Talk to Me by John Kenney

Talk to Me

John Kenney

Talk to Me is a sharply observed, darkly funny, and ultimately warm story about a man who wakes up too late to the mess he’s made of his life… and about our capacity for forgiveness and empathy.

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Entertainment Weekly, New & Notable
New York Post, Best Book of the Week

By the author of the New York Times bestseller, Love Poems for Married People, and the Thurber Prize-winner Truth in Advertising comes a wry yet tenderhearted look at how one man's public fall from grace leads him back to his family, and back to the man he used to be.

It's a story that Ted Grayson has reported time and time again in his job as a network TV anchor: the public downfall of those at the top. He just never imagined that it would happen to him. After his profanity-laced tirade is caught on camera, his reputation and career are destroyed, leaving him without a script for the first time in years.

While American viewers may have loved and trusted Ted for decades, his family certainly didn't: His years of constant travel and his big-screen persona have frayed all of his important relationships. At the time of his meltdown, Ted is estranged from his wife, Claire, and his adult daughter, Franny, a writer for a popular website. Franny views her father's disgrace with curiosity and perhaps a bit of smug satisfaction, but when her boss suggests that she confront Ted in an interview, she has to decide whether to use his loss as her career gain. And for Ted, this may be a chance to take a hard look at what got him to this place, and to try to find his way back before it's too late.

Talk to Me is a sharply observed, darkly funny, and ultimately warm story about a man who wakes up too late to the mess he's made of his life... and about our capacity for forgiveness and empathy.

Advance Galley Reviews

Talk to Me by John Kenney begins as if picked from the headlines, and I am not sure I want to read about today's realities. Then, the book turns in a different, more compelling direction - a story of a father and a daughter and a commentary on quickly changing public opinion especially as influenced by today's overabundance of "news" sources and open forums on which to state that opinion. The book is entertaining but also leaves me reflecting on this very serious reality. Read my complete review at Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

Flat story and characters.

I DNFed this one. I just didn't enjoy it the first few chapters and was not interested.

I’d like to thank Penguin for this ARC, however I could not truly engage with this read, it fell flat for me.

Unfortunately, my copy expired before reading.

No real opinion. The genre and subject matter didn’t interest me. No disrespect to the author, but just wasn’t my cup of tea

Unfortunately time got away from me and I was unable to read this book before the download expired.

I read the first few chapters and they were fine, I suppose it's not my cup of tea which is why I found a little difficulty getting through it. This said, I was unable to finish it.

I received an advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. I really tried to like this book, but I just couldn't get into the story. I did not like the main character. I ended up not finishing.

Definitely not my favorite. Actually, it was one of those books that I found easy to put down and walk away from. The protagonist, Ted, was another example of old white men with power, and the author did not make me feel sorry for him when he lost his temper and risked his career. Only people with power get to lose their temper, so the reaction of the public and the media did not move me in the least. Yes, by the end I felt sorry for him as a father, but that had virtually nothing to do with the main plot line. I guess being ostracized from the world forced him to reevaluate his relationship with his daughter. I would hope that men would learn to do that without first having to lose everything else they value.

I stopped about halfway in. The synopsis sounded like it would capture me, but I just wasn’t feeling this one.

Didn't get to finish this book but it was pretty cut and dry me too movement story. Really reminded me of Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart but the main character was not as fun to read in this book. From what I read... I give it 2/5 beers????

Fantasticly funny

Talk to Me was an interesting and revealing look at the things that can affect us, especially in the modern world. I enjoyed the way this was portrayed, along with the good and the bad that is around us today. Ted is a long-time news anchorman with a wife and daughter. Over the years, he has lost a close relationship with both of them. Now, he is facing divorce with his wife and continued avoidance and anger from his daughter. And then in one moment, Ted does something that will change his life forever. What he has done is not acceptable, especially in today’s world. And because of today’s world, technology will quickly share what he has done and enable everyone to see what he has done. The characters are interesting. The story is told in a way with real details and memories that we all can relate to. I felt that one of the most important parts of this story was the look at Ted’s family and its dynamics.

Wanted very much to read, but due to illness was not able to complete before expiration.

It took me a while to get into this book, ultimately wasn't very interested. The main character is not very likable. 2.5/5

Unfortunately, this book was just not for me. I also did not finish it, stopped about 40% in. Maybe picking this up at the wrong time is the issue. However, it was mildly uncomfortable and I did not care for Ted’s character to start and it sort of is a slow burn for me. I will try picking this up again once it’s released at a better time to read this one. I don’t want to give up completely but just now isn’t the best time for this one for me.

