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7 Clues to Winning You

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,708 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
When forced to switch to a rival high school before the end of her junior year, Blythe’s carefully laid out plans for a perfect future begin to unravel. At first she thinks that being the principal’s daughter is the worst part, then an unflattering viral picture of Blythe has everyone laughing at her the first day. Although vengeance was never her thing, Blythe vows to abo ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Curtis Brown Unlimited (first published April 1st 2012)
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Jul 02, 2011 Lora marked it as maybe
This cover turns me off.
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Very cute, very funny (at one point, I actually laughed out loud - no spoilers, but it was the part with the old ladies and the convenience store), and very sweet. Kristin Walker is great at writing the friendships that blossom between a boy and girl and then turn into something more. I found Blythe incredibly likeable, even though it was obvious from the beginning that she was a bit of a snob. It was great to see her grow, and really great to read about Luke. =p Aside from that, I think Walker ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

Okay, confession time: I almost passed over reading this book because of the cover. That sounds horribly judgmental, I know! (You shouldn't judge books by their covers!!). Anyhow. For various reasons, the cover just didn't sit well with me, and I thought it might be too 'young'. However, I read and enjoyed Kristin Walker's debut novel A Match Made in High School, so I knew I was going to give it a go. And I am so happy I did! I do think that, unfortunately, this book's cover is misleading. The c
Jan 03, 2013 Blythe marked it as to-read-maybe
Hey, main character. Yeah, you.

Nice name. I hear only awesome people are allowed that name.
Aug 17, 2012 Juhina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, penguin
Before I started reading 7 Clues to Winning You, I really wanted to pick up a cute contemporary and when I searched for many of the newly released YA contemporaries, this novel popped up from the whole bunch. I am glad to say that 7 Clues to Winning You filled up my craving. I totally adored this novel and I loved the plot, the writing, and the ending!

The story starts with Blythe's life turning upside down. Her dad, in hopes of getting a raise and the position of superintended, moves his family
Jan 18, 2015 Mandy rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! Loved this book! It was really funny! Great YA story! Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Apr 07, 2016 Laurence rated it liked it
The ending wasn't as good as the beginning (in my opinion) but it's still a pretty good book to relax yourself!
Jul 24, 2012 nick rated it really liked it

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog

Don’t you just love reading books that are so terribly cute that they make you melt into a puddle while reading? I know I do. Funny and totally adorable contemporaries with an interesting story-line can be very hard to find these days, since we tend to compare them to Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and The French Kiss. Well, I can openly say that 7 Clues To Winning You was as good as Anna!

As a result of Blythe’s father obtaining a promotion from Principal to S
Jun 22, 2012 Sophia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm going to be honest and say that this book has Anna and the French Kiss syndrome--an awful cover and an irrelevant/vague synopsis, but completely amazing content. I loved this book so much. I'm not sure if it's because I was in the perfect mood to read it (I was craving a light, cute romance so badly), or if the book itself is really that amazing, but either way, I loved it.

Blythe has a perfect life at her old school. She's popular, pretty, and has many friends. But then her dad suddenly wan
Jan 12, 2013 Riya rated it it was amazing
"Love goes by haps; Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps..."
-Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

This book is cute with a capital C! There were many times I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Light-hearted, funny, and sweet, 7 Clues is the relaxing vacation you need from a tedious week at work or school.

Serious books are great and all, but every now and then it's really nice to have a book chock full of humor, not to mention extremely lovable characters. And let me tell you, this book is
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Wow! That was the cutest romance story I've read in a long, long time. *sigh* how I missed them..

"“Why had I ever cared about happy endings?
Happy beginnings were so much better.”

I am so so so so happy to have stumbled upon this gem of a book. It was amazing from start to finish. The writing of Kristin Walker was endearing and captivating I couldn't put it down.

The writing made me connect to all characters and made me like them which is a very important thing for anyone. The main characters Luk
Syaza ♡
Feb 10, 2016 Syaza ♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
oh my god, that was super super super cute! y'all should read the ending, because i am SWOONED! i only have two words for you guys; LUKE. PAVEL. enough said.

the only thing that kinda bothers me is the drama!!! because there's just too much high school dramas. but nevertheless, the book made me laugh (quite a number too!) and i ALMOST cried, poor blythe but it's all good :~)

in the end, all i could say is that i definitely enjoyed it!
Dec 02, 2012 Marj rated it really liked it
when the book first started i wasnt sure if i will like blythe because she was making a huge deal about moving and accusing her father of being too ambitious and she seems like a trying hard to be perfect student. as the story progressed i felt bad for her and at the same time annoyed with her for making mistake after mistake. and yet i actually liked her enough to root for her. i wanted her to succeed - i guess thats how good the author was in creating a flawed but great character.

i didnt like
Apr 12, 2016 Kassy rated it it was amazing
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Nov 15, 2011 Blerta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blythe the main character was pretty and popular in her old school, but in her new school she is the principles daughter and a social outcast. This is because the worst, most embarrassing photo of Blythe is all over the internet ruining her social reputation forever. In order to change her social status, she has to go underground with the Senior Scramble scavenger hunt to win the hunt. If Blythe wins she has a chance to make amends with the whole school, but when she falls for Luke, she puts mor ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Carolina rated it really liked it

I love this book!!!
And i'm going to share a nightmare that i had about this book:
My last night's nightmare, actually. there was a sequel of 7 clues for winning. You ( that wasn't the part of the night mare) and in the acknowledge it said: thank you to the people how helped me to choose another date for Luke( that was the only part of the book that was written in spanish, it said something about rural...) . And i went like WHAAAT?! I read the finally over and over and Blythe was with another g
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)

Meh, meh, meeeeh. Cute, but I didnt like the main character very much. Wasnt awful, but wasnt really great. But it did have a nice love interest, so I'm adding in an extra half star for that.
“I just couldn’t help it. I’m a girl who likes happy endings.”

