Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Book Review: Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

Title: Textrovert
Author: Lindsey Summers
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: 2nd May 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
It’s bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town’s end-of-summer fair. It’s even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he’s just left for football camp … with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there’s more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There’s more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she’s always wanted to be.
Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley — one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?
My Thoughts
When I saw Textrovert on Netgalley the synopsis is what drew me in, and I had to know more about Keeley, her misplaced phone, and Talon. I did initially have some trouble with the formatting of the book, but the publisher was amazing and sent me a physical copy to read,

Textrovert is a story of misplaced phones, hidden identity, and forbidden romance. The beginning of Keeley and Talons' story begins with misplaced phones at a fair. This mistake is realised when Talon contacts Keeley to fix it, and this duo start a friendship from messages. They exchange messages for a week before arranging a time to meet up and swap back.
I loved seeing the snarky side of Keeley, one that is different to her personality in real life. I enjoyed seeing Talon help bring this side of her out, and also seeing Talons personality coming through before we 'meet' him. We actually get to learn a lot about the characters through messages alone and I thought this was a refreshing change.

As the story progresses we see more of the secondary characters that play a role in the book, Talons Mum, Keeley's family and her relationship with them, especially her twin brother Zach. There are ups and downs in this friendship, and one of the main ones come with the revelation of Keeley's name, and relationship to her brother. This causes a huge rift between Keeley and Talon, but we aren't immediately told why, although we do get a few hints along the way.

Textrovert is a book I finished in a few hours. I liked the addition of text message bubbles to represent the messages sent between the characters within the pages, it made it easy to keep track of the conversations as well as adding a little spark into the book. Textrovert for me, is a modern day Romeo and Juliet, minus the fighting, violence, and death. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the plot and the ease in following it. The characters felt realistic and relatable, with the progression of the friendships feeling real. I liked getting to see Keeley learn things about herself, and realise what she really needs to do for her happiness and no-one else.

As the layers are peeled back we get to see a whole lot more to Keeley, Talon, and even Zach. There is a lot more history to these people than what originally is shown, and while it isn't the best type of history it explains a lot of things.

Final Verdict
By the time I had come to the end of Textrovert I was already hooked, and I didn't want the book to end. I enjoyed seeing the progression of Keeleys personal growth throughout the pages, and seeing her finally make decisions for herself. The last few pages made me smile for what it means for her.
I would not hesitate to pick up any kind of follow up to this story, as well as any more books the author has published/will publish.

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