I was almost one of those readers who gave up on this one but am SO glad I did not because in the end I thoroughly enjoyed its ups and downs. This is a cautionary tale that I think hits the contemporary obsession with social media on the head. A man - a mediocre husband and sub-optimal father who is also an immensely successful nightly news anchor - makes a dreadful statement about a young woman that is (of course) caught on video and instantly broadcast and rebroadcast ad infinitum via the marvels of the internet. The results are entirely predictable but no less startling for all that: the complete and total annihilation of his reputation, family, and career. Some people will no doubt cheer at his comeuppance. He is, after all, a man who deserved one and it was a long time coming. But I did not (at least not for more than a few seconds) because I too fear the dangers of this instant-publication, instant-judgment world we seem to have stumbled into, in which foolish decisions live with us forever (or at least as forever as attention spans allow these days) because of their eternal presence in the cloud. I absolutely think people should pay for their mistakes. One of the biggest problems I think the world is currently facing is the way we seem to have stripped away vast swaths of accountability for the decisions that we make. But I don't think that anyone anywhere is perfect and incapable of making said mistakes, and to make people pay for each and every thing they do as though it were the defining moment or element of their lives is (to me) a dangerous overreaction with far-reaching consequences. And to me, THAT is what this book is warning us about... Ted's journey is an incredible one, as is that of the reader who accompanies him. Kenney has a marvelous way with language. He doesn't pull any punches - there is devastation following each and every one, whether for good or for ill, and that style made this particular story all the more resonant for me as a result. The characters are startlingly real, warts and all, and provided a melange of personalities, foibles, and surprising strengths and weaknesses when the chips were down. This was a marvelous book. It was difficult to read at times, and it took me a lot longer to read than I expected because there was so much going on both on-scene and behind-the-scenes. It is definitely one that stuck with me, and I suspect I will be pondering many of the ideas and premises for some time... A great find!

I really couldn't get into this book. I get that there's more going on than just Ted's point of view but, I disliked his character from page one, so I found it difficult to care about the story in general. I might give it another go at another time but, for me right now, I didn't like it at all.

Somehow I thought this book was humorous and it is not: but it is quite good. It is uncomfortable at times and awkward, it improves and develops slowly. By the end, I really wondered how the tale would resolve and I was really pleased at the author’s decisions. The book is timely and timeless, how is that possible? Marriage problems are timeless, as are struggles between parents and children. Social media and the instant nature of our current ‘news’ cycle is a very timely topic as twitter is very over-used these days. The book explores all of these topics with depth and tenacity. This is a good book about fame and families.

I'll be honest, when I first started reading Talk to Me, I did not expect to like it. A privileged white news anchor who verbally attacks a woman and then must suffer the consequences does not make for a sympathetic character. That being said, because the book is split between the point of view of Ted, his wife, Claire, and their daughter, Franny (not to mention the woman he insults and Franny's awful boss), the reader gets a look into the thoughts and feelings of everyone involved and the story becomes much more about family and forgiveness than it does about just one man. Let's get to the review! Synopsis (from Goodreads): It's a story that Ted Grayson has reported time and time again in his job as a network TV anchor: the public downfall of those at the top. He just never imagined that it would happen to him. After his profanity-laced tirade is caught on camera, his reputation and career are destroyed, leaving him without a script for the first time in years. While American viewers may have loved and trusted Ted for decades, his family certainly didn't: His years of constant travel and his big-screen persona have frayed all of his important relationships. At the time of his meltdown, Ted is estranged from his wife, Claire, and his adult daughter, Franny, a writer for a popular website. Franny views her father's disgrace with curiosity and perhaps a bit of smug satisfaction, but when her boss suggests that she confront Ted in an interview, she has to decide whether to use his loss as her career gain. And for Ted, this may be a chance to take a hard look at what got him to this place, and to try to find his way back before it's too late. Ted Grayson has fucked up. Actually, you could say he's been fucking up for years but his most recent one is calling a hair/makeup artist, Natalia, a "Russian whore" and not only did he call her that, but she caught it on camera and put it up on social media (can you blame her??). This starts a a snowball effect whereby Ted, one of the most trusted newsmen in the business (or so he thinks), is booted from his job. But, as I said, this is just one of the ways Ted has screwed up in the past couple of decades. He has become an absent husband and his relationship with his daughter is almost non-existent. Claire is asking for a divorce and is currently seeing someone new while keeping in touch with their daughter, Franny. Franny is writing at an awful celebrity website where she is 0% fulfilled and is really just trying to figure out what her life is going to become. But their lives really go into a tailspin when Ted's meltdown goes public. Franny's boss wants her to write an article about her father and while at first she agrees, as she is writing it, meeting with her father, and remembering her past, she finds that she doesn't want it published. But sometimes we're not in control of what others want and there are some evil motives at work here (*ahem* Franny's boss). As the story goes on, we learn about what life was like before the Graysons' lives took a turn for the worst, when Claire and Ted were very much in love, before Franny started having anger issues, and before Ted checkouted as a father.  To me, the story's main themes are forgiveness, change, and paying for past mistakes and hurt. At first, I thought Ted was not going to receive any consequences for what he said, but that was not the case. Whether Ted thinks so or not, his actions should result in his firing. Anyone else in a less "famous" job, would, most likely, get fired on the spot. I loved that his outburst did not get swept under the rug. I loved that Franny and Ted's issues were dealt with and that Claire realized on her own what would ultimately make her happy. I LOVED that while she wasn't in the book a lot, Natalia does get the apology she deserved from the beginning (She should also get her job back but that's another story).  I really enjoyed Talk to Me by John Kenney. Complicated father/daughter relationships always make me cry and this was not an exception. No spoilers but the scene where Ted finally stands up for Franny was the best scene in the book for me! I am giving Talk to Me 4 out of 5 stars. If you like complicated family situations, societal commentary, and stories that are very much relevant to what is happening today, you should definitely give this one a try. Talk to Me by John Kenney comes out January 15, 2019 Thank you to First to Read and G.P. Putnam's Sons for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.

