I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dateable by Natalie Decker
Published by Swoon Romance on November 10, 2020
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Sixteen-year-old Keilah Evans is completely undateable. The crush she has on Gage Fitch? Forget it. He has no idea she exists. But Keilah has something other girls at school don’t: She can code. Keilah decides to solve her dating woes by anonymously creating a hook-up app.
Soon, her app is in demand at every high school in the state. But instead of hooking Keilah up with Gage, the app ships her best friend with him! To make matters worse, a glitch in the app exposes student data, and now, parents, school boards, and the public are demanding the creator of the app’s head on a platter. When a savvy hacker finds out Keilah is behind the app, he uses the info to blackmail her.
In order to save herself and her app, Keilah must make some hard decisions, including seeking help from the last person on Earth she should trust: Ryder Coleson.
With the help of some unlikely allies, Keilah will soon discover she may not be so undateable after all and when it comes to dating, there’s no app required.
I adored this book! And it started out with the very first paragraph on the very first page! Which you can see in the image right above my review.
So often I think of how my parents told me all these things in that first sentence, as well as other family members, teachers, etc. Yet, I am one of the people that it is not true. Or at least that is the way I feel a lot of the time. And so connecting with Keilah happened right off the bat for me. Her unrequited crush on a guy that didn’t even know her. Yeah, been there, done that, still do it sometimes! Her not being able to say anything that sounded intelligent or carry on a normal conversation when he was around? Yeah, that’s still me too. The best friend who became popular and started hanging around with that crowd, but still keeps her around as her best friend? That was sorta me. Only my best friend at the time and I parted ways as high school went along. Probably partly because my best friend dropped out of school and I gravitated more towards the nerdy people I ended up with for the rest of the time.
I liked the idea of the dating app being a way she could meet someone. Although I don’t get why everyone kept saying she did ship with someone when she never saw it? That was weird. But I like the love interest she ended up with. How he didn’t give up on her. How he kept being there for her and trying to make it up to her. Mostly. There is one thing I think maybe he didn’t really ever explain? But hey, they’re teenagers, right?
I sped through this book in like a day. I could barely put it down even though I had to go to sleep the night I was reading it, so had to wait to finish the last 20 pages the next day. My only reasoning for dropping it to a 4.5 stars from a 5 since I loved it so much is that there were several grammatical errors that were repeated, and since this came out back in November, I’m surprised those hadn’t been fixed in the copy I got. A really good story, and I liked how Keilah dealt with the guy her best friend got shipped with. I feel like that is more realistic for how someone would behave. Even a teenager again. I hope to read more by this author in the future!
About the Author:
Natalie Decker is the author of the bestselling YA series Rival Love, YA series Offsides, and NA series Scandalous Boys. She loves her family, her awesome dog, friends, carefree days, football, fuzzy blankets, traveling, reading, cooking, writing, and is a huge Denver Broncos fan. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. An avid reader of everything. If she’s not at a Target or Starbucks because those are her favs, she might be typing away on her laptop, reading a book, hanging out with her amazing family, or she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
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