Actual rating: 4.25 stars

And a happy ending this book was! 7 Clues to Winning You was such a fun, entertaining and light read. After the tearjerker Things We Know by Heart that I read, this book was the perfect one to dive in with the perfect blend of humour, laughs, worry and sympathy towards the characters, anticipation, romance, family and friends. This is my first book of Kristin Walker's and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Jane Stewart
2 stars. Foolish actions by a teenager cause problems for herself. It didn’t work for me.

I want unique watchable characters or I want unique watchable activities/actions. I did not get either of these. The main characters were good but ordinary and normal. Blythe, a high school junior, does impulsive foolish things which cause problems and she cries. An unlucky thing happens to her, she gets revenge, and that creates worse things for her. She does something bad to a friend who hurts back with s
Lyra Zapanta
Jun 11, 2012 Lyra Zapanta rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All teenagers out there.
Wow. I mean, just wow. This book totally turned me on.

Blythe had everything planned for her life: graduating as one of the top students in her class, getting Bryn Mawr, and marrying a Haverford husband. She always focused on happy endings. She loves Shakespeare and has this great sense of fashion. She had the coolest friends and the best high school in town.

Then suddenly, her plans seem to mess up when her father decided that they move to Ash Grove and she enroll to the high school there.

This wa
May 11, 2013 Celeste_pewter rated it really liked it
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Dec 14, 2012 Rabiah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
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7 Clues to Winning You? Well, I was totally won over!
This novel has definitely been one of my favorite contemporaries that I've read so far this year. Some of the contemporaries which I've been reading this year have kind of been somewhat lacking in the humor department, and I really REALLY love books which can make me laugh non-stop. I mean, common, I'm a bit tired of more "serious" contemporaries, and need something to giggle over.
Jun 16, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
It took me a day and a half to finish reading this book because it’s a real page turner. Before I start my review, I just wanted to stop and say how much I loved ‘Cy’ and ‘Jenna’ Blythe’s “emo-punk” friends as she described them.

On to the review…

Blythe has always lived the life of perfection. She goes to a perfect school, lives in a perfect town and she has the perfect friends. She wants to go to college, get married and basically settle down. You could say everything was fine and dandy until he
Nov 04, 2014 Ipshita rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, young-adult, teens
When I started reading this book, I was sure I would find the same old, used up storyline. But I should have known better than to expect anything ordinary from Miss Walker. The characters were all so likeable especially Blythe. I just adored her and of course empathised with her trouble of not being able to lie. Her rules of lying might come handy for me someday.
Blythe comes out as a really intelligent girl who has her life planned from long before, but her father’s decision to change her schoo
Elisha Ruzgal
Sep 02, 2012 Elisha Ruzgal rated it it was amazing
Despite the, not so appealing looking, cover, the story was really good.

It wasn't so cliched. And it had the right amount of cuteness. I liked Blythe. She wasn't a strong person but she had fine points. She was smart and witty. I also really liked Luke. Need I explain why? It's clearly obvious. He is really likeable. I also liked Cy and Jenna. They were really solid. I am also jealous of their relationship.

I didn't like Tara that much. I think Blythe was making excuses for her. Even though she w
Tenacity Kassy
Apr 13, 2016 Tenacity Kassy rated it it was amazing
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Oct 25, 2014 Manu rated it liked it
It was like a teen novel.This novel I got to know from one of my goodsread friend with whom I asked to suggest some rom com novel. This was good and some what funny but not like Janet evanovich novels( read plum series) .
The girl named blythe here is going to the drastic changes because of her over ambitious father to become superintendent, due to which she need to change her school. In the new school she is already been infamous due to her some booger pic circulated there. So basically it's a s
Aug 12, 2014 Perla rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I've read a lot or reviews saying that they weren't really sure to give this book a chance because of the cover. I've got to say that I really do like the cover. It's actually what got my attention in the first place. And something I love from it is that it has exactly seven arrows. I'd like think that it has to do with the book and the title. Especially because Blythe and Luke are at opposite corners. It's as if it was a drawing about what it took for them to be together. Seve ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Nian rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I had to clean my palate with a contemporary ya novel after finishing Marie Lu's ah-mazing trilogy Legend, and Kristin Walker's 7 Clues to Winning You was exactly what I expected and wanted.

This is a typical YA book, it's cute and fluffy, but sometimes, typical works if you've got wonderfully witty and lovable protagonists (their banter!) extremely hilarious and quirky side characters (Cyn, the two elderly ladies at Shady Acres) and something exciting happening: a scavenger hunt (but which is
Kelsey Mitchell
Feb 10, 2014 Kelsey Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blythe is forced by her parents to move from Meriton High School, to Ash Grove, where a year before an embarrassing picture of her was passed around the school like wildfire. Not to mention, her father's also the principal of Ash Grove. And Luke Paval, the guy that operates the online student newspaper, and her haven't gotten off on the right foot. Trying to save her social life, Blythe helps runs an underground Senior Scramble scavenger hunt, and very hunt she'd managed to get her father to ban ...more
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Kristin Walker grew up in the Pennsylvania countryside, finally landing at Penn State where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts. In addition to being an actor, Kristin worked at many things on her way to becoming an author. She was a lifeguard, a nanny, a beginning ballroom dance instructor, a library circulation clerk, and very nearly a nurse. She's the author of the young adult novels, A MATCH MADE ...more
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