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Life In The No Dating Zone

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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 Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.

First published December 2, 2014

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Patricia B. Tighe

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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 two labradoodles. When she’s not writing, she loves to read and go on hikes with the dogs. In the autumn, she can be found yelling at the TV while watching the NFL. But no matter what time of year, the least likely place to find her is in a kitchen.

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2,037 reviews239 followers
December 18, 2014
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 

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 on my nerves a bit, but we eventually worked things out.  Life in the No Dating Zone is told in dual narrative between Claire and Gray.

Gray really liked Claire's popular friend Lindsey since forever, and he turns to Claire for help. Which Claire is more than happy to do because she doesn't date (because of a pact) and she feels left out by her friends that each have boyfriends. She wants to break Lindsey and her current beau up. This was my problem with Claire. She acted really childish sometimes. Her immaturity and self centered attitude really bugged me for a large part of the first half of the book. And my real problem was that she would have these moments of such nice-ness that I wanted her to be that nice girl more. I wanted that to be who the real Claire was, but I wasn't sure if she was more nice, or more immature. She eventually won me over, but I wouldn't say that I loved her. I liked her.

Gray on the other hand, I adored. He is just the sweetest shy guy ever. I loved how quiet and pensive he was. But the more he was around Claire and her friends the more he came out of his shell. And I also liked reading his point of view chapters because you could see him growing more and more fond of Claire, and it was so funny to try and see when he would finally open his eyes and realize he liked her.

Claire's no dating pact took a while to fully develop the reasoning behind it. I had no idea why she made the pact for most of the book. She gives a surface reason for not dating, but we don't get to the real meat of the issue until later on. I think that was my favorite part of Claire's character- watching her grow and come to terms with her pact and the reason behind it. Life in the No Dating Zone was a cute read. It was fun to watch the slow burn romance blossom between these friends. Claire might get on your nerves a time or two, but she will make up for it in the end.

 This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
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1,537 reviews124 followers
June 22, 2017
“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.

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Author 6 books372 followers
July 13, 2016
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, smart, heroine who isn't ashamed that she's into LEGOs? Whaaaat? I know, right? You'll have to read it to find out what I mean, but it's awesome.

I highly recommend this story. 5 fun, flirty stars.
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3,131 reviews26 followers
December 23, 2014
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 friends found a guy and Claire is seeing them spend less time with her and more time with them. This has her feel a little like a third wheel but that isn’t what motivates her to help Gray. Her motivation is that Lindseys boyfriend is not nice and she feels she deserves better. Even though doing something for a good reason it is selfish as well for she doesn’t take her friend’s feeling in consideration. So Claire helps Gray but along the way falls in love with him. Their time together is so sweet. Only problem here is Claire is conflicted. She wants to be with Gray but she has the vow. A vow she created because she is afraid if she dates she will help cause the breakup of her family like her sister almost did. Irrational fear but there nonetheless.

All does come to a head though and Lindsey really goes off on Claire. This hurts Claire more because she is already reeling from Gray. Eventually Claire does come to her senses on things and we do see a HEA.

This is a sweet romance that the characters start as friends and end up together. Where each helps the other overcome something. For Claire she overcomes her fear and her fear of her parents separating and for Gray he learns to not shutdown and give things time to work out. Each character is cute in their own way and Claire and Gray will have you cheering for a happy ending and that they realize they are in love with each other.
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4,951 reviews306 followers
November 10, 2014
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 Claire is also big on Lego, it made me wonder if she happened to be Asperger's as a lot of things had to be in routine, follow order otherwise it would be a panic or mini-meltdown for her. Enter Grayson aka Gray , he has had a long-time crush on Claire's best friend Lindsey - the one all the boys like and all the girls hate because she of course is the one that all their boyfriends want. Gray heads over to Claire's to ask her advice and her help in winning Lindsey's affections. As the novel goes we see Claire working with Gray and we the readers, start to catch glimpses of the chemistry between Claire and Gray - though of course they both are trying so hard to either A) not notice it or B) are being oblivious to what others can see. When it comes to the realisation point though, will Gray be with Lindsey or will he realise that it was Claire he loved all along. Will Claire be able to break her no-dating policy for Gray or will she be so set in her ways, that she will miss an opportunity to be happy ?

