Book Club – How to Leave Twitter

How to Leave TwitterHow to Leave Twitter: My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop by Grace Dent (Faber and Faber, 2011).

OK, ***spoiler alert!*** Grace Dent does not leave Twitter at the end. She’s still there. Her most recent tweet reads: @gracedent “noooooooooooooooooooo #eastenders”. 

But this is a good thing. How to Leave Twitter is not a lament on the perils of becoming addicted to a social network. Instead, it’s a celebration of becoming addicted to a social network and how truly fucking hilarious that can be.

Dent explores the highs and lows of her favourite site in typical snarky humour, which, much like Twitter itself, really shouldn’t be taken that seriously. From the social etiquette of unfollowing people who are driving you crazy and the fallout of such action to the sheer joy of stumbling upon someone else’s argument; How to Leave Twitter is a pretty accurate account of everyone’s experience on Twitter, whether you are a heavy user like Grace or a silent invisible lurker like @s27wighorn345: “Oh no. I’m not on Twitter, really, I just go on there… I just watch you all. It’s such fun”

Now, I like my humour barely concealing a bubbling rage, so overall it’s a thumbs up from @alleyhope.

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