Rating: 4 out of 5
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 loved this. Male POV ftw.
It was an easy read, a few sad times but mostly happy and cute ones. This reminded me two relationships I've had in my life regarding male best friends, and I do think that a male best friend often gets you better than a female one, and this showcased that for me.
I liked West, although I didn't really like his name so I changed to to Wes when reading and quite honestly he seems like the YA version of a particular Tiffany Reisz character. He is very honest with his emotions in the sense that we can feel his sadness over his mother and his confusion over Cat. I felt that maybe for a teenage boy he was perhaps a little too open to himself regarding some emotions but I wish guys were like West so I won't complain.
Cat is an awesome chick, she starts off a little in the background and her personality is somewhat dumbed down but as time goes by and you witness her try and show West what he really feels you love her not so subtle ways and the fact that 'I need you' makes her rush to his side no matter what. I would love a book from her pov.
One thing I wish though, that Harper stuck around a little longer, maybe start the book at the first comment by Harper and watch that relationship form because the e romance part was over fairly fast and I am a sucker for it.
This is a great example of what a YA book should be like!
* Easy to read
* Just enough drama to keep you anxious
* well developed characters
* fun and inviting writing style
I also love that the author is male because that is so rare to find a male YA writer and I respect that fully.