreads:
Renee, a public relations guru with a big heart and an emotional spirit, is engaged to pragmatic and calm Ethan. Shelley, a bold spirit and inventive lover, has moved to Seattle to be with her new love interest, Nick. Renee worries that Shelley will find someone to replace her as her ‘bestie.” Ashley, more of a strict-laced, control type, is coping with being a new mother. Renee realizes that Ashley is having trouble with an infant since children do not fit into control all the time. Mark, the nerdy computer guy, is enjoying his new romance. Renee wants happiness for Mark even if his three female friends aren’t too fond of Cassidy, the lady who doesn’t know what a capital letter looks like and is enthralled with cat videos.
The year of Renee’s engagement is about to lead to lots of changes for the friends. It is full of many real life issues such as infidelity, betrayal, job loss, depression, insecurities and more.
A fun and unique aspect of this series is that it is told entirely through emails. This gives the story a real-time feel as characters express their emotions and opinions in ‘live’, if sometimes delayed, email conversations. The email captions are easy to skim, although they take up reading time if you let Kindle read to you as I often do. I love the pun competition and the musical banter.
This series deals with the everyday lives- difficulties, emotions, up and down – of Renee and her friends. This is book three of the trilogy and does a very nice job of wrapping up the story, the relationships and the connections between the characters. It is lovely to have everyone receive what is anticipated as a “happy ever after” in the end. I do recommend reading the books in order so the reader can get to know the characters and enjoy their growth through the fun developments.