Basically mediocre self-help book disguised as a thoughtful exploration of the issues disguised as a self-help book. I had such a wonderful experience with Overwhelmed last year, that I anticipated this book being like that one, ie. a thoughtful exploration of the issues at the heart of the subject disguised as a self-help book. But sometimes, if it looks like a self-help book, it’s a self-help book and an often close to unreadable one. There are some tips in here that might help a person who is struggling to find real connection with people in their lives, but it’s really badly written and very repetitive. It’s a short book, but, even at that, it just keeps saying the same things over and over. It doesn’t feel particularly insightful on the issues of isolation and loneliness in modern society; it’s mainly a superficial reading of those issues. And the prose is dreadful. Boy, the writing is . . . not good. 1 ½ stars.
tl;dr – book appears to be a sociological study, but is only a mediocre self-help title with little in the way of real insights or even helpful strategies; Also, dreadful prose. 1 ½ stars.