Author: Cassie Mae
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 2, 2013
Format: eBook, 240 Pages
ISBN-10: 0345548825 (Flirt)
ISBN-13: 978-0345548825 (Flirt)
Reviewed by: Kaitlin
Cassie Mae redefines the New Adult genre with a novel that answers the eternal question: What do you do when you’re head over heels for your best friend’s guy?
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.
Quick & Dirty: This is a cute, fun romance with lots of laughter and an adorable love story. Switched could be a chick flick, and a good one at that. If you are looking for a short, girly book to pass the time then, you’ve certainly come to the right place!
Opening Sentence: I love my best friend’s boyfriend.
Kayla has been in love with Talon since she first met him. He’s handsome, sporty, and kind. In Kayla’s eyes, he has no flaws. But there is one problem, and it’s that Talon is Kayla’s best friend Reagan’s boyfriend. Kayla doesn’t want to make her friend lose him, but she and Talon are obviously soulmates, so it can’t be helped, and Wesley and Kayla form a plan. Wesley (Talon’s best friend) likes Reagan, Kayla likes Talon, and so all they need to do is break up the couple and give them the ones they are meant for. But as time passes, it becomes clearer that maybe this isn’t what Kayla and Wesley wants. Maybe, they want each other.
The characters in Switched are so loveable in different ways. Talon is so nice, he’s beyond reproach, and Reagan’s sassy personality always adds pizazz to the pages. Wesley is goofy, and confident, and altogether adorable. These four make an interesting combo, but in a way it just works. And Wesley! If this was a love triangle, I would be on team Wesley. Talon is great and all, but Wesley is not only handsome but also has a great sense of humor and works hard to own his own apartment. Additionally, I always hear details like how he smells like gummy bears, and that just gives the character more appeal. I’m surprised Kayla didn’t figure out how amazing he was until the end.
Okay, let me tell you, this is so funny. I laughed so much and every turn of the pages held a new joke. Mostly Wesley was the one that made me burst out in giggles, but Kayla’s thoughts also contributed. The point of view was from Kayla and was consistently her personality, although for some reason she says “oh so” a lot. Even the chapter names were hilarious!
The ending was very brief. Though Mae tried to tie together the loose ends in the last “progress report” of the plan, it all seemed very rushed. To be honest, I would have rather had another chapter when Kayla sits with her friends and actually has dialogue, not something akin to a journal entry listing in bullet points what she discovered from them. I’ll give you this, however: you definitely do not expect what happens.
To sum it up, Switched had a lot of fabulous traits to it and any lover of Mean Girls with Lindsey Lohan would love it. No, it isn’t deep or profound with any obvious message, but it is a nice book to curl up in a corner with and read. And yes, some people might argue that the romance is a little cheesy. Since it’s so cheap, at least at the moment ($2.99), this is something a girl would buy and enjoy no matter how old she is!
And that’s when it smacks me in the face. I’m in love, but not with Talon. Never was with Talon. If I had been, I’d have felt the storming rage I felt inside when Reagan placed her hand in Wesley’s. When I found out they kissed. How much that hurt. How much that crushed my heart, squishing it into oblivion, while Talon’s confession only left me with a tiny scratch.
Talon was a fantasy. I thought it was the best kind of fantasy. But it fails in comparison to the real thing.
Wesley is real. What I feel for him is stronger than anything I’ve ever felt with Talon. I can be myself. I can be an idiot and not feel like one. I can talk to him about anything, and I know he won’t judge me for it. He knows how to calm me down. How to piss me off and laugh in the same heartbeat.
No more rationalizing. No more excuses. This is real.
I. Want. Wesley.
And, of course, I’m too late. I had the chance to tell Reagan and I didn’t. I screwed it all up.
FTC Advisory: Flirt/Random House provided me with a copy of Switched. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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