Review | Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

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Title | Textrovert
Author | Lindsey Summers
Pages | 244 pages
Publisher | KCP Loft
Series | None
Release Date | May 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?

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The minute I was given a digital copy of Textrovert, my little buggy eyes lit up. I adored this book when it was a rough draft on Wattpad, and I love it even more now that is (finally) a published book. Why it has taken so long to do so, I have absolutely no idea. Now, I kicking off my return to blogging with a pretty short but sweet story about love, rivalry and recovering from past mistakes. Of course, this is a book pretty close to my heart, simply because I was one of the people who saw the authors writing develop and grow. So to actually have a copy of the final version is pretty damn amazing, and this book deserves so much of your time.

“Procrastination invigorates me,” Keeley insisted.

Starting out as a draft on Wattpad, Textrovert is the captivating story between two teens who somehow manage to swap phones. Pretty cute, huh? The idea was new and refreshing, a totally original concept and not one I have come across in other YA literature as of yet. However, if you are aware of any books similar to this novel, please let me know in the comments below. I’d absolutely love to read them when I get the chance. This novel falls into three categories: romance, redemption and contemporary. These are some of my favourite genres to read from, so the book scores highly from this point of view. However, the story also deals with three very important issues that are very current and almost need to be discussed openly, without any stigma attached.

The first issue, is revenge. While I refused to divulge the details of what form of revenge the book involves, I feel that it is a very big issue in today’s ever-growing society. Lindsey Summers has maturely dealt with this theme, tying into the novel beautifully at the same time as highlighting the importance of preventing this. It can be very important, as revenge does have the ability to ruin someone’s life – especially this specific form. And as such, the novel makes you second guess something that you might think is either funny or justified. Trust me, it isn’t, and the author makes this very much obvious.

Secondly, the novel deals rivalry, and the fear that you might just never be good enough. A lot of teens and young adults out there feel the pressure of ‘not being good enough’ for themselves, their close ones or even society. It’s tragic that such an advanced society can encourage people to loathe themselves for not being good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, fat enough and every other possibility. Lindsey Summers doesn’t address this as much as some of the other themes, but she touches upon the idea that we are all as good as each other, and re-iterates the idea presented in Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We do accept the love we think we deserve.  I’m just glad that the author touches upon this idea, as it thought-provoking, and may just change someone’s opinion of themselves one day.

Lastly, the author highlights how some people, and an ever growing number as studies have recently shown, have little idea of where they want to go or who they want to be. This is something that is viewed very negatively in my reality, by both fellow students and teachers. There is this ideal that everyone should have their life mapped out, and that those who don’t are sloppy or lazy. Not everyone is idle – they just have to find their place, their calling in life. It can be a massive struggle for those who don’t know where they belong just to find their ideal life – and so the stigma doesn’t help. I’m glad that this novel helps to remove that stigma.

Her future was a big question mark and she had no answer.

Characterisation in this story was quite strong for a first novel. Keeley is a little rough around the edges, but she is the envision of today’s modern day teenager. Her loneliness, confusion and general lack of sureness (totally a word) is something that people can relate to and understand. Keeley has a good moral compass, and stands up for what she believes is right or wrong, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness. And ultimately, that is a big thing. A heroine doesn’t need to risk her life in order to be a heroine – risking her happiness is a pretty big deal too. I also adored how Keeley wasn’t one of those characters that had to go out and save the world. Instead, she was a character who just had to save her own, and those of the ones she loved. There were aspects to her that felt a little rough at times, but they were easy to ignore.

Similarly with J.T/Talon, you do very much fall in love with his cocky but yet somehow sweet personality. While it can be like meeting someone with split personalities sometimes, Talon is the guy that every girl should have – caring and funny. His redemption in the novel is quite down played, but his does atone for his mistakes, making him both a stronger character and more three-dimensional one. How anyone can not fall in love with J.T I don’t know. If only he was a real, physical person. *internally sighs*.

Talon smoothed her hair down and rested his head against hers. “Baby doll, from what I’ve seen, the you that you are right now is pretty great.”

I adored how the story had a nice tone and pace to it. Not once did it feel rushed, and I didn’t feel the need to consult the percentage bar to see how long I had left in the novel. Instead I was able to simply drift through the story, making transitioning back into fictional reading a heck of a lot easier. And trust me, you need it when you’ve been reading law textbooks for the past two months.

Keeley’s face broke out in a huge grin. “Keeley?” Nicky pressed. “Waiting for what?”
“To take a leap.”

Textrovert has come a long way since it’s The Cell Phone Swap days, and the characters feel more developed and rounded. The plot was absolutely fabulous and I sailed through the story with absolute ease. I honestly wish all books came like this, because I’d have absolutely no issues with them, ever. Lindsey Summers is hopefully going to release another great book, but until then I’ll just have to keep re-reading this one. The novel earns a full score of five out of five snowflakes. Now excuse me while I go refresh my Amazon page in hopes I can grab a physical copy here in the UK. Ciao!

5 stars

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