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Let’s Get Textual
A wrong number is supposed to be just that—a wrong number.
Do not continue to text. Do not flirt.
A wrong number shouldn’t be the first person on your mind in the morning, or the last at night…and you’re definitely not supposed to talk them into buying a baby goat.
Because that would be weird.
When Zach Hastings and I get into a wrong-number mix-up, we don’t follow the rules. We keep texting and flirting, because he’s wicked funny and perfectly nerdy and a wonderful distraction.
I’m not looking for love, and Zach definitely had the wrong number.
Maybe he’s the right guy.
I Wanna Text You Up
Chicks or dudes welcome!
Looking for a new roomie? I have a place for you! Like your music loud? I own headphones. Enjoy having late-night guests over? Again, headphones. Want someone to help pay the bills? Do the dishes? Take out the trash? You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours (metaphorically, of course).
Check us out, getting along already.
Must be able to pay first and last month’s rent up front.
Must be okay with Breakfast & Beats.
No trying to sleep with me.
Two bedrooms. One bathroom.
$350/month plus electricity.
If interested, email email@example.com.
P.S. Wiener pics sent directly to my grandmother. Don’t do that crap to her.
Can’t Text This
“Hi Monty. Wanna see my python?”
That’s how I ended up in the bathroom of some dive bar with a stranger.
Me, Monty Andrews, the quintessential virgin girl next door.
I was so out of my element, but there was no denying our explosive attraction, even via text.
Commence Operation Bang Each Other Out of Our Systems, because that was all it was—unfinished business.
I had no intention of falling back into the sheets with the tattooed, muscly, dirty-in-the-best-kind-of-way single dad over and over again…but I did.
Everything was going great—until we discovered I was his son’s teacher.
Ok, so we all know that I’m always down for a good and entertaining NA book and that’s definitely one of the reasons I picked up this series. I had just read a bunch of YA fantasy and needed a distraction from that. And the other way into my heart is by giving me hilarious punny titles, just like this one. Like come on, these titles are golden. I’ll talk about it more later but I just want to make it clear that these titles were a big part of me reading this series. Overall, this was a very fun and light series that I didn’t expect much out of but still managed to surprise me in a few ways. It wasn’t the absolute best NA series I’ve ever read, but it sure was entertaining as hell.
- Like I’ve said, the titles of this series are just fantastic. I love music that classifies as oldies and I love smart and clever puns; these titles are exactly that. The first one is a play on of the classic bop “Let’s Get Physical” by Olivia Newton-John, the second is “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd, and the third is “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer. I like that the author found song titles that basically summarized the book as a whole and also allowed her to place the word “text” in such an easy and simple way. I also have not been able to stop singing some of these songs ever since reading the books, which might not have been part of the author’s plan but I’m not mad. It’s always fun to sing these songs and they also help to bring more joy to the reading experience.
- I think what struck me the most was how the typical NA stereotypes and cliches weren’t overly used throughout the series. It’s the most prominent in Let’s Get Textual because Zach is this super hot nerd that’s truly unashamed of being a nerd, and then Delia is someone who isn’t singled out or shown to be better than other girls because she doesn’t like going out or classifies herself as boring. She knows she’s boring but it doesn’t matter that that’s how she is and doesn’t make it a big deal. In no way does Delia’s character style attempt to put other girls down and I appreciate that. When we get to Zoe and Caleb in I Wanna Text You Up, we see that Caleb is a lot more complex and layered than we believe him to be and, again, goes against the typical NA athlete stereotype. We also see how he’s not the type of person that lets his background define his life or his actions and actually becomes better because of them, which goes against the “wrong side of the tracks” brooding bad boy that we always get, even though I love it more than anything. And then there’s Zoe, who chose not to end things with Caleb when their big drama happened but rather wanted to talk about it with him because she still cared about him. I’ve come to really dislike it when characters break up instead of listening to each other and just talking things through so I respected Zoe a lot for that. I liked how refreshing it felt to see these characters go against the types of characters we’ve all come accustomed to in this genre and I hope to see more like this in the future.
- The romantic dynamics were great throughout the series, but what made it for me was how hilarious it was. Whether it be in the texts the characters sent to one another or in conversations between them, there were multiple times where I had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard. I love a good rom-com book and these books absolutely delivered on that.
- After a while, the whole texting style and format got really old real quick. I understand how integral it was for Delia and Zach’s story but I felt that Zoe and Caleb didn’t necessarily need the same style, but again it makes sense since they rarely saw each other and texting was the only way they could talk. But by time time I got to Robbie and Monty, I was really bothered and slightly annoyed by the texting narrative. It made me think that the author was either too lazy to actually give her characters more depth and found a texting style is the easier way out or that she just didn’t know how else to write. I get that it’s the point of the series but I felt there was too much reliance on it.
- The third book was my least favourite out of the whole series and the main reason was how, unlike the other two, the stereotypes were finally acknowledged and given into this time around, particularly with Monty’s character. It’s understandable that from her’s conservative and sheltered background that she’s more innocent but the way she spoke and her childish way of “swearing” got pretty annoying. I was hoping to see her change because of how involved she got with Robbie or even her sister’s influence but she still remained like a childish adult and it just got on my nerves. I thought Robbie was great, especially with his son, but even he couldn’t save this book. I enjoyed their dynamic but Monty could really bothered me sometimes.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- This series is great for getting you out a funk, especially if you’re coming off of high fantasy or serious books. Is it the best NA series I’ve ever read? No. But it’s so entertaining that you’re not going to care.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Text Series (Let’s Get Textual, I Wanna Text You Up, Can’t Text This)
Author: Teagan Hunter
Release Date: November 6, 2017, January 30, 2018, September 18, 2018
Pages: 239, 300, 342 (eBook)
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