Published on: December 2nd 2013
Published by: Random House Publishing Group
Genre: YA Romance
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Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan.
Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.
Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should.
But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.
When I first read the description for this book I thought it was a really interesting idea for a book, but also completely predictable. Having never read a book with this type of story line I figured I would give it a go. What I got was yes, a predictable story, but also a very funny one with some very likable characters.
Kayla and Reagan are best friends. Talon and Wesley are best friends. But here’s where it gets complicated. Reagan is dating Talon, Kayla has been in love with Talon since like the age of 10, and upon meeting Reagan, Wesley was pretty sure he was in love with her. Kayla and Reagan have to spend their days ‘suffering’ whilst around their best friends who are very much in love. So when Kayla comes up with a plan to drive their best friends apart long enough for them to realise that they are with the wrong person, Wesley jumps on board.
What follows is a very funny and brilliantly written story.
You would think that reading this would make you hate Kayla and Wesley, but you don’t. They don’t do anything mean to split their friends up, but rather subtly point out things that aren’t going particularly right with the relationship, whilst making themselves more noticeable using insider information found out by each other. Ok, so it’s still wrong, but you can’t hate them.
I know that love triangles are not a popular thing among a lot of readers, but this love square features none of the angst that puts most people off. It is a very easy read, ad at times hilarious with some very ‘bridget jones’ type moments. The author really knows how to write the unrequited love/friends to more genre in a fun way which keeps you hooked right until the end.
“I love my best friend’s boyfriend. But I swear, I saw him first.“
It was predictable, and I knew from the beginning exactly how it was going to end, but I guess it’s not how it ends but the story of how it gets there that it important, and this one was thoroughly enjoyable.
Re-Readability: Yes, probably
I would recommend this book to fans of: ya romance, college romance, friendship groups
Have you read Switched?
Have you ever read a romance book in which a character splits up a couple so they can be with one of them?