So I saw this book on Amazon and it interested me. A book about falling in love via YouTube? That’s new! So I clicked to buy (ha, get it?) and here’s what I got…
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
To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.
Age: Young Adult
Review: 3 butterflies
There’s West, a typical sixteen-year-old boy with a not-so-typical secret. He’s got a bunch of YouTube subscribers on his secret vlog. West has a lot of family issues, so to rant and let it all out he records his videos. It’s a type of therapy.
Then there’s Cat, West’s best friend. And surprise, surprise, Cat’s also “Harper,” the girl who’s been commenting on West’s vlogs every time at exactly 2:02—and the girl West’s fallen in love with.
This book had typical teenage drama. West’s super shocked because his best friend is the girl he’d fallen in love with. And he’s super confused because he has feelings for Cat but doesn’t want to lose her as a friend. This story was just teenage and love problems, plain and simple.
The story didn’t draw me in much and I really couldn’t connect with the characters (although, go Cat for going after for what you want!), but it was a nice story. I did feel like West over-reacted to a lot of things and was really stubborn, but I’ll make allowances for that considering at that age, I did that too.
To be honest, most of the plot is in the description. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
I would have liked to know more about West’s father. That part was left unresolved and it really irked me because I was really curious to learn the motives behind his actions. Cat was also left a little un-dimensional. I understand that this book was in West’s point of view, but it would have been nice to know more about them.
All in all, this was a nice book that was filled with regular teenage problems and love.