Actual Rating: 3
*Thank you to the author for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I may be in college now but I’m still a sucker for high school chick lits. And this book was adorable – played around with all my favorite cliches and made it work.
Right Text. Wrong Number. is written in alternating perspectives. There’s Layla, a cheerleader who finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her. In an attempt to send a scathing text to the girl at the other end, Layla messes up the phone numbers and instead sends a text to Tyler, a football player at her school. Now, Tyler and Layla know each other but it’s not pretty – and it hasn’t been since Tyler put a toad in Layla’s lunchbox in the first grade. But Layla and Tyler continue texting each other under fake names and all of a sudden, there’s something much more on the line.
I thought the plot for this was really cute! It’s not an original premise by any means, but the author was able to take a well-known cliche and put their own spin on it. From the very beginning I was invested in the story and I really liked how their romance played out. I did think that the ending (more precisely the last 20%) was a little rushed, and because I’m a sucker for “big reveal” scenes, I wish the one in this book was more fleshed out and dramatic. The writing there dwindled a bit and I didn’t think the climax was as heart-stopping as I had hoped.
I really liked the character development though! To be honest, I thought Layla was quite obnoxious at the beginning, but I enjoyed how she grew into herself as the story continued. Tyler, too, was likable – he was cocky, but he wore it well and came across as charming instead. There are other characters that I wish were explored more, such as Juliet or the parents – as I really love reading about family dynamics in YA books – but I do feel as though we’re being set up for book two, so I’m sure there’s more to come.
The writing might’ve been the most problematic part for me. Overall, I thought that the writing style itself was the typical YA style writing – it was straightforward and engaging. However, there were lots of errors that could’ve been avoided with more careful editing. There were sentence fragments (“Rachel flip out because she has a major crush on Jared.”) and incorrect uses of they’re/their (“‘They’re voices are terrible,’ Juliet says loudly.”). There were also some formatting errors where narration was typed out in the “texting font.” Another slight issue for me was with the texting style – understandably people use shortcuts while texting, but I felt like sometimes the text-speech went overboard.
Overall, however, I still enjoyed reading this book – it was definitely a quick read and I think it would be suitable for anyone looking for a light-hearted chick lit!