Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: May 6th,2013
Genres: Young Adult
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my 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 the stuff YA novels are made of. Slightly awkward teens, friendship, angst, and of course first love.
West Ryder is popular…
…but not in the literal sense. He is a vlogger that has over 135k+ subscribers and one of them happens to catch his interest. Her name is Harper and between their philosophical conversations about pizza, West starts falling in love.
But like most teens, falling in the love the first time is not without a hitch or two.
And the hitch is that Harper is not real. In fact, the girl West has been falling in love with, is none other than his best friend Cat.
West is then tied up in dealing with a less than stellar home life, his feelings for Cat, and the inevitable threat that he might lose her for good.
There were SO many things about Click To Subscribe that I loved. One of them being that it was TRUE Young Adult. I have been having a hard time reading YA novels lately and not being completely turned off because
1. It’s cheesy as hell or
2. It’s New Adult masking as YA.
Nothing feels pervy-er than reading a YA book and reading about two 16 year olds getting it on. I mean let’s be realistic, that is NORMAL. But sometimes I want to remember the parts of my youth that weren’t necessarily centered around backseat rendezvous and bad decisions 😉
I LOVED seeing the genuine feelings between Cat and West that weren’t centered around just attraction. Their banter was hilarious, their situation was understandable, and as mad as I was mad at West for how he handled things I still understood them.
When your best friend tells you that she loves you, you can do one of three things: You can tell her you love her too and then make out passionately. You can run away. Or you can just stare at her for what feels like a century without speaking a word like a senseless idiot and only create more awkwardness for everyone. Guess what reaction was mine?”
He was imperfect and sometimes so silly, but there is more to West then just his charismatic front. In fact, there is a part of him that is in pain that not even love, friendship or 135,789 subscribers can fix for him.
And Cat, well I loved her from the get-go. She is silly, and funny, and relentless. Cat is a woman that knows what she wants, and West Ryder is it.
Cat reminded me A LOT of myself considering her tactics were similar to how I snagged my high school sweetheart 😉
And what I loved about Click To Subscribe the most was that it was filled with so much heart. There were many moments I giggled, many moments that I swooned, and some moments that had me in tears. You see, this book is so much more than a romance. No, it is about love in all its forms; familial, friendship, romantic, unconditional etc.
The only thing I wished would have been given a more in-depth epilogue was concerning West and his dad. I was left a little sad by the state of things towards the end of the book and would have liked to see those ends tied up a little differently. But if we are being realistic than I understand why they weren’t. I’m just a closet optimist 🙂
I could go more in depth on why Click To Subscribe is just plain awesome, but take my word for it and read the book.