The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Rating: 3.5 Stars
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of The Love Interest for an honest review.
The Love Interest was a science fiction contemporary kind of book that looks at competing good versus evil love interests that are sent by a government organization to be in competition with each other to win over a love interest. The person that the love interest is trying to win over is a teen and the individual that is not chosen is killed by a stalker. Both the “goods” and the “bads” undergo a surgery to make them the most beautiful that they can be. The surgery can fix anything in physical appearance from eye color to nose structure, etc. The love interests are trained from when they are created to be the best they can be. Some of the individuals do not make it to being chosen as a “good” or “bad.”
The POV that the story is told in is Caden, the good. He is an interesting character for sure. At first, I thought that he was just acting as a good because his thoughts were so wishy washy. He would say what the authorities wanted him to say, but in his mind he was thinking things that he shouldn’t have been. I thought that he was mean to be a bad but learned to control himself to be good and know how to fool the people that he needed to to be perceived as good.
The love interest was Juliet. From the beginning they told Caden that Juliet was a very independent character and she was a “rule breaker.” I assumed that meant she was just very educated and opinionated. I actually really liked her character because she was so independent and had the ability to think for herself.
The bad guy in the story is Dyl. He didn’t seem at all bad in my mind. He seemed to just be normal. He wanted to be picked as the love interest, but he knew that Caden would be chosen in the end. I enjoyed when he was in the story because he was so sweet and supportive. He was clearly “bad,” but I liked his personality.
The organization that was in charge of sending in and building the love interests were controlled by the government. It was interesting that the individuals were brought up to be love interests and taught, shaped, and their end goal was to be chosen to be sent to be fall in love with another person.
The story ended up taking a couple of twists and the ending was what I expected it to be. I predicted what would happen with Juliet, Dyl, and Caden. The big event that took place at the end was so built up that I was a little let down by the final thing, but it was an enjoyable read. Overall, I thought The Love Interest was a good and interesting read that looks at love, falling in love, and authority. I thought it was interesting how the government was in charge of finding the love interests.
I probably would not read this book again, but it was very different from what I usually read. I enjoyed it enough to finish it.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.