2017 seems to be the year of the Wattpad Star. Popular writers from the ground breaking forum are breaking through the publishing industry glass ceiling, and showing the world what they have to offer. And in this particular case, what is offered is absolutely adorably swoonworthy.
In her publishing debut, Lindsey Summers brings her Wattpad sensation The Cell Phone Swap to the bound page with Textrovert. The story, which has almost 100 million reads on Wattpad, brings together two seemingly different people by a random chance event, but one that gives both the chance to be themselves in a world that seems to demand conformity and masks. Especially in that pivotal time of high school, even more so senior year, appearances are everything, the big game can change your life, the future is on your doorstep, and you’re not always ready to meet it face to face.
Here is a little summary of the story:
Keeley accidentally swaps cell phones with a rivaling high school’s star quarterback. Unable to switch back until a week later, she must interact with the arrogant boy, passing along texts and voice mails. As she gets to know him better, she realizes there’s more to him than sexual innuendos and egotistical comments. But when identities are revealed and secrets are exposed, will Keeley’s feelings remain?
The undeniably real characters is foremost the most relatable part of this story. The reserved, ‘take care of everyone else’ Keeley finds a new side of herself, the side she doesn’t show anyone else, while talking to Talon. She is able to be outspoken, say whats on her mind, and stand up for herself, where in reality that isn’t always the case. I have no doubt many people have been this very person at some point in their lives…I know I have! Which drew me right into her mind, and related to that thrill of finally being the person you always wanted to be.
Of course, her antagonist Talon is the same. Outwardly, he is sassy, egotistical, and annoying. Everything the schools hot and sexy quarterback would be expected to be. Except hes not really that person; instead, he loves geocaching, quiet, and misses his Grandpa.
The unique twist that brings them together is one that hasn’t been done before, and is refreshingly modern. As young people these days seem glued to their phones, what a travesty to have yours in the hands of someone else! But to then have that twist force your interaction with someone you would have otherwise never have met, and that person soon become your confidant and the person you feel is the only one who knows the true you… that is something else entirely.
The climax(es) are a little of the expected, and a little of the unexpected. Finding out Talon is the rival schools quarterback, the very person Keeleys own twin brother has a particularly long history of dislike and rivalry with was rather expected early on. The reveal was still excellently done, even though you knew it was coming, and the fall out was just as interesting. But it was the unexpected twist, which I am not going to spoil, of how Zach (Keeleys needy twin bro) and Talon really first came to know each other that brings you up short. Another very relatable occurrence in todays society (in some ways), you find yourself not expecting this additional throw in their path.
Really? Nothing that I can say is truly bad. But since I have to say something, I will go with the only thing that really caught my attention, and that would be Zachs attachment to Keeley. Twins or not, it is rare and unexpected to find siblings this civil and supportive of each other. To the point where Zach wants Keeley to attend the same college so they can stay close is something that, in my mind, just isn’t really realistic. Not to say it doesn’t happen, but overall, it was the only thing in the story that caused me to raise an eyebrow.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. I found myself laughing, swooning, and giggling like I was back in high school at the relatable dialogue, the sass and the interactions. I longed to be back in those days, the future on my doorstep and knowing I could be anything I wanted. While then it is daunting, now I wish I could do it all over again. This story brought me back to that time of freedom and possibility, and I loved that.
Summer ability to inject humor and reality into the story is unique, and her original take on the modern teen interaction and social pathways is refreshing. It is a truly new age spin on a classic love story of rival schools coming together.
Textrovert comes to the shelves from KCP Loft on May 2, 2017.