Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn hosted by Hear Our Voices. Hear Our Voices focuses on POC voices and Own Voices reviewers – I am an own voice reviewer for Asian-Canadian.
Meet Pintip Dunn
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.
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About Dating Makes Perfect
Title: Dating Makes Perfect
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publishing Date: August 18, 2020
Page Length: 400
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age Range: YA
Rep: Asian (Thai), LGBT (side character – minor point in story)
Synopisis: 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.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did. I’m so glad I got the chance to be a part of this blog tour!
Winnie the most adorable, innocent character. I just want to hug her and help her through all of this. I love though, that bag the same time she is super independent and strong girl. I love that she is so tied to her family and their traditions. Her father is the sweetest old teddy bear – I can picture him telling all the dad jokes and providing all the educational materials needed.
The dynamics of the The Tech Sisters had me wishing I had older sisters to share moments like those with. I reminded me of a more grown up, relatable version of the sisters in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Honestly, I’d get along better with the Tech sisters. They were so close and seemed to look out for one another, but they were still realistic in their personalities and flaws.
I was definitely on Team Mat the entire novel – did not trust Tavan one bit! Mat you could tell there was something behind his actions and it was just a matter of time before we were shown them.
The plot was so interesting and had me curious what would be next. Winnie’s mother would pick dates for Winnie and Mat to go on based on Rom-Com movies. I loved so many of the movies she used, but oh my some of the scene’s she picked lol – Winnie and/or her sisters had to inform her mom of the inappropriateness of the scenes. Besides, the sometimes less than wholesome origins of the dates, the actual dates seemed like so much fun and I loved how we learned a little more about Winnie and Mat and their childhood friendship. I wish we got to see a little more of Winnie’s art and her project, but that was almost left as a side thought (not even plot) – but it was something that I was just intrigued by.
I was very happy with the amount of Thai culture within this book. There was inclusion of different festivals, traditions, gods, and food! Oh, do not read this book hungry because there is so much food sprinkled throughout – festivals = food, dates = food, and family get-togethers = food lol. For someone who has very little knowledge of her Asian heritage, I found all the inclusion of the Thai culture very interesting and I ended up Googling the gods and which one represented my date of birth (Mangala) and my lucky colour (pink!!!).
Overall, this was a perfect, cute read that I was so thankful for. Pintip’s writing was easy to pick up and I was able to read this within a day and enjoyed every minute of it. If you enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but wanted more culture or characters that felt a little more mature/stronger, then I highly suggest you pick this up! I’d also suggest it if you liked When Dimple met Rishi – for the couples feeling and the culture involvment (although different).
Let me know if you’re read this book and if you enjoyed it in the comments below. I will definitely be checking out more by Pintip Dunn!