BOOK REVIEW: Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip DunnDating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn
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Synopsis:

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.

Until now.

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.

Review:

Dating Makes Perfect was beyond adorable and so much fun!  With a story line that played out like I was watching a movie, characters that leaped off of the pages and moments that made my heart beat faster, this book easily became an instant favorite!  If you love enemies to lovers and young adult, then you’ll definitely want to add this one to your tbr!

My breath catches. What is he doing? He wouldn’t kiss me, like he threatened. Would he? No way. But he’s so close…
He leans even farther—and then plucks the notebook right off my lap.
Right. That’s what he was going for. The notebook.

Winnie’s parents expected their twin daughters, Ari and Bunny, to already be engaged within their first year of college.  Their no dating rule in high school completely backfired on them.  In hopes of fixing their mistakes, they let Winnie know she’ll be the first Tran daughter to date in high school.  Yet with some rules.  One….her parents get to determine when and where the dates happen.  Two…..they get to decide who she dates.  And her first date will be with family friend, and arch nemesis and sworn enemy for life, Mat.

Fueled by a sudden clarity, I reach out and touch his sleeve. I want to take back my words. I want to get past our sniping. I want to be friends again.
Before I can say anything, he rips away his arm and takes off.

I loved Winnie!  From how bold she could be to even her thoughts, I so wish she could be my bff!  But my heart hurt for her anger and pain towards Mat.  One day in middle school he just decided not to be her best friend anymore.  And four years later she still carried that pain in her heart.  Thankfully Winnie had creative outlets for it, like shooting a drawing of him with her nerf gun lol.  Or getting back at him with her art project, she was so smart and creative!  I was beyond grateful she had her bestie Kavya, who she could pour her heart out to, since her sisters were away at college.  But ironically the one who always seemed to be around, even if she didn’t want him to be, was Mat.

Mat’s smug, annoying face comes into focus. He leans over, so close that his hot breath caresses my skin.
“Gotcha,” he says very, very softly.

I have a confession, I was obsessed with Mat Songsomboon.  Yes he could be a complete jerk and his words stabbed Winnie’s heart at times.  But even while he hurt her, I loved him with my whole heart.  So when he messed with Winnie?  Ohhhh it made me love him even more *covers face with hands*.  You see, he also teased her and it was in this playful, seductive and hilarious way.  It made him impossible to hate.  Especially when his words and actions mesmerized me.  Mat was infuriating while also being sexy.  And while I went back and forth of does he or does he not want her, it left me desperately wanting to know his every single thoughts.  Especially during the moments he was thoughtful and protective of Winnie.  If you love complicated males, you’re going to love Mat!

He takes a shaky breath. “I’m proving that one thing has nothing to do with the other. For example, you could kiss me right now. And I’d let you. In fact , I’d kiss you back. But that wouldn’t change my feelings toward you. I’d still loathe you just as much as I did before.”
I narrow my eyes. Because I don’t believe him.

The dates that Winnie went on?!  I was OBSESSED!  Winnie’s mom tried to recreate moments from favorite movies and it was epically hilarious!  From How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (my favorite movie!), to Pretty Women, to My Best Friend’s Wedding and so many more, I loved how it made this story play out!  And while Mat and Winnie could be so cute and playful together, when they weren’t trying to knock the other one down.  There were also sentimental moments that melted my heart and emotional ones that cut me to the core.  Both of their pain was so palpable and while they knew each other inside out as kids, it wasn’t the same now that they were in their teens.  There was a lot of healing for them to do, but in the meantime neither could deny the chemistry that was there.

“You want me to say that you’re stunning? That I wish I could take a photo, so that I can look at you all day? That the material is soft and touchable— and as skimpy as it is, it still covers way too much?” His eyes are black and furious and mesmerizing. I couldn’t look away if I tried. “Yeah, I could’ve said all that. No doubt, that’s what Taran’s going to be thinking. But I didn’t, because I have too much respect for you. Even after everything we’ve been through.”
“You’re lying,” I croak.
He raises an eyebrow.

Dating Makes Perfect swept me away and will stay with me for a long time to come!  Not only did I smile from beginning to end, but I couldn’t help crying too.  These characters reached so easily into my heart and that ending was oh so perfect!  I loved Winnie’s family, I loved Winnie and Mat and I loved even more watching how everyone’s story played out!  Pintip Dunn wrote an addictive story filled with romance, charm, humor and heart and I can’t wait to devour the rest of her books!

PS I highlighted soooo many favorite moments in this book….here are a few more quotes I love with my whole heart…..

I peek at him. The sun’s on its descent, dappling his face with shadows. I have the strangest sensation that he’s not the boy I’ve hated all these years. It’s almost as though he were someone new and yet familiar…
 
“Why?” he whispers.
A live wire stretches between us. From his hands to my hands. From his lips to my lips. I desperately want to close the distance between us. To see what sparks we could produce if skin pressed against skin.
But I can’t.
 
I don’t know why I’m defending him, but every minute we spend under these stars brings him closer to the boy he used to be. The boy my heart wants to protect.
 
“You’re such a dork.” I raise my hand to smack him, and he ducks out of range.
“No touching, remember?” he says, his eyes bright.
I shake my head, pretending to be exasperated, but I can’t quite stop my lips from curving.
 
You’re not the person I thought you were.
Eight words. A simple sentence. One that’s not even intrinsically unkind, if you take it word by word.
How can they hurt so damn much?