Monday, May 30th 2016
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher: Swoon Reads/Macmillan
Publication Date: June 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Contemporary
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Taylor Simmons wakes up one morning to find herself not in her bedroom, and not sure how she got into Evan McKinley’s bed. Rumors abound so Taylor does the only thing a straight A perfect student can do – she asks Evan to say they’re going out. Surely even surfer, popular with the ladies boy Evan will agree to that. But they both got more than they bargained for.
Cute and very sweet. Nguyen’s debut is an enjoying read for fans of contemporary romance who want something a little bit different. Taylor is a good girl, smart with high aspirations and strong goals. I liked how focus she was on school and how she wasn’t afraid to be smart and go after what she wanted.
Evan is a surfer, underachiever but is more than meets the eyes. Yes, he’s pretty but he’s also kind and funny. I like how Taylor brought out the best in him, and he brought out the fun in Taylor. He’s not a dark, broody batboy but I like that about him. He’s refreshing.
There’s a mean girl (what kind of book would it be without one!) and she’s pretty mean. I liked Lauren but I wish there was more to her. She felt a little flimsy, especially compared to Taylor who had a lot of backstory and motivation.
The story is fun and I think it’s a good summer beach read for readers who like a bit of romance and romantic set ups. It’s so easy to root for Taylor and Evan. I also really enjoyed how Taylor and Evan’s parents were in the background. They popped up when it felt appropriate and weren’t neglectful or vacant. But I wish there was a little more depth to the story, but it is good for what it is – a light and sweet summer read.
Overall, many readers will enjoy this debut. It is an easy and fun read that will satisfy your thirst for some romance.
Rating 7 Would Recommend