Switched: A Novel

Switched: A Novel

by Cassie Mae

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ISBN-13: 9780345548825
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 205,827
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Cassie Mae is the author of a few hundred—okay, maybe not that many—books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun. Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House and founded CookieLynn Publishing Services. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is (mainly because it changes depending on the day). Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge-watch Once Upon A Time and The Flash. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. She likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree. You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Luke Bryan to her on her Facebook page.

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Step 1:
Pick Your Target

(And that target is, like, sexy defined!)

I love my best friend’s boyfriend. But I swear, I saw him first.

Gravel was digging into my butt as I sat on the asphalt of the elementary school playground, my bike like five feet away in a big heap of twisted metal. I cursed that bike. And my pants because I’d been trying to yank them up as I was pedaling so I didn’t moon half our neighborhood. I’d squeezed the brake a little too hard and gone flying.
My knee was gushing rivers, but it didn’t really hurt. I think it was at that point when it was just numb. I sat in the gravel and stared at the swings, wishing I had the energy to get off my butt and ride home.

That’s when I was first introduced to that oh-so-cute boy who lived a few streets away. He sat down next to me, looked at my knee, and said, “Awesome!” Then he showed me his own scar from falling off his bike. I couldn’t keep my eyes off him. He was the cutest boy I’d ever seen, with his blue eyes, football jersey, and spiky black hair. He shook my hand and helped me back on my bike, and I watched him jog away.

It probably goes down as the best moment in the history of Kayla.

After Talon Gregory told me his name, I didn’t speak to him again until he smacked my best friend, Reagan, in the back of the head with a football our senior year. And yay for me, I’ve been a fumbling mess around him ever since they started dating a year ago.

I sort of lose my grip on my pen when he walks into our econ class. He gives a few of his college football buds fist bumps and high fives as he passes them. I love how big his hands are. And no, it’s not because of that stupid saying about the bigger the hands, the larger the package or penis or whatever. (Though, that does give him bonus points.) But because they’re strong and callused and oh so manly. I bet he could squish the life out of me if he wanted to, but he wouldn’t.

His gaze turns to me and I do a mental checklist of my facial expression. No drool, I don’t think . . . but my mouth is definitely open and that’s not good, so I snap it shut. I’m sure my cheeks are bright red, but there’s nothing I can do about that.

He waves, and I wiggle my shaking fingers back, internally sighing at this little tradition we have every day. He comes in, says hi to all his teammates, then chooses to wave to me, smile, and slide into the seat next to mine. This is college, so we’re not assigned desks. This is significant.

There’s only one small—I mean, seriously minuscule—problem in this routine, which is that before Talon sits down, he settles his hand on top of the desk behind him, moves his amazing smile, eyes, and lips away from me, and turns them on Reagan. When their lips meet, even for the smallest of seconds some days, I want to leap over my desk, shove Reagan out of the way, and fight to the death for the affection of this perfect, perfect specimen.

I had my eyes trained to Talon Vision ever since that day at the park. Then, of course, I was too chicken to actually talk to the piece of sexy till he became my best friend’s boyfriend. Since then, I’m sure I’m known as the space case idiot who’d be the third wheel if it wasn’t for—

“Hey, wipe the drool from your chin. You have an audience.” Wesley kicks my foot with his Vans, and I quickly wipe my mouth. Okay, he has a point. I was a little wet.

I still kick him back, knocking his shin harder than I meant to.

“Ouch! I was just trying to keep you from looking like a water fountain.”

I lean over and drop my voice so Talon—or Reagan—won’t hear. “You could’ve been quieter about it.”

He rolls his hazel eyes, then starts drumming his pencil on his book. Just like I’m part of the “dating Reagan” deal, Wesley came with Talon. The tag-along best friend who is hopelessly in love with someone who’s unavailable. He makes up the fourth side to this love triangle we’ve got going on here. I know that makes no sense, but it’s complicated. Let’s see if I can put it in one sentence.

