There is one very important thing you should know…
I READ THIS AS AN ARC!!
(A phrase here which can be translated: I received an “advanced reader copy” of this book to read before it hit the shelves so I could tell you about it’s awesomeness.)
It releases, officially, on May 9th. (But, psst, it looks like Amazon is selling it now. At $2.99. Which is definitely luring.)
Being an ARC, CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE was always doomed (er, destined?) for a goopy review.
The blurb was so delightfully cute (er, catchy?) that I wanted it badly the first time I sniffed it out on goodreads.
First things first, my favourite part?
WEST RYDER. Male narrators aren’t exactly flooding the YA market, and diving into a book where the narrator is weird, dorky, and hilarious is just a fresh breeze. After his mother died in a car accident, West spiraled down into a depressed, insecure kid, who turned to vlogging as an outlet. You can feel how venerable he is. But on the outside? His humour is hilariously sharp and he fakes confidence like he owns the world. I just don’t find characters like this, but it’s so real. I am so impressed.
The dialogue is fantastic. I laughed silently most of the time – except when I had to give pathetic and heart wrenching sniffs, of course. It’s fresh, witty, and oh-so-fun. The banter is priceless.
No matter what kind of book I read, the two things I love the most are: dialogue and characters.
CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE hits mega-marks for both of these. But it does slide in other areas. It’s very dialogue-driven, but what about body-language, description, or different events? There are literally 3 characters in this book (Cat, West, and his dad). No more. Since West vlogs, I expected more about that (come on! I was hoping for some tips…they guy has a billion followers after all). Swearing is on the higher levels, though I wouldn’t say it’s unrealistic. Humans are so pathetic at displaying emotion (gosh, I sound like Loki of Asengard right now), yes they do revert to repetition of stupid words. But still, I always feel a writer has no excuse to go overboard, especially with the F-bomb.
The description is sparse, which is a dying shame because the author is brilliant at it! At one stage West wears a shirt with “I SUPPORT RIGHTS FOR CHOCOLATE CAKE”. Um, I want one. I love West’s viewpoint. It’s downright fun.
I finished it in two-sittings, which is saying something, and I had to smile, even if the ending was slightly goopy and cheesy. Who cares? West Ryder goes down as one of my favourite narrators. There had better be more of these books coming up.
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.