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Throwback faves: Wattpad Books

Hi guys,

So recently I was thinking about Wattpad and all the highly questionable but somehow enjoyable books I would read and wow did it bring back a lot of memories. I know a lot of people were into Wattpad and some people might still be into reading on there so I thought it would be fun to list all my ‘old’ favourites.

I think Wattpad is an incredible platform in many ways, it has allowed so many aspiring writers to put their work out into the world and let their work gain traction and readers who they otherwise may not have been able to reach, with some writers even having their work published, optioned for films and tv and so much more. I don’t use the app anymore but I was seriously into it when I was in my teens so this is very nostalgic.

I also want to say a little disclaimer: Bear in mind that I was in my early to mid teens whilst reading these – I’m now 23 and much wiser (well kind of) so some of these books may have certain issues and problematic things that I didn’t necessarily pick up on at the time and obviously don’t support. Don’t judge me for my tastes back then please haha.

Now that’s out the way, I’m going to list my favourites and I would love to hear what some of your guys favourites were or are, let’s talk all things Wattpad!

1.) The Bad Boy’s Girl by Blair aka JessGirl93

Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel. Warning: The story comes with a bad boy notorious for making you swoon, inducing hysterical laughter and making you question whether you could purchase a clone on eBay.

-Why I loved this book-

What can I say? I was a sucker for all the ‘bad boy’ stories on Wattpad and this one was one of my all time favourites. I would be furiously checking for updates every few days or weeks and I genuinely loved reading this book. I remember really relating to Tessa and her struggles with body image and insecurities and I really appreciated being able to read a book where the main character was going through similar things to me and also overcame those things.

Also I think I loved the fact that while Cole had a bad reputation prior to the start of the book, in the actual story he did fix himself up and grow as a character throughout the book and he didn’t mistreat Tessa. Obviously there were points when the characters would do something immature or frustrating but I thought their relationship and the development was super sweet. Childhood enemies to friends to lovers anybody? Cole and Tessa invented it.

2.) 27 Days by Ally aka HonorInTheRain

Hadley Jamison doesn’t know what to think when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, committed suicide. She didn’t exactly know him, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling like there was something she could have done to help him. So to Hadley’s surprise, on the very night of Archer’s funeral, she has a run in with Death himself and is offered the chance to go back in time to stop Archer from ending his life. The catch? She only has twenty-seven days to do it. And if Hadley doesn’t succeed? Well, she doesn’t want to think about that.

-Why I loved this book-

I loved this story so much you guys, from the time travel aspect which felt very much groundhog day-esque to the dynamics between Hadley and Archer, and the issues explored within this book including suicide, grief and classism. I remember shedding some serious tears over this book and I was so invested in it. I feel like this is a book or plot I would still enjoy now and I think this is probably one of the few that stand the test of time. Whilst looking on the authors page, I also found out that 27 Days was optioned for a film, which is pretty incredible. Whenever it comes out, I’m definitely going to be watching, oh the nostalgia!

3.) Saving Elliot by Rose aka northbynorth

❝And there was a name for this feeling, bursting and exploding like confetti in my chest. There was a name for the liquid gold swirling through my veins, threatening to solidify and transform me into a golden statue of a lovestruck fool.❞ // Elliot Jensen and Elliot Fintry have a lot in common. They share the same name, they live in the same house, they go to the same school, oh and they hate each other but, as they will quickly learn, there is a fine line between love and hate.

-Why I loved this book-

Another book I enjoyed so much and I think I read the full version? but the author Rose aka northbynorth is still in the process of editing and is reworking the story fully so I imagine the version that’s up right now may be different than the original in many ways, I’m not sure. Either way, I remember loving this book and loving the hate to love vibes going on between Elliot Jensen and Elliot Fintry. I liked that their names were the same and they would call each other by their last names and how they gradually started becoming friends despite starting off on the wrong foot. I think I enjoyed this book this even more because it was set in the UK so I could relate to it a lot because of how the school setting was and the slang and everything was what I was used to.

4.) The Cell Phone Swap by Lindsey Summers aka DoNotMicrowave

Keeley accidentally swaps cell phones with a rivaling high school’s star quarterback. Unable to switch back until a week later, she must interact with the arrogant boy, passing along texts and voicemails. As she gets to know him better, she realizes there’s more to him than sexual innuendos and egotistical comments. But when identities are revealed and secrets are exposed, will Keeley’s feelings remain?

-Why I loved this book-

I was an absolute sucker for this story and I liked how fun this story was and how it played with the whole phone mishap, hidden identity thing. I remember really rooting for Keeley and Talon (I can’t remember why his name was Talon but I think it was a nickname?) I guess I thought this scenario was cute somehow? Teen me had some interesting taste to say the least.

5.) My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak aka Fallzswimmer

Sixteen-year-old Jackie Howard knows nothing about her new guardian Katherine Walter when she moves from New York to Colorado. After discovering that Katherine has twelve boys, Jackie fears that living in the Walter house isn’t going to be easy. It’s just icing on the cake that the boys look like models…

-Why I loved this book-

Remember how I was just saying that teen me had some interesting taste? Well, this book was definitely an example of that. Not because it was a bad book or poorly written, nope, only because I literally wanted to be in this scenario, don’t ask me how or why I would have come to be in this situation but I was addicted to this story. Naturally I was into the love triangle, but I also just loved the ‘found family’ aspect of this book a lot. After checking out Ali’s Wattpad page, I found out that My Life with the Walter Boys is going to be a tv show at some point, while it hasn’t come out yet, it’s a thing that’s happening and I think that’s pretty cool after all these years.

6.) The Guy Next Door by D.M. Emerald aka LovelyWriter123

Successful, hard working, and no tolerance for non-sense attitude made Khloe Sparks the sophisticated, and cold hearted woman people feared. She never minded the loneliness her hard image brought and preferred the unattached life, that is until she blurts to her family that she in fact does have a boyfriend. Desperate she turns to her flirtatious neighbor Wes, a well known womanizer. Determined not to look like a fool in front of her family she makes a deal with Wes to pretend to be in a relationship with her, except this player doesn’t want money, he only wants one thing. Her.  Too deep to back down Khloe plays along while keeping the icy walls around her heart up but can she keep Wes from capturing her heart? 

-Why I loved this book-

Okay, so now I know where my love for contemporary / adult romance comes from, this is one of the first books I read on Wattpad which was more ‘grown up’. I remember loving this book a lot and I noticed the whole ‘fake relationship trope and it’s probably one of the reasons I like that trope so much now as well. I may also have had a total crush on Wes so that was reason enough for me to continue reading.

I thought six was a good number to stop at, so I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane with me. I have no problem exposing my questionable taste a little, at least it’s funny haha. I have plenty more Wattpad books I used to read so if you’d like to see a part 2, let me know!

Did you ever use Wattpad to read books? If so, what were some of your favourites?

10 thoughts on “Throwback faves: Wattpad Books

      1. Definitely! And I completely understand what you said about the Walter Boys. It was such a ridiculous scenario but for some reason it was appealing to read about 😅.

      2. Hahaha totally agree! I’ll put it down to me being an impressionable teenager at the time 😂 I think there was a sequel too which showed things from one of the boys point of view

    1. I love that so many of us used to read Wattpad books, glad to hear you enjoyed the same ones as me!! Including Saving Elliot!! I checked it recently for this post and it’s going through a reworking process so I wonder if it will be published as a paperback soon!

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