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Life In The No Dating Zone

(The Zone #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  40 reviews
After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama--her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.

Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on C
Published December 2nd 2014 by Swoon Romance
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Life in the No Dating Zone was like a comedy of errors. It was a matchmaking mishap game, a little like the play that they describe in the book- cyrano de bergerac. I thought it was a really cute take on the you start out liking one person and end up with someone else. (i'm sure there is a name for that romance trope, but I don't know what it is.) I really liked the main guy Gray. The main character, Claire, grated o
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
“I wrapped up my food to take home. "Let's go. We need to discuss your favorite method of dying, because I'm going to kill you. Just so you know."

Claire grinned. "You're welcome."

Sweet, with funny moments, quirky and endeering.

Julie Reece
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun summer read!

Lots of humor, the right balance in supporting character involvement/personalities, and great dynamics between hero and heroine (who were completely adorable) all come together to create a well written, really enjoyable book. Tighe's so good at layering small action details around the dialogue, I felt like I was in the room with the characters, watching everything happen. Yet never once did the descriptions slow the pace.

Oh, and can I get a YAY for a strong, sma
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Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love Gray. He originally wants Lindsey like all guys but as he hung out with Claire and got to know her he realized that looks aren’t everything to like someone on. He started to like Claire even love her. Gray though is one who shuts down when people aren’t receptive. His dad does help him a little with this at the end.

Claire is the sweet girl who laughs and loves legos. She enjoys being with her friends and making vows. One vow though her friends broke and that one is the no dating vow. Both f
Paula  Phillips
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Claire was 12-14 years old , her family suffered alot of drama which reminded me of life in my family . This drama which included not only her older sister Mimi's relationship but also her parents and played such a big impact on Claire's life that she decided to make a vow. The vow was that during her high school years, she would be in a no-dating zone. All was going well until all her friends started to get boyfriends and things were seen as changing. During this part of the novel as Clair ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Claire made a pact with herself to steer clear of dating while in high school to avoid putting strain on her family because if a drama-filled issue they had overcome when her older sister eloped. Now, both of her best friends have boyfriends and Claire is feeling a bit annoyed. But, then Gray asks her for help in winning Lindsey, his long time crush and one of her best friends. Only, the attraction growing between Claire and Gray can't be ignored.

What a cute story! First of all, the story takes
Suze Lavender
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because of family problems Claire has made a vow, she won't date while she's in high school. Her two best friends Lindsey and Rose used to feel the same way, but now they both have steady boyfriends. That means there's a lot less time to spend with just the three of them. This makes Claire angry, especially because Lindsey's boyfriend is mean to her. Claire would love it if they'd split up. Can she find a way to make Lindsey see sense?

Claire is the person to ask for help when it comes to relatio
J. James
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorties
Claire is a direct, no-nonsense kind of girl whom people turn to for advice. Gray is a shy guy with a secret crush on Claire's best friend. When he turns to her for advice on how to win over her friend Lindsey, they start a journey that is fun, sweet, touching and hysterical. I absolutely loved it! Claire was relatable, and Gray was charming. The only person I couldn't stand was Lindsey who seemed shallow and mean-spirited. This is one story I'll read over and over again. ...more
T.H. Hernandez
My Life in the No-Dating Zone is absolutely adorable. Claire is fun, quirky, bold, and terrified of dating boys while in high school. I'll admit I never really bought into her vow not to date. I didn't understand it, not even at the end when she tried to explain it better, but I accepted that she felt strongly about her conviction. When her two best friends, Lindsey and Rose, break the vow they made to always make girl time a higher priority than boys, Claire is understandably hurt. So when Gray ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Melissa by: FicWishes review blog
It all started with a little advice...

Imagine your entire world imploding over someone else's choice. One tiny decision rippling off of another, causing a domino effect that leaves your psyche shaken, and forces you to make promises with your mind that your heart has no hope of keeping.

Meet Claire Gardner.

She's the girl next door with her quirky hobbies, mood changing glasses, and her laidback, no-nonsense demeanor. When she's not busy building things, babysitting, bowling, and nose-deep in a
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
What I liked: I loved Claire, she was interesting in the fact that one of her favorite hobbies to do was put together LEGO sets. And she had glasses for different situations? That's such a twist on what I normally see for girls in novels and I really liked it because it was something new. Claire also put a lot of responsibility on herself to make sure that her house didn't have any drama resulting from her dating, because she saw what happened with her sister and the guy she dated when she was y ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Psychocat Reads Review of LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe

(I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

So let's jump in and see how LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE faired with Psychocat's claws.

The Characters: If you can't handle teen characters, this is definitely not the book for you. Aside from various bits with the parents, all the characters you spend any time with in this book are teens with all of their glorious quirks and way of looking at things.

Gray wa
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book
For the most part this book went as expect, guy likes popular girl, asks her friend for help dating her and in the process the two fall for each other. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and while I have nor have I ever had anything in common with Claire, I liked her no nonsense voice. I also loved that Gray was the one with all the insecurities in need of the confidence boost. Too often it's the other way around.

My biggest issue with the book was that I thought these characters has a lot of other issue
Kristelle Elaine
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, romance
I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All are my own opinion and is not compensated by any individual, organization, or company. This might contain minor spoilers.

You'll find this review on AMIABOOKLOVER

Maybe, it’s a different kind of usual story.

