It sure is nice to read a book in ten minutes. I looked at all the pictures too. Cute. Some funny shtick. No page numbers. Maximum words per page: about 30.
I liked the cartoons, most of them anyway. For example the one with the woman in bed with a repetitive strain injury and her wrist in a kind of cast but with her legs sticking out from under the covers and her big toe on a laptop at the foot of her bed... Or this line: "Still single, you stalk your ex-lovers to find out if they're married, separated, divorced, or if they've become a pansexual with a foot fetish."
I imagine that you get the picture: cartoonist Gemini Adams (nice Sixties first name) having cute, harmless fun with Facebook devotees--or let's face the facts: addicts.
--Okay we're at a Facebook Anonymous meeting. The on-camera reporter whispers as he looks into the camera.
"This is really scary stuff. Marriages destroyed, children held back in school, lives ruined... Wait! Here's one now about to speak."
The camera shows Sally Social standing up and admitting that she is powerless against the addictive lure of Facebook and that only a Higher Power can save her. Heads nod solemnly.
Cut to Mark Zuckerberg in a gray T-shirt standing outside the meeting room.
Reporter: aren't you worried about this? I mean, won't people cut back on their Facebook useage?"
Zuckerberg laughs. Grins broadly. "No," he says. Smiles confidently.
Cut back to the meeting room. Sally is still standing and now she says she has made the decision to turn her life over to a Higher Power. Speaking very carefully and trembling she announces "I am turning my life over to...Mark Zuckerberg!"
<Muffled, coughed, embarrassed cheers.>
Cut back to outside the meeting room where we catch a shot of a smiling Mark Zuckerberg as he walks off with little devil's horns coming out of the sides of his head.
(Uh, this teleplay is not in the book.)
A digital detox diet is recommended near the end of the book, but of course impossible to follow. Maybe there should be a Betty Ford clinic for Facebook addicts or a seriously in your face Facebook Boot Camp.
Or, what the heck, undergo a massive makeover and go back to high school.
Bottom line here: this book makes a cute gift for that very special someone you haven't seen in person in months.
--Dennis Littrell, author of "The World Is Not as We Think It Is"