The Status Update
Most of my notes on The Status Update concern portions where I noticed insider knowledge about rheumatoid disease (RD). For example, only someone living with RD would know how much people living with RD hide their illness from others (Chapter 6). I could even recognize Christine, the main character, blaming herself for problems related to her illness, a typical RD pattern.
I absolutely recommend this short story even if I might have wished some details were different. It held my attention for several days after I finished as it invited me to think about what paths I might take in my own life.
I asked Sonia about The Status Update
Over the years I’ve met Sonia, a Maine attorney, on Twitter in our #rheum community and I’ve been aware that she lives with rheumatoid disease as well. I asked her to comment on some of the twists and turns of the book. She told me it “is supposed to be a bit mysterious.” She explained that she employed the butterfly effect, a necessity in time travel genre.
Should you read The Status Update?
If you love Facebook this book is for you. That’s right – Facebook plays a big part in The Status Update.
If you like the Sandra Bullock movie, The Lake House, you’ll enjoy The Status Update. I always loved the 2000 movie Frequency with Dennis Quaid and Jim (The Passion of the Christ) Caviezel. It’s intense, but the desperate attempts for good to conquer evil held me. So if you enjoy Chaos Theory or the butterfly effect, you’ll enjoy The Status Update.
If you’d like to read a story that depicts rheumatoid disease in a fairly realistic manner, you’ll enjoy The Status Update. Sonia told me, “In terms of the RA, books and movies always use cancer or diabetes, asthma, deadly allergies etc. if a character has an illness. I wish RA came up more, for awareness.”
Thank you, Sonia, for this step in the right direction.
From the book description of The Status Update:
Still grieving decade old losses and feeling the weight of new losses, Christine felt like everything was slipping away from her – her home, her physical health, her family. Upon a freak Facebook encounter with her younger self, she’s presented with a second chance. Has Christine finally lost her mind? Or has she been gifted with a rare opportunity to change the course of her life? And if this gift is real, can Christine convince her younger self to believe her and to heed her warnings?
What about the butterfly effect? Will Christine’s modifications result in some universal impact? Should she try to stop tragedy for all involved or should she be more careful, and instead just focus on protecting her family?
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