A well written story about how quickly a video on social media can destroy a career and how the person deals with the aftermath.

I really had mixed feelings while reading this story. The main character (Ted Grayson) is an arrogant, unlikeable jerk who is unhappy with his life. He feels he has nothing to look forward to anymore (even though he makes millions of dollars a year as a famous network TV anchor), his wife has met another man and is planning to divorce him, and his daughter doesn’t want much to do with him. One day, he took his frustrations out on a temporary employee at work just because he could. After the employee loses her job as a result of what happened, a video of the incident is posted online and goes viral. Ted is publicly shamed for the offensive things he said to the employee. On one hand, I feel Ted got exactly what he deserved because the way he treated the employee was completely unacceptable no matter how bad of day he was having; on the other, the story shows how eager the public is to crucify people like Ted (white, wealthy, and male) and how they enjoy reveling in their misery even after they apologize and try to move on. (Unfortunately, the Internet mob rarely allows anyone to move on or redeem themselves as Ted learns...) I thought the book was very well-written and nailed social media trends and current affairs.

Ted Grayson is a disgraced anchorman. He's the man you've seen in the headlines recently, he's the man the mob ate and spit back out. Or at least that's the premise of this book. And, there's something utterly satisfying about this story. Reading about that person - and here you can fill in your favorite recent fall from grace - be redeemed is captivating. In many ways I thoroughly enjoyed it and the characters around Ted, Claire, Ted's wife and his daughter, Franny, are whole characters with their own complex lives and flaws. I love reading about character's with complicated and competing motives and everyone here fits into that category. Franny is figuring out her life and in many ways struggling with an identity crisis that is both heartbreaking and frustrating. Claire is trying to make decisions that make sense for her life while Ted is lost and depressed and in a haze that feels all too real. But, I worry about this book too. Ted was an easy character to stand-in for all of the horrific men who have been condemned in the court of public opinion recently. Sure, Ted's actions are bad but they aren't unforgivable, particularly when Ted's whole inner life is available to us. But, what worries me is that this is meant to be a stand-in for sexual assault and the sorts of abuse that are truly unforgivable. I don't think that was meant to be the message but I worry when I see other reviews of this book calling it timely. While we could all use the reminder that people are complicated and empathy is essential, there is room to hold those views and also to believe that there are actions that make people unsafe that are different from smaller transgressions. The idea of insidious sexual violence may be portrayed through Franny's creepy boss. A man who has a satisfying fall from grace later in the book. That concern aside, I enjoyed this book and found the writing to be endlessly readable and I would read it again. I received this book for free in return for my honest review.

