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.
I was approached a few weeks ago by the author to review this book. I love my YA books and since I hadn’t read one that wasn’t a paranormal in quite a while, I decided to give this one a chance. The story line sounded really good. I am SO glad that I agreed. This book is a hidden gem among the giants in the industry.
This book took me back to high school in an instant. I wouldn’t say I was nerdy but I wasn’t part of the “in crowd” of course that depend on what you consider to be the “in crowd”. I was in marching band and I went to our vocational school for Information System. Yeah I was a computer geek so I could totally relate to West in this book. Of course vlogs didn’t exist when I was in high school… sigh… did I just date myself?
The characters in this book are awkward but that is exactly what high school is all about. Not really knowing who you are or what you want to do with your life.
I loved West’s character he was a little broken which always pulls at my heartstrings… When West experiences tragedy he turns to the internet and starts pouring out his thoughts through his vlog. It’s an outlet for him and a healthy one at that. So many teenagers turn to things that aren’t so healthy. West quickly found that his vlog not only gave him an outlet but brought a subscriber into his life that helped him heal, laugh and was his perfect match.
West and Harper had been communicating for quite some time privately, when she finally suggested meeting West couldn’t have been more excited! I was excited for him but also a little torn because I didn’t want to see him get hurt. If she didn’t turn out to be everything he hoped I was afraid he would be crushed. He kept Harper a secrect from the one person that he had trusted since childhood. His best friend Cat had no idea about his vlog or Harper and he was planning to keep it that way. But the thing about secrets is that they always come out and Cat has one of her own, and it’s a BIG one!
I think West handles the situation the way any teenager would have. Complete and utter confusion. Cat and West have such a fun and loving friendship their banter made me laugh hysterically… I was worried that West would never be able to see past their friendship and realize how perfect he and Cat would be for each other. Don’t they say that the person that you are with should be your best friend? Well you’ll have to read to find out what happens cause telling you would spoil it…
Even if you aren’t a big YA fan I think that you will enjoy this witty, sweet and heartfelt book. There were a few things I would have liked to see added to this story, a little more about West’s Dad and Cat’s parents but that didn’t stop the story from being good. It was well written and for a debut novel being self published it was very clean. I give Click to Subscribe my seal of approval and 4 very bright stars…
L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last.