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.
In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of the dating practice that they didn’t get in high school.
In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must practice fake dating in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course—and organized based on their favorite rom-coms. ’Cause that won’t end in disaster.
The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, infuriating, and way too good-looking. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. And her parents love him.
If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
This was such a good book! It was kind of the combination of enemies-to-lovers, fake dating, and maybe even friends-to-lovers, if you take into account that Winnie and Mat were friends when they were little.
I loved the addition of the art project — it made their interactions a lot more interesting, and it was a cute visual! I also found it fun that Winnie’s mom would structure Winnie’s dates to mirror classic rom coms. I’ll admit, I wasn’t all that familiar with all of the references, but I’ve definitely heard of them! Even though kareoke is included within the book, I would love to see a bonus scene of Winnie and Mat at one of the kareoke nights that Winnie’s parents have at their house.
The relationship between Winnie and her older twin sisters, Ari and Bunny, was so sweet and supportive. I liked that there wasn’t any anomosity or unhealthy competition between the girls, and I would love to read a book that follows say, Bunny, in her dating adventures!
Overall, this was a really good book, and I’m so glad that I got the chance to read it! If you’re looking for a good fake (ish) dating young adult romance book, I’d highly recommend this one!
*Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an early copy!