Talon likes Reagan, Reagan likes Talon, I like Talon, Wesley likes Reagan. Notice how many Reagans and Talons are in that grammatically incorrect sentence? Because it’s complicated! We’re the two who are in love with our best friends’ significant others. But apparently he’s a lot less obvious about it, since he’s not wiping any drool from his lips when he sees Reagan walk in the classroom.

“Kayla?”

I zap my eyes from Wesley to Talon and his deep guttural voice, which screams I’m a good boy who wants to be bad. But I have to keep myself under control because Reagan is right there.

“Yeah?” Okay, sighing is not “under control.” Wesley chuckles next to me, and I want to sock him one.

“Did you finish the last essay question? It’s the only one I didn’t get.”

I glance back at Reagan, who’s spinning her gum on her finger, listening to her iPod with one earphone in. Gross. I love the girl, she’s my best friend, but how does she have both guys in our triangle/square relationship wanting her?

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Switched 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The ending took me totally by surprise and Wesley is so swoon worthy. 
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
   When I saw this on Netgalley I requested it because I was in the mood for a really great New Adult book. Unfortunately, that is not what I got.      The characters in this one were honestly really... for lack of a better word... Dumb. They were all supposedly best friends but no one got mad at the other for trying to steal the other's significant other. Let's be real. It's 2013. There is no way this way this story would've happened in real life. Where I'm from, this almost certainly would've ended up in a fight smh And then there was the main character. She was so naive it was ridiculous. And then to make every single thing about Talon, I was really getting tired of seeing his name. I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that she didn't have a life outside him. I mean geez, live a little.       I also didn't like the way this seemed more middle grade than new adult. When it finally came to romance the NA came out, but in the dialogue and their actions, I had to remind myself they were in college. The only thing that kept me over-looking it was the fact that at least it was a little funny. (But I gotta admit, towards the end it did get a little lame. I started rolling my eyes at EVERYTHING.      I did like Wesley though. He was really the only thing that left me wanting to read it. Even though no one else could tell, it was pretty obvious how he really felt. I'm glad he got everything he wanted in the end. Even still, this one wasn't for me. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! From the description I thought very highschool but it kept my interest! I am a daily reader so thats says a lot. That being said, I wouldn't say this book was new adult genre at all. It read like a young adult book. For them being in college it was rather boring! The two real intimate scenes they only kissed and made out a little. Not sure the poor guy even got to second base!!! I've read many Ya books with a lot more detail and sex! Just saying! I didnt think I'd like the plot but I found it interesting! I wish Kayla & Wesley would've showed more interest in each other early on!! Yes, they wanted their best friends to break up but it was all pretty innocent. They didnt go over the top Imo!! Nothing vendictive!! I guess my best advice is......if you're writing new adult, give the characters more depth and please spice up the make out scenes! They should've kissed WAY before they did!!! Overall, it was a good and funny!! I'd recommend it. Thanks for writing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely adore this book! ,i havent put it down since i bout it a few hours ago! I definately had a smile plastered to my face through out the whole book. It is sweet, romantic, sexy, and funny as hell! Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the sweet story and I couldnt enough of Wesley!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
I read this book solely based on a recommendation by Rachel Higginson. Well, that and the fact that it sounded so good. And I was so, so glad I picked it up. Because it was good, and cute, and sweet, and funny, and I really, really like Mae's writing style. She is one heck of a witty gal and in some ways it reminds me of Higginson's. So thank you Rachel for the rec! Now, that being said, let us talk about the book and the fun storyline. Kayla likes Talon who is dating her BFF Reagan, and then there is Wesley who likes Reagan. After a night of feeling sorry for themselves, Wesley and Kayla mastermind a plan to break the lovely couple up. Only problem is the plan may work a little too well. Yes, the book was so funny and my heart absolutely melted. But the weird thing is, the heart melting for me didn't happen until the last half of the book. I was surprised that I didn't see the stirring between Wesley and Kayla until then. Sure, you see the flicker of something every now and then. But the big clues didn't make themselves known until much later. I really was expecting something major to happen sooner. But I found in the end I really like how it all played out. It is hard not to like Kayla. Even if she is trying to ruin her BFF's relationship and steal her boyfriend. *lol* But trust me, she really isn't all that bad. In fact, she is doing this because she loves her and knows that everyone will be much happier in the end. At least that is what she is telling herself. And the more I got to know Wesley, the more and more I loved him. His character is such a butt, but in a good way. He is so awkwardly sexy. Yeah, let’s go with that. Because he really is. There is really no other way to explain him. SWITCHED is a fun, adorable story that I absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys clean’ish NA reads. (There is talk and mentioning of sex, but nothing graphic.) I plan to check out more and more of Mae's work now. 5 Awkwardly Romantic Stars!
