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May 9, 2013

Braine Reviews: Click To Subscribe by L.M. Augustine

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Digital
Release Date: May 8, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author
Genre: YA - Contemporary
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.
It's been awhile since I truly enjoyed a YA story and a contemporary one at that. I've been selective about my YA reads, choosing to read books that belong in series I've already started and liked/love because honestly, I think I've outgrown the genre. Not surprising since I'll officially be in my mid-30's in a couple of months. Eep!

CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE was a super pleasant and highly entertaining surprise! I don't know what possessed me to agree to read L.M. Augustine's YA debut novel but whatever it was, I'm frickin' happy I accepted because CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE is golden! I hope some TV mogul reads it and turn it into a TV-movie because it's real wholesome and very cute. It was so good it gave me temporary super reading powers making me read another YA-contemporary novel that's getting moldy on my Goodreads shelf. 

First off, the hero, West Ryder, is too damn adorkable! I kept thinking to myself I wish I met West when I was 16 that way my teen years would've been less angsty and more fun. West is your boy-next-door, he's not overly popular but very loyal and dependable. He loves vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles on top and goes on an eating contest with his BFF, Cat, every month. His vlog is his escape, it's like his video diary where he talks about a bunch of stuff and more importantly, how much he misses his mom and all the regrets and resentment that goes with it.

West's mom died in a car accident a while back with his dad driving the car. Since then, things haven't been the same in the Ryder household with West keeping to himself, supporting and babysitting his dad while his old man wastes away from grief and anger over the loss of his wife. But despite this sad hiccup, the overall feel of CLICK To SUBSCRIBE remained light, fluffy and happy. Even during the conflict, I can't help but smile and feel giddy over how West's romantic life is unfolding.

The twist in the story isn't all that complicated meaning it's pretty easy to deduct the identity of Harper. What I found enthralling was how West and Harper worked it out. Despite his feelings, expectations and emotional investment on Harper, they managed to keep things in perspective, prioritizing their friendship and not give in to passion and immaturity. It's so touching how West took so much care in ensuring that his friendship with Harper won't fade in to the background while they're trying to work out their emotions and being a couple. I must say, West is probably the most self-controlled 16yo boy I've ever met! If any, Harper was the aggressor and West the one who was taking his sweet time, making sure that his heart is in the right place and his intentions pure. 

Isn't that the sweetest?!

CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE is a very good example of my ideal kind of a wholesome and endearing Young Adult love story. No love triangles. No annoying Queen Bees or dumb jocks. No whiney teens. Just a pair of kids falling in love for the first time, no pressure to do anything else, no adults making their relationship hard, not complicated drama. CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE is a great alternative to those angsty, dark and deep romance reads we've been bingeing on lately, it's fun and carefree and a good change to the drama, heartbreak and tears we seem to can't get enough of. Love stories doesn't have to be tragic all the time.

Memorable lines

Love? Aren't we supposed to embrace love? People spend their whole lives searching for it and never finding it, so why is it that the instant I get a little taste of it, it screws me over? Isn't it supposed to be a gift, not a curse? not something that hurts this damn much?

The truth is, I'm scared. I don't know if I lvoe her, but I also don't want to love her, because loving her will mean losing her.

She's mine now, and I'm hers, and something about that makes me feel utterly so invincible.
Read chapters 1 & 2


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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.

L.M. prefers to remain anonymous so let's stalk him!











7 comments:

  1. Glad it was what you liked in YA and it didn't have a triangle or anything

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    1. I know you love YA, you should read this!

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  2. I remember I read the first chapter a while ago on the author's website and I was hooked! I didn't even realize it's out now. Definitely going to buy it. Thanks, Braine!

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  3. I'm about to one-click this so hard. You sold me on the fact that he eats ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

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  4. I've been finding myself turned off from YA but this sounds like a great book. You got me with "No love triangles. No annoying Queen Bees or dumb jocks. No whiney teens." I think all that is what turns me off of YA. I will have to give this book a shot.

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  5. I've had two meh YA contemp reads in a row, which reminded me why I don't read the genre too often. (Mid-30's here, too, and not really looking forward to turning another year older next month, lol.) You mentioned this one to me earlier in the week- it sounds really refreshing. Will give it a try!

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  6. Oh! I love the adorkable heroes ^.^ I do love change, especially since you're right, we read too many dark, angst filled books with the tortured love stories. I'm glad to hear this one's different. I want! Thanks for sharing, and love your review Braine!! :D

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