Textrovert by Lindsey Summers follows high school senior Keely after she accidentally switches phones with a football player from a rival high school. When Talon, the boy she swaps phones with, leaves for football camp, Keely is forced to receive all of her messages through him. Keely is surprised when she begins to develop for the boy who isn’t what he seems on the surface.
I was interested in reading Textrovert after I saw it was a story originally posted online to Wattpad. I like reading books that were popular online before publication or books written by online personalities, so I knew I definitely wanted to check this one out. For the most part, this book was the light and fluffy contemporary that I expected. However, there’s a twist in the book at the end that really left a sour taste in my mouth.
As for the characters, they are pretty stereotypical of a young adult contemporary book. Keely is a shy and reserved girl until she meets Talon, a cocky football player who plays for a rival team. Keely and Talon, as well as the other small characters in the book, never really develop past their stereotypes even though they author attempts to add some depth. While this may annoy some readers, I expected that the characters wouldn’t be extremely unique to the genre, so it didn’t really bother me.
One aspect of the book that I really enjoyed were the texts between the characters. I felt like I finally got to see glimpses of Keely’s personality. Their were several witty lines and cute dialogue between Keely and Talon. While I expected the phone swap to go on longer, I liked how I got to see Keely and Talon’s relationship after they traded back their phones. Sometimes young adult contemporaries never journey past when the characters finally get together, so I definitely enjoyed getting to see more of their relationship.
The greatest downfall for me was the twist in Talon’s storyline (SPOILERS AHEAD). In the book, Talon’s “big secret” (like every love interest in a contemporary “needs to have”) is that he spread around revealing pictures of an ex-girlfriend after their breakup. The bullying the girl received as a result of his actions forced her to move to another town. However, all these characters come up to Keely (even the ex-girlfriend) to explain why they forgive Talon and to explain why he’s changed. For me, this whole plot twist was incredibly unnecessary and it made it impossible for me to root for Talon. Not only are Talon’s actions despicable, but his other actions in the book prove that he hasn’t changed. For example, when Talon sees Keely’s brother is his rival earlier in the book, he implies that their relationship extended beyond a kiss to upset her brother. To me, it still seems like Talon still uses the private details of his relationships to get revenge which is not okay and not a good message for younger readers.
Overall, Textrovert is an easy-to-read YA contemporary that you can finish in one sitting. However, the ending of this book really left a sour taste in my mouth and put a damper on the entire story. I give Textrovert two out of five stars.