Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

TextrovertLindsey SummersYA Contemporary RomanceKids Can PressMay 2, 2017Hardcover235

Can you fall in with someone you’ve never met?

Summer is nearly over and Keeley is about to start her senior year when disaster strikes: she picks up the wrong cell phone by mistake. Just her luck that it belongs to Talon, a totally arrogant jock who’s just left for football camp—with her phone. Keeley doesn’t know him, but they’ll need to rely on each other to forward their messages for an entire week.

Talon is so full of himself, but Keeley quickly discovers he’s funny, too—at least his texts are. And he listens to Keeley—which is more than anyone else does. Texting Talon, she can be more than just the quiet twin sister of a popular boy. Texting Talon, she can be the outgoing person she’s always wanted to be. Soon the two are falling for each other, hard.

But when true identities are revealed and secrets are exposed, will Keeley’s feelings stay the same?

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.

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