maandag 10 juni 2013

Review: Click to Subscribe - L.M. Augustine

Title: Click to Subscribe
Author: L.M. Augustine
Published: May 9th 2013
Add It: Goodreads

Purchase: AmazonKobo
Rating: 3,5 starsSummary from goodreads: 1,135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them. 


As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I <3 Sam Green” T-shirt Harper promised she'd have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.


What I think: I really had a good time reading this book, even though I wanted to hit West Ryder on more than one occasion because he was just so slow and blind. But well, I guess that's what the book is all about! 

The whole story is told in the first person, and for once not from the girl point of view but from West Ryder's, a 16 year old nerdy guy. Cat (the other main character) and West have been friends since forever; Cat has been West support system over the last year but they have been friends since childhood. His mother past away six months ago, his dad's an alcoholic and the one person who was always there was Cat.

Cat is such a sweet, dorky redhead who cares loads about West. Since her parents are total workaholics she and West are quite alike on the parent part. It's so adorable and funny to see how those two interact, they make total fun of each other but you also notice how much they really care. When West finds out Cat has been thinking about him as more than a friend, she scares him off and the whole friendship gets complicated.

Throughout this book I had a few moments that I really wanted to shout at West that he should just be a man and go for it. He keeps dragging and then when you finally think it’s gonna happen... nothing. So unimaginably frustrating! But all's well in the end so no fussing about it from my part. It's nice to finally see a love story (if you can call it that) without some impossible triangle relationship. Just plain friendship and love between two people.

The only comment I have on this book is about the relationship between West and his dad. There is no real closing here and it feels unfinished. It's like there are a few pages missing on this subject and I can't really close the book yet. 

All in all this is a great read for some of the younger Young Adult readers or for anyone who is looking for a light, fun read.

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