Thursday, January 9, 2014

Book Review: Switched by Cassie Mae

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(I received this book to review from NetGalley.)

Description from Goodreads

Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.

Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should. But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.

My Review

This book was completely predictable, but too cute for me to care.
I read this book in a day. One single day, from start to finish. I was obsessed with finishing it. I don't want to give everything away, so I want this to be brief as possible. Because it was predictable, but it was still a fun read.

The book centers on Kayla (it's her perspective), her best friend Reagan, Reagan's boyfriend Talon, and Talon's best friend Wesley.

Reagan loves Talon, and vice versa.
Kayla loves Talon.
Wesley loves Reagan. Or does he actually like Kayla? Pretty much from the get-go, I was getting that vibe! 

The book centers on Kayla and Wesley's decision to try to break up Reagan and Talon and make them see that they should be with them instead. I know how awful that sounds, but it doesn't seem malicious as you are reading the book. You really feel for the two of them.

Reagan and Talon are not very sympathetic characters. Reagan is pretty full of herself (and buys Kayla completely inappropriate gifts to give her in front of the guys), and Talon just seems like a dumb jock. The whole time I did not understand why Kayla would want a guy like that, other than that he is a "total babe". Which is a completely legit reason to think you're in love with someone, right? (Not really.)

Gradually, it's pretty clear that Wesley is developing feelings for Kayla. And their interactions made me squee internally (and externally) multiple times.

This book was also full of funny one-liners, like this-

"I've heard of morning wood but have never seen it first hand."

I'll let you choose where that is going. It's pretty innocent, as far as things go.

The book does have some sexual situations. It is classified "Young Adult" and I think that's accurate.

Other reasons I love this book?

I love the name Wesley. Most likely because of The Princess Bride. If I didn't already have a name for my son, I would definitely try to convince my husband to go in that direction.
Also, this made me get really teary-eyed on more than one occasion. Because it was so sweet. And it felt so real.
I have been loving these "real" characters in these YA novels I'm reading lately. First Roomies, and now this. Great job, YA Authors!

I gave this book four stars on Good Reads, but it is more like a 4.5 star review. I can definitely see myself turning to this and recommending it, but something keeps me from ultimately giving it that extra bump.

You can purchase a hardcover copy of this for Kindle here. It appears to be only available for purchase as an ebook at this point, but it is only $2.99, so it's worth a shot if you love cute YA romance novels!

FTC: I received this book to review from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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