Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

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Title: Call Me, Maybe?
Author: Ellie Cahill
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Pages: 184
Source: Netgalley, ebook

Call Me, Maybe is a cute romance about two strangers who fall in love over text messaging. Clementine is the black sheep of the powerful Daly empire. Justin is a struggling freelance writer of a parenting magazine. They have a meet cute moment in an airport when Clementine trips over Justin and then accidentally takes his phone. He is left with hers. She is immediately concerned because she previously caused a family scandal involving a cellphone, a college boyfriend, and ten thousand dollars. Therefore, the family has forbidden her to have any form of digital presence. So when, Justin aka Mr. Hottie, texts her to get his phone back she gives him a fake last name. Despite the mysteriousness of the situation, Justin is intrigued and they continue to flirt and have intimate conversations. When he discovers she’s been lying to him, in the most awkward way, he must decide whether she’s someone he can forgive.

There are many characteristics of Clementine that I absolutely adore. She is independent, a passionate reader, engaged in the book blogging community, and despite being filthy rich — doesn’t have a clue what she wants to do with her life. I could instantly relate to spending four years completing a degree that doesn’t have a straightforward career path and having friends and family concerned that you’re wasting your life behind a book. On the other hand, I was annoyed at how whiny she was about her life. She constantly compared herself to her overachieving siblings and parents whom she believes are changing the world. If she had her grandparents introduce her to editors at the Daly Publishing Group or accepted the job offer from a managing editor at a lifestyle magazine, she would have nothing to complain about.

The story started off strong and I loved the flirty banter between Clementine and Justin. Although I found the story dragging towards the middle, it picked up towards the end. It is a cute, pg-rated romance and would be a great vacation read.

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