From Wattpad to Hardcover (Textrovert – A Book Review)

Textrovert
Author: Lindsey Summers
Published: May, 2017

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Keeley Brewer is gearing up for her senior year…well, sort of. She and her best friend, Nicky, are spending the last of their summer at the fair when Keeley loses her phone and accidentally picks one up that she thinks is hers. She quickly discovers this from a late night call from a mystery guy that calls himself Talon. She has his phone and vice versa. They begin talking to each other back and forth and before Keeley knows it, she’s falling for him and his obsession with peeps, but it turns out that he has secrets that he isn’t sharing with her and that quickly jeopardizes their budding relationship. More so, rifts start to grow between her and those she loves and she’ll have to choose sides, something she’s not good at.

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This book made a bad thing happen for me. It brought out the editor in me which is not a good thing for a reader. I almost took a pen to it. This book is published, which means that shouldn’t happen. I desperately wanted to have a grip on Textrovert. The novel doesn’t feel finished. Some parts feel forced while others don’t have enough information to make them feel complete.

I read this on Wattpad first, as The Cell Phone Swap, and it was so cute and sweet with that innocent high school love that I pre-ordered it—Textrovert—on Amazon. It really did remind me of those 90’s chick-flicks in which the characters fall in love in a weekend. The issues were relatable and Talon and Keeley had depth that extended beyond that romance. It hooked me.

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I figured that this story would be added on tt and fluffed up beautifully what on top of what was already laid out. Sadly, I felt like this story took two giant steps backwards when I read the book.

I wanted to get into this story so badly and I was so excited, but I couldn’t get a grasp on what these characters looked like. The depth that I’d found in the Wattpad version was completely gone, like licking the only the filling out of the Oreo instead of just dunking the whole cookie in milk.

Click here to read the version on Wattpad The Cell Phone Swap and the book is sold on Amazon.

My comparisons between the two versions start here so if you haven’t read both versions of the story and/or you aren’t okay with spoilers turn back now. Otherwise, here’s a collaboration.

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The Cell Phone Swap vs Textrovert

The Cell Phone Swap: I felt like Keeley had a lot of depth because she wasn’t solely focused on Talon. She had a job and there were issues at her workplace that she had to work through.

Textrovert: Sadly, the entire bit was taken out. Nonexistent.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: The story behind Talon’s love for the marshmallowy goodness of peeps derived from his late grandfather who would tell him stories of his great-grandfather. It was something special the two of them shared.

Textrovert: The story behind the peeps is that Talon was made fun of for being fat and his grandfather cheered him up with the sugary treats.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: Nicky is a fun and loves food. She and Keeley are both working to go to Europe. Nicky is there to give advice when Keeley needs it.

Textrovert: Nicky is selfish and brash. She becomes jealous of Talon for having all of Keeley’s time even though she has found several excuses outside of her extra classes to blow Keeley off.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: Brent is Keeley’s tutor and she has deep feelings for him and even tours a campus just to see him.

Textrovert: Randy is referenced as the boy who broke Keeley’s heart multiple times in the book and there’s even a brief encounter.

 

There are more comparisons, but these are only a few that really stuck out to me. They are also the ones that deeply bothered me.

 

I truly wish that this book was amazing, but I will be going back to The Cell Phone Swap to reread the story.

 

Quotables:

“She moved her jacket off the seat. As he sat, she caught a whiff of his cologne—a mixture of wood and Old Spice. He smelled good. The dangerous kind of good that could get a girl in trouble.” (p. 97)

“Truth or dare?” he challenged, his eyes fixated on her lips. Every cell in her body came alive as she realized what he was asking.” (p.146)

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Song today? You Get What You Give by New Radicals.