Rating: 3/5 stars
I was given an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Meg and Bailey are both seventeen years old, and they are best friends. They talk about their plans for the future, or lack thereof, and they keep each other’s secrets. That is, until Bailey starts to ditch Meg for a boy she met online. It’s classic teenage girl in high school drama.
Meg has a solid plan for the future, and that plan doesn’t include any distractions. It certainly doesn’t include Chase, the handsome, slightly older jock with the most amazing green eyes that Meg has ever seen.
When things between her and Bailey start to go south, Chase is there for Meg. She’s trying desperately to ignore (or at least suppress) her feelings for Chase, but as things get worse between Megan and her best friend, the bond between her and Chase gets stronger.
Chase and Meg are both worried about Bailey. She appears to fall harder for the faceless Ryder West with every passing day, and she has never met him. She has shared some personal details with him online, and her friends are justified in worrying about her well-being. Bailey sees them as interfering, and that they just don’t want her to be happy.
When Ryder tells the girls things about themselves and each other that he couldn’t have known without inside information, Meg starts to worry and Bailey starts to get really angry. The girls begin to very publicly share secrets about each other that could get them in trouble and hurt others.
Will their friendship be saved? Will Meg let herself fall for Chase and take a chance at deviating from ‘The Plan’? Who is Ryder West?
The blurb about this book on its Goodreads profile is a little bit misleading. It seems like the book will be quite suspenseful and mysterious, centering around the discovery of Ryder West’s identity. What I got from this book was that there was a little too much going for such a short read. When I was reading the book, I was much more interested in Meg’s past, and why she didn’t want a relationship with Chase than I was in who Ryder really was and whether or not Meg and Bailey would patch things up.
I think that many teenaged girls would eat this book right up, and that it’s a good cautionary tale about the dangers of sharing too much information online. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t a great book either. I think there were too many sub-plots for a book this short, and as I mentioned earlier, if the main plot was unveiling the mystery behind Ryder West, then either I missed the point, or less of the book should have been devoted to developing a relationship between Meg and Chase. I think if the book had been marketed a little differently, perhaps just using the first three lines of the blurb, I may have felt differently about it.
All in all, I would recommend this book to young teens as it’s relatable, and teaches a good lesson. I wouldn’t recommend it to adults who enjoy the YA genre, as it’s just a bit too young as compared to others that I have read and really enjoyed.