Blog Tour: Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn (August 18)

Hello friends! Today, I’m super excited for my first post with Hear Our Voices blog tours, which is a great company focusing on getting Own Voices books into the hands of Own Voices reviewers. Dating Makes Perfect by award winning author and New York times bestseller Pintip Dunn comes out August 18, and trust me, you do not want to miss this hilarious friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romcom! You can preorder it from Book Depository or your favorite book retailer.

From Goodreads:
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.

Our lovable protagonist is Orrawin, aka “Winnie”, the youngest Tech sister who is about to enter her senior year of high school with a fake boyfriend of her mother’s choice – her sworn enemy, ex-best friend Mat Songsomboon. He’s arrogant, rude, handsome, and has her parents totally charmed. Winnie on the other hand is not so sure. There’s this new boy in town, Taran, that Winnie’s got her eyes on, but as she and Mat go on fake date after fake date, arranged carefully by her parents and inspired heavily by romcoms, the two childhood friends can’t mistake the undeniable pull they’ve got to each other.

So, where do I start? I loved this book, from the mouthwatering descriptions of delicious food, to the hilarious banter between Winnie and Mat, and the achingly sweet relationship between Winnie and her older twin sisters, Bunny and Ari. Growing up, I rarely saw characters like myself in the books I loved, and although I am not Thai-American, so many aspects of this book and Winnie’s character resonated with me. I loved Winnie’s pride in her heritage, her love for traditional foods, and the way she throws in Thai phrases when she speaks. I used to joke that I could only fully communicate with friends who spoke Chinglish, as I switch back and forth between languages in the middle of sentences. Her struggles of wanting to be the dutiful youngest daughter while still being true to herself were also achingly familiar and even a little painful at times. I also loved all of the side characters, especially Bunny and Ari, and their love for their younger sister made me weepy at times.

The relationship between Winnie and Mat starts out with sparks – and not really the lovey-dovey kind of sparks. As children of parents who are friends, they haven’t been able to cut each other out of their lives completely, but the forced closeness between the two creates a lot of friction and cruel words that come out in moments of heat. However, their relationship slowly grows sweeter as the two rekindle their friendship and discover more. I loved Mat and Winnie’s late night text conversations and the ending was just *chefs kiss*, perfect romcom material.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Execution: 5/5
Enjoyment: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5

Please check out the playlist I made for this book, as well as the moodboard I made featuring Mat’s Jeep, Winnie’s green dress and ponytail, the Tech sisters, and a Thai temple, aka site of one of my favorite scenes in the book!

Track list: Wannabe (Spice Girls), Left Right Left (Charlie Puth), Most Girls (Hailee Steinfeld), Cut to the Feeling (Carly Rae Jepsen), Talk Too Much (COIN), Count on Me (Bruno Mars), Lucky (Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat), Paper Rings (Taylor Swift).

Thanks again to HOV tours, the author, and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book! An advanced copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review, and being part of this tour did not influence my opinions on the book. Please check out the other tour stops (schedule here) where you can see interviews, playlists, mood boards, quotes, and more!

Sending good weekend vibes to everybody. As always, feel free to reach out to me on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads)!

With love, Pei


Author Info: I’m a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received my J.D. at Yale Law School. 

My novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. In addition, my books have been translated into four languages, and they 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. My other novels include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.

Instagram (@pintip_dunn), Twitter (@pintipdunn), Facebook (Author Pintip Dunn), Website (http://www.pintipdunn.com/)

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