Saturday, April 27, 2013

Click to Subscribe (ARC) by L.M. Augustine

I was asked to read this book for an honest review and here are my thoughts on this YA-tastic novella/book..

Description of book from Goodreads:

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 really liked in the book was the easy/sarcastic banter between the two main characters. I am such a sucker for a sarcastic, wise-cracking, characters and that is what I got with this book. West is funny, sarcastic, sweet and when his world comes crashing down he doesn’t know how to handle it all. He’s emotional, raw, and you feel his pain while he is trying to cope with not only one tragedy but two. I felt heart-broken for this kid because he should not have to deal with the things he does. His vlog is his only escape and when he talks about it I feel the same way about mine, we are kindred spirits ;).. I also liked the emotion this book evokes, I found myself chuckling, cried in certain parts, and also was very frustrated with the main character but not to the point where the book annoyed me, it was a good balance. Cat/Harper was just as amusing with her love of West and being able to just get him like nobody else. She was always there for him when he needed her the most, no matter how pissed off she was at him and honestly that is what true love is all about. 
Oh and can’t forget about how weird the main characters are, not only together but separately!

But loving him and not having the feelings returned enough for Cat?? and what happens if West and Cat got together and it ended badly? Do they take a leap of faith to see what happens or remain just friends??

Ok I haven’t been around teenage boys in a long time and maybe it was just me but it seemed the main character needed to be manned up a little bit. There were certain times that I was reading it and I was thinking that the character seemed more feminine like the author wasn’t evoking the mind of a teenage boy but it was more like a teenage girl was speaking. I don’t know how to explain this better without seeming like I am trying to establish gender roles because honestly I am all for woman doing anything and man can do and vice versa but the tone of voice for me was off. It might be because I am so used to reading about stubborn, angry, complicated boys so I am not used to this tone of voice coming from a teenage boy. So maybe I shouldn’t add this to the dislike pile but maybe try to say that it seemed off to me.
Anyways with all of that being said there was one more thing I did not like and that was not knowing what happened with West and his father. Did his father change? Did he stay the same? I wanted a little more information on what happened with that relationship. 

It was left open but other than those two thing this book was good! Very well-written for a debut novella/book (trust me I have read debut novels that were AWFUL) and I think YA-loving people everywhere will enjoy this book as well.  

This book will be LIVE on May 15th and if you like a cute YA love story mixed with sarcastic/weird teenage characters then I suggest you read this book... 

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