Sometimes the only thing you can control about high school is the image you present. When you lose control of that, it can feel like a disaster. But sometimes it takes a disaster to help us understand who we really are and what we really want.
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame will be available on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
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 thoroughly enjoyed this YA contemporary romance. The characters are likeable and easy to connect with despite their flaws. The plot moves quickly enough to keep readers engaged, but there is definitely care taken to develop a believable and enviable romantic relationship between the leads. It was sweet and just the right amount of romance for a high school read. I’m not a huge fan of dual narratives, but being able to see what was going on in Evan’s mind really increased his swoon factor – ladies, you are going to be pleased with this book boyfriend. Even the conflicts were ones that I thought added enough drama to be interesting but still be believable. I loved that this book left me feeling happy but didn’t go out of its way to make everything artificially perfect. I think this is definitely a book my high school girls will enjoy, so it’s going on my classroom library wishlist, and I’ll be looking for more from this author. Lots of kissing, some suggestions and a few light swears, but overall, this is a pretty clean read. I think it is appropriate for ages 14+.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.