read bottom up book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Madeline and Elliot first meet at a restaurant opening in New York, and exchange email addresses and phone numbers. Read Bottom Up allows readers to view the messages that are shared between the two as their relationship begins and inevitably heats up. We also see them share what’s happening in their blossoming relationship with their closest (and hilarious) friends, Emily and David. As expected in just about any relationship, conflicts and misunderstandings occur. Will Madeline and Elliot be able to overcome their issues and find their happily ever after?

Neel Shah and Skye Chatham’s Read Bottom Up does something that few novels are able to do these days: truly surprise its readers! Consisting entirely of email and text messages, this is a unique read that you’re sure to enjoy. You’ll share in the ups and downs of Madeline and Elliot’s relationship, wanting to yell out loud as they make mistakes and try to make their relationship work. I know I did!

This was a fun and fantastic novel that I was able to read in just two sittings. I also have to say that I was surprised (and delighted) by the ending of this book, and I would recommend it to anyone, single or attached! Anyone can appreciate the work that goes in to creating (and maintaining!) a relationship, especially in the digital age.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between.

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