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Book Review: The Dating Debate (Dating Dilemmas #1) – Chris Cannon

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


This is the first book by Chris Cannon that I have read though I’ve seen her dragon series and they’re on my TBR. Nina, a bookish nerd and West, a brooding hottie, are neighbors. A whim of fate sends them in each other’s path and as they start dating, they learn more about each other.

Nina’s point of view was quirky and being a fellow bookworm myself, I liked reading about her love of books and her fluency in Harry Potter. It highlighted similarities that other bookworms and I share. Not to mention her addiction with chocolate. I’m a certified chocoholic myself lol.

What was interesting was that West was a reader too and the fact that they both read on their Kindle? I know there are tons of people who read on Kindle but I felt like I was friends with two fellow bookworms like me since my Kindle is my first love.

I empathized with West over his problems. It’s hard when you’re seventeen and carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. No teenager should have to bear such a burden.

I thought at first, that Nina was a carefree person, but as I read on and learned more about her, I found that she had her own issues to deal with. The banter between Nina and West was original, fun and witty.

However, there were a certain depth of emotion that I found lacking in the story and the supporting characters were passed over a bit too quickly. Also, for a seventeen-year-old, Nina seemed a bit childish. West showed more maturity as he made hard decisions which showed his decency and strength of character. Other than the issues mentioned above, The Dating Debate was a good book, fun and cute to read.

***Note: Received from Netgalley for an honest review.

Synopsis: Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material. West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart.



I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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