Editing Emma by Chloe Seager | ARC Review

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Cover of Editing Emma, lying next to my macbook Pro, with its Karen hallion laptop skin which features the 10th doctor and Hermione Granger, with a life and goals journal and pen

3.5 stars

THANK YOU TO HARLEQUIN TEEN AUSTRALIA & NETGALLEY FOR GIVING ME AN EGALLEY OF THIS BOOK IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

This was definitely an interesting read that was quite different to what I expected it; from the blurb below I thought it would be quite similar to Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online series, but it was definitely more mature and looked into the darker side of the web.

“When sixteen-year-old Emma Nash is ‘ghosted’ by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal teenage girl would do… Emma spends the summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of chewit wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence…

But seeing Leon suddenly ‘In a relationship’ on Facebook with the perfect Anna, spurs Emma into action and she embarks on a mission to make positive changes to her life (or ‘edits,’ if you will) and vows to use the internet for more than obsessively stalking Leon’s activities! Instead, she will use it for good and noble causes like finding someone who will actually be nice to her, and recording her findings for the rest of the world to see (i.e. BFF Steph and her mum) on her new Editing Emma blog.

But Emma soon discovers her ‘habit’ is harder to break than she first thought – turns out she’s not the only one ‘editing’ herself online (thank you Tinder for finding her mum’s profile, age 35, really?) and that life through an Instagram filter isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. But it could be worse, she could have outed her best friend, accidentally chatted up a 12 year old boy and revealed to the world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s time or virginity… oh no wait, that’s exactly what happened…” (Summary from Goodreads)

“EVIDENCE: Heed my warning. DO NOT make life decisions that will actually affect your future based around someone you like. Even if you think you may ‘love’ them. It is not worth it. You will end up like me. I am doing a whole extra AS level because I am an idiot.” 

I’m not sure I thoroughly enjoyed the layout of Editing Emma, with it being all blog posts, instead of a standard narrative format interspersed with her blog posts. But that was only minor issue and as I continued to read, it didn’t bother me as much. I just wanted to get more of a perspective on what was happening overall, rather than just her perspective as her ‘voice’ became quite grating at times.

I hate to say it but the character of Emma was really tedious at times, I had to keep reminding myself she is also a teenager, and all teenagers have their melodramatic tendencies. I loved Steph and Faith, they were good friends to her and they had to put up with a lot. I never really warmed up to Gracie, but with good reason. But Emma was just quite frustrating at times especially how close minded she was to what was happening in other people’s lives. That being said, what drove me absolutely crazy was Emma’s attitude towards the breakup, and then how she treated the next guy she dated. Plus her unhealthy obsession with her first relationship, she slept with a used Band-Aid, in a Ziploc bag under her pillow…. that is just all kinds of weird.

Like I said above, this book gave me some Girl Online vibes, except where Zoe Sugg’s series is super sugar-coated and cutesy, this teen actually blogs about her sex life, sexual thoughts, and a lot more in-depth than I anticipated, and you know hats off to her that takes guts to be that honest online. Even if its just your Mum and friend reading.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, not entirely sure I think I will feel the need to read it again, but I am definitely intrigued to see what Chloe Seager does next.

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