Find out in this sweet clean teen romance "Life in the No-Dating Zone".
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2,344 reviews73 followers
March 7, 2015
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 place in Texas. Being from and living in Texas instantly makes me a sucker for books set here. I felt so at ease reading Life In The No Dating Zone! I loved Claire! I didn't relate to her, in I saw myself as her, but I would totally want to be her friend. She is such a unique character and has some adorable quirks about her. Like, her favorite hobbies is to put together LEGO sets. TOTES ADORBZ!

Life In The No Dating Zone is definitely a fun read that you should get your hands on. You'll be whisked away by these interesting characters that seem like so much fun. Claire grows throughout the book and you are rooting her on to grow. Not to mention the cute moments she and Gray have! They made me relive my teenage years!
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1,878 reviews1,308 followers
July 12, 2018
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 relationships, which is exactly what Gray does when he doesn't know how to make Lindsey notice him. He's had a crush on her for quite some time, but he isn't on her radar at all. Claire has a plan, a good one that will assure Lindsey finds out what a great guy Gray is. However, while spending time executing it she discovers she likes him a lot. Unfortunately Gray isn't interested in her and Claire has made a vow, but feelings can change and some promises should be broken. Can Claire deal with the most painful part of her past in exchange for a future with someone she loves?

Life in the No-Dating Zone is a wonderful romantic story. Claire is smart, capable and fiery. She's quirky and I adored her LEGO obsession. I also liked that she speaks her mind. She's a good plotter and comes up with incredible ideas to help the gentle, shy and handsome Gray with his crush. When sparks fly between them they both know they have a problem, but once a plan has been set into motion it isn't so easy to abandon it. That leads to all kinds of fabulous entertaining drama. I read Life in the No-Dating Zone with a big smile on my face, it's a fun, lighthearted feelgood story that I couldn't put down.

Patricia B. Tighe's writing has a nice easy flow, this makes her story a joy to read and perfect to devour in one sitting. She perfectly understands what falling deeply in love for the first time is like and explores every single feeling that comes with this scary, but possibly amazing situation. Claire has some growing up to do and each step of her journey is well thought through and natural. The result is a story that's endearing, charming and sweet. I absolutely loved Life in the No-Dating Zone and highly recommend it.
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Author 30 books10 followers
July 29, 2018
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.
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Author 9 books204 followers
February 11, 2015
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 (Grayson, which I love since I have a son named is Grayson), who crushes on Lindsey big time, approaches Claire for help with her best friend, she sees it as a way to break up Lindsey and her current boyfriend du jour.

Gray is sweet, unsure of himself, especially where Lindsey is concerned, and determined to be her next boyfriend. He elicits the help of Lindsey's best friend, Claire, hoping to worm his way into their group so he can pick up the pieces when Lindsey's latest relationship falls apart. She has a reputation of burning through boyfriends, so he knows he just needs to bide his time.

Things go from complicated to horribly dysfunctional when Claire falls for Gray and Gray falls for Claire, with Claire's vow and Gray's supposed crush on Lindsey getting in the way. The story is a fun, refreshing twist on young adult romance. Watching these two fall for each other is a delightful treat. There is no swearing and no sex, making it perfect for teens of all ages.

Gray wants Lindsey, Claire hates Lindsey's current boyfriend, and feels betrayed by both Lindsey and Rose who seem to spend more time with their boyfriends than her. Claire comes up with all kinds of hysterical schemes for pushing Gray and Lindsey together. It's not particularly deep or poignant, but it's a heck of a lot of fun. There isn't a lot of subplotting, but the main plot is so endearing, its okay that there isn't a lot more going on.

