The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Jenn P. Nguyen
Coming June 7th 2016
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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.
About the Author
Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.
I started reading The Way to Game the Walk of Shame on a flight from Brisbane to Darwin, and it’s the first time I’ve ever wished that 4 hour flight to be longer. I was like, No, we can’t be here yet. That means I have to stop reading and collect my bag and interact with my relatives. And. Stop. Reading.
I feel like this book really highlighted everything that I hate about high school; the pettiness and meanness of your peers - especially the girls, and the total double standards when it comes to males and females. Evan is basically worshiped for his player ways, while Taylor is shunned and labelled a slut for being rumoured to have slept with Evan. It's enough to make my blood boil. Because of this, I feel that Nguyen did an excellent job of creating a real and relatable world and characters.
One of my favourite parts about TWTGTWOS is that no games were played with people's feelings - at least not intentionally. Everything about Taylor and Evan is super cute, even their friendship. I just loved reading their interactions and seeing them grow into themselves from knowing one another.
I think we need to acknowledge just how much of a dick Evan's step-dad is. I mean, I'm fairly sure he'd be over the moon if Evan never spoke or saw his mother again, which is really sad. What I can't understand is why he's such a major d-bag to Evan - he is the sweetest guy. I just wanted to pluck him from the pages so I could have him all to myself. Then there is Taylor. I don't think that I have ever met anyone who is so sure of exactly what they want to do with the rest of their life - I am extremely envious of her. I'm 4 years deep into University and I've changed my degree 3 times. I wish I had a fraction of her certainty.
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is a cute and fluffy read perfect for curling up with on a rainy day, or when you just want to escape to something easy for a while. I highly recommend this book, and I am looking forward to Nguyen's next release.
4 out of 5
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