Talk to Me is quite an impressive book. I was deeply engaged by the storytelling and appreciated the author's writing style. A nice balance of wit and honesty. One incorrect NYC detail bothered me (the 1 train does not stop at 110 and Cathedral Parkway, that would be the C) but I trust this was corrected for the published version. I would like to read more by Kenney.

I really enjoy John Kenney's style of writing. This story of disgraced anchor Ted Grayson was very current and real. It was hard not to feel bad for him but it was totally reflective of what is going on today. He created the situation he found himself in and social media made it that much worse. His fractured relationship with both his soon to be ex wife Claire and daughter, Franny were very realistic as well but I would have liked a little more background on both relationships. I definitely recommend this well written and timely book.

Honestly, this book just wasn't for me. I kept picking it up and putting it back down, only to feel bad and repeat the process. It was boring to me and I didn't quite get what was good about this book. I see a lot of other reviewers enjoyed it, however, so take my review with a grain of salt.

I just finished this book and all I can say is wow. Just a great novel showing how fast everything a person can do can be undone in just a moment, especially in this world of social media. Excellent work by John Kenney. I look forward to reading more from him in the near future.

Kenney has written a somewhat brutal look at what success may cost people and how savage society has gotten in their takedown of those they deem no longer fit for adulation - and no one is a better target for this derision than an older white male. Respected news anchor, Ted Grayson, has a bad day and explodes with poorly said words at an innocent who captures it on camera and then, of course, puts it online. He said a bad thing and should definitely pay for it, but what comes next is a takedown that borders on homicidal from people who are quick to judge and attack without accepting that they're actions and words are almost as bad as the thing they're so loudly decrying. People are horrible, much more so when the internet comes into play. How the story develops is slowly giving you insights into Ted's life and the too broken relationships that his path to success has left in its wake. A wife who's in love with another. A daughter with major problems who refuses to acknowledge him. Workmates who don't really know him. And an entire nation ready to throw him under the bus. I don't have much empathy for what Ted said (even with Kenney's masterful painting of his thoughts and emotions), but I'm also not a fan of the takedown, mass attack mentality that's on perfect display here. It might be that I'm old-fashioned and still consider a guest someone who deserves respect, but the chapters where Ted (an invited speaker at a university) gets attacked and just disrespected in such an atrocious way that it's obvious the audience has as many faults as our unlikeable lead made me root for Ted's vindication. And I'm not even getting into the wife and daughter because this would become a massive essay, but let's say that they are as interesting as anything going on with Ted. Though I do think the daughter's problems and situation could have used a bit more exploration to keep her from falling too deeply into the broken daughter of riches trope.

This is a very timely book given the demise of fact/network/top down news in favor of the easily fakable, faddish social monster of constant news. The gotcha for a mistake -- in this case extremely out of character, and the way someone can have such perfectly bad timing and have to live with that forever, is definitely apparent in how celebrities are treated, and the various sides of that issue are well-represented, as well as the family dynamics and to some extent the nuts and bolts of a nightly news show. I think the scheisse crew was a bit of a caricature, but very funny and absurd in its depravity and excess, but based on the craven disregard for truth on some sites and from some politicians, maybe not as much as it should be. This was a very entertaining book that made me think quite a bit about both news and family dynamics and how they can change abruptly if you take things for granted.

Oh boy this was a rough one... I find it SO hard to feel bad for men who do really stupid things. But at the same time, you can't, as a human being, NOT feel bad about another human being who has been humiliated, lost everything and is really, seriously broken. I found myself reading this in a cycle... "What a jerk!" "Oh poor guy!" "OMG he's such an A$$!" "Yikes, take it easy on the man!" I was starting to feel a bit carsick at times! This story hooks you in from the very first page, What goes down in the first chapter is shocking, and you won't want to put this down until you find out how we got there... Ted Grayson knows how to tell a story. After all, he's been doing it for 20 years as the lead anchor on a TV station. But suddenly, he's become the story - and this public figure, trusted by many viewers, finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a state of despair as his life crumbles around him. People are shocked - but his family is not. He's been a really sh*tty husband and an even worse father, so his support system is truly lacking. Will Ted ever be able to survive the end of his career, his reputation, and every relationship he's ever known? I loved reading this darkly funny story and it was a fast read for me. Ted Grayson is a really unlikeable character, but I loved to hate him and at times even found myself rooting for him. Ted's very public fall from grace is swift and watching a man meltdown is never easy, but boy does it make for a fun book to read!

