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.
"I fell in love with you, and that changed everything."
I have found my soul mate and his name is West Ryder! Seriously… Loved him from page ONE! :) Okay, so now that I got THAT out of the way, let’s talk about this awesome book.
I want to start off by saying; this book made it all the way to the #1 spot in my Young Adult (YA) genre ‘favorite books’ list. Yep, it’s THAT good. It captures the essence of being 16/17 years old and in love, perfectly -- all the doubts, the butterflies, even the flat out awkwardness. I practically read the entire book smiling. There were plenty of moments where I laughed out loud like a complete idiot and others where I just couldn’t stop giggling!!! And even though this was a sweet and generally light read, there were also a few moments where my heart literally broke and ached for the characters, like seriously. I don’t usually cry while reading—I can count the times with one hand—and this book made that list as well.
Oh, and this was hands down, one of the best male PoV…EVER.
Like I said at the beginning, I loved West from the get go... His witty attitude, inner dialogue, smart ass comments, and even his emotional struggles.
“I try to keep my vlog as separate as possible from my real life. My vlog is my happy place; my real life… isn’t”
So basically, West used his “secret” vlog as an escape….from everything. As “Sam Green” he interacted every single day with the girl he ended up falling in love with… Harper Knight. BUT, there was only one teeny, tiny problem. He didn’t know who Harper was. HA! And boy was he in for it! You see, his best friend in the entire world, Cat, was madly in love with him. So imagine his surprise when he saw Cat walk in the coffee shop where he was supposed to FINALLY come face to face with Harper.
“I didn’t make up Harper because I wanted to prank you. I made her up because I love you.”
To say my heart was about to beat off my chest during this scene, is an understatement. I was so anxious and beyond nervous for Cat and West!!! I mean, Cat literally put herself out there and then……. *crack* my heart broke. Of course, another understatement would be to say West was surprised because he was so-much-more. Rightfully so.
As the story progresses, we get to see how Cat and West struggle with their friendship… wanting to be more, yet holding back. West had already been through so much heartache… he’d lost SO much, that I completely understood his fears and hesitations. I couldn’t feel anger towards him nor disappointment because I completely understood where he was coming from.
“I’m almost… afraid to love anyone else again. I want to be happy, and all love has done for me in life is stab me in the back.”
“And losing Cat… well, without her, I’d have nothing, be nothing.”
When I first “met” Cat’s character, I knew I liked her but throughout the book, I flat out LOVED her! I can honestly say she became one of my all-time favorite female characters. She was so strong and she wasn’t afraid to say what she felt or thought… hell, simply put, Cat kicked ass!!!!!!!!
This book was beautifully written. I love L.M’s writing style!!!! It has a smooth and natural flow that allowed me to completely connect with the story line and characters. I felt like I was right there with them along for the ride. I truly loved every aspect of this book. Even the more emotional side which was the main reason I found myself reading through tears. So yes, there’s more than just a “high school romance” at play here.
This book goes in the “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK” pile. You’ll laugh your butt of, I promise.
“Well, sometimes love is right in front of you the whole time, even if you don’t realize it. And, like your vlog, all you have to do is click to subscribe.” – Cat.
Other books by L.M. Augustine....
The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.
Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.
But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.
And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all…
Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.
August 26, 2013
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.