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I Belong

Review: Hung Up by Kristen Tracy

Hung UpTitle: Hung Up

Author: Kristen Tracy

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 282 Pages

ISBN-10: 144246075X (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1442460751 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Can you fall in love with a voice? This witty romance, told entirely through phone calls, chronicles the tale of a wrong number gone right.

It all started with a wrong number. The voicemails Lucy left on James’s phone were meant for someone else—someone who used to have James’s digits. But then when James finally answers and the two start to talk, a unique bond forms between the two teens.

Gradually Lucy and James begin to understand each other on a deeper level than anyone else in their lives. But when James wants to meet in person, Lucy is strangely resistant. And when her secret is revealed, he’ll understand why…

Quick & Dirty: Adorable story that was full of humor, friendship, and emotion. While there were some things I didn’t love, overall this was an enjoyable read.

Opening Sentence: This is Lucy calling to update my order BKE-184.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Have you ever called the wrong number and left a mean message? Well Lucy has and it wasn’t only one message but many. Someone finally answers the phone, but James wasn’t who she was expecting. Obviously she figures out that she has been calling the wrong number all this time, but instead of just hanging up the two strike up a conversation. One conversation leads to another and another. Soon they have developed a friendship and start to tell each other things that they don’t tell anyone else. As the months pass by they decide that it is finally time to meet, but Lucy has been keeping secrets. Ones that might affect the way James sees her. Is their friendship better left just to the phone or is it destined for something more?

Lucy was a sweet girl, but for most of the book she is really closed off emotionally. She is athletic, smart, and insecure like most high school girls. I actually had a hard time connecting with her because you are never inside of her head. With everything being told through phone conversations you have to kind of piece things together by yourself, which was a little frustrating at times. As her story unfolds I was able to understand her better, but it took most of the book for this to happen. So even though I ended up liking Lucy, in the end I wish I could have liked her better the whole time I was reading her story.

James was the total opposite of Lucy when it came to being an open book. He was way better at expressing himself in their conversations and because of that he was way easier to like. I felt that I was able to get to really know him and I thought he was pretty charming. He can be pretty goofy at times which was refreshing, but he also is someone you can lean on. Whenever Lucy just needed someone to talk to he was there for her, even though she wasn’t always the most open with him. I loved how patient he was and just how honest he was about his life. I can honestly see why Lucy would fall for him, I did throughout the story!

Hung Up was a really cute romance that surprisingly had a lot of depth to it. The entire book is all told through phone conversations between the two main characters, which was really different from anything else I have read. I enjoyed the style of writing, but I do feel that it was harder to connect with the characters since you only get small bits of their life. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the whole story wasn’t just fluffy romance, there were actually some very emotional issues covered as well. There were also some really funny parts that helped to lighten the more serious tone. Probably the one thing I would have liked done differently was the ending. You pretty much are just left with very little resolution. I really wish that the author would have done an epilogue that was a phone conversation maybe a year later between the two. I don’t mind open ended stories, but personally I think that this would have been much better if it had a more closure. It was a super quick read, and even though it was wasn’t perfect, I still really enjoyed it. I would recommend this if you are looking for an adorable romance that is tinted with emotion!

Notable Scene:

James: We’ve had way more than eleven phone calls.

Lucy: I don’t count messages. I only count phone calls.

James: I like that you’re counting. Are you using hash marks?

Lucy: Yep.

James: Okay, Lucy, so what are my obsessions?

Lucy: Yurts. And women’s hair.

James: Actually, yurts don’t do much for me. But I do enjoy watching a good head of hair.

Lucy: Yeah. I used to think it was just a fixation. But now I’m sure that it’s a fetish.

James: You’ve got long brown hair. I know it.

Lucy: I’ve never confirmed that.

James: It’s my sixth sense. I can diving hair color over the phone.

FTC Advisory:  Simon Pulse provided me with a copy of Hung Up.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review

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