Publisher: Sourcebook Fire
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?
I really wanted to like this book. I went in expecting some terrible betrayal and an online predator but that’s not exactly what I got. Sure, the story is about the dangers of posting things on the internet without a care, but what I got was two self-involved characters who call themselves best friends, but whose relationship was more frenemies than friends.
Bailey’s character and story just pissed me off. Talk about a self-involved creature! She believes a guy she met online over her best friend of 10 years?! And Meg, I wanted to like her, but she’s the typical suffer-in-silence-will-reject-any-kindness type. The only character I sort of found endearing was Chase.
There’s something about Patty Blount’s writing style that was a total turn off. There was so much “tell” and not enough “show.” If one of my students turned in work like this, that’s exactly the comment I’d make, and there would be a revision for credit.
For example, speaking of Meg, “So she gave it to him. She told him how her parents never really wanted kids. How tight money was-and still is-since she’d been born. How it was her fault her dad died…” (p 224)
This would have been a great opportunity to show her hurt as we read her actually telling him these things, but no. What we get is a description of her telling him these things. We’re hearing it third-hand instead of being front-row spectators. That’s a turn off.
I plugged through the book hoping it would get better, but it was slow-going, and I wish I had those hours back.
1 out of 5 stars.