Thursday, December 12, 2013

Switched by Cassie Mae

e-ARC, 240 pages
Release Date: December 2, 2013
Published by: Random House LLC
Source: NetGalley (A huge thank you to Random House LLC and NetGalley for the chance to read and review this galley! I was given nothing in exchange for a just and honest review!)
For fans of: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LOL, Chick-lit, Seasonal

     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.


     When I saw this on Netgalley I requested it because I was in the mood for a really great New Adult book. Unfortunately, that is not what I got.
"'You want me to touch you."
66% (e-ARC)
     The characters in this one were honestly really... for lack of a better word... Dumb. They were all supposedly best friends but no one got mad at the other for trying to steal the other's significant other. Let's be real. It's 2013. There is no way this way this story would've happened in real life. Where I'm from, this almost certainly would've ended up in a fight smh Just being honest, everything was just made up just to move along the plot.
"'Almost like someone mapped it out and made it happen."
68% (e-ARC)
     And then there was the main character. She was so naive it was ridiculous. And then to make every single thing about Talon, I was really getting tired of seeing his name. I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that she didn't have a life outside him. I mean geez, live a little. 
"'Want to make out with the back of our hands like in middle school?" "Please tell me you didn't do that." "Only once, and it was magical."
72% (e-ARC)
     I also didn't like the way this seemed more middle grade than new adult. When it finally came to romance the NA came out, but in the dialogue and their actions, I had to remind myself they were in college. The only thing that kept me over-looking it was the fact that at least it was a little funny. (But I gotta admit, towards the end it did get a little lame. I started rolling my eyes at EVERYTHING.
"'I guess sometimes you need a little help to fall in love[...]. Other people may see it because they're not in the dark.And its not till you flip those lights on that you finally understand what it is you're feeling."
98% (e-ARC)
     I did like Wesley though. He was really the only thing that left me wanting to read it. Even though no one else could tell, it was pretty obvious how he really felt. I'm glad he got everything he wanted in the end. Even still, this one wasn't for me. 
     Overall, I give this

*SIDENOTE: Another reason I kept reading this is because it's the book that completed my reading goal of 75 books this year! Let's see how many I can make it over! 


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