TITLE - The Dating Debate
AUTHOR - Chris Cannon
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.
Such a sweet, ya romance. The Dating Debate is a great ya novel. There is romance, but even more friendship. It is the perfect representation of young love. I really enjoyed reading it.
The plot of this book was warm and sweet. Each character has their own skeletons in their closets. The premise of the book is finding friendship and learning to trust another. There are many ups and downs, but it was a wonderful journey.
Nina is so relatable to me. She is a spunky girl who stands up for what she believes in. She is also honest to a fault and holds others accountable for their actions. Then you have West. He is the brooding type without much to say. I liked watching the small changes in him throughout the book.
I usually talk about heat in books, but this is a ya book. There is romance and some sweet, heartwarming moments, but nothing further than that. With that being said, it was perfect for this book.
The writing style of this story is done well. This story is told in a dual point of view. I enjoyed reading from West's point of view. I also felt all the reactions and situations were appropriate for high school students. Then there's the secrets they are hiding. Both are very real things that some people have to live with. I felt it was handled properly.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect high school romance to give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. I would recommend this to others. This book would be appropriate for teens as well.
Writing style: 5/5