Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book review: Switched by Cassie Mae

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

When I saw this cover and read the summary I thought to myself "This sounds like something new. Not the usual girl meets guy and they fall in love kind of thing. Let's check it out." Then I heard other people being all excited about it, so I got even more pumped.

Guess what happened when I started reading?

I squealed. I laughed. I cheered. I felt panic. I felt utterly bewildered and cheated and gosh! I felt intoxicated to the tips of my toes.

Why? You may ask.

Well, I gotta say, Switched was wicked good. It was mean to the reader, and totally worth the time. The whole time I thought I knew what was going on, and I was taking mental pictures of it in my mind. Only to see that - man! - I was dead wrong! Nothing was as it appeared, and I was struck speechless in the end.

Honestly, I had no idea I could still be surprised by a NA contemporary romance novel. But. I. Freaking. Was!

Switched was everything it promised to be and so much more! I've even put it on my TO REREAD shelf, which has got to mean a lot you those who know me as a reviewer.

So, let's talk characters. I could honestly not believe how realistic those four people were. Kayla, Wesley, Reagan and Talon made two hilarious, thrilling, frustrating, and awfully cute couples that I just couldn't not get to love.

Kayla had had a crush on Talon since she was in kindergarten. Now in college, she still believes he's the man for her. Only he's her BFF Reagan's boyfriend. Has been for a while, and they're so sickeningly cute together, it's driving Kayla nuts. So, she figured a plan to break them up. Neat, no? What could you possibly expect from a heart-sick bff, right? Well, to be honest, I'd rather have a different kind of person as a best friend, ya know? The kind that will support me, not try to break me up with the one guy I'm in love with.
All that said, Kayla was shy. She was fun to be around when she was relaxed, but that's not how it would go when Talon is around. Gosh, she was infuriating, talking about pizza toppings for twenty minutes!
I loved her inner conversations so much! They were hilarious! And those outlines and plans she made? Spectacular!

Wesley was hung up on Reagan. But honestly, I didn't get the impression that he was too hung up on her. I mean, it felt like he said some things just to please Kayla. I liked it that even though he teamed up with Kayla in this whole shady business, he still cared about his friends quite a lot.

Talon and Reagan surprised me the most. They were like those shallow waters that turn to be quite deep. We didn't get to be in their minds, but what I gathered from them was that they couldn't hold a grudge against their bff's no matter how guilty the last were. Also, they were good for each other and I think they really showed everyone what 'love conquers all' should mean.

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