The Dating Debate
"Unless you can magically pull tape out of your"--wait, we were still at school--"ear."
I wish I had a dollar for every time I rolled my eyes. I'd have a million dollars. One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to contemporary novels is probably when the book is either a.) a formula book, b.) a compilation of all the high school stereotypes ever, or c.) full of forced dialogue. The Dating Debate wins at all there.
We have our typical "sassy" hero and heroine (who are, in fact, not actually funn ...more
Of course I had to read an actual romance novel during 💔 Achy Breaky Heart Month! 💔. Apologies to Chris Cannon in advance for choosing The Dating Debate. Chris, you may recall that I previously reviewed Boomerang Boyfriend and I’m sorry for any therapy bills you incurred as a result. I remain staunchly anti-romance yet your blurbs keep sucking me in. Excuse me while I continue one of my many
Me: Hold on. ...more
At first, I thought I'd like this book. We got this bookworm heroine and the love interest is this brooding and leather jacket-wearing guy who, surprisingly, is also a bookworm and they have this common love for Harry Potter. Sounds about fascinating, eh?
I'd just like to say that the Harry Pott ...more
The Story-This will be my fourth Chris Cannon book ...more
West has just split with his girlfriend and enjoying the company of his new neighbours, when his ex shows up. She wants to go to the Valentine's Day dance. ...more
My favorite part of the story, though, is how multi-dimensional Cannon kept things. Nowhere is that more evident than in the central lie ...more
Nina, an avid reader, who had sworn off all boys, except fictional ones, following the demise of her parents' marriage. She was still reeling from the betrayal and abandonment her father inflicted on her, and was struggling with trust issues.
West, the boy next door, ...more
The thing I liked most about this book is that it turned out to be no ...more
This is a contemporary young adult romance but with more depth than such stories usually have as it also involves coping with a mentally ill parent and reactions to feelings of abandonment experienced after parents split up. However, don't let that make you think this won't be a fun read - it certainly is! I found it to be an engaging and entertaining read with well developed characters, humorous interactions and (thankfully) missing the 'popular' peers making life difficult for oth ...more
The Dating Debate introduces Nina Barnes and West Smith - neighbors, classmates, and...potential...love interests?
Nina is a girl after my own heart. She loves - and I mean LOVES - books. Throughout The Dating Debate, Nina talks about everything book related - eBooks versus physical copies, libraries, her favorite series, etc. - and I ate it right up. Plus it didn't hurt that I completely relate ...more
The Dating Debate is the first book in the Dating Dilemmas series by Chris Cannon. The Dating Debate is a young adult contemporary romance. I have read Chris Cannon's other young adult series, the Going Down in Flames series, which is a young adult paranormal romance. I really love that series, so I was excited to read something completely different from this author. The Dating Debate was a super quick read that was ...more
4 out of 5 stars
I highly enjoyed this book. Nina was very bookish and I appreciated that. West was bookish as well but a completely different way. I really appreciated the variety of different book type people. Some of the issues I had with this book which makes it a 4 out of 5 rather than a 5 out of 5 is that some of the characters are very flat. I forgot Nina even had a br ...more
Entangled's books have always been perfect, since I first started reading them, and this book was no different. In The Dating Debate, two very different people realise that they may not be as different as they first thought. Neighbour's Nina and West run in very different circles, and the only thing they seem to share is a driveway. Nina's life has more of a hippy feel to it, whereas West doesn ...more
I also really liked the secondary characters, especially the great friends that both West and Nina have and the amazing mom that Nina has. It’s nice to see characters support the main characters and give them a push in the right dir ...more
Nina’s point of view was quirky and being a fellow bookworm myself, I liked reading about her love of books and her fluency in Harry Potter. It highlighted similarities that other bookworms and I share. Not to menti ...more
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Erica – ☆☆☆☆☆
5 Banterific Stars
The Dating Debate is sure to please both young adults and those young at heart. Zany, lighthearted, charming, angsty, and swoon-worthy, I was hooked from page one. There was also surprising depth, with intriguing familial background, instead of how most books in the young adult genre have absentee parents, lea ...more
The Dating Debate by Chris Cannon is a great shout out to all us book nerds. Very rarely have I read about a heroine or hero who loves to read and funny enough you get both who are book lovers. I'm also always intrigued with reading an opposites attract good girl/bad boy story, and the Harry Potter references were a great bonus.
