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The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed. Until now. In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to colleg The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed. Until now. In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of the dating practice that they didn’t get in high school. In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must practice fake dating in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course—and organized based on their favorite rom-coms. ’Cause that won’t end in disaster. The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, infuriating, and way too good-looking. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. And her parents love him. If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.


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The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed. Until now. In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to colleg The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed. Until now. In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of the dating practice that they didn’t get in high school. In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must practice fake dating in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course—and organized based on their favorite rom-coms. ’Cause that won’t end in disaster. The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, infuriating, and way too good-looking. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. And her parents love him. If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.

30 review for Dating Makes Perfect

  1. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    update: got an ARC (a month ago)... Thai rights this cover represents me because THAI GIRL!!!! but also does not represent me because she is pretty

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Entangled Teen) in exchange for an honest review. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative. This was the cutest YA rom-com! Okay so first I just have to talk about the #OwnVoices aspect. As a Filipino American, I know how important it is to have your stories told, so I was so happy to finally see a book about the Thai American experience. I had never read a book about the Thai American experience before so I was su I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Entangled Teen) in exchange for an honest review. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative. This was the cutest YA rom-com! Okay so first I just have to talk about the #OwnVoices aspect. As a Filipino American, I know how important it is to have your stories told, so I was so happy to finally see a book about the Thai American experience. I had never read a book about the Thai American experience before so I was super eager to read this. From food to the Songkran festival, there was a lot of Thai culture woven throughout the novel. The premise of this book is adorable. I loved how the dates were inspired by romantic comedies including some of my favorites, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Always Be My Maybe.” I found this book to be highly relatable. As an Asian American, I could relate to some of Winnie’s experiences. For example, at one point, Winnie’s mom jumps to the conclusion that Winnie could be pregnant. Winnie replies, “Must you always skip fifty million steps? I haven’t even kissed him yet” (pg 126). Yup. My mom is like that too. You start dating a boy and their mind immediately goes to pregnancy. There’s also the quintessential bringing weird food to school moment that Winnie mentions in passing. Lastly, I related to how Winnie talks about respect towards her parents. She states, “Sometimes, I get so bored of this respect. Yes, it’s important, and yes, it’s my parents’ due. But respect also prevents us from admitting our infractions— and talking about them. That’s what I want. For us to talk. Not as friends, exactly, but certainly without this yawning chasm between us” (pg 237). I think that is so true. There can often be this divide between Asian parents and their children because of this notion of respect. As for the romance, I thought it was so cute. It’s the classic childhood friends to lovers and enemies to lovers tropes but I thought it was done very well. Winnie and Mat had a lot of chemistry so I loved them as a couple. Overall, I recommend this #OwnVoices romance! This book gave me a ton of “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” vibes, so if you like that movie or the books, you’ll probably like this!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    OH MY GOD I THINK THIS IS A THAI AMERICAN RETELLING OF THE TAMING OF THE SHREW OH MY GOD I NEED IT

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review for HEAR OUR VOICES BOOK TOUR. I'm a huge advocate for Asian representation and voices in the book community so when I saw that there was a Thai Asian American YA Book I jumped at the chance to review it. I absolutely adored this novel because it was so fun and flirty. It was cute and fluffy in all the aspects when our main heroine was figuring her self out plus her identity. I also really loved the representation in this book and I'm sure that I received this book in exchange for an honest review for HEAR OUR VOICES BOOK TOUR. I'm a huge advocate for Asian representation and voices in the book community so when I saw that there was a Thai Asian American YA Book I jumped at the chance to review it. I absolutely adored this novel because it was so fun and flirty. It was cute and fluffy in all the aspects when our main heroine was figuring her self out plus her identity. I also really loved the representation in this book and I'm sure that it'll help a lot of Asian Americans who are growing up right now. I definitely recommend you to read this one and check it out asap!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Risner

    Thank you to Entangled for the ARC and to Hear Our Voices Tours for hosting the blog tour! Dating Makes Perfect is an ownvoices Thai YA rom com and as an ownvoices reader I truly had the best time reading it! This story follows the Tech sisters whose strict Thai parents didn’t allow them to date in high school. But once the eldest Tech twins go off to college, their parents allow the youngest sister, Winnie, to date. But there’s a catch: mom gets to set up the date and chooses the guy (and she se Thank you to Entangled for the ARC and to Hear Our Voices Tours for hosting the blog tour! Dating Makes Perfect is an ownvoices Thai YA rom com and as an ownvoices reader I truly had the best time reading it! This story follows the Tech sisters whose strict Thai parents didn’t allow them to date in high school. But once the eldest Tech twins go off to college, their parents allow the youngest sister, Winnie, to date. But there’s a catch: mom gets to set up the date and chooses the guy (and she sets up each date based on a rom com movie.) I don’t want to bring up too much of my personal life but as someone who grew up in Thailand AND in the US, I related so hard to all the Thai cultural references (and what it feels like trying to assimilate in a white town in Ohio.) There’s lots of references to Thai foods and customs, and my favorite scene was the Songkran (Thai New Year) celebration. Songkran is one of my favorite Thai holidays and I miss being with my family for that. What I really enjoyed was seeing how many other Thai characters were in the forefront of this book. Winnie befriends a Thai boy, and she even gets involved in an enemies to lovers romance with a Thai boy. It was just so nice to see Thai people be the focal point of this story. And the sisterhood is so cute as well! If you’re looking for a light read that has themes of family, friendship, and romance then give Dating Makes Perfect a try! It really made my heart so happy to see a Thai protagonist get her own cute story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle's

    How gorgeous is the artwork for Dating makes perfect! Pintip Dunn is an artistic genius and I’m not talking about the cover. Her words are addictive and the characters she creates come to life on the page. I love the Tech sisters. Orrawin is the youngest sister and bout to become the first to get the chance to date in high school. With strict parents the Tech sisters don’t date but when the older two point out a flaw in their mums plan Winnie is set-up with her ex-best-friend/enemy. Mat and Winn How gorgeous is the artwork for Dating makes perfect! Pintip Dunn is an artistic genius and I’m not talking about the cover. Her words are addictive and the characters she creates come to life on the page. I love the Tech sisters. Orrawin is the youngest sister and bout to become the first to get the chance to date in high school. With strict parents the Tech sisters don’t date but when the older two point out a flaw in their mums plan Winnie is set-up with her ex-best-friend/enemy. Mat and Winnie have great chemistry. It’s a shame they hate each other. As these two are thrown together they need to take a long hard look at what went wrong. * I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars, but rounded up for the sister feels and rom-com moments. If you want a very cute YA rom-com read that includes the fake dating trope, well, DATING MAKES PERFECT would be a great choice! I enjoyed the time I spent with Winnie, from the shenanigans in her love life to the dynamic with her family, and I think a lot of other readers would like that too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paula M

    AHHH!!! I CAN'T STOP SMILING!!! "How am I supposed to survive three months fake-dating the most obnoxious boy in the entire world?" I spent the whole time reading this book sighing, swooning and just smiling. And even after finishing the book, it's like someone put a hanger in my mouth because of how big my smile is. I can't believe this is the first time I picked up a book by Pintip Dunn! This will definitely not be the last. In Dating Makes Perfect, we follow the story of the youngest Tech sister AHHH!!! I CAN'T STOP SMILING!!! "How am I supposed to survive three months fake-dating the most obnoxious boy in the entire world?" I spent the whole time reading this book sighing, swooning and just smiling. And even after finishing the book, it's like someone put a hanger in my mouth because of how big my smile is. I can't believe this is the first time I picked up a book by Pintip Dunn! This will definitely not be the last. In Dating Makes Perfect, we follow the story of the youngest Tech sister, Orrawin (also called Winnie to her close friends and family) who was thrust into fake dating her ex best-friend. The tech sisters doesnt date but her mother thought that it would be nice for Winnie to learn about dating before actually being in a relationship. What could go wrong? I love each and every one of the characters in this story. EVERY CHARACTER! Winnie is such a relatable protagonist, despite being a Thai-American, I still felt a lot of her struggle being Asian myself. Its so comfortable being the good girl, always being obedient even though in some way its costing your happiness. Winnie really won us over by being an authentic teenager without the toxic and unhealthy traits. She's the definition of a likeable character. And Mat! Wow, how do I even find words? In fact, I won't even try. All the characters in this book are engaging and very lovely. There will be nothing bad to say every characters are well written. I also just want to highlight how the author penned the parents. They're asian parents AND they're not evil and yet, still authentic. This is how its done! I really enjoyed the banter between Mat and Winnie, this book contains one of the BEST and the most charming exchanges I've ever read. The chemistry between the two just oozes out of the pages and cant be suppressed! I swear, Pintip Dunn can write a whole book about first kisses and nothing else, I'LL BE ON BOARD! I know, I can't stop taking about the romance, but l also just want to say the Dating Makes Perfect is more than that. It's also about family, about growing up and about sisterhood. The relationship between Winnie and her sisters is one of the reason why I really adored this story. Winnie envied and admired her big sisters, which is perfectly normal as being the youngest one. This book is also rich with Thai-American culture and its not just used in a surface level or some sort of a prop, which I really liked. All those thai food mentioned! The festival that the author included! Pintip Dunn created a well thought out multi-cultural storyline.  There was some sort of a reveal at the very last few pages of Dating Makes Perfect that I really liked, however, it also left me with this feeling that I wanted it to be explored more which caused the one less star of my rating.  Overall, I highly recommend Dating Makes Perfect for every romance junkie out there. Read it for the lovable characters, addictive writing and Thai culture insights. You will inhale this irresistible book like crack.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kerys (The Everlasting Library)

    Dating Makes Perfect is one of those books that you can’t help but love. I loved all the Tech sisters by the end of the first chapter (no exaggeration) and I literally could not stop smiling. This book is just too!! damn!! cute!! I somewhat expected there to be conflict between Winnie and her twin sisters but their relationship was so wholesome. “I will never be insulted by a compliment to my sisters. The competition among us has never amounted to a grain of rice. Their wins are mine and vice ver Dating Makes Perfect is one of those books that you can’t help but love. I loved all the Tech sisters by the end of the first chapter (no exaggeration) and I literally could not stop smiling. This book is just too!! damn!! cute!! I somewhat expected there to be conflict between Winnie and her twin sisters but their relationship was so wholesome. “I will never be insulted by a compliment to my sisters. The competition among us has never amounted to a grain of rice. Their wins are mine and vice versa.” Pintip Dunn’s writing is witty and easy to get lost in! I ended up laughing out loud multiple times. And the yearning and angst between Winnie and Mat? ugh take all my money already 💰 “I bet he’s got a voodoo doll or ten of me in his closet. Remember the massive migraine I had last night? Pretty sure that was Mat. When I tripped over the threshold of our front door and sent the groceries flying? Also Mat.” Winnie’s best friend, Kavya, is an incredibly hilarious Indian-American side character. She was genuinely so supportive and wonderful and I loved her a lot! “Have fun, you two. Please do something I wouldn’t do. And take lots of notes so I can hear all about it.” I also loved the fact that the whole cast of this book was diverse. The MC and her family is #ownvoices Thai-American, most side characters are also Thai-American including the love interest and a bisexual side character. I am now so intrigued by Thai food and I really want to try it!! Overall, I honestly don’t think there is anything I disliked about this book (maybe the slight love triangle?? but that only existed for a short time) and I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    This was a perfect summer read! You know the kind, something light and quick and fun. Honestly I haven't been feeling much YA lately but this was the ideal choice for dipping a toe back in, I was able to read it all in two sittings. The relationships in this book were wholesome and cute. I liked that while obviously it was a romance, it was mostly about a young girl finding herself. I also really enjoyed being immersed in Winnie's life and culture. While it can be great to see yourself in a chara This was a perfect summer read! You know the kind, something light and quick and fun. Honestly I haven't been feeling much YA lately but this was the ideal choice for dipping a toe back in, I was able to read it all in two sittings. The relationships in this book were wholesome and cute. I liked that while obviously it was a romance, it was mostly about a young girl finding herself. I also really enjoyed being immersed in Winnie's life and culture. While it can be great to see yourself in a character sometimes, it's also awesome to learn about cultures different than your own and see a new perspective. One of my absolute favorite things about this story was how rich it was in Thai culture. Dunn writes beautifully about Thai traditions, values, so many glorious dishes, and she even touches on the struggle of being a Thai-American living in the US. I really appreciated getting that closer look into something I didn't know a ton about. I received an arc of this book from Entangled Teen via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda TheFunSizeReader

