17845802Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Dave Cicirelli (rhymes with sister smelly), was a 26 year old at crossroads in his life. In a world where life achievements are documented in real time, on the internet, for everyone to see, Dave felt as if his life was disappointingly bland and routine. One morning in October, Dave decided that he would no longer settle for bland and boring. He was going to do something about it. Even if that something wasn’t entirely factual. Dave decided to let Facebook know that he was dropping everything and trekking out West to find adventure. The best part being that nobody guessed he was making the whole thing up.

“Fake Dave” was born and promptly got himself into trouble toilet papering the unsuspecting Amish. He ran away with an Amish girl and continued on his merry way until he was abruptly indoctrinated into a religious cult. Interestingly enough, what began as a simple online prank, quickly evolved into a social experiment. People connected. People were inspired. People changed their own life paths. Unfortunately, as Fake Dave quickly grew in popularity, Real Dave spiraled into isolation and a real life struggle to discover himself without revealing his secret.

Fakebook: A True Story. Based on Actual Lies explores the age of the world wide web and how it effects us as individuals as well as society as a whole. Can you truly discover your true self when the internet makes it so easy to invent fabrications? I’m sure you’ve all heard of the new term “catfish” in which someone hides behind a fake profile in order to connect with others. What I found interesting was that Dave was the ultimate catfish, but at the same time, not really catfishing anybody at all. He had several accomplices and the people believing him weren’t really victims. It also shows and interesting tendency to want to believe people at face value. Nobody wants to believe that they’re being lied to and being made a fool of. They want to believe that someone was brave enough to step out of the norm and have fantastical adventures.

We also get a peak at the life “Fakebooking” ended up handing to the real Dave. He had so many people falling for his story that he wanted to avoid the risk of having his secret exposed. This means not going out in public in case someone on Facebook saw him in New York instead of where Fake Dave was residing. It also made an impact on his ability to make new friends. New people would immediately look him up on Facebook and end up reading this strange adventure that didn’t match up with what Dave had told them when they met.

It’s intriguing to see people rely on the internet to get their information about others and I see a decline in real life social interaction as well as general social skills due to everything being online instead of face to face in the real world. It will be interesting to see how the internet evolves (or devolves). I thought Fakebook was a candid and very real example of how society is affected by the digital age and definitely worth reading.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.