Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine
Release Date: May 9, 2013
Format: eARC, 188 pages
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Buy It: Amazon
Description from Goodreads:
135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.
As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I <3 Sam Green” T-shirt Harper promised she'd have on.
To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.
So now that we all know what's up...
The author, L.M. Augustine was awesome and let me borrow West for a little bit not too long ago. Today, I'm going to share the interview we did! I'm going to be honest here--this thing makes me laugh. More than a little.
West, my boy! Welcome to my blog! You better have brought ice cream. Seriously, if you didn’t I’m going to have to ask you to leave.
WHAT???? You said YOU were bringing the ice cream. That's the whole reason I'm doing this interview!
KIDDING. I’m kidding!
I'm still waiting on my ice cream bribe. There is no kidding here.
Seriously, though, are you aware of how cool your name is? West Ryder. That’s a cool name, dude.
I know, I know. It also compliments my great hair. I have such great hair, you know. Did I mention I have great hair?
Soooooo, West. How’s life? You still with that cool chick? (I totally know her name. It’s just more fun to use the word “chick.”) But tell Cat I say hey!
Yeah, Cat is awesome. But she is kind of wondering why you abducted me for this interview and didn't even feed me ice cream.
We are not amused.
How are things goin’ with your dad? Getting better or anything? I must say, …actually I won’t say. For all the people who are silly enough to have not read this book yet, I shalt not spoil.
A little better. I don't know if I can ever really forgive him after what he did to my mom and me, but he seems to be, for once, trying. It's a start, at the very least.
What’s your favorite color, West? And why, if there IS a reason, that is. Sometimes people have reasons, and sometimes they don’t.
I love the color of red-velvet cake, because it reminds me of Cat.
So you started your vlog and ran it for a huge amount of time without telling anyone close to you. Um, why? I mean, I don’t exactly shove my blog in my people’s faces (HA, there is one exception to this, actually…hahahaha), but I do mention it. A lot.
I don't know, really, but I guess I just needed a personal place, where I could escape from everything else and no one would know me. It was nice, especially after Mom died. She was the one who knew about the vlog, and so it started to feel like our own little thing, my own personal way of talking to her even when I couldn't otherwise, and I didn't want anyone else knowing about the vlog to ruin that.
Also: I'm still waiting on that ice cream you promised. *ninja stare*
Was it hard keeping your vlog a secret? Because I repeat: I ramble about my crap all the time.
Not really. I am, you know, RESPONSIBLE sometimes. (Also people scare me.)
Of your whole entire life, what is your favorite memory? And I mean #1, not a list of memories you could choose from. PICK ONE. Actually, wait…that is a really hard question…if you can’t pick ONE, try not to make it more than three…yeah. Three’s a nice number. (NEVER SAY I DON’T HELP PEOPLE.)
(What would be HELPFUL is if you get me my ICE CREAM that you promised.)
I don't even need three memories. I know my favorite for certain: it's the first time I visited The Icecreamery, when my mom took me and Cat there when I was six and we got into a food fight with vanilla ice cream and rainbow sprinkles. We were laughing and looking totally stupid, and we didn't even care because we had each other and we were genuinely happy. I loved that moment.
If you were to have a pet tiger, what would you name him and why? (And don’t EVEN argue with me on his gender. IT WILL BE A BOY BECAUSE I SAY SO. Deal with it.)
I WOULD NAME HIM SPRINKLES BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE FUNNY SINCE IT SOUNDS LIKE A KITTEN'S NAME AND HE IS FAR FROM A KITTEN.
(Caps for emphasis.)
Describe our girl Cat in five words or less.
First off: our girl? OUR? She is mine--singular. You stay away from her! You scare me!
But to describe Cat in five words: "Everything I will ever need."
How's that for deep? (I WIN THIS ROUND MUAHAHAHA.)
Now describe HARPER in five words or less. (hehehehehe)
Funny, dorky, weird, my escape.
Describe YOURSELF in five words or less.
Awesome, charming, has GREAT hair.
Now finish this sentence: “If I had a dollar every time I ______, I would be able to buy Jessica a lifetime supply of ice cream with sprinkles.”
If I had a dollar every time someone promised to buy me ice cream then DIDN'T (*coughs in your direction*), I would be able to buy Jessica a lifetime supply of ice cream with sprinkles.
And because I’m feeling bossy, describe ME in five words or less.
(Did I mention bossy?)
Do you ever just get songs stuck in your head? Because, MAN, I have had “Lover of the Light” by Mumford & Sons stuck in mine for way too long. IT WILL NOT LEAVE. I’m even listening to it now. What is the song currently stuck in YOUR brain?
Well "Gone Gone Gone" by Phillip Phillips is currently stuck in my author's brain, so I guess that means it's stuck in mine too?
Do you have a favorite book? What is iiiiiiit?
Harry Potter for the win!
What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
What’s your favorite thing about Cat?
What’s your favorite thing about your dad?
Per my Fifth Amendment right, I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me…
Oooo, what’s your favorite thing about vlogging? (I really like this question…but still not as much as I love the tiger question.)
I like the freedom in it. I like that it gives me an escape, a place to express myself, to really be who I am. Sometimes it feels like truly being yourself is difficult in high school.
If you had to rate this interview—SO FAR, it’s not over yet—on a scale from 1-10, what would you rate it and why?
I NEED MY ICE CREAM IF YOU WANT THAT 10, JESSICA!!!!!!!
Do you know who Dante Walker is? If you don’t, you really must read the book in which he is AWESOME.
He sounds UBER cocky. Which just means that he's awesome. So yes, I will read his book one day.
Hmm…I’ve never done this in an interview before, but I think it would be amusing. So I’m going to give you a word, and I want you to tell me the first thing that comes to mind, okay? GO.
I am scared…
Creepypasta: Horror movie.
Seven: Ice cream.
That last one was literally because there were seven words, and I hate the number seven, so I had to add something and I couldn’t think of anything so BOOM.
You know, I would appreciate your cleverness A LOT more if you just gave me that ice cream…
Oh, and you and I are friends. It’s already been decided.
And this interview is almost over, which is why I’m getting even more ramble-y.
You were always rambly, Jessica.
Before I start accepting that the interview’s over, though, is there anything random you’d like to say? The randomer the better.
I am convinced that when the sun sets, bananas come to life and strangle people to death with their skin. They are mind-controlling serial killers.
Oh, hey, how are things going with Cat? I’ve been meaning to ask that for like, the past ten questions, but it kept slipping my mind. Or did I already ask? I don’t think I did. I have a terrible memory.
You totally did already ask, but since I pity you: things are going really well. SHE actually buys me ice cream, too. *glares*
Okay…I think that is all…waaah. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DROPPING BY! You totally have to stop by again. Or maybe I’ll invite you over to hang out on Bookish sometime. It’s pretty chill there, too. Or, OHMYGOSH, I’ll have to interview you and Cat at together sometime…
If there is ice cream involved, I AM IN. My schedule is not exactly filled… with anything… and, you know, school is unimportant and can easily be pushed out of the way, SO LET'S DO THIS THING.
We are so going to have fun. Thank you! And don’t you dare be a stranger! I know where you sleep.
Thank you for having me! As much as you scare me, you are kind of cool. Kind of. I guess. Maybe.
And that's the interview! Tell me, what do ya think? Hehehe!