Claire is the kind of girl everyone should have as a friend. Even though she messes up on nearly a daily basis in the friendship department, her heart is in the right place, and when she apologizes, she does it right. Gray is the boy every mother secretly wants their daughter to date. He's cute, loyal, kind, and loves kids. The story is told through these two points of view and both characters are pretty well rounded. Neither has any major flaw they need to overcome. Claire has her whole vow thing and needs to come to terms with what that means in light of her feelings for Gray, but its enough to drive conflict and keep the story moving.

Top Five Things I Love About Life in the No-Dating Zone
1. The fact that Claire wears glasses. She never changes to contacts to be more attractive. In fact, her appearance isn't even important to her, and I love that about her.

2. Gray's self-doubts. They make him infinitely human. I love that he's not another cocky athlete that needs to be tamed. He's just a sweet boy who realizes that he's crazy about the girl who isn't the girl he always thought he wanted.

3. The Grand Gesture. Because it's just such an entertaining concept.

4. Lindsey's big brother, because everyone should have an older sibling that goes that extra mile to look after his kid sister and her friends.

5. Claire's parents. They are flawed, but try to do the right thing, with sometimes unintended consequences.

Bottom Line
Life in the No-Dating Zone is a light-hearted romance and one of the sweetest young adult novels I've read this year. I highly recommend it.

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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18 reviews2 followers
January 31, 2015
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 book; she's struggling to keep the solidarity with her two best friends, Rose and Lindsey. Rose - the lover, and Lindsey - the girl all the guys want. The same two best friends who are head over heels in their first serious relationships.

Young love can be great, but it can also be cruel.

That's where shy, but undeniably cute Gray Langley comes in. He's a product of a split home, and lives with his dad and two little brothers. Although his parents' divorce has left him slightly withdrawn from his folks, he remains remarkably un-jaded in his own love life.

Gray has had a crush on Lindsey (Claire's bff) for over a year, but he's never had the nerve to approach her. He overhears a mutual acquaintance asking Claire for advice during a pool party and decides to call in reinforcements. He seeks Claire out, hoping for a little insight into Lindsey's world, and he ends up receiving her well practiced mantra; which sounds an awful lot like, "Talk to her. Put yourself out there and be honest..." something she's famous for telling people.

Gray and Claire form a fast friendship, and somewhere along the way she tugs him out of his shell. Claire teaches Gray about bold gestures, and he shows her that her world won't stop spinning when things don't always go according to plan.

When Claire's quest to help Gray score his dream girl turns into a vendetta against Lindsey's boyfriend, Adam, her world begins to spin out of control.

At the end of the day, Claire has to decide whether she's going to take her own advice and talk about her problems, or if she's going to isolate herself and hide behind excuses, vows, and inanimate objects.

I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't stop reading it once I started. The two main characters are so dynamic and fun. Although Claire is also so darn stubborn, I could definitely relate to a lot of the things she goes through. You can't help but root for her.

There were moments that made me smile and tugged at my heartstrings,
and that is, in my opinion, a true sign of a great book.

Thank you, Patricia, for showing us that a LEGO set is much easier to put back together than a broken heart. I give this read 4.5 stars. Excellent.

For this full review, and more book reviews/recs, check out the FicWishes review blog at: http://ficwishes.blogspot.com/2014/12...
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243 reviews21 followers
December 3, 2014
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 younger. That's a very understandable thing for her, because she doesn't want to lose her parents like she almost did when she sister got married. Her friendship with Lindsey seemed rough at times (especially with how Adam is towards Claire with Lindsey doing nothing about it), and honestly sometimes we do have friends like that. Claire's friendship with Rose was really nice, Rose was an understanding person when she was around in the story. I also liked the setting, Texas was a new setting for me and it felt real because not only was the setting done right, but we also have the use of Southern Slang words, namely the well know "y'all" phrase.

What I didn't like: Claire was very "back and forth" on decisions when it came to her friends, if something didn't go her way and she wanted it to she would do something about it. I also wanted to know why Adam was so rude to Claire all the time, but we're never given the reason and it also makes me question whether or not Lindsey even stood up to Adam to protect Claire since they're supposed to be friends. I never get the sense that she does because the one time they confront it alone she doesn't say she defended Claire with how Adam talks about her, a bad sign for the friendship, but again, some friends can be like that.

