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Sloane Jacobsen is the most powerful trend forecaster in the world (she was the foreseer of "the swipe"), and global fashion, lifestyle, and tech companies pay to hear her opinions about the future. Her recent forecasts on the family are unwavering: the world is overpopulated, and with unemployment, college costs, and food prices all on the rise, having children is an extravagant indulgence.
So it's no surprise when the tech giant Mammoth hires Sloane to lead their groundbreaking annual conference, celebrating the voluntarily childless. But not far into her contract, Sloane begins to sense the undeniable signs of a movement against electronics that will see people embracing compassion, empathy, and "in-personism" again. She's struggling with the fact that her predictions are hopelessly out of sync with her employer's mission and that her closest personal relationship is with her self-driving car when her partner, the French "neo-sensualist" Roman Bellard, reveals that he is about to publish an op-ed on the death of penetrative sex - a postsexual treatise that instantly goes viral. Despite the risks to her professional reputation, Sloane is nevertheless convinced that her instincts are the right ones and goes on a quest to defend real-life human interaction while finally allowing in the love and connectedness she's long been denying herself.
A poignant and amusing call to arms that showcases her signature biting wit and keen eye, celebrated novelist Courtney Maum's new book is a moving investigation into what it means to be an individual in a globalized world.
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By Meghan Conroy on 06-17-17
Timely and entertaining
This writer makes you love her characters. I never wanted this book to end. It was like I found a new bestie. I laughed out loud and teared up. Great summer read!! Winter read. Anytime read.
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By kbl on 10-26-17
I don't know....
It was a good listen, and I did enjoy it. The performance was good, although most of the guy voices sounded like slackers. Voices for the opposite sex are always the sticking point in novel performances, no? Anyway...there were little things that bugged me in the story. When Sloane gets upset about Roman (spoiler alert!) which happens a few times in the book, there will inevitably be a rant that he isn't a trend forecaster. Sloane will have a comment that he doesn't have "the data". But the story never details Sloane getting data either. Her trend forecasting comes from gut instinct and trendy people around the globe she keeps in touch with. It just took me out of the story when I think we were supposed to be thinking, "you go, girl".
Maybe that sounds picky, and it probably is. But that's why my story rating is low, even though overall, as I said, I enjoyed it.