Sunday, June 5, 2016

SST Review & Giveaway: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen


The Way to Game the Walk of ShameTitle: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.


I've never been disappointed with a Swoon Reads book.  If I want something fairly light and full of romance, I know where to go.

After a very drunken night at a party, Taylor wakes up in the bed of known playboy, Evan.  Neither of them remember the night before, but soon Taylor regrets even going to that party.  As soon as she's at school on Monday, the entire school starts to harass her for going home with Evan.  But it's no big deal for Evan.  He's used to all this.  But for Taylor?  They torture her because she's always made it so clear how much smarter she is than them.

Taylor comes up with the plan to pretend she and Evan were dating already.  That should make everything better.  But things don't always go as planned.  Evan only agrees to the plan because he feels sorry for the way she's being treated by her classmates.  Sort of.  He's drawn to her, but he can't say exactly why.  She's not his usual type.

I loved this right away.  From the very beginning we get a sense of how much in control Taylor has to be of her own life.  I liked her from the beginning, even though she was a tad bit annoying and over-controlling of everything, mainly because she reminded me so much of myself when I was in high school.  Extra activities for my resume?  I was there.  AP classes?  All over it.  I'm sure some people saw me the same way as they saw Taylor, so I couldn't help but truly feel for her.

And Evan.  What is it with bad boys?  He isn't bad in the traditional sense.  But he skips school, he dates a lot of girls, he doesn't get along with his step-dad.  Okay, he checks off some of the marks.  But he also has that soft side.  I love how complex he is, and most of his "friends" don't know him at all.  For some reason, he can't seem to stay away from Taylor, even if she is the Ice Queen.  And they become fast friends.  Except that Taylor truly gets him.

This book had me guessing at times.  And screaming at others.  It was such a fun read.  So here we go.

Reasons to read this book:
1) You like fun contemporaries.
2) You like romance.
3) You (like me) like bad boys.

Reasons not to read this book:
1) If the reasons above aren't for you.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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