Overall Review: With plenty of humorous moments and characters with interesting stories, Life in the No Dating Zone was a much better story than I was anticipating that it would be when I began it. With writing that was really good and interesting dialogue between the characters I found myself really enjoying this story. There was plenty of little moments where you could see the attraction between Claire and Gray begin to spark and they had one moment where it became very noticeable that they liked each other. It had several cute moments and moments where I thought the story was going to end one way only to see that it twisted around and would very likely end in another. Claire's journey about learning about how things would likely be now that she understands how she can't expect her friends always to be there since they have boyfriends was a nice touch to see her grow up as the story went on from the beginning to the end.

Recommend?: It was very good, so I do!
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89 reviews11 followers
February 3, 2015
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 was actually my favorite character for the bunch. Yes, his whole obsessing over Lindsey from afar thing is one of those cringeworthy teen habits, but he really does come off as a decent and very likeable guy.

Claire is the quirky kind of unique that we love around here. She comes across as a sweet girl with her heart in the right place, even when the execution doesn't work out right. Overall, she comes across a realistic portrayal of a young woman in the throes of the drama of the high school social scene.

The Relationships: The author manages to give us insights into several relationships across Claire and Gray's friends and families. This kind of web always makes me happy since relationships just don't happen in a bubble. In the case of Claire and Gray, things most definitely don't develop inside a bubble.

My only complaint is that it seemed like the drama around Adam just got washed over in the end. It's a minor complaint, but given the energy Claire invests in this particular headache, I expected a bit more.

Too Perfect or Perfectly Flawed: LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE highlights the perfectly flawed logic possessed by many teenagers. Claire's decisions make sense to her when she makes them, even if you're trying to convince her otherwise while you're reading the book. The author does a good job of building a pretty believable turn of events through the path of teen romance.

Jen's Final Rating: 4 STARS! A super cute and highly relatable YA romance. Patricia Tighe's debut novel deserves a spot on your TBR list if you enjoy reading YA. She'll be sticking around my Authors I Read list in hopes there's more to come from her.

Psychocat's Final Rating: Typical Psychocat, her favorite part was when a punch was thrown. Still there were enough moments of cattiness to keep her happy.
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1,274 reviews23 followers
March 23, 2016
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 issues that weren't really completely resolved. Claire's parents kind of ignore her always putting her older sister first and expecting her to spend her time babysitting the child her sister had way too young. Claire may be okay with stepping up for that duty, but the thing is she shouldn't have to be. It honestly sounds like Claire and her parents are raising baby Jack more than Mimi and the husband she had to have right after graduating high school are. She's sort of the backburner child and even Gray can see that. She's the one who deals and just tries to fix everything for everyone. Her parents are really crappy because even when they see it they don't attempt to really change it. Yes your grand child is cute, yes you have a lovely older daughter, but your priority at this point in time should be that child still living under your roof, needing your guidance instead of needing to be the one who cleans up her older sister's messes. Then there's Claire's friendships and honestly I think Lindsey and Adam are both character she could do without having in her life. Or how about the fact that Claire is so petrified by change that she'll do almost anything to stop it from happening. I don't think it's fair to the reader to present all these twists in the character and not completely resolve them before ending the book.

Claire isn't the only one with unresolved issues, Gray's mommy issues could probably fill a novel all on their own and yet we don't even get to directly see her in scenes only to see how her actions are affecting his outside life.

The primary story was cute, even if it was expected. I really did enjoy that part of the novel, my biggest issue was all the unresolved secondary plot lines, that said I would definitely read another title by this author and thing most fans of teen contemporaries will enjoy this one.
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181 reviews37 followers
December 22, 2014
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 country’s film culture for more than a decade or two so I’m a little hesitant about how I would accept this story because I knew it too well. I tried it for I hoped that this will show me little new things that are different from the typical story of falling-in-love-with-someone-who-is-supposed-to-help-you-get-who-you-want.

It’s adorably cute and makes me smile at times.

