Title: Click To Subscribe
Author: L.M. Augustine
Release Date: May 9, 2013
Format: ebook, 252 pages
Source: received a copy from blog tour organizer
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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.
What would you do if your best friend met up with you one day and said “I <3 You”?
West doesn’t know what to do when he realizes Cat is Harper Knight, his most favorite commenter/ online crush. While he uses the alias Sam Green on his vlog, he has never thought anyone, including his best friend Cat, would watch and subscribe to his channel. Feeling stupid, confused and uncertain, West tells Cat that all he wants is to have a platonic relationship with her. But does he really know what he wants?
It’s quite a lovely experience to read about West’s journey to figure out what he truly wants. Because of his family situation, West has not been feeling okay to process his own feelings for many months and when I learn why he has a hard time connecting with his feelings, I feel really sad. To West, Cat has been the only person whom he can trust and so, he doesn’t want any change. While it is understandable, it’s heartbreaking to see him struggle with his thoughts and feelings. I’m just glad that Cat is very patient with him. If not, I doubt that West would feel open to explore his true feelings ever again.
I like Cat’s personality. She is quirky, smart and funny. She also has a streak of stubbornness that makes her even more likeable. Maybe for some, her manners may seem a bit curt and a little too direct, but I like her insistence to be unapologetic when it comes to expressing her honest feelings.
You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens to West and Cat in the end but I’m happy to share that I like the ending. Click To Subscribe is a lovely story about growing up and being willing to face the unknown. I enjoy it and I hope you will too.
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