Blog Tour | Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Authour:
Pintip Dunn
Format:
eGalley
Publication date:
August 18th 2020
Publisher:
Entangled Teen
Source:
Received from publisher

Review:
Lately, I’ve been getting more into enemies-to-lovers rom-coms, With Pintip Dunn’s Dating Makes Perfect, it helped that Orrawin Techavachara (aka Winnie Tech) and her “sworn enemy” Mat used to be best friends as children. From the moment her parents announced that they would arrange “fake dates” for Winnie to get practice and Mat appeared, the sexual tension was thick. The enemies to lovers trope in Dating Makes Perfect was also used interestingly as the reason for their “hate” is rather heartbreaking though realistic given their age and the circumstances. However, this is quickly resolved once they finally talked things out, and it made the moment they when they finally acted on their feelings is so much more satisfying!

As a child of immigrants with siblings, I could relate to many of the things Winnie and her sisters go through. Like the constant comparisons and the no dating until university rule, which then changes to questions about why you don’t have a boyfriend yet once you start university. The 180 on the boyfriend stance is just hilarious, and I agreed with Bunny and Ari, it’s not like you can suddenly flip the switch on something like that. I also enjoyed learning more about Thai food and cultural traditions, as it’s not something I was very familiar with before reading this book.

Overall, what I liked best about Dating Makes Perfect is how self-aware the book can be while name dropping popular romantic comedies, both recent ones and classic since the fake dates that Winne’s mom plans are inspired by those movies. I like that Winnie isn’t afraid to stand up for herself, especially when she tells a guy not to do something and he does it anyway. Also it was refreshing to have the love interest realize his pushiness and acknowledges and make up for it and not just have the heroine grovel and forget about how her love interest was also wrong. A cute and mostly light YA romance, I think fans of books with close sisterly bonds, fake dating and hate to love trees will appreciate Winne’s coming of age and first love story.

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About the Author:

Pints Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received my J.D. at Yale Law School. 

My novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. In addition, my books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award; and a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of the Year. My other novels include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pintip_dunn/ 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/pintipdunn 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorPintipDunn?pnref=lhc 

Website – http://www.pintipdunn.com/ 

 

 

 

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above reviews consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

December Blog Update

After the craziness of October, it was nice to have a calmer month at work in November. Though this was after we hosted a major work gala on the 1st of November. Since work had settled down quite a bit, I was able to meet up with some old friends to catch up and enjoy some good food.

Unfortunately, there will be no new blog posts this month. However, I will be back in full force come the New Year. My goal is to post at least twice a week, and I’ve already started scheduling several posts for 2017. Check out the photo below for a sneak peek of some of the book reviews that will be coming to you in the New Year. I’ll see you all in 2017!

Words of Asia | Introduction

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When it comes to literary fiction, I have a preference for books that are set in Asian countries or tell the stories of Asian people. Although I identify as a Vietnamese-Canadian, I still find stories of people of other Asian descents more relatable than any other kind of literary fiction. And it’s not just the stories of Asian immigrants – even stories that take place in modern Asian strike a chord with me. For instance, I can relate to the helicopter parents who say they only want what’s best for you, and I can definitely relate to the concept of pushy relatives who have no sense of personal space. I also find myself nodding when I read about characters who to show their love through actions, and even food rather than saying I love you and displaying their love for each other in a more public manner. Little things like these were also a part of my experience, growing up as an Asian (specifically Vietnamese) Canadian.

As a result, I came up with the “Words of Asia” blog event so that I can do my part in highlighting a couple of interesting books that take place in Asia, and feature Asian characters (or characters of Asian descent) to anyone who comes across or reads my blog. Since May in Canada is Asian Heritage Month, and my most anticipated release written by Kevin Kwan – China Rich Girlfriend – is out in mid-June, I thought the next few weeks would be the perfect time to devote my blog to showcasing these kinds of stories that I love so much. I hope you will enjoy this blog event, and feel free to let me know what you liked about this blog event and what I can do better next time.

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Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 6 – Tewes & Driver

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About the Author: Judith Tewes resides in Northern Alberta where she: writes, sings, plays bass guitar, walks her three crazy labs, and suspects she’s living the life of a superhero’s alias.

 

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1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Why, the Heartbreak Blog Tours unofficial theme song Another Heartbreak by the Barenaked Ladies, of course! 😉
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? I don’t know if I believe in soul mates, but I do believe that there are really good fits. My husband suits me perfectly, but it took a long time and a lot of not-quite-right fits before I found him.

Book: My Soon-To-Be Sex LifeMSTBSL

Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort.

Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry poppers, er…suitors, and careful plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginization campaign, still untouched, and getting desperate. In the movie of her life, this aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, get some.

Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to get a date when she has to go pick up his Depends?

Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that is the one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her.

In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s list develops a life of its own – right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose.

Connect with Judith:
Blog: http://judithteweswrites.blogspot.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JudithTewes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judithteweswrites

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About the Author: Notes is D. G. Driver’s second book published by Fire and Ice. Her fantasy novel Cry of the Sea was released in 2014. She has published several award-winning, critically acclaimed non-fiction books as Donna Getzinger. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her web site to learn more about her, and follow her to keep up with future projects.
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1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak?“Don’t Speak” No Doubt. “Once in a While” jazz standard featured in New York, New York. “You Were Meant for Me” – Jewel
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? You know, I do, but I’m not sure everyone is lucky enough to find his or hers.

Book: Passing Notes

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Mark has finally gotten the attention of the girl of his dreams. Only, his lame attempts at romance through texts and emails seem to be turning her off. When he gets put in the back of the room in an over-full class at school, he begins to discover old notes giving advice about how to write a great love letter. At first he thinks he’s stumbled on some long-forgotten notes passed in class ages ago, but every time he reads them they seem directed specifically to him. They also appear at the perfect moment each time he needs more advice. It’s like someone is haunting him. How do the notes keep appearing? Who’s writing them? Why?

And if Mark follows the ghostly writer’s advice, will he win Bethany’s love?

Connect with Judith:
Blog: http://www.dgdriver.com
Twitter: @DGDriverAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/donnagdriver

Mystery Monday | Words of Mystery’s 2014 Mystery Picks

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Surprisingly I didn’t get around to reading as many mysteries/thrillers that I would have liked, this will definitely change in 2015 as I have reserved a month off featuring just mysteries and thrillers. Anyways here of my are some of my favourite mysteries/thrillers that I read this year (in no particular order).

1. The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey (my review)

redqueen2. The Execution by Dick Wolf (my review)

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3. Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson (my review)

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4. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (my review)

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5. FaceOff edited by David Baldacci (my review)

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