About the Book:
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.
I have recently finished reading The Dating Debate, as you all know I am enjoy a YA romance and have now read a few, so I thought I would give this one a go. To start with the writing felt really stiff and overly descriptive, after a few chapters this improved no end. The overall story is good, both characters have family dramas they either have to deal with or have been through, which I feel adds to the book.
For me I didn’t really gel with the characters, I found the main character Nina slightly irritating and felt she gave West a hard time, I know this was meant to be playful but I didn’t feel it came across very well in the book. I enjoyed West as a character and found him quite sweet at times. I did feel they came across very young in the story, I am unsure how old they are meant to be.
I did like how the story was laid out with each chapter being from either Nina or West’s prospective, with it continuing where the last chapter finished. Sometimes when you read books laid out this way they can be repetitive so I thought it was a really good way to do it.
Even though there were parts of the book that I didn’t enjoy, this is no way a bad book. It is worth a read if you are looking for an easy read that you can just pick up and put down.
About the Author:
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 various 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 snarky romantic comedies.