Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

by Cara Bastone
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication Date: October 20th 2020
Source: ALC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

It's official. Cara Bastone is one of my favorite 2020 romance debuts. There's something wickedly special about her voice and I'm hooked. Call Me Maybe, an Audible Original title, was one of the most entertaining and charming audiobooks I've had the chance to listen to. I was sporting a very silly grin while I was listening to it and I can't wait for all of you to pick it up and relish this sweet story.

Call Me Maybe is a love story between Vera, who is on a deadline to get her website running without any glitches, and Cal, a customer service agent at the website hosting company she finally gets ahold of. In the midst of trying to help Vera fix her IT issues so that she can showcase her business at a business expo, these two find a way to fall for each other. There was a sweet innocence to their relationship that made their crushes on each other believable despite the short period of time they've known each other and the fact that they don't meet face-to-face. It takes a talented author to make that kind of fictional relationship work and there's no doubt in my eyes that Cara Bastone is just oozing with all the genius. The witty banter, the sometimes shy awkwardness, and the moments of openness and vulnerability allowed their relationship to stand out and feel genuine. There were some misunderstandings here and there between the two given that their entire relationship was developing via the phone, but I felt like they all made sense given the context. Cal and Vera fit so well together as a couple!

It helped that both Vera and Cal were both extremely lovable as protagonists too. Vera was sunshine and rainbows. She was peppy, kind, and very friendly - she was the kind of girl that everyone wanted to be friends with because her personality was lovely and infectious. What she struggled with, however, was finding a stable career that she was passionate about. In the past, she had ventured into several fields only to find that they weren't for her, leading her to get a bit of a reputation of being a quitter with her family. Her new business Date-a-Box, a service to deliver care packages for all sorts of occasions, was an undertaking that she was incredibly enthusiastic about, and I loved that Cal was the one who showed her that perhaps, her parents were wrong for assuming she was simply a quitter, giving her the confidence boost Vera needed. Speaking of Cal, I swooned hard over this adorable, nerdy, and shy man. He was socially awkward, which showed very clearly in his discomfort and clumsiness at the beginning of Call Me Maybe, but we saw him come out of his shell by the end of the book. He was genuinely sweet and supportive and could be ridiculously funny, especially when the scenes involved his hilarious demon cat, Jewel. I was also truly impressed with how calmly he confronted his issues in the book. Cal was a swoony sweetheart and everyone should know that I've already claimed him for myself.

The production of Call Me Maybe in itself was brilliant. Luci Christian and Neil Hellegers brought every facet of Vera and Cal's personalities to life. They were terrific performers and I truly believed they embodied Vera and Cal. They had great chemistry together that only made listening to this audiobook even more fun. Another unique element that I thought enhanced this audiobook production was the use of background noises throughout - the sounds of the keyboard when Cal was typing, traffic, doorbells ringing, and my favorite, Jewel meowing for food, made for an almost cinematic experience. I loved everything about this audiobook and it has certainly inspired me to try more Audible Original titles. 

Friends, if you're looking for a romantic audiobook experience that will absolutely woo you and leave you grinning ear to ear, you must pick up Call Me Maybe. I think there's something to be said about straightforward love stories that fill you with all the happiness, especially in a difficult year like this one, and this is certainly a book I think will make listeners happy. Don't miss out on this triumphant romantic comedy! 

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