Published by Swoon Romance on August 15, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Cheerleader Layla and football player Tyler are complete opposites. She thinks he’s the biggest jerk in school and he thinks she's too high on her horse to even be worth a second glance. When the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They can hardly endure speaking, let alone dating.
But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code.
As the fallout from Adam’s scandalous texts plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text each other using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. Maybe it's time to come clean about who they are and risk taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing, and maybe more.
They say there's a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?
Right Text, Wrong Number was my August #MyTBRList winner. I was kind of hoping this one would win because texting the wrong number and falling in love is kind of one of my favorite tropes. I absolutely loved Text 2 Lovers, which is more NA, but still the trope is the same so anytime a synopsis remotely mentions texting the wrong number and it turning to more…I AM THERE.
Needless to say, I had some pretty high expectations for this.
Right Text, Wrong Number is the first book in the Off sides series. It a young adult novel and I was personally excited to see how this trope would work in a high school setting. Now that I’ve finished the book, I can say I’m a tad disappointed.
What I liked:
- Obviously, I loved the concept of texting the wrong number and that turning into a friendship and perhaps something more.
- Tyler but not like the actual Tyler in the book but the guy he was texting. DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE?
- Juliet and Jared. They were basically the saving grace of this book.
- It was kind of a text to lovers meets enemies to lovers and that was pretty awesome.
- It was a quick, light read.
What I disliked.
- Layla. She was our main character and honestly she was a terrible human being. I felt like there was just no redeeming her whatsoever. Even though Taylor wasn’t all that better, he deserved better.
- Layla’s best friend Rachel, honestly with friends like that you really don’t need enemies.
- The texting! So, I looked up when this book was published and it says it was in 2017. The texts read like this:
I c u l8r.
Look, I use to text like that maybe 10 years ago and if you’re my age you know about T9 and things like that. But for a book to be published in and set in 2017, I felt like the author didn’t even check to see if teens today still text like that.
- Layla is dyslexic and I felt like that this was used as a reason for Layla to be a total bitch. I felt like it wasn’t woven into the story properly. I only found one other review that had a similar view to mine and you can read her review here.
- Layla also felt a bit abusive to me. Not only was she a bitch because of her learning disability but also she was also so mean to her sister. She allowed her best friend to make fun of her sister and even joined in. She was also abusive to Taylor, she throws his phone out of his hand for no reason, and she dumps lemonade or something on his head. And those are just the instances I can name.
- TRIGGER WARNING: STALKING/ DATING ABUSE/ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Adam is Layla’s ex boyfriend and basically the main reason for this story. He is basically stalking Layla, he even goes as far to corner her in various situations. It is highly uncomfortable. I felt like this could have been an amazing opportunity to shine some light on dating violence amongst teens but it wasn’t. Honestly, it was used more as a plot device to get Taylor and Layla in situations together. It is such a serious issue that I felt like it could’ve been handled better.
- The slut shaming. Taylor and his friends say girls are jersey chasers, I’m pretty sure my eyes rolled so far back into my head. Ya’ll in high school not the NFL SETTLE DOWN NOW. But anyway, there is a ton of slut shaming and I felt like this was another good opportunity to teach about safe sex but again it wasn’t. It seemed very judgmental that the guys could sleep with every girl but a girl couldn’t do the same.
- The story overall felt like poor exestuation and came off very immature. I’m not saying high schoolers are the most mature on earth but I can almost guarantee they are a little more mature then the characters in this book. These characters were so childish that I felt like they were more middle schoolers then high schoolers. I also felt like besides this story being about Taylor and Layla it was also a major set up for Juliet and Jared’s story. It seemed to focus on their story more then Taylor and Layla’s at time.
Overall, this was an all right read. I do plan on reading Juliet and Jared’s story just because I’m curious but I don’t have super high expectations for it. If you are looking for something quick to read, this could do the trick. But you won’t be missing anything if you skip this.
This review summed up in a gif: