I received this book for free from publisher request pitch, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 16th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: publisher request pitch, requested from publisher
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 perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
Caden is a Nice, someone who is destined to always be the good guy. So when he gets chosen to be the Love Interest to Juliet (an important person to the secret organization LIC) he has to compete with Dyl, a Bad who is anything but evil.
I had no idea this was going to be satire and in the beginning when I was reading it, I couldn’t help but laugh at all the young adult tropes and cliches that were used that I lost count. That part was brilliantly done. But it also lacked dimension and depth. And what I mean is the characters. There were all just cookie cutter characters with no real personalities or defying warmth that would make you root for them. And that’s what ultimately made me bored. I need to root for characters to get together or I just won’t care at all and sadly in this case, I didn’t care abut Caden or Dyl. I actually cared about the supporting characters Natalie and Trevor who had a bit more personality than their best friends. I just felt so far out of their reach that I couldn’t connect with Caden or Dylan. The story-line was there, but you’d have to read further into it to actually find it. I liked how there were mentions and quotes of the queer guy becoming the protagonist in his own story.
I was annoyed the whole time with the love counsellor who is supposed to be giving advice about love. But all her advice is about how hot he is. She’s quite annoying and doesn’t really give great advice at all. I think it would have been better if she didn’t appear at all. I know they’re just tools to the LIC, but I really couldn’t tell the difference when she spoke to them or if it was his own thoughts? Maybe the final copy will separate the difference.
I love that we get to see more queer relationships in books and this was a good start, but I’ve read ones that really did yank at my heart (and broke it to pieces), so this one is a bit forgettable. Overall, it does have easy writing that you can simply read quickly, but other than the great concept, the execution fell flat for me. I’m sorely disappointed I didn’t like this one as much.