Play it Again by Aidan Wayne
YA, Romance, LGBT
Carina Press | April 22, 2019
When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content.
Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look Now, his own successful channel, sends Sam’s subscriber numbers skyrocketing overnight. He has more comments than he can read. And while the sudden surge in popularity is anxiety-inducing, Sam decides it’s only right to dedicate his next episode to Dovid…which soon leads to a heart-pounding exchange of DMs.
They may have never met in person, but Dovid’s never felt this close to anyone before. What they have feels worth exploring—no matter the distance. But is it possible to already be in love with someone who’s half a world away?
Dovid and his sister Rachel have a YouTube Channel called Don’t Look Now which is their full-time job. After Rachel shows Dovid a video of this guy named Sam, Dovid immediately falls in love with Sam’s voice and ends up watching all of his videos and giving him a shoutout through one of his own videos. Sam wakes up the next day to thousands of comments, new followers, Twitter blowing up and has no idea why until he gets a DM from Dovid, and that’s where it all beginnings.
It was really interesting to read a book with a blind main character (even if it’s fiction). Dovid’s character was really cool and seemed like a really fun, laid-back person. Because he is blind, most of the things he likes he finds through touch or sound, so when he first hears Sam’s voice in one of his videos, he thinks he’s adorable. I think that’s really cool because Dovid has no idea what Sam actually looks like except how Sam has described himself to Dovid, but he loves him anyway because of who Sam is.
Sam’s character is really shy and insecure so when his YouTube Channel blew up he had no clue as to why. Sam grew up always being put down, so he never thought his channel would ever be anything big, just some silly videogame walkthroughs. I think I like Sam’s character so much because he never thought of Dovid’s blindness as a set back in their relationship.
I also really liked Rachel’s character because she’s really weird and funny. I love that she’s always there for Dovid and is there to help him with anything but also knows how independent he is. I liked how supportive she was of Dovid and Sam but I also liked how much she playfully teased them both.
All in all, this was a pretty good book, definitely a quick read. The writing was done well. Everything is broken up so it’s not confusing like when Sam and Dovid are DMing it’s easy to tell where the messages start and end and switch back and forth and then go back to the story. This is a cute little story of a long-distance relationship with the potential to become more (you’ll have to read it and see). I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and simple YA romance read.
Thank you, NetGalley and Carina Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.