READ BOTTOM UP
(AS SKY CHATHAM, WITH NEEL SHAH)
A comedic novel about falling in love...one ellipses at a time.
Madeline and Elliot meet at a New York City restaurant opening. Flirtation online ensues. A romance, potentially eternal, possibly doomed, begins. Meanwhile, their exchanges are available to be scrutinized and interpreted by well-intentioned friends who are a mere click away.
Madeline and Elliot's relationship unfolds through a series of wry, confounding, and raw exchanges with each other, and, of course, with their best friends and dubious confidants (Emily and David). The result is a brand-new kind of modern romantic comedy, in format, in content, and even in creation -- the authors exchanged e-mails in real time, blind to each other's side conversations, seeing only their respective halves of the book as they wrote. With Read Bottom Up, you will nod in appreciation and roll your eyes in recognition; you'll learn a thing or two about how the other half approaches a new relationship . . . and you will cheer for an ending that just might restore your faith in falling in love, twenty-first-century style.
Read Bottom Up is witty, inventive, and (sometimes wickedly) fun -- an addictive novel readers will devour in one go. —Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members
Read Bottom Up is an honest look at dating in the iPhone age, and a charming story of the various ways that love finds us. You’ll laugh, and you may even recognize your inbox. —Cecelia Ahern, author of PS I Love You
You will smile and laugh at the romantic follies of Read Bottom Up - until you realize you are not reading this book, it is reading you - at which point you will speed dial your therapist. —Michael H. Weber, co-screenwriter of (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, andThe Fault In Our Stars)
An enchanting, witty, and surprisingly realistic romp through romance in the digital age, with the grit of Girls, but the idealism of Sex and the City. —Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart and Speed Shrinking
It would be hard to imagine a more modern, accurate and funny story detailing the vicissitudes of modern love. Actually, it wouldn’t just be hard - it would be impossible. Never has the dysfunction of my generation’s quest for love been so accurately reproduced as fiction. — Allison Williams, actress, GIRLS
Written entirely in texts and emails, this novel seems like it's ripped right out of your own inbox. It's rare to pick up a book that perfectly captures love in the digital age, but that's exactly what Neel Shah and Skye Chatham's all-too-realistic novel succeeds in doing. — TIME
Shah and Chatham's story of an attraction between New Yorkers Madeline and Elliot—and the smartphone-facilitated ways it plays out—is smart, happy, and dead-on. —Glamour
It has been a while since a book about relationships has felt completely fresh, but Read Bottom Up is one of those "Oh my god, you have to read this" numbers you'll whip through in a day and pass around your inner circle of friends in an evangelical fashion until it's completely dog-eared. — InStyle
I really enjoyed every minute of reading Read Bottom Up because it felt like someone has hacked into all of my personal information and wrote a book about my life. — Buzzfeed
Neel Shah and Skye Chatham present a charming, clever look at what passes for modern romance in the novel Read Bottom Up, told solely through e-mail and texts....The [result] resounds with anyone who has dated in the digital age. — The Minneapolis Star Tribune
A fun and surprisingly poignant way to tell a love story in this era of instant digital communication. — The New York Daily News