    I’m not sure how to even start this review without sounding like a raving spaz. The Fun Size Reader Instagram | BookTube Channel In short, I LOVED this book. Totally my kind of five star read! I read it in pretty much one sitting because I did not want to put it down. I feel like there’s something in this book that everyone can love: a little Lara Jean, a little Gilmore Girls, a little 80s and 90s romcoms, and I loved that beautiful mashup. I could not help just sitting there and smiling as I read I’m not sure how to even start this review without sounding like a raving spaz. The Fun Size Reader Instagram | BookTube Channel In short, I LOVED this book. Totally my kind of five star read! I read it in pretty much one sitting because I did not want to put it down. I feel like there’s something in this book that everyone can love: a little Lara Jean, a little Gilmore Girls, a little 80s and 90s romcoms, and I loved that beautiful mashup. I could not help just sitting there and smiling as I read, and to me, that’s the making of a great book. I also loved all of the mixture of the Thai culture with American pop culture. I loved the sisterly bonds, and BOTH of my favorite tropes: fake dating AND enemies to lovers. I mean, seriously, Winnie and Mat are the absolute cutest. And I just want to share this book with all of my friends. Dating Makes Perfect is released 8/18/2020 so mark your calendars! Thank you so much to @entangledteen and @pintipdunn for this ARC!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Well now - wasn't this just the cutest read! It was exactly what I needed between my darker reads. I love seeing Asian American representation through this Thai family. Winnie also represents every teen girl out there who wasn't allowed to date in high school, who wondered how their first kiss would go, who wanted to be the perfect daughter, who still needed to find the courage to stand up for what they wanted and not what they thought was expected of them. Imagine your parents all of the sudden Well now - wasn't this just the cutest read! It was exactly what I needed between my darker reads. I love seeing Asian American representation through this Thai family. Winnie also represents every teen girl out there who wasn't allowed to date in high school, who wondered how their first kiss would go, who wanted to be the perfect daughter, who still needed to find the courage to stand up for what they wanted and not what they thought was expected of them. Imagine your parents all of the sudden allowing you to practice dating by sending you on fake dates with the suitor of their choice! I love that Winnie's mom plans her dates out based on the popular romantic comedy movies we all love. And I love that Winnie felt like an absolute real teenage girl in all her angst and perpetual self pressure. Now, I admit that some of the dialogue between Winnie and Mat was a bit eye rolling and some parts felt more "forced" than realistic. Or maybe I'm just jealous. 😉 Beyond the funny moments of Winnie and everything she takes in stride, I absolutely love the underlying lesson in how immigrant parents have to adjust to American life and how us children of immigrants need to realize how hard that can be at times. I appreciate that Dunn does this in a very subtle but powerful way. The conversation where Mat was talking about how they would always get chocolate flavor instead of vanilla because they couldn't say vanilla was hilarious. I know my mom certainly would adjust certain things if she couldn't say certain phrases or words. It was a definite part of my childhood that I do remember but never really took into consideration as it was just normal to me. "It hasn't been easy to reconcile the way I was raised with the pace of life here in America." If you like 10 Things I Hate About You, then this book needs to be on your shelves. This #ownvoices young adult romance is a bright light. Full of cultural references I absolutely could relate to and adore - Winnie is a refreshing breath of fresh air. You get exactly what you expect out of this read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    This sounds like a hoot Thank you to the publisher via NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[none spotted in particular. If you did spot anything, let me know so I can add it here! Thank you! (hide spoiler)] Diversity: Thai-American main character (ownvoices), Thai-American side characters and love interest, bisexual Thai-American side character, Indian-American side character. Ahh I had so much fun reading this book. I loved the family vibes, loved the close sisters relationship, the exploration of romance and the childhood best friends to enemies to fake Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[none spotted in particular. If you did spot anything, let me know so I can add it here! Thank you! (hide spoiler)] Diversity: Thai-American main character (ownvoices), Thai-American side characters and love interest, bisexual Thai-American side character, Indian-American side character. Ahh I had so much fun reading this book. I loved the family vibes, loved the close sisters relationship, the exploration of romance and the childhood best friends to enemies to fake dating ahhh this should be a trope because I am loving it. 200% recommending this wonderful read!! Thank you to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC of this book through Edelweiss. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shenwei