I personally thought it’s cute and fun to try reading. But there’s also the feeling that makes me want to expect less out of it. This kind of story platform has been around our cou
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Claire is one of the not so popular kids in her group that hangs out, but her best friend Lindsey is very popular. Grey, one of Claire's other friends, has a crush on Lindsey and ends up asking her for advice and help with trying to get on Lindsey's good side so that he can date her. Claire is hesitant at first but ends up agreeing to help Grey. Grey and Claire are a lot alike in that they are having to always help their parents out in taking care of their younger siblings. They both are very go ...more
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First of all, that is one gorgeous cover.. I LOVE IT! i can stare at it for days

Second, this was also a PERFECT book. I mean the writing, characters and story were so amazing.

The book definitely made me falling in love with love again, if that makes sense. It is a book that gripped me from the very first page. I couldn't not read it or stop wanting to go read it when I was away. It was amazing. And now that I finished it, I find that I just want to smile like a fool tomorrow and maybe next week.
Review of Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B.
Rating: 5/5 stars

Oh. My. Gosh.
Why do I do this to myself? Why do I enjoy reading contemporary books? WHY.
I don't have an answer, I just do.
Another time, a contemporary broke my heart because of how good it was.
I mean.. Claire and Gray's story has been amazing, unique and compelling.
This is the right way to start a new month. Thanks Patricia!


After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Love Gray.
no dating in high school was so different then another book I have read!
this book differently needs to be read by like every one it was so good! like most guys gray want Lindsey who is the super popular, hot girl. and he thinks hes in love with her but has ever really talked to her, and she has a boyfriend. and he needs help from one of Lindsey best friends Claire, the sweet, and funny girl who loves legos, as they start to plot how to get gray and Lindsey together then start to se
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In for a lot of mischief...

If I have not made it quite obvious, I love stories taking place in Texas. Maybe its just given since I'm from Texas, but whatever, sue me.

To be honest, I didn't know what I was expecting going in. Yeah, I read the title, but I didn't really pay attention to it until I read the first chapter or so.

I fell in love with the dialogue being used. More specifically how the southern slang was used correctly; so accurate. I felt like instead of reading, I was being carried awa
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a fun, sometimes goofy and sweet teen romance I enjoyed. In the book, Claire struggles with the changes that come when her two best friends start dating people seriously. I think this book is realistic for the situation and certainly not just in high school. A lot of people struggle to balance friendships and relationships and the book does a good job illustrating the resulting emotions. There may have been slightly more drama in the book’s high school portrayal than in the real life, b ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
If you've read any of my other "reviews" you would know that I am not really a reviewer, but I felt like this little gem needed a review.

Sometimes, you go into a book thinking you know what to expect. I mean, you're still excited and want to read it but you feel like you have an idea of how it's going to go. This was one of those books for me, but at the same time it had me curious from the very beginning. It turned into a story that was definitely something different and unexpected and over all
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: blogged, arcs
3.5 Stars
This was a cute story about the ups and downs of friendship, love and family.
It was a bit frustrating at times to see Claire's thought process about herself and the responsibility she feels to keeping her family life drama-free or that neither her or Grayson could see their feelings for each other. However, when I took the time to remember that they are teenagers and their maturity levels aren't the same as grown-ups, it made the story feel more authentic.
Claire's friendships left me f
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever flip of usual script

This is a sweet YA high school romance.
This time around it's the boy who is tongue-tied around the popular girl & procures help from the girl's best friend.

Both Gray & Claire need to spend time together to realize they are each other's best match & have to work through their issues around their parents' relationships.

It feels like an honest "young teens figuring out what they want & separating their relationship away from their parents' problems". There were a lot
T. Rosado
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

3.5-4 STARS!

This was an often funny young adult romance. Although a bit typical YA romance, it had a number of LOL moments. I really enjoyed the MC's and rooted for their HEA. Claire was a strong and assertive heroine for the most part. I admired her strength and determination. Gray was at times clueless, but ultimately a wonderful hero. I tire of the non-communicated misunderstandings, but can forgive them in a YA romance. Unfortunately, that is what is often typical with real teens. I know tha
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light. Fun. Cute.

This book was such a cute quick read. The characters were a joy. Especially Gray (who I kept wanting to call Gary in the beginning). I can honestly say I haven't read a male lead quite like him before. He's definitely going in my top 5 favorite male leads. Claire on the other hand, wasn't terrible, but not my favorite. I honestly felt her reason for her vow was quite stupid. However, all together these two made a great pair. I just wished we could have gotten to know the suppor
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gmmg-ya
This was a fun book that quickly had me invested in and rooting for the main characters. I loved Gray and Claire and I wanted to see them together despite Gray's initial interest in someone else and Claire's no-dating vow. I loved the dual point of view as well. When something went wrong between them, I enjoyed reading the reactions from both sides. I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author! ...more
Sweet and funny.

A good YA book. Romance, awkward and funny moments. A happy read that will make you smile! I recommend it!
Jessica Fether
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars ... Nothing earth shattering, but still a fun story.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a cute and short read. The characters were fun and it was an overall enjoyable read.
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The award-winning YA romance author of THE ZONE series and the SECOND CHANCES series, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dogs. She’s a sucker for romance and loves to put her characters in sticky situations to see what happens. When she’s not writing, she eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football.

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“I wrapped up my food to take home. "Let's go. We need to discuss your favorite method of dying, because I'm going to kill you. Just so you know."

Claire grinned. "You're welcome."

“I wrapped up my food to take home. 'Let's go. We need to discuss your favorite method of dying, because I'm going to kill you. Just so you know.'

Claire grinned. 'You're welcome.'
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