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In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal-- to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely-- in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle-- especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize love-- and communication-- are far more complicated than she ever imagined.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2016.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780345540676
Call Number: WILLIS
Characteristics: 498 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Communication -- Social aspects -- Fiction.
Telepathy -- Fiction.
Privacy, Right of -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Alternative Title: Cross talk


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Aug 15, 2019

I was disappointed in this one, as Connie Willis is usually a reliable writer of finely detailed alternate histories. Here she's appealing to the YA crowd with a premise of mixed emotional connections that never quite provides enough impetus to the plot. It's rather bland and harmless, and didn't provide enough drama or intrigue to keep me hooked.

Oct 06, 2018

My geek girl heart adored this high-tech M/F love story about connection and communication, wanted and unwanted, real and fake, technological and emotional. Briddey has a good job at a mobile phone company, a colorful Irish-American family who has no concept of boundaries, and a new boyfriend, all-American Trent, who she hopes will insulate her from said family if the relationship goes well. So when Trent asks Briddey to have a sought-after surgery to help them communicate their emotions directly, she agrees... and encounters strenuous objections from C.B., her company's reclusive tech genius. Which is ridiculous, really, because it's none of his business and why should he care? Until Briddey wakes up after the surgery to find something's gone horribly wrong and C.B.'s the only one who can help.

I had a great time watching Willis take a piece of hand-wavey "tech" and build such an emotionally complex story around it. Briddey is so goal-oriented that she struggles to accurately perceive the people around her, and the story is as much her learning to see them clearly as it is a romance or a sci-fi tale of technology's unintended consequences. It's not an indictment of being connected, IMHO, but an exploration of how to choose and nurture human connections deliberately. I also loved seeing C.B. emerge from the stereotype of basement-dwelling geek and reveal himself as a generous, caring friend and protector. The quiet moments between him and Briddey are so lovely and warm, and I was so relieved that she got her priorities straight and realized the value of the what he was offering.

Aug 08, 2018

Oh, wow, was this book ever frustrating. The premise was fascinating and I was desperately trying to enjoy it - but, frankly, the main character was just horrifying. Her reaction to everything was "you're trying to steal my boyfriend!" or "Everything is the worst for me!" and it was always frustrating. A great concept for a novel that ended up being 300 pages too long and far too uninteresting. Spend your time elsewhere.

Mar 24, 2018

I agree with KatG and others that Connie Willis has desperate need of a sympathetic editor to improve "Crosstalk," and I speak as a fan of her other novels. Plenty of psychobabble here that needlessly lengthens an already predictable story, and isn't it condescending to those descended from Ireland? I too had to skim many pages to arrive at the disappointing last chapter. Loyalty and curiosity will keep me reading her into the future, however.

Jan 04, 2018

This bloated book is in dire need of editing. Clocking in at nearly 500 pages, Crosstalk is a story that could have been very well told in 300 pages - max. There is so much repetition and needless drivel, I had to skim through parts because I was so bored. The premise and characters had potential, but I had to force myself to push through. Skip it.

Aug 21, 2017

This is Pick Up Artist, White Knight, terrible drivel.

May 16, 2017

Silly....verging on ridiculous. I can't believe this is the same author who wrote "Doomsday Book". Very disappointing.

Cynthia_N Apr 19, 2017

Such a fun read! This is the first book by Willis that I have read and I must say I will be reading more. I was so into the story that I was getting stressed out for the main character!

Apr 04, 2017

Not Connie's best work. But still well worth reading. I felt like maybe there were some important plot holes - but I think i would have to re-read it to put my finger on them.
Seems like Connie's books are all dark and gloomy or bright and funny. This was one of the bright and funny ones.

Feb 12, 2017

This was a fun read but I don't think it's the next sci-fi classic. In what I assume is an attempt to reach a broader audience she litters the first chapter or two with pop culture references that are distracting and unnecessary. Also, the protagonist was a bit annoying. She's your textbook damsel in distress who is directed by the story instead of directing it herself.

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everyone at the meeting had finished discussing the likelihood that Apple was only bluffing and whether Apple was spying on them, how unethical that would be, and who they could get to spy on Apple . . .

Jan 17, 2017

_You weren’t supposed to hear that._
“I know. Which is why telepathy’s a terrible idea.”

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Dec 06, 2016

When her boyfriend Trent asks her to get an EED ("even better than getting engaged," gushes a coworker), telecommunications executive Briddey Flannigan undergoes the "minor procedure," hoping that neurological enhancement will strengthen their relationship. Instead, she ends up telepathically linked to a coworker, her company's (sub-)basement-dwelling misanthrope C.B. Schwartz. Madcap romantic comedy combined with a satirical look at modern technology makes this latest offering from multi-award-winning author Connie Willis a must-read.


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