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The Love Interest

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  10,613 ratings  ·  2,297 reviews
A thrilling YA debut about teen spies disguised as "love interests"--whoever gets the girl lives; but the one she rejects, dies.

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical per
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
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Katie These are all great suggestions! I would just add the following:
If You Could Be Mine - Farizan, Sara
If I Was Your Girl- Russo, Meredith
Openly Straight…more
These are all great suggestions! I would just add the following:
If You Could Be Mine - Farizan, Sara
If I Was Your Girl- Russo, Meredith
Openly Straight - Ben Konigsberg (and to a lesser extent the sequel)
Been Here All Along-Hall, Sandy *
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - Green, John *
And I just wanted to give a shout out to Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.... and ok, I'll admit it, I love Carry On by Rainbow Rowell to, but it doesn't really follow the same category as the rest of the books.(less)
Katie I don't think anything has been officially said on if this is a standalone or if the author is open to writing it into a series. The ending wasn't sol…moreI don't think anything has been officially said on if this is a standalone or if the author is open to writing it into a series. The ending wasn't solid enough that it *couldn't* be made into a series, but, god, I really hope it's not. (less)

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✨    jami   ✨
I don’t exist to teach her a lesson, and it irks me that she thinks labeling me is okay now. Like, by liking guys, I automatically take on that role in her life. That I’m suddenly a supporting character in her story rather than the hero of my own.

it is a rough, rough thing to hold your most anticipated book of the year in your hands and feel so damn disappointed @past me: why did u gotta hype it so much ??

This book could have been so good and made so many good points and instead it all just
Emily May
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm going to go on a little tangent to explain my feelings on The Love Interest.

I am a lover of fiction, fantasy and adventure. I love to live in other worlds and believe in the impossible. Therefore, my ability to suspend disbelief is pretty darn good. I can be convinced that a world exists where magic killer unicorns walk the land and wreak havoc with their magic killer unicorn powers. Easy. Where my suspension of disbelief falters, however, is in the details. The hows and the whys. If, say, s
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: underwhelming, dnf, go-die
my future child: i'm so sorry i disappointed you mom

me (remembering the love interest): oh sweetie don't you fucking worry
I'm thinking a 3.5, it was going to be a 3 but that epilogue did something to me.

Honestly, I wanted this to be my favorite book ever, and I am incredibly disappointed to report that it is not.

Author: So here's my idea... two boys are supposed to fight for a girl
one is a bad boy, one is the boy next door, the girl can only choose one.

Readers: *sips tea* I see.. sounds familiar..

Author: But instead the two boys fall for each other

Claudia Lomelí
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was SO CUTE AND FUN. I'm smiling like an idiot right now.

I'm telling you, if you don't take this book seriously, you'll enjoy it and you'll have a good time (I mean, I think that the actual book doesn't take itself seriously xD). It was a light read and I had fun, what can I say? I get the reasons behind the bad reviews, and I agree with them in many aspects, but still I enjoyed this :). It was not remarcable nor memorable, it was more like a feel-good book.
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
1 Star




I was so excited for this, too.

A typical boy/girl/boy love triangle, where the boys complicate everything by falling for each other? Like yes plz.

But instead, here’s this rant.

(BR with the lovely Kainat who is welcome to spam me with Parks and Rec gifs any time. )


This idea is fun. It’s there was hype and so many of us wanted to read it. As a whole, this book is very aware of YA tropes, and does creatively twist stereotypes around.

This actually handled the LGBT+ elem
Simona B
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-english, ebooks, 2000
2.5—where the half star stands for “Metafiction. Metafiction everywhere,” and the second one for “I know your message is important and I'm trying to reward you for it even though you are so trashy and I'm not even saying that affectionately.”

“I may as well start whining about how nice guys never get the girl, so I shut my mouth.”


•At the beginning of this semester, one of the first things my professor of English literature told us was, “You won't understand a
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.75/5 stars
"Like, wouldn't it be better to send us in when we're a bit older? No one finds the love of their life while they're a teenager.“

“You haven't read any YA novels recently, have you?"

He's something you probably don't know about me. I love low budget movies. Anything with far-fetched plots, bad acting, and poorly done CGI is the closest thing I have ever gotten to drugs. I love low budget movies so much, that when I watch those box office superhero movies that everyone and their
Josh Hyung (조슈아)
My written interview with Cale Dietrich can be found here.

Drcong O '
BR with THE LITTLE SHITHEAD who sent me 215465156.0036337 messages about how awkward and dumb Juliet is.

Dear friends on Goodreads,

My sincerest apologies for not listening to y'alls when you said this book was a big fat load of bullshit and disappointment. My apologies for ignoring everyone, going ahead, reading this and then coming back to complain to everyone on how fucking CRINGY AND AWKWARD THIS WAS.


Me, lmao.


This book gave a

"A particularly important young woman has shown signs that she’s ready to select a partner, so two of you have to be sent in right away. We’re looking for a boy-next-door Nice and a mysterious, tortured-soul Bad.”

"Aren’t they always?"

4.5 stars!!

If you weren't already so excited for this book, YOU NEED TO BE! ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR ASAP THIS BOOK IS GREAT. It's such a cool concept and it was executed amazingly. The first 90% of this book is complete
Anna Priemaza
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
"Wouldn't it be better to send us in when we're a bit older? No one finds the love of their life while they're a teenager."
"You haven't read any YA novels recently, have you?"

