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The Dating Debate

(Dating Dilemmas #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material.
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published February 5th 2018 by Entangled Crush
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
"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
Schizanthus Nerd
Trigger warning for issues surrounding mental health.

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 arguments debates with Nina and West.

Me: Hold on.
Dianna ♡ the belle and the book ♡
Reading this book was about as exciting as watching paint dry. Or as interesting as stating each and all the contents of your fridge to me. (Except if you have a lot of chocolate in there, I'm intrigued.)

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
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, arc, romance, contemporary
Despite not liking Valentine's Day, or many other holidays for that matter, Nina finds herself the object of a lie when West says they are going to a dance together. Not one to go back on her word, Nina insists that they stick to what they said was happening. The closer the dance comes the more she starts to get to know West, except he's keeping something important from her, and the one thing she hates most is being lied to and feeling unwanted.

The Story-This will be my fourth Chris Cannon book
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nina is a bookworm, Harry Potter lover, animal enthusiast and an unusual cookie. She is comfortable being herself and wants to date someone like minded. Valentines Day is just around the corner and Nina wishes being single didn't make the holiday so cringeworthy. Her brother has set her up for a potential date, all she needs to do is accept.

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.
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a delight. Cannon captures that essential teen-ness and presents it with all the warts but with kindness, as well. Nina and West are seniors (in high school) and neighbors and both have weathered some emotional family trauma, so it makes sense that they're more mature than most might be. And it also makes sense for why they might form a connection.

My favorite part of the story, though, is how multi-dimensional Cannon kept things. Nowhere is that more evident than in the central lie
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, romance, contemporary
I almost never pass up an opportunity to read an Entangled contemporary, because I know I will get a low angst, low drama story with a sweet romance and likable characters. Once again, I got what I expected with The Dating Debate.


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,
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked up this book on a whim. Honestly, I was trying to clear books that I had lost interest in from my Kindle - not permanent interest, but temporary-genre-interest. I go through phases. Most often I am reading fantasy, sci-fi, and urban fantasy of some sort. But occasionally, which is getting more and more occasional, I enjoy a good contemporary or historical romance. Not long ago I was in one of these romance phases and loaded my Kindle with hundreds of books that I thought would tempt me. ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, color me surprised, but this book was a thousand times better than I had expected it to be. Most of all, this book was exactly what I needed right now. I’ve been feeling stressed due to school, and I’ve been on the verge of a reading slump due to dissatisfying books and I thought I was on the point of giving up and taking a little break from reading. Thankfully, this was just what I needed to get my mental energy back up.

The thing I liked most about this book is that it turned out to be no
Rating: 4.5/5

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
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Three words to describe Chris Cannon's The Dating Debate? Bookish, charming and laugh-out-loud funny!

The Dating Debate introduces Nina Barnes and West Smith - neighbors, classmates, 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
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher Crush an imprint of Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review

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
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

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
WycEd Reader
Check out our The Dating Debate post on Wicked Reads OR our The Dating Debate post on Wicked Reads: YA Edition.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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,
Caitlin Audet
My rating: 3.5

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
Nicole Evelina
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
Nina is a bookish Harry Potter nerd with a crush on the (literal) boy next door, bad-boy West. He, on the other hand, isn’t sure whether to kiss or have her committed. Who questions and debates everything, anyway? And what is with all the hugging? Geeze. But a shared love for Harry Potter isn’t the only thing drawing these two unlikely lovers together. Unbeknownst to them, they both harbor secrets that have shaped their lives and would be devastating to them if anyone found out. Though their rel ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about two senior class students Nina and West who are neighbors. She is so-called bookworm hippie and he is “hot loner”. At the very beginning they “connect” via love of Harry Potter.
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
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

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 interact
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A good mix between serious issues and cute & fluffy
But in the end I found that the problems were handled to lightly. Were solved and dismissed to quickly.
Still cute & enjoyable
Soaring Up High

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.

Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book by Chris Cannon that I have read though I’ve seen her dragon series and they’re on my TBR. Nina, a bookish nerd and West, a brooding hottie, are neighbors. A whim of fate sends them in each other’s path and as they start dating, they learn more about each other.

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
Lissa Hawley
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely perfect!
Readers everywhere will fall in love with self professed "hippy-chick bookworm," Nina and her maybe not-so-brooding neighbor West.

The delightful sparring that is their courtship, filled with Harry Potter references and dueling causes just kept making me smile.

Perfect for fans of Kasie West. Highly recommended.
Tia Mele
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review. Thank you Netgalley, Entangled, and Chris Cannon for this opportunity.
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
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends

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
books are love
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just so freaking cute. A absolutely adorable clean romance.

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
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the publisher
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.
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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
This book was definitely an adventures/ emotional ride.

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
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one of my favorite Entangled Crush books! Chris Cannon had me at Harry Potter and saving a library! This cute romantic read finds two next door neighbors bonding and falling for each other through the book, while Nina's believe in making everything a debate keeps West on his toes. West is struggling with his own family issues and trying to keep his mother's hoarding issues a secret. Nina is dealing with her complete honesty and abandonment issues due to her father leaving her ...more
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Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series, the Crossroads Chronicles, the Boyfriend Chronicles, and the Dating Dilemma series. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or roman

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