**I received an ARC for this blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**
Book: Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn
Release Date: August 18, 2020
My Rating: 3.25 stars
Rep: ownvoices Thai-American protagonist, love interest, and side characters; bisexual Thai-American side character, Indian-American side character
Summary: 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.
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 dating practice.
In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must date in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course — and on dates they organize based on their favorite rom-coms.
The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, dreamy, and infuriating. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. Her parents love him, so naturally he’s the perfect person for her to pretend date.
If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.
SONG OF THE DAY
“no faker” by mxmtoon
Thanks to Hear Our Voices Book Tours for having me on this blog tour! Today, my stop includes my review as well as a playlist I made for the book. Check them out below!
You know I added this book to my tbr list as soon as I read “fake dating with my once-childhood-best-friend-now-loathed-enemy.” This book certainly delivered those tropes (fake dating, hate-to-love, childhood friends). Dating Makes Perfect was an adorable read with lots of rom-com moments and Thai representation!
Everybody knows the Tech girls don’t date in high school, until one day when their mom asks the older girls why they’re not married yet. They point out that they don’t have the experience to meet the perfect match, so their mom decides to set Winnie up so she’ll have practice with dating. However, she sets her up with Mat, Winnie’s once best friend, now hated enemy.
I’m always a sucker for fake dating, although I would say this is less of that trope as we think of it (where they have to fool other people) and more of them acting out moments from rom-com movies (literally! Winnie’s mom sets them up on dates that she based on old romantic comedies). I also love childhood friends to enemies, and Winnie and Mat are definitely that. Their romance was cute! I enjoyed their teasing and banter.
One of my favorite parts of this book were all the different aspects their Thai culture was represented. While I am not Thai, I am also Southeast Asian American, so there were a lot of similarities, particularly the food and the family dynamics! I really related to this book. Winnie talks about her favorite Thai food all the time, and she uses Thai phrases a lot.
“No touching, either.”
“Seriously, Papa? If I’m going to practice date someone, there might be occasions when touching is appropriate. A handshake at the beginning of the evening, for example.”
“You can wear gloves,” he says firmly.
The side characters were great! Winnie’s parents are hilarious, especially the way they treat their daughters and their potential love interests. Her sisters, Ari and Bunny, are so supportive; they give her lots of helpful advice without ever being condescending. I always love a good sister dynamic. Winnie’s best friend, Kavya, also helps Winnie out a lot.
Dating Makes Perfect was an adorable read with wonderful Thai representation and great characters. I definitely recommend this if you like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before or cute love stories in general!
Here’s a playlist I made for this book:
About the Author: Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.
Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.