So say the characters in this deliciously meta book that pokes fun at so many YA tropes, while somehow still making you swoon over them.

Caden, a Nice, has to compete against Dyl, a Bad (complete with leather jacket and sob story to account for his jerky behaviour), to win the affections of their Chosen. The winner gets to
Natalie Monroe
"If you caught your Chosen kissing your rival, what would you do?"

I lower my eyes and bring on the tears. When I feel them behind my eyelids I look up at him, my entire body radiating hurt. I stare at him for a moment, drop my mouth a fraction, then turn my head away.

"I'd look at her like that. Then I'd walk away. Next time I saw her she'd probably apologize if I were still in the running, so I'd tell her she doesn't ever have to explain herself to me, and that I only responded in that manne
May 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
All aboard the MS Disappointment, I'm the fucking captain of this ship

disclaimer: This book disappointed me so much that this turned into a Roast Session, I promise I'm a nice person and I don't really want to drag anyone (i don't even know how to trash books i've never done this before) so pls be nice to me, idk how to handle haters once someone told me i should calm down and i cried for 3.4 days


let's begin.

I need you to understand that I don't e v e r rate anything less

seriously pick this up NOW if you can get your hands on it.

I received an eARC, but this in no way impacts my views.

The Love Interest is a book that has me still screaming about it 12 hours later. It is a book that had me screaming at my phone, screaming at myself and crying. It is a book that defied all expectations I had for it, which were mildly low. I didn't want to go in expecting the best, but this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Cale Dietr

Let this buddy read begin with my girls,
Kaylin and Elise!

Aw hell! I think this book is fucking genius. A detailed explanation is coming in full review.
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I can't believe how disappointing this book was.

Honestly, I didn't have overly high expectations; however, I was curious. I felt like it had potential and so I decided to read it. Despite the hype and the fact that it's been 2-3 days since it's been released, there's already lots of mixed reviews. I think it's going to be one of those books that'll have very mixed reviews: you either love it or you hate it.

Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wait, wait, I can explain. You see, someone who has similar reading interests recommended this book and without reading a single review I dove right in, but at the 40% mark and after many wtfs I realised this person must really dislike me; otherwise, how does one recommend this book?

That's 2 hours of my life that I'll never get back. DNF @40%
Elle (ellexamines)
I can't take it, so DNF at page 130. Great premise, poor execution.

I don't know if I'll ever actually review this because all my feelings on it are so lukewarm. Feel free to head on over and watch Em drag it to hell and back if that's your thing.

The problem with this book is it can't decide whether it's a parody novel or a book or both. This is an excellent parody novel. It is not a good actual book.

In terms of being an actual novel, Dietrich has good ideas. Thematic conclusions about lgbt+ ch
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into this book expecting nothing. I was tentatively interested but scared I would be disappointed because I saw so many low ratings lingering around Goodreads. But guys, this book is soooo entertaining. I had so much fun listening to the audiobook of this novel; I can't imagine giving it anything lower than 4 stars.

I understand why some people don't like this book. It's loaded with cliches, and at times the characters can be very "cookie cutter." They can be one-sided, fitting into their
Holly Jennings
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Start the fangirling now.

I was fortunate enough to read an early copy of this book, and I couldn't put it down. For all of you wondering if this is "a love triangle turned on its head, where the special girl becomes the third wheel between two guys, who fall for each other instead." Yes, yes it is -- and it's so much more.

Full disclosure: the author and I are with the same literary agency, which is how I got my hands on an early copy. It has not affected my review in any way.

It's definitely ve
BR with my friends (I mean I only actually talked about this book with a couple of people while reading it but yeahhhh I just don't want anyone to feel excluded) <3

While you anxiously wait for my review you should read this analysis because it talks a bit more about the meta aspects of this book that I feel a lot of people might have missed (I mean, that's perfectly fine and I don't want to come off as "the way I read this is The Right Way and you're all wrong". I get it that reading this book
sofia (sam willows)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
you know when you see a big and pretty red apple and you want to taste it so bad, but then you take a bite and it's rotten on the inside

this book is that apple


this was a lie and review is not coming
prag ♻
DNF @40%

Meh. Another case of hype-a-titis.

(Buddy read with Sil, Amy, Elise and Em)
Erica ♋️✨
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book 10 stars it was so fucking good omg. The characters were all amazing the plot was so unique and I just loved it, I'm so shocked that this book has such low ratings this book deserves all the rating and stars in the world. I had low expectations going into this just like probably everyone else but I loved it so much one of my favorite books so far this year EVERYONE READ THIS BOOK PLEASE. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

UPDATE REREAD: 2/16/2018

i loved this book even more th
chan ☆
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
reading the lowest rated books on my goodreads tbr:
May 19, 2017 is currently reading it
I'm going to read this now.
I'm curious about you babe.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked
i'd write a proper review but it would just be full of question marks ...more
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"No, I'm not." I lower the gun and aim it at his right kneecap.
Even though I've been through hell, even though I've been told I'm worthless my whole life, even though I'm gay, even though the world wants me to bow down and accept that who I am makes me insignificant, the following is true:
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