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The Perfect Escape

(The Perfect Escape #1)

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“Pure fun! A hilarious rom-com that head-fakes you into tumbling headlong into a techno-zombie survival thriller propelled by banter and plenty of heart.”—DAVID YOON, New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love

Love is a battlefield in this hysterical debut, perfect for fans of Jenny Han.

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers Nate a

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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    Suzanne Park I don't want to give too much away, but yes, there are characters playing zombies in the escape room, and later there's a zombie survival competition.…moreI don't want to give too much away, but yes, there are characters playing zombies in the escape room, and later there's a zombie survival competition. I wouldn't categorize either the escape room zombies or the competition zombies as "real" though? I hope this helps. It's definitely a comedy that is zombie themed :)(less)
    Suzanne Park Hi! It's an Asian male/white female pairing in this book. Nate is Korean-American and he's the main/primary character.

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    Helen Hoang
    Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book! Suzanne Park is effortlessly hilarious, and her characters are super lovable. My favorite is Nate, he's swoony but so relatable as an Asian American lead. His family members are also written with great care and humor, and his little sister is the cutest thing. Kate's struggles with her dad really spoke to me, so if anyone has daddy troubles, this book might be for you...

    I hope this is the YA romcom of 2020. It was sweet, funny, and yeah, it warmed my broken heart. I can't wait
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I’m honest here, the blurb and the cover drew me in, but unfortunately the plot didn’t deliver.

    This debut novel, needed some polishing and some more editing. Marketed as a rom-com, I was missing the fun aspect of it. The writing wasn’t funny, the dialogues weren’t funny and the overall plot wasn’t funny either.

    On top of it, the romance felt lackluster, since the couple had no real chemistry. The plot had holes, and the sub plots were rather unbelievable. Additionally the plot was actually a bit
    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    I'm so excited<3


    Suzanne Park
    Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    I highly recommend this book.
    Sarah Henning
    Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Suzanne Park’s THE PERFECT ESCAPE is the hilarious tale of two snarky teens hoping to fund their wildest dreams in the most convenient way available: via windfall from agood, old-fashioned zombie-whooping competition. Tech-brainiac Nate and wannabe-actress Kate will win your hearts (and maybe each other’s) as they conquer the undead, their well-meaning but clueless parents, and their disagreement over the virtuesof mayo-based products. THE PERFECT ESCAPE is indeed the perfect escape from, well, ...more
    Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I'm usually not one for YA contemporaries, but this sounds ~ adorable.
    Whitney Schneider
    Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Puts the COM in rom-com!

    This book is hilarious! Nate and Kate are such likable characters as they get to know each other (and themselves) while prepping for a zombie survivalist competition. Nate’s relationship with his family and adorable little sister is heartwarming and realistic. It’s a perfect contrast to Kate’s broken relationship with her father and his over-the-top, but understandable, concerns for her safety. Suzanne Park did an amazing job of getting me to root for each character,
    ♠ TABI ♠
    Jul 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
    please rec me all the Korean/Korean-American YA books y'all know of PLEASE
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
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    Even after sleeping on The Perfect Escape, I'm still not really sure what to make of this one. The blurb describes it as a rom-com but this felt more like a contemporary YA + Black Mirror mashup. I was also a little irked that the survival competition mentioned in the description is such a small part of the actual story.

    Nate and Kate were both...fine... as main characters. They each had interesting backstories (that wildly fluctuated in believability) but seemed like they were missing something
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    THE PERFECT ESCAPE is a witty rom-com, with a unique, zombie-filled twist! Nate and Kate meet at the zombie-themed escape room where they both work. On the surface, a love of zombies might appear to be the only thing they have in common. At home, Nate feels the pressures of earning money for college, of making his family proud, and buying his loving parents new things. Kate, on the other hand, lives in a ritzy smart home (like a very, very smart home), decked to the nines with all the amenities ...more
    Bree Hill
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
    The saving grace for me with The Perfect Escape was the hero Nate, if I wasn’t rooting for him and invested in him, I probably would’ve DNF’d this book. As much as I wanted to be interested in Kate, the heroine, I just didn’t connect with her-probably because her part of the story brought with it some unbelievable aspects of the book; basically raised by a robot?
    This book is advertised as a YA-Rom-Com and I’m still trying to figure out where that comes the teens cuss and some of the
    Samantha (WLABB)
    Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I liked the thoughtful examination and juxtaposition of Kate and Nate's family situations, and though I did want more of the romance, I loved what bits I did get and liked the promise the ending gave me.