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
This is a good YA book about learning the difference between a longtime crush and real love. It has a good message about the personal growth of learning to be a good friend by considering someone else's feelings and not just your own. There were a lot of things I really liked about this book. I thought the characters were well developed and the dialogue was fun. Especially between Wesley and Kayla, the two best friends "in love" with their best friend's girlfriend and boyfriend, respectively. I liked Wesley right from the start, but Kayla took awhile for me to warm up to. She was just so selfish and whiny in the beginning, but in the end that just meant she had the most room for growth and her transformation was well-written by Ms. Mae. The book started off slow to me as the relationship dynamics of the four main characters were developed, but once the story got going I was turning the pages as fast as I could to see how it would play out. There was a twist at the end that I didn't see coming and that rarely happens to me, so Ms. Mae definitely gets a high-five from me for that. Overall this was a fun read that I would rate 3.5 stars and I highly recommend it to YA fans. *I hope you won't be put off by the 3.5 stars because the things I didn't like were more my own issues than a true lack in the writing-style or story. However, I believe my rating should reflect my personal experience and they did interfere with MY total enjoyment of the reading. For instance, it's told completely from first person POV through Kayla. I always feel a bit cheated by only getting one character's perspective. The second thing being, it's been a long time since I was 18, so I had to keep reminding myself the maturity level of the characters was probably spot on, and my age group is not the intended audience the book was being written for. But like I said having to do so took away from MY enjoyment. I'm certain a younger audience will find it much easier to relate to the characters and their motivations than I did. **I received this ebook free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!! I loved it if I could change a few things it would be the touchy parts..its not very adult like...sex parts arn' t sex parts there make out sessions..but still worth the ready couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unrequited love stories have to be my favorite, but add 3 more longing relationships between four friends? Thank you, Cassie Mae! What a rollercoaster of best laid plans of two well-intended friends. And I never thought gummy bears and froyo could be so dreamy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't quit reading. Funny, sweet, and the ending wasn't exactly what i was expecting. Overall, i loved it!
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: This sounded like one of those "Oooh!" kind of stories. The whole romantic partner switcharoo kind and those are so fun to read because they can be hilarious and heartwarming. And this one is exactly that. I can relate to Kayla a lot when it comes to her feelings for Talon. It was almost like going back in time for me actually. 'Hey, I like him, he likes someone else, I'm sad, then he acts like he likes me, and I'm confused.' (giggles quietly to self) The interactions between this foursome were sometimes amusing and then there were those real life kind of moments where you cringe internally. The romance built up wonderfully, and not in the way you expect it to, which is what made it all the more better. Wesley and Kayla have this perfect friendship and you can't help but stand on the sidelines and cheer for them to discover what this could be. I have to say, I really adored Switched. While this one is listed more as New Adult, it reads more like YA and has a feel of both worlds, although more YA in my opinion. It had it all--realistic situations and well-structured romantic tension--and I had to keep reading. Cassie Mae was amazing at capturing these moments and I need to read more by her now! My Rating: Very Good
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Fantastic!!!!
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5stars. Loved it.
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I'm quite a few years past the target audience for this book. Even so, I found myself unable to put my Nook down. I got cranky at my boyfriend for making me stop reading lol. The story is told from a first person perspectivr, so readers who require the views from other characters may not like this. It didn't bother me, however, because much of this one is journal-style. The story itself is told in a fresh and unique way, even if the bulk of it has been done. The characters themselves were likeable, and I enjoyed that the author made them not-so-perfect. I believe it was more realistic that way. Overall, this one is an enjoyable read, and I highly recommend it.
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This book was fun faat and an easy read...loves these characters
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