Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE by L.M. Augustine

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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 *heart* 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.


Star Rating: 5 out of 5
Heat Rating:  Sweet and Innocent (This is YA, get your mind out of the gutter)

"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."

I typically don't read Young Adult books (being in my mid-30's I tend to gravitate towards characters that are older), but I am SO glad L.M. Augustine convinced me to give his book a chance.  I tried it and I LOVED IT!!  The story of West and Cat spoke to my inner teenager who was in love with her best guy friend and never said anything.  I don't re-read books but CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE is a book I can't wait to go back and read again and see what else I can experience from this wonderful story of two slightly dorky teenagers, who discover sometimes friendship turns out to be much, much more.

This book was well written, funny, dorky (in a good way), sweet, and so heart-aching wonderful that you will laugh, cry and cringe a bit along with these two characters.  What more could you ask for in a book?  

"When we kiss--and I'm not saying we will--I want it to be real.  Honest.  I want us both to be ready, and I want it to be the best damn kiss this world has ever seen."

L.M. Augustine created characters that speak to the reader (or at least, they spoke to me) and resonates inside us, reminding you what it was like to be that slightly geeky teenager that was afraid to rock your world by taking a chance and turning a friend into something more.  My two favorite things a story can have is excellent dialoge and a story I can't put down but afraid that if I don't the book will end before I am ready for the story to be over (I want more of West and Cat).  CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE has both these things.  The witty, comical story mixed with just the right amount of dorkyness in the characters had me devouring the whole book in one sitting.  Once I was finished I was so sad that it was over, I wasn't ready to be done with the characters and instantly went back and re-read some of my favorite scenes.  

"A much larger part of me wants to keep talking to Cat, because sitting here, alone in the darkness and hearing her voice, I feel like I'm walking on air.  I need Cat like I need to breathe, and that is that."

Once you read CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE you will understand the next part of this review that was inspired by a scene that was written in Haiku form.  

"You're weird and I'm weird and we're all weird together."

I give you my review of CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE in Haiku:

In love with best friend
What happens if he says no
Can't keep this inside

Ice cream with sprinkles
Talking to her late at night
Can I take that chance?

Embrace the dorky
Muppet-flailing like a boss
I will fight for you

They started as friends
 Fought for him with every breath
What a great surprise

Go 1-click this book
L.M. Augustine superb
Wes and Cat great story

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*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
**The haikus were all originals by Michelle (I know, I'm sorry... I tried my best)