The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

The Glitch

Shelley Stone might be a little overwhelmed. She runs the company Conch, the manufacturer of a small wearable device that attaches to the user's ear and whispers helpful advice and prompts. She's married with two small children, Nova and Blazer, both of whom are learning Mandarin. She employs a cook, a nanny, a driver, and an assistant, she sets an alarm for 2AM conference calls, and occasionally takes a standing nap while waiting in line when sh...

Details The Glitch

TitleThe Glitch
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult

Reviews The Glitch

  • Bandit
    What a peculiar reading experience. First impression is...chicklit, women fiction, no, no, say it ain't so and then, in fact, it ain't so, it's suddenly a satire about an uber type A personality female CEO of a tech company with the newest neatest gadget on the market. And then it's a possible kidnapping, possible corporate espionage. And then it's a doppelganger story or possibly some sort of scifi clone scenario. And then it's possibly a sappy ...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    I liked the idea behind this story, but gosh was it tedious. Despite it being awfully corporate, I could still relate to it because the main character happens to share a lot of professional and personal traits with myself - which, unfortunately, was not really very pleasant, because although she is certainly capable and successful, she is not portrayed in the least as likable. The writing is good first of all because the entire story is told thro...
  • Cari
    This book resonated with me in a lot of ways. Shelley Stone is a CEO for a wearables company, a woman who likes to work and has made her name doing it. Her wry narration is at the heart of the novel; she must cope with unusual goings-on, very odd things that are outside the scope of her normal realm. She is powerful yet also slightly naive, and her journey of self-realization unfolds as she hunts for answers. I loved Shelley, the writing, her wor...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog: gazed at the girl. There was something peculiar about her, about meeting her. My Conch buzzed in an alert pattern. “Say hello,” it said, “To Shelley Stone.”Shelley Stone has been running Conch from it’s start-up, a company that manufactures a device worn in the ear that gives advice, prompts much like one’s “inner voice” only better! She and her husband Rafe are raising two chil...
  • Peter Bryce
    I drop the occasional book from boredom but this advance reader's copy got dented as I kept dropping it while laughing. The Glitch is truly different & surprising and tells a great story about the wonders and terrors of parenthood, California, and what to do when you realize your ten o'clock meeting is actually in Omaha. (Answer: use technology, then find out that technology makes things worse.) The book reminded me of Where'd You Go Bernadette? ...
  • Anissa
    When Mad Men debuted I began watching the show and was pretty ticked off a few minutes in and my first reaction was to turn it off. But I stopped myself and thought, "Wait, perhaps the thing that's peeved you is there for a reason. Don't you want to know if there's more to the story?" I stayed and the pay off was worth it. I have to say, The Glitch was a bit in that same area for me. Shelley, our narrator, is initially not endearing, in fact, she...
  • Pam Golafshar
    A smart, engaging read. It’s rare that I find a main character I like this much when she’s thoroughly unlikeable to everyone around her! I would highly recommend this book.
  • Rebecca George
    Cohen has truly written one of the most memorable characters ever! As others have said, it was not exactly what I thought it would be like, but it really is a great debut and is well worth the reader's time.
  • Bonnie
    Well written and quite different from what I expected, but great nonetheless!!!!!
  • Dana
    *2.5 starsI was so intrigued with the premise but there were a few places it fell short for me. First, it was way too long and a lot of it could have been edited out. Less of Shelley's long, rambling thoughts, explanations, and life insights and more dialogue. It was Shelley herself who brought my rating down to 2.5 stars. Personally I have very little in common with her. Her savage competitiveness, aversion to home/family life, and single-minded...
  • Emi Bevacqua
    This is exactly the kind of smart, funny entertainment I crave. Shelley Stone is the singularly driven CEO of Conch, a success in Silicon Valley's highly competitive wearables space; her droll assessment of the sub-par performance of others (very a la Raviga Capital lead partner Laurie Bream on HBO's Silicon Valley) was a running gag I loved. Also her constant striving for gender equality (to the point of opting to take a men's multivitamin). Eli...
  • Donna
    Fun story that goes in many different directions. Is it about a kidnapping? A weird inventor who wants a favor? Having a twin from another dimension?This story keeps you going just to find out what is going on and how it is all connected.DRC from Edelweiss and Doubleday
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    Thank you to for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I was so sure that The Glitch was going to be one of my top reads for Summer 2018 – it has a strong woman in a position of authority and power, life in Silicon Valley, a balance between work, love and motherhood AND you get to meet yourself from the past? I thought I was going to be in HEAVEN! I would love to meet my for...
  • Kira
    *received an ARC for review*I don't know what the hell this book is about.I never got into the writing style, because there are entire pages of... I guess, backstory? explanations? basically unneeded descriptions that never ended. There was a page on how her husband's body looked and her thoughts on his genitalia. Like... Okay, I get the need for inner thought monologue, but it never ended.Then there's the plot, that never made sense. It starts w...
  • Emily Moore
    Reading through a lot of people's reviews, it looks like most hated the main character and I think that's what this novel struggles with. She lacks basic empathy and understanding of how to connect with people (keeping notes and flash cards with tips on them), spends minimal time with her children telling them she has a hard stop, constantly more entertained and in love with her job and the conch than anything else. And yet, this whole time, ther...
  • Jackie Amadon
    I wanted to like this book but ended up giving up on it. The book starts out in a search for a missing child and the author makes it clear that her mother Shelley (the main character) and father are so dominated by work that neither will even hang up on a business call to search for their child. The plot continues to stress how neurotic, robotic, and unlikable Shelley is. Several chapters about working and being anal-retentive later and the plot ...
  • Kim McGee
    Shelley is today's modern woman - CEO of a tech company, husband and two kids with a full time staff at her elbow she makes it happen with time to spare , even if it is only five minutes with her family. When her daughter disappears before her eyes at the beach and is mysteriously found by a wannabe tech inventor, Shelley's world is turned upside down. Suddenly he pops up wanting a favor and to get in on the action with her "fitbit" type device a...
  • Corie
    I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway (thank you!) so it is an ARC that will not be released publicly until later this spring. Elisabeth Cohen is a very talented writer. The book deals quite a bit with modern technology, which is not something that I am typically interested in, but rather than getting bored and wanting to skim through passages about the company or the product involved in the story, I remained engaged and entertained. ...
  • Heidi
    I really wanted to like this one, but it fell short for me. Was is scifi? Was it chick-lit? Both? I'm still not sure what I read. To be fair, it lost my interest shortly after I saw how the main character and her husband interacted with their children. It was hard for me to develop much of an affinity for them after that.
  • Dorie
    This was a DNF for me. I gave it 50% before I decided I really didn't care what happened to this most ridiculous, unbelievable character. That's it for me folks!
  • Diane
    It started a little slow, but then I really liked it. I didn't expect this story.
  • Leith Devine
    I really wanted to like this book, but the main character, Shelley, annoyed me from the very beginning. She and her husband are too busy on the phone while their daughter disappears, and then Shelley seems upset, but doesn't call the police because she and her husband are worried they'll look bad. Shelley runs a company with a lifestyle product called Conch that sits in your ear and gives you personalized reminders all day of different things. Ac...