Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; 336 pages
Best friends don’t lie.
Best friends don’t ditch you for a guy.
Best friends don’t post your deepest, darkest secrets online.
Bailey’s falling head-over-high-heels for Ryder West, a mysterious gamer she met online. A guy she’s never met in person. Her best friend, Meg, doesn’t trust smooth-talking Ryder. He’s just a picture-less profile.
When Bailey starts blowing Meg off to spend more virtual quality time with her new crush, Meg decides it’s time to prove Ryder’s a phony.
But one stupid little secret posted online turns into a friendship-destroying feud to answer the question:
Who is Ryder West?
That being said, there was one storyline I thoroughly enjoyed and one I did not. Bailey and her storyline really pissed me off about 90% of the time. It made me cringe and I think why it makes me cringe more is because it's pretty realistic. I can't stand people like Bailey. People who seem to choose a guy over a best friend. It happens a lot and it's a horrible thing. Especially when it's a friend you've had for basically the majority of your life. No guy is ever worth the friendship like that; ever.
Maybe because of situations like this happening to me during my teenage years that I hold a personal grudge against it or maybe it's because I really disliked Bailey. Her logic just didn't make sense to me though maybe it's my age (Not that I'm old just older than seventeen). But because of these reasons I had a really hard time enjoying any chapter that was told from Bailey's pov.
Now, like I said, I thought there might be some twisted best friend love triangle but I was glad that wasn't the case. Meg has men issues of her own, with her neighbor and friend, Chase, who happens to be crazy about her. Because of her father, who is now dead, she feels like Chase isn't meant to be part of her plan; her future. Falling for him will just screw up everything her father ever told her. Her story line was full of surprises that I never suspected based on the description and I do believe that's why I enjoyed this book, because of all this.
There's many different issues dealt with in this book besides the meeting of guys on the internet, which is usually never a good idea. The whole situation is twisted and while Bailey has fallen in love with this Ryder guy, who refuses politely (filled with excuses) to meet in person her best friend, Meg, is arguing how bad of an idea this is. How this Ryder guy is probably some old man whose a pervert and just looking for his next victim. Hey, it's happened plenty of times so it's not like she's wrong thinking this but it causes so many problems. But then Ryder starts causing all sort of problems himself with both the girls and it just goes from bad to worse in no time at all.
While I didn't find the book great, it wasn't bad either - I feel like younger folks might like it more; like maybe actual teenagers. It's set for your age group and I really think this might be one of those books that are definitely more for teenagers where most YA can be read by any and all ages.
Thank you so much to Sourcebooks for allowing me to be a part of this two-part TMI tour. Thank you to Patty Blount for coming on our blog last month with a guest post.