The Dating Debate – Blog Tour/Review

★★★★

(3.75/5)


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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. 

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Well, color me surprised, but this book was a thousand times better than I had expected it to be. Most of all, this book was exactly what I needed right now. I’ve been feeling stressed due to school, and I’ve been on the verge of a reading slump due to dissatisfying books and I thought I was on the point of giving up and taking a little break from reading. Thankfully, this was just what I needed to get my mental energy back up.

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The thing I liked most about this book is that it turned out to be nothing like what I had expected. For the first five pages or so I thought I was getting yet another cliché story that I would probably only mildly enjoy. Then, ten pages in and I was ready to fall in love with these characters.

Nina and West were witty and funny and I loved watching their interactions. There was never a dull moment between the two and I could really feel the evolution of their relationship. No insta-love here, thank God. Instead, we get a slow friendship that gradually develops into something more.

I also greatly enjoyed all the side characters. From Lisa to the twins, to even all the parents in the book. I love seeing background characters being fleshed out and given personalities that I can cheer for.

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Another thing is that I was smiling the whole time I was reading. The conversations and little debated between West and Nina were absolutely golden. Heck, the interactions between all of the characters were absolutely amazing. And, this book acknowledges something that I wish more YA romances did:

“If this were a novel, the love of a good woman would save West and turn him into a happier person.”

“I’m pretty sure that only happens in books,” Lisa said. “In real life, if you’re unhappy, you need to work to change yourself. Having someone who cares about you helps, but it’s not a magic anti-jerk pill.”

When I read that quote I had to stop for a moment and mentally applaud the author. This is something that seriously needs to be said, and that everyone seriously needs to realize. Having a hard life doesn’t give you an excuse to be a jerk! And it shouldn’t be your girlfriend’s job to fix you!

Thankfully, West wasn’t a jerk, and Nina didn’t need to fix him. So, again, thank you, Chris Cannon!

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Much more so than I ever imagined I might. It is a short book and it reads even quicker because I didn’t want to have to stop reading. The writing style is smooth and well done and easy to read. If you like YA contemporary romances, I definitely suggest this one.

**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Entangled Teen Crush! All opinions are my own.**

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{The Dating Debate by Chris Cannon was be published by Entangled Teen Crush on February 5th, 2018}

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About the Author

Chris  CannonChris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the
Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down
caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find
her online at http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.

 

You can also find her blog HERE.

 

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