It’s adorably fun and cute. It got a good amount and timing of humor and I like the characters. It’s not enough, though, to satisfy my thirst for new things. It is still the same with the ones I watched and read, presenting the same offer. Nothing new. But it is still good and fun and I’m sure every reader will feel the same way.


There is just one thing I could not really take. The reason Claire decided not to date for the rest of the book, it is so unfair and unbelievable and sad for Gray. It also somehow affects her relationship with her friends’ guys. I just feel it’s not worth it. Not worth the reason not to date. But who knows, let us just understand and be considerate of Claire, hmm?

I’ll recommend to everyone who loves romance and stories about falling-in-love-with-someone-who-is-supposed-to-help-you-get-who-you-want. It was good and I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me, too.
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1,036 reviews14 followers
December 8, 2014
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 good with their younger siblings and enjoy their time with them. Claire has Grey come to her house so that they can talk about how they are going to get him to talk to Lindsey. Grey is shy and not one to push himself on others so Claire helps him with "chance" meeting with Lindsey to get them more acquainted. Claire has no interest in dating because of a promise she made to herself. She is so afraid of her own problems interfering with her parents and them possibly getting a divorce because of her that she has promised herself she will not date to avoid that happening.

Claire is all about helping Grey, but in the meantime of them getting together to discuss situations with Lindsey, the two of them grow pretty close and become really good friends! Grey soon realizes that Lindsey is not a good match for him and that she is not the one that he has a crush on. Grey really liked Claire and has to find a way to tell her that he liked her instead of Lindsey. When Claire finally gives into her feelings, she realizes that she really likes Grey as well and has second thoughts about her vow to not date. At first Claire does not give into her feelings and keeps her vow. Claire soon realizes that it is not her place to take on her parent's burden's and breaks the vow that she made. Now she feels free to date Grey. Claire finds a clever way to tell Grey that she is no longer keeping her vow and wants to enter a relationship with him. This was a cute story. I liked that these young kids had responsibilities and were not just allowed to get away with doing nothing. Although this was a HEA, I would love to know what becomes of these two after they start dating.
February 27, 2015
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. It is that kind of feel-good books.

Claire Gardner, bff of Lindsey and Rose, is a freshman who enjoys her LEGO toys and believes in open lines of communications to relief any kind of tension. However, she has vowed to keep away from dating through the entirety of high school, after her sister's elopement has caused the family serious issues. Until one day, Grayson (Gray) Langley comes to her for advice on how to win her bff's (Lindsey's) heart. Only, by trying to learn more about his crush, they find themselves being attracted to each other. How will they come to understand each other through the various obstacles in their way?

I am very glad to have discovered this little gem of a book. This story has everything I want in a chick-lit. Gray is socially awkward and adorable yet there's layers to his life that slowly unravel. Claire compliments his character very well. She is his opposite. She is sweet and a people-person. But she also has her own issues that comes in the way of her life. Like how she was too much wrapped up in her bff's love life and obsessing over them too just because they didn't agree with her own vow. I thought that was pathetic in the beginning. But I am glad she's grown by the end of the book. Gary and Claire have their humor moments especially with baby Jack and they made me live in a bubble of happiness.

I really liked Claire. Her personality was interesting. Even though I didn't understand her dislike of Rose who is actually a nice person as well. I guess that came from a place of insecurity.

Overall, the book was a great surprise and I loved all the characters. I am so going to check the author's other work as soon as I get the chance.
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March 3, 2017
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 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 Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.


Soooo. I don't know where to start. I made clear that I loved this book in some of my previous posts posts on Instagram and also in my IG story multiple times, but I'll never stop saying how much I loved this book.
Claire is an amazing female protagonist, cute, has her own ideas, seems pretty tough, but deep down she has many insecurities.
Gray is Gray. The super cute super handsome guy who can't find the courage to talk to the girl he's always worshipped and finds himself involved in something more.

