Saturday, 20 June 2015

Book Review: 'Hung Up', Kristen Tracy

Book summary: Can you fall in love with a voice? This witty romance, told entirely through phone calls, chronicles the tale of a wrong number gone right.

It all started with a wrong number. The voicemails Lucy left on James’s phone were meant for someone else—someone who used to have James’s digits. But then when James finally answers and the two start to talk, a unique bond forms between the two teens.

Gradually Lucy and James begin to understand each other on a deeper level than anyone else in their lives. But when James wants to meet in person, Lucy is strangely resistant. And when her secret is revealed, he’ll understand why…

Okay. So the concept of the book was interesting enough for me to pick it up. Also, I can relate. I've met my boyfriend online and we've had a lot of conversations over skype, so the idea of a couple meeting over the phone because of dialing the wrong number was appealing to me. So the whole thing is written in a  form of chronological transcript of phone talks or voice messages.

I don't remember disliking both main characters in the book. Now it happened. Bear in mind, these are the only characters in the whole story. Ok, maybe I liked them sometimes. But mostly their mood swings were very annoying. Also, their talks were a bit flat and nothing gripping had happened... until I've reached 80% of the book. There, we're finally talking a twist! But to be honest, I've expected much more after it occured.

The read itself is very relaxing and fast but a bit boring at times. For many readers the ending may be disappointing. And if you're counting on a sparkly romance I have to burst your bubble - the whole book is more about a process of getting to know each other and building a trust. And concealments. And lies. And being honest.

I'm not overly sure how to rate this book. I've had a few nice moments with it and overall it made a good nightly read when I couldn't sleep. I've also, having in mind my own experience, recognized a few patterns of a "phone call romance". Pick it up if you're looking for a very very very light read and if you have a spare time for a book which may not enchant you. But still it can be a pleasant read.