Note to Self is one of Barnes and Noble’s Best Books of the Month. “Caught between jobs, a young woman becomes an assistant to a filmmaker chronicling people’s failed ambitions in Alina Simone’s sharp meditation on internet addiction, celebrity worship, and digital narcissism.”

One of the 5 Best Novels of Summer 2013: “I was laughing out loud reading line likes ‘Kudos to you . . . It’s not easy to eroticize a cabbage leaf.’ Simone’s is a wisecracking, mordantly observant, wide-awake voice. Even when the humor is bitter, there’s something joyful in it—like hearing a direct dispatch from a neurotic person’s consciousness.” Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, O Magazine

“A very good first novel . . .  The flavors of the book are sharp and sour, like a Chinese soup, and Alina Simone, a singer/songwriter, is clearly a novelist, too.” —Nick Hornby, The Believer

“With her first novel, musician and memoirist Alina Simone proves herself a hilariously whipsmart chronicler of thirtysomething creative ambition.” — Scott Indrisek, Book Forum

The Believer: Readers’ Favorite Top Ten Favorite Works of Fiction in 2013

One of the Onion AV Club’s’Best books of 2013 (so far)‘: “A splash of cold, existentially terrifying water for any would-be creatives.”

“Simone’s narrative uses anomie as a cohering structure, which is to say that this novel deals in what’s out there nowadays: our handheld devices, our fragmented attention spans, our universal desire to go public… At one point, Anna comes up with the idea that the opposite of pop culture is unpopular culture. Note to Self is neither. It’s fine art.” David Galen, The Yale Review

All the things you want in a coming-of-age story.” —Jen Vafidis, The Daily Beast

“Deft exploration of modern malaise.” — Kristine Huntley, Booklist

“Anna’s unsettling addiction to technology, her deep want to be wanted, to feel meaningful, all touch on something so universal, we never lose interest.” — The Coffin Factory

“Unemployed woman meets man on the Internet in this forceful, scabrous satire-cum–morality tale. This is a remarkably assured debut . . . If Simone writes songs half as well as she writes fiction, expect her to become a household name.” Kirkus Review

In her debut novel, singer and essayist Simone tackles our hyperlinked culture in all its short-attention-spanned, privacy-deprived, cult-of-celebrity glory. . . . Simone skewers the self-absorbed world in which Anna is caught up with incisive writing and her observations are often so clever they deserve reading aloud.” Publishers Weekly

“A determined satire on art and self-absorption.” — The Guardian UK

“A nuanced exploration of what ails our society in this age of ever-expanding digital connectedness.” Rebecca Caine, Full Stop

CBS News: Interview with Jeff Glor

The New Republic: Fiction about the Internet Stumbles Toward Eloquence

Bustle: Is the Internet Bringing Us Closer to the Apocalypse?

An interview with Brooklyn Based

Most anticipated books of Summer, Cincinnati Beat

Henry Review: Video reading and Q+A 

The Nervous Breakdown: Self Interview

Full Stop: Interview

Daily Candy: The Download

The Millions (Interview)

Other People literary podcast (Interview)

“The Internet has burrowed deep into our souls, and Alina Simone writes about it with radical honesty. Plus she’s hilarious.”—Amanda Palmer

“People as multi-talented and skilled as Alina Simone, who sings beautifully, writes essays, and now foists upon us a truly funny and poignant novel, need to be stopped. And maybe they will be, but in the meantime, there is no harm in falling into the soulful voice of Simone’s narrator, Anna, as she struggles with the end of numb, cubicled youth and the awkward beginnings of new life.”—Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts

Note to Self is smart, zany and sadly true about all that’s truly sad about the state of human cognition in the digital age. Alina Simone has an extraordinary ear for the frenetic cadence and petty concerns of our times. She also has the heart and brains to point the way toward something more transcendent. I smiled, nodded, and shook my head in recognition all the way through.”—Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

Note to Self deftly dissects our Internet addiction, trawling the shallows of the 21st-century noncommittal mind in an engrossing story that both entertains and provokes. Alina Simone is a witty chronicler of our times.” —Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

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