Book Title: Dating Makes Perfect
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release: August 18th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed.
In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of dating practice.
In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must date in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course — and on dates they organize based on their favorite rom-coms. The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, dreamy, and infuriating.
Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. Her parents love him, so naturally he’s the perfect person for her to pretend date.
If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.
Content/trigger warnings at the end of this post may contain spoilers.
I received a copy of this book from Hear Our Voices Book Tours and the publisher for reviewing purposes as part of a blog tour. This does not influence my opinions in any way.
To say that I’m excited to be a part of this tour is an extreme understatement. The title alone was enough to capture my attention and the synopsis of this Thai ownvoices book sealed the deal for me. I mean, strict Asian parents, especially when it comes to dating and “what would people say”? Well, I understand that struggle all too well and I was interested to see how this YA contemporary would play out.
From the start, the tone of is really light and amusing, only teetering on somber during the more emotional parts of the story. The book has a lot of funny moments, especially reading from Winnie’s perspective as we see her parents do a complete 360 from not letting her and her sisters date to demanding why they don’t have fiances yet! It was also so fun to see Winnie’s mom set her up with these fake dates based on iconic rom-com films.
There are a lot of tropes and cliches in this book with fake dating being one of them, and I don’t want to divulge the rest in fear of even slightly spoiling the story. I understand that this may be a hit or miss for other readers, but I personally I enjoyed this aspect here.
Another thing I adore about this book is how realistic it is. I may not be Thai, but being raised by traditional Filipino parents in a similar dynamic as Winnie, most of the scenes really spoke to me. Coming from a family with two siblings as well, Winnie’s story really spoke to me even beyond the romance aspect. The book shows how Winnie blooms as a person outside of her parents’ and sisters’ shadows, but instead as her true self. This is something really inspiring to read about and added a lot to my reading experience. Also, I would also like to appreciate how various Thai food and the Songkran Festival were incorporated in the story, giving it more authenticity and introducing Thai culture to the readers.
Now let’s talk about the characters. First of all, I just love how Winnie feels as a character because, again, she feels very real. She has her own flaws and her character development is heartwarming to witness. Then there are her twin sisters who I adore as well! Their love for their little sister is so wholesome and just seeps right through the pages. It’s also refreshing to read about a book with such a lovely sibling dynamic, where the siblings don’t always have to compete with each other. Meanwhile, I would have loved to get to know Kavya more as her own person as she is such a character and it’s sad to see her just be the sidekick best friend of the protagonist for the story.
Although I’m not quite sure how to feel about the ending to this story, I still really enjoyed reading this. Dating Makes Perfect is not your typical picture perfect YA contemporary, which makes it all the more appealing! If you’re a fan of cute reads and the fake dating trope, then definitely try this one out.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PINTIP DUNN a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Dunn’s 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, her 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. Dunn’s other novels include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.
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