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It is...*checks*...43% and I feel it's time to go ahead and call defeat on this one. Which is disappointing because I really wanted to like this book. The summary sounded cute and promising. Especially since after books, watching vlogs on YouTube is one of my other addictions. My teenager and I have a sort of mother/son bonding time I guess you could call it nearly every day over them so I was pretty excited by this whole concept. Sadly though, the execution fell flat for me.
I had one major issue with this book. West Ryder. Okay, I want to stress that if any of this comes off mean it was the furthest thing from my intentions. I'm just calling it like I, personally, see it. So...in my honest opinion, as the mother of a 17 year old boy, who has plenty of 16, 17, 18 year old male friends (so obviously I've been in the war zone plenty), West Ryder comes off as being written by someone who's never been around a teenage boy. Ever. Harsh probably, but that's the vibe I feel from him. His mannerisms, his dialogue (both verbal and internal) sound more like an angst filled teenage girl. I mean honestly if it never came out and said that we were in West's POV for this book and just had to guess...I'd have said the POV was female. And it wasn't just me. I gave my Kindle to my kiddo to read over some of the first few chapters without knowing why and his reaction was basically "it's just weird...." With some confused looks mixed in.
I toss my hair. "Bitch, I'm fabulous."
Something he said a lot. How fabulous and amazing he is. Yes, I get that it was all in a joking way because West was far from confident. But it was all the time and just got to be too much, when you hear the same joke over and over again it becomes less funny...especially when to begin with, it wasn't even that funny.
At one point early on, when meeting "Harper" for the first time in person, West is going through typical nerves as he goes through possible scenarios in his head about her possible reactions to him, how they'll greet each other, what he should say etc and one of the first things he thinks about when telling her how he feels about her is about loving, marrying and having kids with her. HE'S A FREAKING SIXTEEN/SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD BOY!! I'm so not joking...
I'm sorry but the LAST thing to pop into a boys mind at that age are marriage and babies. Come on...
I think I'm just going to leave off here. I've not set out to trash anything and I feel like if I keep going I'll just start sounding worse and who knows maybe it got better? I just had an extremely difficult time getting past the MC and taking him seriously because he just didn't feel believable to me. I'd like to give this author another go in the future in hopes that Click to Subscribe and myself just didn't have the right chemistry. I'm hopeful. The concept of this book was great, like I said it was all in the execution.
Then there's Cat, West's best friend. And surprise, surprise, Cat's also "Harper," the girl who's been commenting on West's vlogs every time at exactly 2:02--and the girl West's fallen in love with.
This book had typical teenage drama. West's super shocked because his best friend is the girl he'd fallen in love with. And he's super confused because he has feelings for Cat but doesn't want to lose her as a friend. This story was just teenage and love problems, plain and simple.
The story didn't draw me in much and I really couldn't connect with the characters (although, go Cat for going after for what you want!), but it was a nice story. I did feel like West over-reacted to a lot of things and was really stubborn, but I'll make allowances for that considering at that age, I did that too.
To be honest, most of the plot is in the description. That's pretty much all there is to it.
I would have liked to know more about West's father. That part was left unresolved and it really irked me because I was really curious to learn the motives behind his actions. Cat was also left a little un-dimensional. I understand that this book was in West's point of view, but it would have been nice to know more about them.
All in all, this was a nice book that was filled with regular teenage problems and love.
What a sweet and dorky romance! This was a breath of fresh air. I fell in love with West Ryder & his best friend Cat. This book rates to be one of my top Ten on Teen Novels this year.
West Ryder aka Sam Green creates his own Vlog and converses between a girl he falls in love with through his vlog Harper aka (can't spoil the details on that one).
This book made me laugh, cry, and even felt my heart break a little....
"Without a hesitation she leans into me, her lips hovering a millimeter from my ear, whispering, "We can be friends for now. But West Ryder, if you think this means I won't fight for you with every last breath I have, you're in for a hell of a surprise."
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For the most part, I really enjoyed the story and I think the author is very good at telling a story. There were some parts that were a little too "cutesy" for me. Also, sometimes I felt like the story was repeating itself or dragging scenes on too long. In other instances, I felt like entire sentences were missing and part of the story was left out.
There are quite a few grammatical errors in this book. I also felt like many sentences were worded or structured funny and sometimes missing words.
All of this aside, I did enjoy the story and think the writer has tremendous talent. It's the editing of the story I have issues with. (I am admittedly not a grammar queen.) I will probably read more by this author in the future.
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