Textrovert is one of those books that I picked up because I thought the title sounded cute and the summary seemed interesting enough. That and because I quite like epistolary novels and while Textrovert is by no means that, it does have some texts from Keely, Talon and others which I quite liked.
Like a lot of contemporary young adult novels Textrovert started out really strong and funny, although I admit that I had to suspend my disbelief a little as I doubt I would have been as willing to forward messages and I suspect I would have told everyone what happened so that they’d know. However that’s a pretty minor thing to be honest.
For the first half, to the first two thirds of the novel things flow really well and you get to see how Keely and Talons relationship develop both by texts and then eventually in person as they finally meet. It’s a very cute book and it is a very easy read.
That said, I felt, like I do with a lot of contemporary young adult books, that the last third went by a little too quickly and that things came seemingly out of nowhere. Now, without spoiling anything, I do kind of see how it could happen, but it still felt just a little bit forced to me.
I’m also not entirely sure if I liked Keelys reasoning for making the decisions she does during this part, mostly near the end, nor do I entirely agree with how Talon is handling things by the end or feel that they really resolved what the issue was to begin with.
Still, I can’t really say that any of things were major faults or things that had me throwing the book down, it’s just things that detracted from the really strong and funny beginning.
It’s a quick enough read and I liked the characters so if you just want something quick to read, it’s a fine read that requires little from you. If you want something with a bit more substance and that handles the topic that comes up late in the book a bit better, this is not the book for you.