Summary: A modern tale, about a powerful white male brought low through a combination of his bad behaviour, social media, and life circumstances. Main Characters: Ted Grayson: The 59-year old hero and villain of the story, Ted is a news anchor who reaches into 8m US households every weeknight. Outwardly, he has it all, money, family, success and respect in his chosen profession. Inwardly, well… Claire Grayson: Ted’s wife, disillusioned with how her life has turned out. She has met someone else, and wants a divorce. Frances “Franny” Grayson: The only child of the family, now thirty-something, she has quite a lot of anger, and a deep need for fatherly love and approval. Minor Characters: Henke Tessmer: Franny’s pig-ignorant boss, a billionaire whose main source of pleasure is the misery of others. Natalia: A young Polish immigrant, she becomes the target of Ted’s attack. Her friends post the rant online, but she maintains her dignity, and does not seek to profit from the situation. Plot: The story opens with Ted, who is currently sky-diving, and as we are to find out the rest of his life is also in freefall at this time. Ted is the star of his own mental movie, and as he falls he reflects on how he got to this point. And then, like a live broadcast, we jump to Ted in “the days before”. Ted has been a journalist for thirty-plus years, and as a TV news anchor has occupied “the chair” for the past two decades. His face and voice were a standard backdrop of most US homes, and as a result he has become famous and immensely wealthy. His TV career really started in the late 90’s, and has been contiguous with the rise of social media. Over the years, he has reported from all over the world, and met with the great, the good and the downright evil. The Pope even bummed a smoke off him! His career required everything from him so, while he married beautiful Claire, and had Franny, his subsequent promotion to “the chair” meant increasing amount of time away from his home, his family. Over time, his relationships died, for want of him nourishing them. He is now facing divorce from his wife, and to describe the relationship with his daughter as dysfunctional would be kind. Ted is also having doubts about the quality of “his” news, as the network sacrifices quality in search of ratings. His numbers are good, but slipping, and his demographic is getting older. All of this is playing on his mind, when he gets enraged at a minor mistake done by an young female intern. This rage is compounded by some mis-interpreted hand-signals and body language, resulting in him unleashing a stream of profanity at the young Polish immigrant, Natalia. Unfortunately for Ted, this expletive-laden rant was caught on at least one phone camera. Practically overnight, Ted becomes the news, and this never ends well for someone in his position. Predictable online morally-outraged trolls stir the masses, and Ted becomes the poster-boy for abusive white male privilege. Ted is absolutely excoriated on social media. His rant goes viral (due to friends of the intern posting it on Facebook or YouTube, then through alerts getting picked up by various news channels). Social Media is vitriolic, unforgiving, relentless, and completely free of any journalistic integrity or even a nod to any obligation to check facts. Ted’s life is thrown into the voracious maw of a world, lusting for more scandal, more public shaming, more reasons to gloat. Is Ted blameless? Of course not. Is the reaction to his rant proportional? I don’t think so. Everyone makes mistakes, but now, in the internet, always-on world there is no time to apologise. As one of the characters says, the internet age has no mercy, and doesn’t forget. As the novel unfolds, we see Ted slowly spiral downwards from the Olympian heights he once occupied. The author skilfully writes how social media pressure deeply impacts on lives. However, the author subtly makes the point that today’s hero/victim can be easily tomorrow’s villain, i.e. those that seek to use social media to destroy someone, or make an example of someone, can easily find they are playing with fire, and have social media turn on them (Henke Tessmer, for example). Ted undergoes a lot of introspection, and his vaguely acknowledged regrets at the novel’s start become front and centre in his life. He is deeply remorseful about how he allowed his family to slide through his fingers, and his non-relationship with them hurts deeply. There are a lot of happy early memories, and he tries to pinpoint the moment when it all started to go wrong. What I Liked: The characterisation of the main players. I really wanted to see what would happen to Ted, and his family. He made a stupid mistake, and got severely punished. How did he survive it? The author’s theme of forgiveness, for example the scene between Ted and Natalia (his vitriol target) at the end. This is humanity’s hope. I liked the scene between Ted and Natalia at the end. The measured, considered view of social media. Initially demonised, and not too flatteringly portrayed, it can also be a vehicle for community, and redemption. What I Didn’t Like: Some of the minor characters really had just one dimension, which made them somewhat unbelievable. Overall: I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it. I found myself empathising with Ted in certain respects, especially his regrets over his personal relationships. While what he did to the intern was wrong, and happened in an instant, he was unable, and really not allowed, to properly atone for his action, and paid a huge price. However, he had neglected his wife & daughter over a much longer period, but was able to work towards redemption with them. The writing was good, the storyline moved well and the plot was convincing. The author offers a good debate around the power of everyday social media, and how easily people can be manipulated. We are in an era of fake news, and this is just the kind of novel to point that up. Acknowledgements: My thanks to the author and Penguin First To Read, who sent me a free copy of the book in return for an honest and objective review.

