Let me start off by saying that I am so happy for Lindsey Summers for getting her book published. I loved The Cell Phone Swap on Wattpad, and devoured it and everything related to it (the short stories: TCPS Tales, Talon's POV shorts: iAmTalon, and the in-progress sequel that tells Zach's story: Gambling With Hearts).
Second, I received a print ARC from the MaximumPop because I (and others) won a giveaway. My opinions here are my own, and not influenced by the fact that I received a free copy of the book.
I liked how this was streamlined from the Wattpad version, but I think removing the main reason Kelley breaks up with him in the middle (of the Wattpad version) had a lot more gravitas than just the issue that was toward the start of the Wattpad story and was kept.
Despite that, I liked this a lot. Zach seemed like less of a jerk (I do miss a certain conversation they have about why the twins drifted apart), Nicky was less annoying (but didn't seem as good a friend as she had on Wattpad because there wasn't as much time spent with her or opportunities for her to prove her friendship to Keeley—I particularly miss the "stages of denial" pack she made for Keeley), and I think the romance here was sweeter (because Talon wasn't as manipulative here, due to the absence of the main conflict that I mentioned earlier). If you read the Wattpad version, still read this one. It's different enough to be worth a shot. Those who have never read Keeley and Talon's story: get ready for a cute contemporary high school romance that made me smile and laugh throughout.
The end of Textrovert doesn't have the same lead-in/cliff-hanger for Book 2: Gambling With Hearts, so I don't know if the publisher is planning to continue publishing the series, but I sincerely hope so. Or, at the very least that Lindsey will continue to write it on Wattpad once Textrovert is officially released on May 2, 2017.
I think had I not read The Cell Phone Swap, and came into Textrovert as a newbie, this story would have gotten 5 stars. But because it cut out some of the parts I loved, it gets 4.
About the Book
Author: Lindsey Summers
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: KCP Loft
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
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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?
About the Author
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I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,