Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Release- Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine!

So I want to give a big fat CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Augustine for releasing his debut novel! How exciting! This is a very sweet and funny Young Adult read, and you should definitely add it to your TBR list, get your "I <3 Sam Green" t-shirts ready, sit down with a big bowl of ice cream and give this one a go!
Happy reading ;-)
Click to Subscribe
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 lucky enough to receive an ARC of CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE a while back, so I want to say a big THANK YOU to Mr. Augustine for the opportunity to read this! What a charming, adorable story this was. When I first read the blurb and started the book, I was reminded a bit of What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn (which I really enjoyed)—anonymous online persona, falls for or becomes otherwise involved with mystery girl, turns out to be best friend, drama ensues... That’s about where the similarities ended for me, though.

I’ve been on a New Adult kick for quite a while now and it was very refreshing to take a little detour back into the Young Adult category. Minimal angst, no super steamy scenes- just a fun, light read. We have two super nerdy (and so awesome) main characters, West and Cat. Best friends forever, until Cat falls for west and pours her poor little heart out. One thing that frustrated me about this situation was that West, at first, didn’t even TRY to entertain the idea that they could be more than friends. He shut her down cold. For two people who are so close, I found this a bit hard to believe- that he wouldn’t at least have let her down more gently. I was a little disappointed in him. But good for Cat for knowing what she wanted and going for it. In a way, I understood his reservations- even when he realized he was falling for her, he held himself back. He had a difficult home life. Losing his mother to a car accident and dealing with his depressed, alcoholic father isn’t easy on him and he was afraid to let anyone else in.

The scene where they “meet” and Cat reveals herself to West—total butterflies and nervousness for me. Even KNOWING who she was, I was a nervous wreck for the both of them. Unfortunately for me, I had to go through this torture TWICE (you’ll see). This book brought out all of those awkward, first love, unrequited love, jittery feelings from me and I just ate it up. And every time they ALMOST kissed, I was on the edge of my seat for Cat, yelling at West to just get it together already! I really enjoyed these two characters. They were fun, silly, and, even when they were having their problems, still there for one another when it mattered. Overall, this was a super sweet story and I really enjoyed it. 4 Stars! And I can’t wait to read more from this author!

Reviewed by Brittany xo

About the Author:
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.
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