Friday, June 3, 2016

Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen


The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
by Jenn P. Nguyen
June 7, 2016
336 pages


Goodreads Summary:
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.


 
Review

I'm a sucker for fake relationships that lead to more so when I found out about The Way to Game The Walk of Shame, it became a must-read for me. The story delivered fluttery swoons complete with a side of maturity. It was low on drama, just the way I like my cute contemporaries served ;)

Taylor's a focused and driven girl. She knows what she wants and goes for it. Things are on the right track until one unexpected night throws her world off balance. To save her reputation, she does exactly what the synopsis says- she jumps into a fake relationship with the well-known bad boy she was caught sleeping next to. Evan's not ashamed of his playboy rep. He's confident and really a good guy at his core. There were no advantages for him to agree to Taylor's contract but he did so because he saw how much it meant to her and he cared about her.
 
Taylor and Evan's relationship was fragile to begin with. They're so different. In contrast to Taylor's determination to get into her dream school at all cost, Evan's lax attitude towards his future had her jumping to help him. Yet they're also alike. They both have insecurities they kept bottled up. I loved seeing them opening up to each other as their feelings grew. They complement each other and bring different things to their relationship. Evan helps Taylor let loose and have fun while she helps him figure his life (family and future-wise) out.

The format of the book was really well-done. The alternating dual POVs allowed us to hear from both characters. In addition to that we do get the After of the drunken night Taylor and Evan shared. I appreciate the closure. It explains their beginning and leaves no room for speculations about what exactly happened that night.

I loved how great the secondary characters were at giving advices. The best friends, Carly and Aaron were especially skilled with being the voice of reason. They're pretty much the catalyst to the budding romance between Taylor and Evan. Their sometimes hilarious but mostly sincere and logical advices helped those two avoid some serious heartache and drama.

If you're a sucker (like I am) for fake-to-real relationships then make sure you don't miss out on this book. The Way to Game The Walk of Shame will give you all the warm fuzzies.

4 Cats
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way. All quotes were taken from the Advance Review Copy I received.

12 comments:

  1. I'm a sucker for fake-real relationships too, so I guess I really, really need this one in my life! I've been wanting to read this for quite some time already, but I haven't got the chance to do so yet. Thanks for reminding me to pick this up! Great review!

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  2. I am a sucker for fake-to-real relationships and I enjoyed this book too! :D

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    1. Hurray! What was your favourite part?!

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  3. Aaah fake relationships are one of my fave book themes/plots! I saw this up on Netgalley but I didn't think of reading the summary. Gah! Still, I will eventually get it. Sounds like a super fun read and I'm glad you enjoyed it, Eileen. :D

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    1. Thanks Melissa <3 Let me know when you do read it and we can gush ;)

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  4. I adore fake relationship tropes, and am really looking forward to this one. Your review has just made me happier that I preordered a cop for after my exams :)

    Sophie @ Sophie Reads YA

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  5. Great review! I also really liked this one -- I agree the format was great and Evan just became so swoon-worthy! And, you're right -- love the secondary characters and I could imagine a spin-off!

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    1. Yes! A spin-off crossed my mind too! It would be so much fun!

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  6. Glad to see you loved this! I recently reviewed this myself and it does have plenty of cute moments, admittedly. Oreo The Slightly Demonic Dog, the coin necklace, etc. Great review!

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    1. Hahaha I wanted to write about Oreo but figured all I would say is he's adorable but somewhat evil ;)

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