by Jenn P. Nguyen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 7th 2016 by Swoon Reads
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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.
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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