First Lines: Welcome to Twitter, Bear! Let the boy-stalking (ahem, following!) begin.
This was on my to-read list for a few years. I always wanted to get around to it because it’s told entirely through tweets, emails, and blog posts. I wanted to see how the story would translate. So I bought it at a sale and read it.
Claire is a hopeless romantic. She wants Mr. Right and she doesn’t want to settle for less. Lottie, Claire’s BFF, is determined to set her up with the hottest guy in school. Will wants his crush to finally notice him. And Bennett has a plan. Claire can’t believe it when her dream guy starts following her on Twitter. He’s never shown interest in her before, until now. But Twitter can be a harsh place when people act differently online than they do in person.
First of all, I want to say that the format was really cool. I liked reading all the tweets, all the personal messages the characters had with each other. It was like seeing the story from 3-4 different perspectives. Plus, the tweet format was just different and interesting. It did take a little time to get used to, but it helped make the story a very quick read.
But the plot didn’t really have a lot to it that was exciting. It’s a pretty cliche story. I can’t tell if it was done that way intentionally or not. I mean, having a new format to the story could really throw some readers for a loop. A simple story helps highlight the format and makes it easier to understand. But the story was exactly like so many rom-coms, and not a good one at that.
I did like the characters, especially when they were being witty with each other. Like how Bennett and Lottie seem to hate each other and it comes out in varying degrees of sarcasm. That’s fun. Claire has a kind of innocence to her that was charming, but it also seemed a little overplayed. And Will…well, he may have been the best character of the bunch.
It was cute as a way to experiment with writing a story in a new way, but it wasn’t a terribly exciting story.