    Full review to follow

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

    Kristin Rockaway
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    THE PERFECT ESCAPE is the zombie-themed romcom I never knew I needed! Told in Suzanne Park's distinctive witty voice, the sweet, hilarious story of Kate and Nate was by turns touching and laugh-out-loud funny. This book is perfect for anyone who's ever been misunderstood, underestimated, or just likes a fast-paced, zombie-rific happily ever after.
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
    On Kate's first day of work at the Zombie Escape Room she meets Nate. When she bums a ride off of him after work the two quickly become friends because of their mutual love of Zombies. Nate comes from a modest family that struggles to sometimes make ends meet. Ambition drives Nate to excel in everything. At work, in Krav Maga, cross country and especially school. When Nate's nemesis offers him a deal to earn some money Nate is very tempted to take it. Until Kate swoops in with a kind of crazy ...more
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    Kate and Nate's lives couldn't be anymore different. United by a love of zombies, Kate lives in a tech mansion and barely sees her father while Nate is a scholarship kid with dreams of being a rich inventor. Park's characters in The Perfect Escape are so detailed and they practically fly off the page. Told in dual POV, we are able to see the way Kate subverts her extremely
    Tabassum Irin
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
    A book with romance, zombies and adventure? YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION.
    When I stumbled upon The Perfect Escape on bookstagram, I knew it would be a book that I’d enjoy reading. Thankfully, I wasn’t wrong. Thanks to the publisher for sending me an arc of The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park in exchange of an honest review!It was such a fun and hilarious read! I rated it 3.5/5 stars.
    My thoughts on the book :
    • The Perfect Escape was the perfect blend of romance, comedy and adventure. My recent love for
    Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Super cute, light-hearted fun! Full review to follow shortly.
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
    Here's the thing! I wasn't quite sure of what to expect going into this book, particularly because the cover and synopsis gave it huge cheesy rom-com vibes to me, while the zombie competition that the relationship of the MCs was based off of seemed less friendly and more cutthroat.

    And the result was a strange balance between the two? I'm still very confused about how dramatic of a shift I feel like the book took from the beginning to the last 1/5. Just because it started out very casual and
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I have a crush on Nate and think the romance between him and Kate is adorable. The characters all have their unique personalities which made me snort-laugh and chuckle throughout the book. If you are in the mood for something light (although I did cry a little), funny, a bit sci-fi, and something that gives you a glimpse of growing up Korean-American, read this book.
    Janet Rundquist
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book!
    I loved the give and take between Nate and Kate as they danced around their feelings for one another. (Nate's internal dialogue is A+ entertaining, btw.) The zombie survival competition throws in some great twists, but probably the thing I liked best was how Park avoids the overworn trope of both characters making snap judgments about each other based upon their socioeconomic status. Bonus points for the characters of AI
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book.

    First off, zombie escape room romance is something I never knew I even wanted until this, but I'm here for it and I love it.

    Second, I really love the way Suzanne took really serious subjects and wove them in with humor. I appreciate her ability to both hit me in the feels and make me laugh out loud with a turn of the page. Add this to your TBR for sure!
    Chelsea Ichaso
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    THE PERFECT ESCAPE made me laugh out loud countless times. Nate and Kate, the lovable protagonists, are each hilarious in their own ways, yet not without depth. The survivalist competition is such a fun and unique arena for the rom and the com as this duo battles zombies and other teams in attempt to win the money that will fund their dreams. Nate and Kate both need to win the money, but up against so many obstacles, will they be able to win each other's hearts? I found myself tearing through ...more
    Kim Smejkal
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Hilarious AND cute! A wonderful quick read that made me laugh out loud more than once. The characters were both so well-rounded and deep, and the zombie-inspired geeky setting was so unique and fun!
    Ken Choy
    Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    (based on pre-book deal draft)
    With remarkable humor and insight into a teenagers angst-ridden psyche, the author puts her characters through the ringer--school bullies, Corporate bullies, zombies, a "please-let-it-happen-even-though-it-shouldn't-work-out" romance, and a helicopter parent that leave readers thanking their own for not being like the one in the book, just to name a few obstacles--and zeroes in on the consequences of hasty and sometimes self-serving decisions.

    Liz Lawson
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book.

    THE PERFECT ESCAPE is straight-up, real life, rom com, in that it has COMEDY! I lol'ed multiple times while reading, which is rare for me. It's a breath of fresh air in a crowded genre because of that--and because of the plot, which features zombie escape rooms and a survivalist competition.

    This is a dual POV book and Park does a great job giving her two protagonist personalities unique from the each other--you know whose chapter you're in just from the shift in voice. On top
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This completely lovable story made me laugh out loud and has a whole lot of heart. I was lucky enough to read an early copy and fell quickly for Nate & Kate. The characters are nuanced and the story is so fresh and unique.

    Who doesn't want to fall in love over escape rooms and zombies?

    You better believe I'm going to read everything Suzanne Park writes.
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Love love LOVED this book! I couldn’t put this book down. It has such a fun storyline. You know a book is good when you don’t want to watch TV and you just want to keep picking up the book every spare chance you have. You really get invested in each character in this book. It seems like it would be great if ever turned into a movie!
    Sarah (Cover to Cover Reviews)
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy. "The Perfect Escape" is projected to be released on April 7th, 2020.

    I was elated to get this ARC because there are very few things in this world than I love more than niche YA rom-coms. Meaning: ones that take place in the context of some unusualinterest, setting, or topic. (To give you an idea of what I mean by that, some niche rom-coms I've liked include "Hart & Seoul" and "Somewhere Only We Know" with K-Pop, and "Every Reason We
    Ms. Arca
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    3.5 rounded up.
    Huh! Well that was.. fun?! Zombie escape rooms and high school love.

    Things I liked—
    I really adored the MC of this book. Nate was completely adorable, lovable and the perfect male lead. His family was sweet (always love immigrant parents and little stay sisters winning) and his little nerd crowd of scholarship kid friends was cute and relatable, as well.

    Kate was likable and real. She has a tough situation with her dad that I had a hard time putting my finger on..someone with dad
    Belle Ellrich
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
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    Suzanne Park is a Korean-American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee. In her former life as a stand-up comedian, she was a finalist in the Oxygen Network's "Girls Behaving Badly" talent search, and appeared on BET's

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