Not Really

Not Really

Hello and happy Wednesday. Excuse the lack of creativity in my titles recently, but I want to be less poetic and more direct in all aspects of my life. I think I’m becoming increasingly cynical, and the book I’m reviewing today fed that cynicism. I’m talking about Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer. 

I read this book between February 13th and February 15th, 2020 and I gave it five stars. Saying I loved it is an understatement. I started it because I felt that I was on the verge of a reading slump, so in order to avoid it, I picked up a book that I thought was about two people who fell in love via the internet. Well, it was and it wasn’t’, and that’s what I loved about this book: it was raw and real and it took the turns that life usually does, not the ones that readers expect or hope to see. 

This book was originally written in German and it won international awards, which made it more interesting and the stakes higher. I don’t read many translated books, but oddly enough, this is my third of the year. The premise of this book, as the title and the cover might suggest is that two strangers, Emmi and Leo develop a romance through email exchanges. This means that the entire novel is comprised of emails. You don’t get a narrator that sets the scene or provides context for you, and that’s the kind of story I have discovered I love because it is like real life, in which you don’t always get the whole story right away. It also makes it a quick and addictive read because you simply need to know what happens next. 

The way that Emmi and Leo start communicating is through a message sent to the wrong person, and I know what you’re thinking, what a cute setup, right? Add to that the banter between the two characters and you get the perfect Valentine’s Day read, right? Oh, also, Emmi and Leo are adorable and while reading this book I was reminded of the movie Definitely Maybe, so you know it’s a fluffy read, right? I don’t want to burst your bubble (I’m kidding, I definitely do), but this isn’t a fluffy book. Like I said, it’s real and it’s raw and it’s complicated. It is also an adult read, so if you’re not into that, don’t pick it up. 

The plot is full of tension and will have you wondering what’s going to happen all the way till the end, and then the end will come and you’ll feel some kind of way. I know that the ending would have infuriated me six years ago. Now I understand that it couldn’t have happened any other way, although the author probably changed his mind about that because this novel has a sequel. I’m not going to read it, in case you were wondering because I’m content with how the original book concluded. 

Which books do you think should have been standalones? Let me know in the comments below. 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila