The Way to Game the Walk of Shame | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

June 2, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 14 Comments

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame | Blog Tour ARC Review + GiveawayThe Way to Game the Walk of Shame
by Jenn P. Nguyen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 7th 2016 by Swoon Reads
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they're in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it's better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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My name is Genesis and my addiction is fake-relationship stories. Whew, I got that out of the way. In all seriousness, I’m a sucker for these type of romances. They can be so much fun and The Way to Game the Walk of Shame certainly didn’t disappoint and lived up to my expectations. I remember telling my boyfriend I had gotten this book for review and his question was, “Are you sure that’s a YA novel?” Indeed, it is and don’t worry, it’s not steamy or deviates from the Young Adult genre.

Let’s dive into the story and the point of this review, shall we? Taylor has always been the quiet girl in high school that could be called a goody-two shoes. Her reputation takes a turn for the worst when rumors (that are true) spread that she spent the night with the player of the school, Evan. Taylor is so frustrated by this because she starts getting vocally bullied and this doesn’t sit right with her at all. She comes up with the brilliant plan to be in a fake relationship with Evan and that way, people will stop calling her names since it’s okay for a girlfriend to stay over at her boyfriend’s house (in this generation, apparently).

Taylor and Evan are so cute! The romance in the story wasn’t overdone and it was set at a slow yet fun pace. Everything about them was sweet, meaning no drama that sometimes comes with being a man-whore. I think many books nowadays give an excuse to why a guy sleeps around so much, but not here. Let the guy be a guy and that’s it! No need to add something so dark to it. The author did a great job in portraying this, as well as adding a little bit of depth to Evan’s character. I have to mention the secondary characters for sure. Carly, Taylor’s best friend, and Aaron, Evan’s best friend, were a fantastic addition to the primary character’s lives and the story itself. If the story was funny before, it got even better with these characters. Also, this book has little quirks that add to the depth and personality of the story-line and characters.

My reading experience with this book was so much fun! I was grinning like the Cheshire cat from beginning to end. It was light, quirky, witty, funny, quick-read, and a great way to start off the Summer vacation. If that didn’t give you the hint, then here it is: read this book during the summer so go buy it as soon as it comes out 😀

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About Jenn P. Nguyen

Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.

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  • Aww sounds cute and like the perfect summer read.

  • I love fake relationships in books too. This sounds super cute and perfect for summer. Great review!

  • Great review, Genesis! Fake relationship stories are so much fun and this one sounds like a great beach read for the summer! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  • OMG. I love fake-relationship stories as well! It’s up there with the hate-to-love trope in romance (which is my favorite). 😀 I read a review for this book a few days ago and it was super positive and glowy as well! I’m thinking I misjudged this book (I thought it would be super heavy in terms of tough issues) and I think I might enjoy it (though I don’t usually like YA contemporary). Wonderful review, Genesis! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Those tropes are a must read for me! This book is fairly light, not so heavy on issues 🙂

  • I do love the fake relationship trope too. I’m just a bit nervous about this one because I haven’t had the best luck with the books by this publisher and this specific line. I’ll definitely have to give it a try though since you liked it.
    Lovely review!

    • My luck with this publisher is… I don’t even know haha. I usually give them 3 to 3.5 stars (the books they publish) but this one deserves the full 4 stars from me.

  • Yay so I finally read this last week and it was great! I totally agree with you re: fake relationships — they seem so unrealistic in real life but so fun to read about! I can totally see a spin-off with Carly, et al, too . . . ?! Glad you loved it, great review!!

    • I’m so happy you read it!
      I think that’s why I live for these fake relationship stories. Because in real life they don’t really work so diving into them in books is so thrilling. I used to day dream of having a fake relationship and falling in love hahaha
      YES!! THAT’S BE SO GREAT! I know the author is writing a book right now on a different character, but it will include characters from TWtGtWoS so I’m looking forward to it.

  • When I read the synopsis for this one originally I was hesitant to pick it up. Now that I’m able to read people’s reviews I actually quite excited to get into this one. I don’t read very many fake relationship plot lines and I hope I love this one! Thanks for the review!

    • It’s really good! You should definitely pick it up!