New Release Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

The Way to Game the Walk of ShameThe Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Angie’s Review – 4 ½ stars – A

I was expecting The Way to Game the Walk of Shame to be heavy read, but it was actually quite fun. I had a huge smile on my face throughout most of this book. Of course, it may have had something to do with the fact that I could picture this entire story line taking place in Tree Hill, one of my favorite fictional places. (Interestingly enough, this book takes place in Wilmington, North Carolina where One Tree Hill was filmed.)

I think this story could have worked either way – a heavy, serious read, or just as it was, light and fun. I love that Evan was so good-natured about everything and thought about the little things in their fake relationship when Taylor didn’t, and the silly things he’d do just to put a smile on her face. They had chemistry from the beginning with the whole opposites attract trope going on. She was pretty high strung about school, organization, and the future, and Evan was carefree about most things. He made Taylor think twice about what it was she really wanted, and she, without even knowing it, influenced him to focus on his future and setting goals for himself. Seeing their feelings develop for each other and actually coming around to admitting them was a fun journey. I also liked their friends in this; Taylor’s was just nosy enough to be funny, but didn’t stick her nose too far in her friend’s business. Evan’s best friend was carefree like he was, but he wasn’t careless. He and Evan had a nice friendship, and his friend was a hoot constantly looking for details about Evan and Taylor’s relationship. Taylor also instantly took Evan’s side in regards to the way his step-father treated him, and it came at a time when Evan really needed to know someone was in his corner. Her family was quite typical with very little drama, so it was a nice balance between the two.

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame was a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s a book I know I’ll be reading again and again, and if you’re looking for a fun, flirty, low-angst read, I can’t recommend this one enough. I loved it from the first page to the last!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Thank you to MACMILLAN CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING GROUP and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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