Monday, March 27, 2017

Who You Think I Am: A Novel by Camille Laurens

(Thank you to Other Press for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

This psychological thriller dissects online relationships, offering a stunning indictment of the way society perceives women in contrast to men when age comes into play.

This is the story of Claire Millecam, a forty-eight-year-old teacher and divorcée who creates a fake social media profile to keep tabs on Joe, her occasional, elusive, and inconstant lover. Under the false identity of Claire Antunes, a young and beautiful twenty-four-year-old, she starts a correspondence with Chris—pseudonym KissChris—which soon turns into an Internet love affair.

A Dangerous Liaisons for our times, Who You Think I Am exposes the disconnect between fantasy and reality. Social media allows us to put ourselves on display, to indulge in secrets, but above all to lie, to recreate a life, to become our own fiction—magnifying and manipulating the double standards to which older women are held when they refuse to give up on desire.

Simultaneously sensual, intellectually stimulating, and utterly relevant, this page-turner will stick in your mind long after reading.

my thoughts:

Talk about a thrill ride! Who You Think I Am is chock full of twists and turns that will leave your head spinning! I absolutely LOVED getting lost in this great story about love, social media, and reality.  It was such a fun and exciting read!

Claire decides to spy on her lover, Joe, by creating a fake FB page.  Her new profile is that of a PYT (pretty young thing).  Except, instead of keeping tabs on Joe, she winds up in an online affair with his friend Chris.  Say what?!  Yep, fake-Claire is seen as youthful, beautiful, and desirable. And apparently, Chris wants her.  What is Claire to do?  Pursue a cyber relationship with him as fake-Claire.  Except, is she falling for him or is it fake-Claire that is falling for him.  Who's who?   Reality and social media quickly become entwined leading to a dark and disturbing tale of lies and deceit.  One minute you think you know what's happening and the next, you have no clue.  What's the truth?  Part of the story is told in a conversation style that appears to be one-sided, so you truly have no idea what is really happening.  Its thrilling to read!

I absolutely enjoyed Who You Think I Am.  I loved the writing! I loved the topics that were explored: social media, love, aging, identity, reality, etc..  I enjoyed getting caught up in this charade of Claire's and finding out just how invested she was in fake-Claire.  Definitely an interesting and unique story.  I would happily recommend Who You Think I Am to fans of Laurens' works and anyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE this book!!

Thank you to Other Press for providing me with a copy of this book!!

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