The Way to Game The Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Format: I purchased the paperback copy from Barnes and Nobles
You can purchase a copy from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018291M66/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1
Summary from Amazon:
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.
Readers will be ready to sign their own love contract after reading The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, a fun and addicting contemporary YA romance by Jenn P. Nguyen.
I actually bought my copy from B&N 2 days before the release date so you can only guess how excited I was. I heard about the buzz for the book a couple weeks leading up to the publication date but the plot didn’t really interest me at first. But then...I saw the cover and I just knew that I needed to give the book another go and for some reason, I re-read the summary again and found it a lot more interesting.
Taylor is on track to attending Columbia University and becoming a lawyer just like her stepfather. After waking up in Evan’s bed, Taylor, the school’s Ice Queen with a perfect academic record, has a new reputation. Sleeping with the school’s most well known slacker and the person who sleeps around with everyone. So after facing ridiculous remarks from other jealous girls at school, Taylor writes up a contract that would save both hers and Evan’s reputation. But since it is a YA romance novel, why wouldn’t the two fall in love?
I absolutely loved Taylor and Evan. They had so many differences but aside from that, they also had many similarities. Everyone from their school never would have imagined Taylor being able to catch such a hot and popular guy.
I really enjoyed reading about Taylor’s interactions with her family. Usually, in YA books, at least in the ones that I have read, families with stepparents tend to have more problems between the parents and the teen (as you can see with Evan’s family). I liked the amount of parent involvement in Taylor’s life although I felt like they were a little overwhelming at times.
I also really liked Taylor’s friend Carly and Evan’s friend Aaron. Personally, I’m rooting for them to become a couple even though nothing in the book suggests that it could ever happen but who knows? In high school anything can happen.
Despite the fact that fellow genius Brian is also trying to capture Taylor’s heart, I really didn’t like him. He seemed overly possessive of Taylor and basically tried to make her not follow her heart to what she actually wants.
Another character I like was Evan’s mother. Even though she was a bit mean to Evan around his stepfather, she really came through at the end and helped the two get back onto the same page.
As a person who can really relate to Taylor, in terms of school-wise, I actually liked her a lot. I liked her intuition to do something outside of her comfort zone, and her ever-creative plans (which I also have the tendency to create plans as well).
After reading, I’m still a little confused as to what happened between Taylor and her biological father. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal but a lot of the bonding that happened between Taylor and Evan had to do with the fact that they both lost their fathers and now have stepfathers (although they are vastly different).
The character development in the book was phenomenal. I feel like it really captures the changes teens can go through within a short amount of time and how it can really affect their future.
This was a really fun read but it was it seemed like it took a long time. It wasn’t a slow start but the first couple of chapters just seemed to drag on.
The concept of the plot was a very cool idea. It’s unique and I’m actually surprised that I haven’t read any other books like this.
I absolutely adore the cover. (BTW, I really like her dress so if any finds something similar, please send me a link XD). It’s so bright and would you look at those heels? The combination of it all just makes it perfect and adds depth into Taylor’s character, as this is not what I would’ve imagined her to be like.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10. I feel like the timing of the beginning could have been written better. I loved the plot because it is very original and I absolutely loved the characters. They were all well-developed and well-written. I recommend the book to everyone who likes a good YA romance. This was Jenn P. Nguyen's first novel and I cannot wait to see what she puts out next!
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