Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Review ~ DATING MAKES PERFECT by Pintip Dunn

Dating Makes Perfect
by: Pintip Dunn
Genre: Teen/YA Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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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.

Until now.

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 the dating practice that they didn’t get in high school.

In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must practice fake dating in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course—and organized based on their favorite rom-coms. ’Cause that won’t end in disaster.

The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, infuriating, and way too good-looking. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. And her parents love him.

If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.

Dating Makes Perfect is a teen dream in my book. Pintip Dunn takes high school senior Winnie Tech on a high school love life adventure. This love story is like a mixture of Twilight and To All the Boys I Loved Before. It’s the story of a girl with a dream of always wanting to date and when that chance comes it has a list of rules that must be followed, including her frenemy Mat Songsomboon. Dating Makes Perfect will bring a smile to your face and a little bit of envy to your heart.

Winnie's parents didn't want her or her sisters to date while they were in high school. Winnie's older twin sisters are now in college, not knowing how to date guys. The twins tell their mom the struggle it is going to be to find them a boyfriend and ends up changing their mom's mind on dating. But changing the mom's mind means that Winnie is going to practice date. Not only is Winnie going to learn how to date for when she is older she is going to fake date her childhood friend turned enemy. But when fake dating Mat turns into potentially falling for a new guy who just moved to town will Winnie follow her mom's rules or will she write her own?

Pintip incorporates her Thai heritage into this amazing story. Not only does Pintip show a family that values the importance of being educated to become successful, but she shows a family who has moved to America from Thailand and is learning that things need to change. I love learning more about the Thai culture and seeing how important family is, as well as having a higher education.

Dating Makes Perfect is the perfect book for any YA reader. The characters are all fun and someone you can relate to one way or another. I love the chemistry that builds between Winnie and Mat. They remind me of my own life and it's fun to see the outcome with the choices they made. Dating Makes Perfect is full of family values, high school choices and most importantly dating! I will recommend this book to any high school teen or anyone who reads YA books for its realism and fun rollercoaster that will leave a smile on your face.

**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.**

Rating: 5

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A first-generation Thai American, I grew up in a tiny town in Kansas. I went on to graduate from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and to receive her J.D. at Yale Law School.

I’m a two-time RITA® award winner and a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. My books have been translated into four languages, and I’ve been a Junior Library Guild selection and have received a starred review from Kirkus. In addition, my books 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.

I’m obsessed with penguins, and my childhood dream was to marry someone whose last name is “Gwynn” — so that my name could be “Pin Gwynn.” Alas, I got stuck with Dunn instead, but my husband and three children are worth the sacrifice.

We all visit Thailand yearly in order to stay connected with my family.

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