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

28932798.jpgThe Way to Game the Walk of Shame
By Jenn P. Nguyen
Swoon Reads
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Rating: 3 Stars

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Synopsis:

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.

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Review

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of The Way to Game the Walk of Shame for an honest review.

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is a fun, sweet, fast-paced, romantic book. I read the synopsis and title for this book and thought it seemed like a great read. It did have all the makings to be fantastic but I did feel that it never quite got there. However, it was good with fun banter and chemistry.

Taylor wakes up in Evans bed, only to wonder what really happened between them the night before. Everyone in school is spreading rumors about her and she is worried it has destroyed everything she has worked for. Her friend comes up with an idea that Taylor agrees may help but now she needs to convince Evan. She needs Evan to pretend that they are dating so everyone will believe that it was not some scandalous night.

Evan makes her sweat it out but agrees. They both have people they were interested in before but nothing serious, and agree to stay exclusive util this is over. Even if it is just for show.

Will they be able to remain faithful to each other and keep the secret? Can Taylor get everything she has always wanted or will this one night start to unravel it all? Will real feelings develop and if so will both feel the same or will someone get hurt? What really happened that night? You have to read to find out.

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame was a good summer, beach read. Evan was great but at times I felt he said things that were in conflict with who he really was. I cringed at some of the remarks made to Lauren and then the same remarks then later made to Taylor, we were supposed to swoon as readers but I was like no, you said that already. You can’t say that and mean it with everyone. Taylor I felt needed to break free more, I felt she wanted to but just never got there. I did like the twist in the epilogue. I am very excited to see what Jenn will write next, as this was her debut and I see so much potential. I am giving this book 3 out of 5 stars.

     About 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 COMING JUNE 7, 2017 BY SWOON READS/MACMILLAN.

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