By: Melanie | May 9, 2013 | (17) Comments

Review: Click To Subscribe By L. M. AugustineClick To Subscribe by L. M. Augustine
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: May 9, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.

Going into Click to Subscribe, I already had this gut feeling that I was going love this book. Naturally, I was right. After a long anticipated wait, I dug right in, ditching all other books upon receiving the ARC.

L. M. introduces readers into a completely new take on best friend romance to a more realistic and emotionally driven level. Click To Subscribe promises a clean YA romance that will either keep you crying or laughing throughout. Heck, I was laughing and crying at the same time so darn much my mother swore she was going to take me to see a doctor at that rate.

Vlogging is something I can’t not do, and I never feel more at peace than when I’m talking in front of the camera, filming my next vlog. Some nights I stay up thinking about what to vlog about next, while on other nights, I lie awake smiling at the fact that I have, like, real subscribers- the one constant in my life nowadays.

Dystopian, sci-fi, thriller, this, that, blah, blah. What’s the common trait? The characters are so freakin serious. In that genre, yes, I love it. But in contemporary, I say that borders somewhat illegal to do. Who would want monotone, dead seriously people who just whet round killing people, all perfect and URGH. Contemporary is meant to be much more realistic and relatable. Unlike other YA romances, the characters L. M. created were flawless and genuine. Both Cat and West were how I envisioned teen characters to act- compete nerds that I could easily become emotionally attached to.

The way the author illustrated West was extraordinary, two words off the top of my head are sarcastic and messed up. West was not just likeable because he was ‘genuine’ but because has many things in common to most of us readers. Most of us act like young adults, we are all weird book nerds and some, are bloggers or vloggers. Maybe that was what attracted me in the first place- that I knew that West was going to be so relatable and easy to comprehend in that matter. While the amount L. M. contained did sort of satisfy, I wanted to know more about West’s vlogging life. A the end of the book, a part of me felt empty and nagging to know more about his vlog. We barely touch on the subject apart from how that’s were the romance erupted and where he attempted some emotional break down confessions. Nonetheless, West was a loveable character that was cute, nerdy, confident and admirable in multiple ways. Just running around in Toys R Us is just one example to show how he can so carefree.

Neither of them seems to understand just how intimate my relationship with ice cream is.

Without doubt, the thing that made this book go with sparkling stars was the romance. I LOVED IT SO MUCH! It wasn’t as predictable as I had originally believed. Nothing even close to cheesy or cliche or even frustrating. Awkward and darn right hilarious are better words to explain this masterpiece. The way Cat and West developed together was so cute and awkward to read, I constantly felt myself looking away from an awkward scene- too embarrassed to read on. Which I guess definitely says that L. M. can absolutely drag readers into a same yet original world. Just simply divine.

Another small sad issue was that the story was driven more by dialogue. It wasn’t as irritating of noticeable than other books but after some time thinking about this, I felt that it leaned towards more of a script than a novel. While actions and emotions WERE THERE, I wanted it to contain more depth and ‘more showing than telling’.

I feel like I should talk about the emotions L. M. hit me with. There were only two major expressions on my face, like I said before; happy and sad. Basic yet twisted and gave me a hard time to recover after the ending of this book. I laughed at the childish actions of West and Cat, and cried for the heart breaks in between. If anyone is searching for something to take them on a ride of emotions, Click to Subscribe is suited perfectly for them.

Awkwardly epic, L. M. Augustine wrote one of the best contemporary romances I’ve ever come across. If could definitely be better than some of the published ones too. I will plan to arrange an uprising for a sequel *eyes Liam* because West and Cat are a great couple. Recommend to loves of cute teen romances and people who are dying for more of Katie McGarry’s novels. Because this, Click To Subscribe will cure the thirst.

4.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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17 Responses to Review: Click To Subscribe By L. M. Augustine

  1. Amelia K says:

    AAARRRGGGHHH!!! Your review is killing me. So I hear its coming out in hard copy? I think I’ll wait for that as I’m not a fan of reading on my phone. :/ Cute and awkward is my type of contemporary book ^,^

    Stunning review, really well written and quoted!

  2. Ben McMann says:

    I say, this book sounds like something someone I know would kill for! Click to Subscribe sounds rather adorkably amazing, I’m never too sure with best friend romances but it seems promising! Shame it was a little dialogue driven, but other than that, glad you loved it!

    Awesome review, Mel!

  3. Sam says:

    I haven’t heard of this one before, but I definitely want to give it a shot now! I really like the sound of it. Humour usually works wonderfully for me, and I’m glad to hear that the romance is promising too. Brilliant review, Mel. 🙂

  4. Wow this sounds like it has some really great characters. I totally agree with you that a little humor in characterizations goes a long way in novels, in real life too! LOL I didn’t have this one on my radar but I will definitely be keeping my eye out for it now that I know you loved it so darn much. Great review, Melanie!

  5. This one sounded like a keeper. I already have this on my TBR because it sounded like something I would enjoy. Your review is great, Melanie! I need to read this soon!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

  6. Adira says:

    I love the idea of best friends falling in love. This book’s sort of reminds me of the Disney orginal movies,”Read It And Weep” and “Radio Rebel” in that contemporary geek to sheik/adorable character development. I can’t wait to read it!

  7. Amy says:

    Ohh great characters and a fun sounding story!! This book sounds awesome!

  8. Tina Kohrman says:

    This sounds like a great read. I am definitely adding this to my TBR pile after reading your awesome review. Thank you so very much. I cannot wait to read this!!

  9. This sounds so adorably cute! I’ll definitely have to read this now. Great review 🙂

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