What an interesting book, and I mean that in a positive way. While I am not a social media consumer (unless Pinterest counts), I do not live under a rock, and the negative aspects of social media are quite apparent every single day (ahem, Trump). I am sure there are positive aspects to social media, but unfortunately, we live in a drama-filled society that only seems to be concerned and consumed with the negative and are quickly outraged at even a hint of impropriety. This book not only details the drama of Ted, after making one improper statement in a 20-plus-year career as a nightly newsman, it also deals with the repercussions of now being reviled by nearly everyone, and his journey to wishing he was dead to eventually seeking forgiveness and correcting his life path. I really liked this book, despite not being a social media user. I would recommend this novel to anyone, it's a good reminder that everyone makes mistakes, we should not be defined by them (unless they are consistently defining our character), and that extending kindness to people is always a good thing.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed it. It is well written and covers subjects current in today’s world. The family dynamics are very interesting. It is a book that really speaks to the world of social media and the feminist agenda. It makes you think about what truly matters in life. I loved it!

I found this book a little stressful to read, but I think that was the point. We are so bombarded by stimulation that we don’t see what’s actually in front of us. Young people don’t know how to look and older people don’t know where to look. A little stop and start and I would’ve liked Franny’s issues detailed a little more but good read

I can see why people may not have liked this book because the main character is pretty unlikable. He is rich, looks down on everyone, took his family for granted until the disappeared from his life. I think this story is pretty spot-on about recent events in the news media about how one event can take down a public figure. The years of reporting don't mean a thing when the most recent thing everyone sees of you over and over is something atrocious. The cliffhanger at the beginning kept me reading and the ending did make me thankful for a male character that could stand up and admit he was wrong.

“The Internet...the world today...and the world is nothing if not the internet, never, ever forgets. Or forgives. There is no mercy anymore, Ted. Because we can see it again and again, as it happened...” Wow, Ted Grayson just ruined everything he built over the last twenty years in two minutes. We all have bad days, we all react differently, and Ted Grayson is no exception. The story starts with a bad day that he just can’t get out of and everything seems to piss him off. He takes it out on a young girl and shortly thereafter becomes a viral sensation across all social platforms. This story shows how today’s social media platforms can make or break someone. I was able to finish the story, but I found myself picking it up and putting it back down throughout.

"The Internet...the world today...and the world is nothing if not the internet, never, ever forgets. Or forgives. There is no mercy anymore, Ted. Because we can see it again and again, as it happened." Ted Grayson a predominant anchorman, in the spotlight of the evening news, has a bad day, a very bad day that leads him to have an exploding rant towards a young girl new to his set. This rant becomes a social media whirlwind within a few days. "Talk to Me" tells of Ted's tragic fall and ultimately destroyed career because of said rant. For some reason I kept thinking of Matt Lauer, though I know his situation was completely different and way worse behavior. I read this like this was an episode of "THIS is YOUR LIFE" yet instead of all the good memories and all the people telling you how wonderful you are, it flashes back on all the terrible events, with your wife and daughter throwing you under the bus saying you were never there as a husband/father. Then at some point it turns into "Its A Wonderful Life" helping Ted take a good look back at his life, the mess he has made from it, begin to appreciate it, and move forward. So I was a little on the fence about this one. I think it is very well written and a good read. I also honestly think A LOT of people will really like this. It does an excellent job of portraying the effects and consequences of the news/social media in today's society. However, it just wasn't for me exactly. I found the story an interesting concept just not entertaining enough to completely hold my attention. I sadly admit I skimmed a bit in the middle.

The very first line in the book Talk to Me grabbed my attention. I was riveted from the start and did not want to put the book down. The main character, Ted Grayson, had everything a person would want - a great job as a television anchorman, money, fame, a grand home, a beautiful wife, a daughter - but because of one mistake he risked losing it all. His fall had to happen for him to realize the mess he made of his life and the forgiveness he needed in order to move forward. The book showed that character is more valuable than possessions.

I was really looking forward to reading this after the Kirkus review - I even guaranteed myself a copy - but the file wouldn't download. When I click "Download Your Copy", the page loads and loads until I finally get an error.


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