Hung Up by Kristen Tracy

Girl misdials. Boy picks up. Friendship, romance, chaos ensue. That’s the premise behind Kristen Tracy’s witty new novel, Hung Up.

hung upCan 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…

Tracy writes with a witty, snappy repartee between Lucy and James — and it’s honestly refreshing to see two teens in a contemporary novel exchanging words over the telephone, by talking over the phone — not texting or chatting online. (Albeit, the excuse for not texting seems a little weak, it was so nice to see these two characters actually conversing, that I just didn’t care!)

It’s sweet to watch the emotions between Lucy and James develop throughout their banter and their conversations. Despite the significant things going on in their individual lives, this unexpected romance blossoms quite naturally — and it’s neat to see that happen over only phone conversations.

Hung Up is a quick read, with plenty of light-heartedness balanced with some more serious subject matters that teens will find reflect their own lives. What seems like a real tragedy to one gets put in perspective when compared to other horrors in the world. Tracy offers up a nice balance on this subject, bundled up in a fun reading experience.

Hung Up is in stores tomorrow.


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