love and miss communication

This unforgettable debut novel asks us to look up from our screens and out at the world…and to imagine what life would be like with no searches, no status updates, no texts, no Tweets, no pins, and no posts.

Evie Rosen has had enough. She’s tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. She’s over the clever hashtags and the endless selfies. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it’s time to put down her smartphone for good. (Beats stowing it in her underwear—she’s done that too!)

And that’s when she discovers a fresh start for real conversations, fewer distractions, and living in the moment, even if the moments are heartbreakingly difficult. Babies are born; marriages teeter; friendships are tested. Evie just may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn’t mean you can unplug from life.


“When this book’s protagonist, Evie Rosen, decides to go cold turkey with technology, we can’t help but marvel at her valiance and keep reading to find out how she fares…Rosen quickly finds that living in the moment, although sometimes scary, is something worth striving for and we found ourselves inspired to do the same.
InStyle Magazine

What are we missing while we’re glued to our tiny screens? We’ve all asked this question. In Friedland’s frank and funny debut, we see what happens when one young woman takes the plunge—with unforgettable (and brave) results.”
Glamour Magazine

Charming…sheds light on our digital dating habits.”
Cosmopolitan (Hot List!)

“Friedland’s Love and Miss Communication challenges our mind-set with a thought-provoking what if. And Evie’s story promises an enjoyable experience with a happy ever after.”
—Michelle Monkou, USA Today

“Witty and hilarious…a love story for the 21st century.”
Emily Giffin, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Friedland’s headstrong heroine guides readers through the process of digital detox. Do we have what it takes to truly unplug? According to Friedland, there is a happy medium. It’s OK to live a life of hashtags as long as you don’t limit yourself to 140 characters.”
—Lincee Ray, Associated Press

“It’s such a fun ride that the sweet irony is it’s the sort of feel-good book I email friends about, post on Facebook and Tweet.”
-Jacqueline Cutler, The Star-Ledger

“Super funny, super touching, super real book.”
Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times Bestselling Author

“A witty, modern love story not to be missed.”
The Gazette (Iowa)

Charming and telling…A fun summer beach read!”
Marina Times

“Light yet thought-provoking.”
The Southampton Press

“Love and Miss Communication is a page turner about the way we live today
New Jersey Jewish News

“Love and Miss Communication” is a breezy, funny and timely debut novel … a cut above standard chick lit fare. Despite its up-to-date themes, it’s a smart, funny and sweetly old-fashioned love story.”
—Amy Goodfellow Wagner,

“Friedland’s entertaining debut follows New Yorker Evie Rosen as she rediscovers herself after abandoning the trappings of modern-day technology… Friedland’s zippy tale offers a lively take on life and love in the age of social media.”
—Leah Strauss, Booklist

We dare you not to “like” Friedland’s debut of Internet use gone awry. The author sprinkles humor, angst and animated characters into her chapters while tackling the common struggle of unplugging from the online world. The novel begs you to put down your iPhone and follow Evie along her Internet-less ride. And just wait until you meet Bette!”
Romance Times of America 4.5 stars

A witty, wonderful, and thoroughly modern love story. Friedland’s writing is sharp and funny, tender and true. I couldn’t put it down.”
Cristina Alger, national bestselling author of The Darlings

A corporate lawyer without her Blackberry? Quelle horreur! This seemingly unthinkable situation is the premise of Love and Miss Communication, the smart, charming debut novel by former Biglaw attorney Elyssa Friedland.”
Leigh Abramson, Above the Law

Funny, fast-paced, charming, and totally relatable, Friedland gives us a brilliant love story and reminds us it’s nice to pick up a smart book instead of a smartphone for a change.”
Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch

Wholly irresistible—smart and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.”
Sara Houghteling, author of Pictures at an Exhibition

“An extremely fun reminder that we can all survive without emoticons. #greatread!
Erin Duffy, author of ON THE ROCKS and BOND GIRL

“LOVE AND MISS COMMUNICATION is a funny and fresh take on working and dating in the age of social media. Readers will root for the flawed but lovable Evie Rosen as she fights to separate who she is from how she appears online. By giving up the internet, Evie gains something much richer—the ability to experience life as it unfolds, rather than through the filter of status updates and staged photos. We can all learn from Evie in this regard, even as we laugh at her many missteps in her quest for career and relationship happiness.”
Susan Gloss, author of Vintage

“Part modern girl-power moxie manual and part cleverly twisted old-fashioned love story, Elyssa Friedland’s sublime debut was a delight to devour.
Jill Kargman, author of The Rockstar in Seat 3A and star of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out

A delicious and timely novel. Friedland takes a look at how our addiction to social media brings us together while keeping us apart.”
Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climber’s Handbook


Excerpt from Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland

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