My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fakebook sucked me in on the first page and held me all the way to the last. No, even before the first page, the cover sucked me in. And that intriguing subtitle: A True Story. Based on Actual Lies.
I picked it up first thing this morning and just finished it at 5:30 p.m. It’s not that I didn’t have anything else to do today. I’m babysitting three grandchildren this summer. I cooked breakfast, washed dishes, straightened the house, took the kids to the library, went to the beauty shop for a haircut, took the kids to Pizza Hut for lunch, and oh yes, checked my email and Facebook page several times.
Through it all, my Kindle was close at hand, the adventures and misadventures of real Dave Cicirelli and fake Dave Cicirelli claiming every spare moment. I literally could not put it down. I even read every word of the acknowledgements and lingered over “about the author”. Why? Because now I feel like I really know this guy and I want to know him better. What does that mean? It means he is a damn fine writer with a good story to tell.
Fakebook is about a six month period of time when Cicirelli, as a prank, told outrageous lies about his life on Facebook. He didn’t make a new account with a false name. He used his own real account account, his real name, and told one whopper of a story after another to his own circle of family and lifelong friends. He started it out of a sense of mischief, telling himself he wanted to see how much he could get people to swallow. But it quickly turned into much more than he expected.
He posted that he was doing something many of us sometimes dream of doing. He said he was quitting his job, chucking his whole life and just walking away. On foot, with only what he could carry in a knapsack on his back. With the help of Google Maps, images found online, and the expert use of Photoshop,he posted updates of his cross country trek with pictures to back him up.
While his Facebook friends followed his journey and envied him for having the guts to actually do it, he continued going into his safe desk job every day. At night he scrambled to write more “story line” and altered photos for Fake Dave.
He had to let his boss and those he worked with in on the joke and his immediate family and closest friend had to know because they were part of his real day-to-day life. Everyone agreed to keep his secret and some joined in by posting their worries and advice for Fake Dave on his wall. The whole thing snowballs, and soon Dave realizes he has a tiger by the tail. He wants to let it go, see the whole thing come to an end, but it isn’t an easy thing to do.
Fakebook is more than just a fun and humorous tale of Dave’s adventures. In the process of creating Fake Dave, he reveals some truths about himself, his friends, and about the nature of the social media driven world we live in today.
Bottom line: a MUST READ for anyone who has ever logged in to Facebook (or any other social media site).
I read an advance galley provided to me by the publisher. Publishing date is September 3, 2013.