The writing is excellent and it flows really well, I had zero problems getting into the story, which is great. The plot is fantastic and it reminded me a bit of The Duff (at least the movie, forgive me, but I didn't read the novel!). I loved how everything is connected, and nothing seems out of place. So well done. *clapclap*
Definitely recommended is you like YA contemporary books!!
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15 reviews1 follower
March 20, 2015
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 see that they might be falling in love with each other. only one problem Claire has made a vow about dating in high school Claire is very conflicted about her vow. She wants to be with Gray a lot! and her stupid vow that she created because she was afraid that if she dates someone she will cause her family brake apart like her sister almost did. Her Irrational fear but there nonetheless. But eventually Claire does come to her senses on things about her family and about gray

This is a sweet romance that the characters start as somewhat like friends but in the end end up together. and each other helps the other to overcome something. For Claire she overcomes her fear and her fear of her parents separating and for Gray he learns to not shutdown and give things time to work out. Each character is cute in their own way and Claire and Gray will have you cheering for a happy ending and that they realize they are in love with each other! and it was a nice happy ending! and if there was another book like one about grays best friend...maybe? I would so read it!!
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Author 2 books30 followers
December 2, 2014
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 away in a regular conversation with a close friend.

These characters were so unique and so real with a great sense of humor. I was able to connect with them easily with their well-rounded character development as well as the thought-out dilemmas between them.

I absolutely had so much fun with their little antics, endless humor, silly banter, and much much teasing between majority of the characters, I literally felt as if I was there with them joining in on their greatest scheme

The scenarios for the events in the story were really well written, and thought out. I was really able to follow everything very easily and pick out the lessons that were learnt as the story unfolded. This story had so much to offer. It was a well-balanced mixture of silly teenage pranks, fiascoes & serious problems and familial situations.

Overall, I absolutely had a blast reading this very enjoyable story and look forward to checking out more of this author's work.
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805 reviews46 followers
December 4, 2014
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, but not much!

Claire is likeable and very relatable. I enjoyed that the book didn’t end with a climatic first kiss and they lived happily ever after. Instead, there are still other hurdles that have to be passed. If you cringe with the slightest mention of high school angst and drama, this book will not be for you, but if you can handle a moderate dose, this will be a fun read! The goofiness of the characters are a great reminder of high school plots.

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours.

Who should read it? Folks looking for a fun book centered on relationships and friendships.

See all my reviews and more at www.ReadingToDistraction.com or @Read2Distract
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29 reviews1 follower
January 17, 2015
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 I really enjoyed it!

I'm not one to go into details, but I will say that I loved the unique characters in this book, I felt like they were fun and realistic. They all gave you something to root for. I always love the dual POV and as usual it was so much fun to read from the guys perspective.

The story overall was a light & easy read that had a little bit of everything and made me feel like I was picking up the book to check on how my friends were doing. :)

Basically, to sum up, you should definitely read this one!
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1,603 reviews150 followers
December 2, 2014
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 feeling a little disconcerted. Lindsay was NOT a nice person in my opinion and her behavior towards Claire was disappointing.
Overall I enjoyed the story but I think this is one YA book that is meant for a younger crowd. I would gladly purchase this book for my daughter.

*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
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658 reviews
February 15, 2016
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 of "we are going to solve the problem, but got conveniently distracted".

But in total, this was a good read: the characters had good chemistry, the secondary characters were developed, the dialogue was well-written, and there were great details to make the characters unique.
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1,724 reviews45 followers
April 17, 2016

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 that there needs to be conflict in a novel, but I didn't fully grasp Claire's reason for not dating in high school.

All in all, this was a fun romance with some sweet swoony moments. It's a well written and developed story, just maybe not the most memorable. I would definitely recommend it for a quick fun read.

I received an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
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21 reviews
August 31, 2015
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 supporting characters a bit more (Berger).
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Author 11 books317 followers
April 10, 2016
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!
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33 reviews6 followers
February 11, 2015
Sweet and funny.

A good YA book. Romance, awkward and funny moments. A happy read that will make you smile! I recommend it!
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232 reviews23 followers
May 14, 2015
3.5 stars ... Nothing earth shattering, but still a fun story.
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