Our main character, Nina, was set up by her brother to be asked to the Valentine's Day Dance by one of his friends. After being caught trying to sneak off t ...more
The description of the book got me hooked as I always love a good YA romance.
I feel disappointed as I hoped for more action and more emotional read as I actually got. It felt not like written from Nina or West’s POV, but like some third person wrote about other person’s feelings. Yes, I do understand W ...more
5 Banterific Stars
Young Adult age-range: 13+ kissing & mental illness in a parent.
The Dating Debate is sure to please both young adults and those young at heart. Zany, lighthearted, charming, angsty, and swoon-worthy, I was hooked from page-one. There was also surprising depth, with intriguing familial background, instead of how most books in the young adult genre have absentee parents, leaving an opening for unlimited inte ...more
The Dating Debate is one of my top YA Contemporary Romance reads for 2018. This book is super cute and has the ability to make your day.
The Dating Debate features West and Nina, both of whom are next door neighbors. Nina is dead honest and is a book worm. West is continuously annoyed by Nina’s honestly and her ability to constantly turn things into a debate. He really does not know what to make of her.
West and Nina are such a funny couple. I love that both of them are book worms....more
The Dating Debate is about next door neighbors Nina and West who end up dating mostly because West wanted to get his ex girlfriend off his back and Nina wanted the guy her brother tried to set her up with off of her back. It was entirely a relationship of convenience, but it turns into a strong and powerful relationship between two peopl ...more
Book Review: 4,5 Stars
Sweet young love alert! #MyNewObsession
This is my first book from Chris Cannon and I really hope it’s not the last. The Dating Debate is the first book of The Dating Dilemmas Series, featuring the lovely, sweet, funny and heartwarming story of West and Nina.
Nina is a 17 years old girl who loves books, chocolate, her family— even though she insists her brother is adopted LOL —and her happy furry dog, Gidget. She’s a fierce defender of the truth, which makes her an argum ...more
Nina was a quirky smart girl who saw life as a when life hands you lemons make lemonade way. That doesn’t mean she didn’t have sadness in there she did. Her dad was a point of contention for her but she didn’t let it get her down. She was also a self proclaimed unvalentine’s day gal. She is also a book nerd and proud of it.
West is the broody next door neighbor who flusters her. He is a mystery that so many want to unravel.West i ...more
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Originally posted at Romancing the Book
This was a fast paced book that flowed smoothly but didn’t have the depth of the characters I’d hoped for. Nina and West are in high school and happen to be next door neighbors but each have family issues they are dealing with that are revealed a little at a time along with how they’re affected. They become friends after a fashion but could there be more? Each chapter is told from Nina or West’s point of view. ...more
DNF @ 11%
I gave up on this book because it has no depth to it. Everything is going by super quick, yet not although there is no thoughts, no time to catch our breath and understand the characters. They seem to be given stock personalities and looks which we are supposed to go with. Also, who tells someone they are "brooding" or even talks to others like 'oh, so and so is the sexy brooding loner--yum" like, no. Sorry, no tha ...more
Firstly, the two main characters can be seen as two parts of the classic love stories where she/ he falls for the boy /girl next door. But there is so much more going on! A lot of really tough topics have been discussed in this book. Some of them made me feel the anger the characters must feel and other had me blink back some tears.
Along these more 'serious' topics is of course, a lot of YA drama. Most prominent are the main characters figh ...more
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