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.

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

Book Review | The Society by Jodie Andrefski

thesocietyAuthour:
Jodie Andrefski
Format:
E-galley
Publication date:
May 3rd 2016
Publisher:
Entangled Teen
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
I love a thrilling revenge story, however Jodie Andrefski’s The Society was much more than a revenge story. In fact, if I were to be honest the “revenge” aspect of the story is only a minor portion albeit a major theme of the story.

Samantha Evans was living what she thought was the ideal life, when her father is suddenly arrested for insider trading. As a result, her “best friend” ditches her, her mother flees and Sam is left to live with her aunt in a trailer park. What I enjoyed about The Society was how realistic it was in depicting bullying in schools, and while how victims may desire to get back at their attackers revenge may not necessarily be the solution. While, Sam essentially goes through with her plans she feels guilty regarding her actions for the majority of the time which often leaves her conflicted and confused. I found this to be realistic since in reality a person is able to complete some type of special revenge training where they learn to turn off their emotions and stuff. Revenge in real life involves real people, and things aren’t always black and white which means things can become messy.

Regardless, I did wish that there was a greater focus on the scheming and the revenge aspect of the story rather than the subplot involving the mysterious guy, Ransom. To be honest, I was getting a bad vibe from him, and felt a bit let down when nothing came of the subplot. That being understood, my favourite element of The Society was the relationship between Jeremy and Samantha which was slowly developing from best friends into something more. I adored the dynamic that the two have and was rooting for them to become a couple the entire time. I also adore how Samantha slowly came to accept her life as it is and appreciate the family, she does have, in her aunt and not the family she “lacks” at the moment.

The Society is a novel that I would suggest if you’re looking for more of an incredibly fast paced story concerning high school cliques, bullying and its consequences.

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