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Series: Dating Dilemmas #1
Title: The Dating Debate
Author: Chris Cannon
Publisher: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
Published: February 5th, 2018
This is a contemporary young adult romance but with more depth than such stories usually have as it also involves coping with a mentally ill parent and reactions to feelings of abandonment experienced after parents split up. However, don’t let that make you think this won’t be a fun read – it certainly is! I found it to be an engaging and entertaining read with well developed characters, humorous interactions and (thankfully) missing the ‘popular’ peers making life difficult for others.
Nina Bates doesn’t like Valentine’s Day and, being the honest, vocal, without a filter, character that she is means that everyone knows it! She is a bookaholic who finds something to debate about in most conversations. If you don’t love Harry Potter then she’ll really not want anything to do with you . . . . She lives with her Mum and brother next door to their landlord and his family – which includes another Harry Potter fan and bookaholic, West Smith. They go to the same High School and their interactions are hilarious!
This is a contemporary High School story, with plenty of debates, discussions, dilemmas and drama – I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into it. The characters are realistically portrayed, their angst and turmoil related sensitively as the story is told from the dual points of view of the main characters. If. like me, you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll find the Potterisms really add to the story and I totally agree with West that Nina is a Luna type of character. I highly recommend giving this book a read, I’ll certainly be looking out for more by this author in future!
I requested and received a copy of this book via NetGalley. I chose to read it and this is my honest review after doing so.
Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material.
West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry.
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Excerpt from The Dating Debate:
“So, this whole dance thing?” West picked up a fork, took a bite of rice, and stared at me like he was waiting for me to give him an easy out. Not going to happen. Mess with a smart girl and suffer the consequences.
“You started it,” was the most amusing response I could come up with.
“No.” He shook his head as if trying to emphasize his response. “You started it when you invited me in for dinner.”
“Why? Because I knew you’d rather eat dirt than join us for rice? That’s your fault for being a suck-up and carrying my mom’s food.”
“I was being nice,” he shot back.
“No good deed goes unpunished.” I batted my eyelashes at him. “Besides, I was going to help her before you rushed over.”
He looked at me like I was crazy. “So I shouldn’t have helped your mom, but it’s okay for you to shove Cole off on Vicky.”
“Please. He’s a nice guy. She’ll fall for him…maybe because he’s the total opposite of you.”
He pointed his fork at me. “Where do you get off judging me?”
“I’m not judging you. I meant you’re all black-leather- jacket-brooding loner guy, and he’s Mr.-Happy-Sunshine- everyone-is-my-friend.”
“Fine. Mr. Sunshine is out of the way now, so there’s no need for us to go to the dance.”
“Nice try,” I said. “We’re going to the dance.”
“Because you said we were,” I said. “And lying is never acceptable. Don’t stress about this. I’m not proposing we run off to Mexico and get matching his-and-her tattoos. We’ll just go to the dance together. No big deal.”
“Right. Nothing is ever that simple.”
About Chris Cannon:
Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.
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