    reposted from my blog: I really love the cover for this book, and I’m happy to say that the story lived up to the expectations set by the cover. Winnie was a lot of fun to follow because her character voice really animated the story. The reader is fully immersed in her head, experiencing the joys and pains of first love, the highs and lows of adolescence, the hopes and fears that drive Winnie’s decisions. She struggles to assert herself, inhibited by insecurities, and that aspect of her personalit reposted from my blog: I really love the cover for this book, and I’m happy to say that the story lived up to the expectations set by the cover. Winnie was a lot of fun to follow because her character voice really animated the story. The reader is fully immersed in her head, experiencing the joys and pains of first love, the highs and lows of adolescence, the hopes and fears that drive Winnie’s decisions. She struggles to assert herself, inhibited by insecurities, and that aspect of her personality and character arc really resonated with me because I had a similar struggle when I was her age. If you love childhood friends to enemies to lovers as a trope, then you’ll probably enjoy the romance in this book. It’s full of electric-charged romantic tension and barely suppressed yearning. Beyond simply physical attraction, Winnie and Mat have a long shared history together that complicates their feelings for each other. This is as much a story about rekindling friendship as it is a romance. Moreover, Mat plays an important role in pushing Winnie to be honest and communicative about her desires. Central to the conflict and character development is Winnie’s family, her relationships with her parents and with her sisters. The love they share is evident in their interactions, which are a mix of good-humored teasing and more serious discussions. Even as Winnie defies some of her parents rules, she does try to understand where they are coming from and fears losing their love. While she adores her sisters, she also feels trapped in their shadow and unable to shine on her own. These complex feelings enrich the narrative. One of my favorite aspects of this book is its celebration of Winnie’s heritage. It’s a love letter to the food, the language, and the traditions of Thai culture. Winnie’s narration is loaded with cultural references that lend it a unique texture, which is the kind of thing that I love about own voices books. Thai culture is an inextricable part of Winnie’s identity and facilitates her bonding with Mat as well as Taran, the rival love interest who is also Thai American. Her culture isn’t an obstacle to overcome or a burden to relinquish. Last but not least, I really enjoyed how the author sprinkled in references to contemporary Asian American media, including To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Never Have I Ever, and Always Be My Maybe. Each reference felt like a special Easter egg for me as someone who’s watched all of the films/shows mentioned and knew exactly what it was alluding to. It’s always fun when pieces of media are in conversation with each other, even peripherally.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tiffanie Dang

