The premise of Textrovert is that two teenagers, Keeley & Talon, accidentally pick up each other’s phones. Unfortunately, for them Talon leaves for football camp before they are able to switch back. For a week, the two communicate via a text and strike up an unlikely friendship. And when they finally exchange phones, secrets and true identities are revealed.
The premise of Textrovert is what drew me to this book. It sounding intriguing, fun, and like the plot of RomCom, I could see someone making in the near future. Unfortunately, I felt a little underwhelmed by the book itself. The plot felt a little rushed. There were times where I had to go back and read a paragraph to see if I had missed something, because somethings did not add up.
The dialogue didn’t flow well. Conversations felt awkward and not real.
I wasn’t too invested in the characters. They felt a tad underdeveloped, and immature. They mentioned college several times throughout the book and even visited a campus, but it felt more as a throwaway line than anything. Not as something that could have been used to show what the character’s interest are or what the characters will be doing in the future.
I started the book knowing nothing about Keeley, and I ended it that way as well. Besides, being Zach’s twin sister, who was she?
The characters had a habit of blowing things out of proportion and overreacting. But only the small things. There were a few things that warranted a serious discussion, that they brushed over; move on that in a second.
One of the major problems I had with Textrovert was Talon. I found him annoying the beginning. However, after finding out that he was problematic and did a terrible thing to someone, I disliked him even more.
Although, what he did was in the past, I didn’t like how the characters treated it like a light subject and there were no real consequences for him. I especially did not like how the “he’s changed” card was pulled. He did something wrong that caused emotional distress to another character that caused her to move.
Textrovert has a good premise that is poorly executed. It’s predictable, and attempts to sell an instalove romance that falls short and lacks depth.