Jenn P. Nguyen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Goodreads Rating: 3.98
My Rating: 5.0
Taylor Simmons is screwed.
Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.
Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.
My Take on the Book:
I don't know what it is about these types of books that I love. I'm not sure what draws me in... but I'm inexplicably drawn to them. Every time I get offered a chance to review them, I'm all for it. This book was no exception. These books with romances that start of as fake and somehow morph into something real seem to be a big thing at the moment and every time I come across one, I just have to read it.
What I like about this book was the slight variances to the traditional way these stories always seem to be told. It's not some super popular jock (football and basketball being the 2 most popular) or the hulking and mysterious motorcycle riding bad boy. And it’s not some unknown or severely picked on girl. Sure there is a bit of that teasing as the synopsis points out but it’s not a common occurrence. It’s a new development that happens only after the event that starts the whole story. I liked how different the characters were than the typical mainstream leads, faulted and bruised characters with real depth. They had real problems that made them instantly someone you could connect with. There were a lot of parallels in their lives and to me that made the connection between the 2 all the more realistic.
The more I read, the more I found the characters to be strong willed and likeable. The progression of each relationship was believable and endearing. Evan was the adorable epitome of bad boy with a heart of gold. A character that genuinely was a good guy, just one with some questionable habits and past 'relationships' and Taylor is a fun, sometimes snarky and way smart leading lady. They complement each other in a way that really works and I love that about this book.
My only problem with this book was the minimal interaction with each character's respective best friends. I really liked each of them and I would have loved a little more page time for Carly, who was a super strong female who was fiercely loyal to her bestie. I kinda hope that this author releases some more goodies with more characters in this book. Another thing I really liked was the fluidity of the book and the story progression. It goes from 1 point to the other in an almost seamless way and that’s pretty awesome. There isn't too much in the way of drama, and what I mean by that is that there is no 'big bad' person or event just some points of human error. Nothing sinister, which was refreshing. Kudos to the author for writing such a good story :D
About The Author
Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.
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A Print Copy of ‘The Way to Game the Walk of Shame’