    I was given an ARC of this by a friend who had an extra copy. Oh, where to even begin? I loved everything about this book, from beginning to end, especially the individual nuances of each character. Although I’m not Thai (I’m Chinese), I wish this book existed over a decade ago when I was in high school with my own insecurities. My parents were also traditional in the sense that they wouldn’t let me date until college, so I had to secretly date (which was rare anyways). I found it refreshing that I was given an ARC of this by a friend who had an extra copy. Oh, where to even begin? I loved everything about this book, from beginning to end, especially the individual nuances of each character. Although I’m not Thai (I’m Chinese), I wish this book existed over a decade ago when I was in high school with my own insecurities. My parents were also traditional in the sense that they wouldn’t let me date until college, so I had to secretly date (which was rare anyways). I found it refreshing that Winnie and her sisters had such a loving relationship with one another, instead of a constant, bickering sibling rivalry that other books constantly portray. And though Winnie’s parents’ rules seemed a bit extreme, I did understand their reasoning and admired them for being more progressive than my parents were. This book definitely gave me To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before vibes, especially since it even references the movie as a device for one of the fake dates. Overall, this book was so charming and full of heart that I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. Definitely recommend for everyone to read, whether you have the same cultural background or not!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    thank you to entangled teen for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review! gahhh i wanted to like this sooo bad!!! i have never EVER read a book with a thai main character, let alone from an own voices perspective! and in a rom com!! there def needs to be more asian rep in romance!! but unfortunately i did not enjoy this at all. though this is in part my fault -- this book is marketed towards people who enjoyed to all the boys ive loved before, and i gave that book 2 stars as well, so i thank you to entangled teen for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review! gahhh i wanted to like this sooo bad!!! i have never EVER read a book with a thai main character, let alone from an own voices perspective! and in a rom com!! there def needs to be more asian rep in romance!! but unfortunately i did not enjoy this at all. though this is in part my fault -- this book is marketed towards people who enjoyed to all the boys ive loved before, and i gave that book 2 stars as well, so i probs should've known this wasn't going to be for me... so let's start off with what i liked, shall we? -'twas cute and funny at times -thai rep -the descriptions of food made my mouth water now for what i didn't like as much -stereotypical asian parents -- tired of the narrative of asian parents forcing their kids to pursue medicine or law or engineering. like yes it happens, but it is soooo overdone in ya especially. and with absolutely zero nuance. -lots of plot points make little to no sense, were not fleshed out, and were extremely unbelievable. it seemed like the author just threw in some stuff for the sake of setting up drama or furthering the plot -one of the most least nuanced, cliche romance plots i've ever read -executed almost all of my least favorite romance tropes badly imo -basically copy pasted from to all the boys -- like yes you can market it as something fans of jenny han would enjoy, but the plot and characters were just... eerily similar (the main character is asian, her parents are doctors, there is a love triangle between the main character, her childhood best friend, and the popular hot guy, the main romance starts off with fake dating then turns into real love, the mc has 2 sisters and theyre all super close, etc.) at the end of the day, i think people who enjoyed to all the boys/jenny han would enjoy this as well (though there is a little fishy plagiarism happening in this book but idk). again, i also gave to all the boys 2 stars, so if you liked that book, we probably don't have similar taste romance-wise & you might like this! hope everyone is doing well! take care of yourself <3

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adiba Jaigirdar

    Love love loved this book. It's funny, sweet, swoony. It has all of my favourite topes and it's so steeped in Thai culture. It also has an all-POC cast, which I love! I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's in my romcom hall of fame.

