Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine


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 o 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 love 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. ~ Amazon

4 Star Review by Guest Reviewer Alison East

This was such a great YA novel, and it was written from a guy's perspective- which I love. It was so authentic and real. The voices of these two teens were just so genuine.  When West loses his mother in a car accident, he blames her death on his father. If he hadn't been driving drunk and ran a red light then that truck never would have run into their car killing his mother on the spot. His relationship with his father is damaged beyond repair. They barely exist to each other and constantly argue and belittle each other. By the end they have worked a little of their problems out. But West will never get over what he did. Unable and unsure how to cope with the loss of his mother and rising tensions with his father, West creates a video blog and spills his innermost thoughts to a bunch of strangers...135,789 strangers, but who's counting? Nobody around him knows about his blog, or so he thinks. The vlog gives him something to invest his time and energy into, and along with the help of his best friend, Cat, he's able to manage his emotions.

And then the pizza loving Harper Knight comes along. Every day at the same time (2:02pm) she leaves him a message. They instantly connect and after months of conversation they finally agree to meet. Much to West's surprise, Harper is actually his best friend Cat. While his feelings for Cat are changing, he's still not willing to give up his best friend. She's the only one he can rely on who's always been there for him. He's too afraid to love her for fear of losing her just like he lost his mother. I love Cat, and I can totally relate to her voice. I was much like her as a teenager. She was nerdy and cute in all the right places. West was totally loveable. Funny, and nerdy too. I couldn't believe they never saw the potential for more. They seemed perfect for each other. I am typically not a YA fan. I like the older characters, but I am so glad to have given this one a chance. It has some great and very real teenage emotions; that everyone can look back on and remember what they felt. The moment someone tells you they love you. How hurt you are by your friends, parents, loved ones. Click to Subscribe is more like, one click to buy! Great story!


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