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The Bright Side of Going Dark    by Kelly Harms order for
Bright Side of Going Dark
by Kelly Harms
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Lake Union, 2020 (2020)
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* * *   Reviewed by Carrol Wolverton

Living for Likes ...

There are a few lessons in this novel. Two young women are making a living off cyberspace. Both are working for the same company in totally different capacities and are totally unknown to each other. This will change big time. They are very different but both are miserable. The money's good; they are 'hashtag' blessed in different ways. One drinks too much.

Mia 'lives for likes.' The more she lands sponsors, the more money she makes. Free stuff flows her way. Her counterpart, Paige, zaps trolls for a living and polices the company's website until she is sent offline to recuperate by a manager. Paige also has weight issues because she's so sedentary in her role as a 'metaphysical dust-buster.'

Their paths cross and re-cross electronically. One stops her internet spree when she is jilted in real life, while the other steps in to pick the bones of her hugely successful blog, causing cyber chaos and a potential suicide.

Unlikely circumstances bring them face-to-face in a sizzling meltdown. Threats are exchanged. Imagine meeting in person someone whose pretend reputation you have compromised for life. Strangely, both benefit and learn a great deal in the process.

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