Author: L.M. Augustine
A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Click to Subscribe is author L.M. Augustine's debut novel and has been given quite some attention by the blogging community. Click To Subscribe is a quick, quirky, and cute read about taking chances and testing the strength of friendship. I read it in a couple of hours and was delighted by how heart warming of a story it was! The phrase, "short and sweet" describes this novel perfectly!
With Click To Subscribe only being standalone novel with 252 pages, I knew that for me to really connect to the story, the characters would have to be pretty amazing. Thankfully, they definitely were! West, our main character, has just lost his mother six months ago and is dealing with the difficulties that come along with loving someone you love and care deeply about. On top of that, West also has to deal with his loser father and the struggles that come with figuring out his feelings for a mystery girl named Harper, who happens to comment on his vlog everyday at the same exact time. The other major character in Click To Subscribe is West's best friend, Cat. Like West, Cat is goofy, silly, a bit weird (in the best way) and isn't afraid to go after what she wants. The friendship between West and Cat is so genuine and wacky-- I had an easy time understanding that kind of relationship because its closely resembles the friendships I have in my own life. In addition, I really appreciated seeing that as their friendship started to transform into the possibility of something more, there was lots of awkwardness! Call me crazy, but I just found their awkward interactions as they were going through this transition phase incredibly adorable!
You'd think a novel so short would feel like it was lacking in something but for the most part, L.M Augustine did a fantastic job of getting right into the plot, connecting you to the story, and making you feel enough for these characters to actually care how things would turn out. My only minor complaint would be that the first third of the book felt a little rushed-- I wouldn't have minded a little more time spent on the time before Harper's identity is revealed.
“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.”
“Spring is okay, although I'm mostly in it for the Girl Scout Cookies.”
Overall, Click To Subscribe is perfect for readers looking for a quick YA Contemporary read that shows how the scariest things in life are worth fighting for and going after. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author in the future! I hope you guys enjoyed this review-- I kept it short because I don't want to risk spoiling too much. Have you read Click To Subscribe? Which character did you connect with the most-- West or Cat? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,