  19. 5 out of 5

    sophie b

    this just looks so fun

  20. 4 out of 5

    halfirishgrin

    This book was SO CUTE.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Dating Makes Perfect is a young adult standalone romantic comedy by Pintip Dunn. I loved this book so much. It is happiness personified. I dare you to read this book and not have a good time. I triple dog dare you. I loved this story and these characters so much! This is my favorite book so far by Pintip Dunn, and I have really enjoyed all of her books. I read this book in one sitting, and I breezed through all 400 pages of it. I simply could not put it down. If you are a fan of the fake dating Dating Makes Perfect is a young adult standalone romantic comedy by Pintip Dunn. I loved this book so much. It is happiness personified. I dare you to read this book and not have a good time. I triple dog dare you. I loved this story and these characters so much! This is my favorite book so far by Pintip Dunn, and I have really enjoyed all of her books. I read this book in one sitting, and I breezed through all 400 pages of it. I simply could not put it down. If you are a fan of the fake dating trope and the enemies to more trope, then this is a romantic comedy that you need in your life! In Dating Makes Perfect, we meet our main character Winnie, who is the youngest of three daughters. Her older sisters were never allowed to date in high school, but when they go away to college their mom suddenly expects them to come home engaged after their first semester of freshman year. And when they drop the bombshell that they are going to do lots and lots of dating for the foreseeable future and not get engaged for a very long time, Winnie's parents think their no dating plan has backfired. So they decide that Winnie will get all of her practice dating out of the way now, in high school so that when she goes off to college in a year, she will be ready to find a husband. The set up alone makes me laugh, but I am totally see it happening with the kind of parents Winnie has. And to make it better (or worse?) they get to decide who Winnie will practice date. And their first candidate is none other than her close family friend/arch nemesis Mat. Winnie's mom sets up all the dates like famous scenes from various rom coms, which leads to even more hilarious moments, but the real gem of Dating Makes Perfect is Winnie and Mat. I absolutely loved their dynamic right from the start. I loved them as "enemies", I loved them as friends and I really loved them as something more. It is so easy to get swept up in this book because the characters are all so likable and relatable. Dating makes Perfect needs to be made into a movie ASAP. I think it will be perfect for fans of To All the Boys I've Loved Before and fans of romantic comedies in general. This is a fantastic novel. I loved, loved loved Dating Makes Perfect!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Book Review: Dating Makes Perfect⁣ By: Pintap Dunn⁣ Genre: YA Romance⁣ Format: ARC thank you so much to my friends at @entangledteen for my gifted copy- Pub day is 8/18/2020!⁣ ⁣ The Tech sisters are not allowed to date in high school- because of their strict parents. But when the oldest twins report they are struggling with dating.... Winnies parents decide its time for her to fake date. They pick the locations, the time, and the person.... who just happens to be Winnies sworn enemy, Mat. ⁣ ⁣ The very Book Review: Dating Makes Perfect⁣ By: Pintap Dunn⁣ Genre: YA Romance⁣ Format: ARC thank you so much to my friends at @entangledteen for my gifted copy- Pub day is 8/18/2020!⁣ ⁣ The Tech sisters are not allowed to date in high school- because of their strict parents. But when the oldest twins report they are struggling with dating.... Winnies parents decide its time for her to fake date. They pick the locations, the time, and the person.... who just happens to be Winnies sworn enemy, Mat. ⁣ ⁣ The very best way to explain this book- is that it’s the perfect crossover between to all the boys I’ve loved before and a Sarah Dessen novel. I loved the characters, the romance, the cheesy feeling I had when reading. I loved every second of this novel. I haven’t been so in love with a book since... well Crave.⁣ ⁣ 5/5! I don’t normally tell people to pre-order books. But I’m telling y’all. Go pre-order this ASAP. Thank me later.⁣

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cherise

    I adored this book! So cute! Loved the references to new Asian American rom coms. Loved Winnie. Loved Ari and Bunny. Highly recommend. Thank you to the publisher for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Reviewed by Paige Dating Makes Perfect is a teen dream in my book. Pintip Dunn takes high school senior Winnie Tech on a high school love life adventure. This love story is like a mixture of Twilight and To All the Boys I Loved Before. It’s the story of a girl with a dream of always wanting to date and when that chance comes it has a list of rules that must be followed, including her frenemy Mat Songsomboon. Dating Makes Perfect will bring a smile to your face and a little bit of envy to your hea Reviewed by Paige Dating Makes Perfect is a teen dream in my book. Pintip Dunn takes high school senior Winnie Tech on a high school love life adventure. This love story is like a mixture of Twilight and To All the Boys I Loved Before. It’s the story of a girl with a dream of always wanting to date and when that chance comes it has a list of rules that must be followed, including her frenemy Mat Songsomboon. Dating Makes Perfect will bring a smile to your face and a little bit of envy to your heart. Winnie's parents didn't want her or her sisters to date while they were in high school. Winnie's older twin sisters are now in college, not knowing how to date guys. The twins tell their mom the struggle it is going to be to find them a boyfriend and ends up changing their mom's mind on dating. But changing the mom's mind means that Winnie is going to practice date. Not only is Winnie going to learn how to date for when she is older she is going to fake date her childhood friend turned enemy. But when fake dating Mat turns into potentially falling for a new guy who just moved to town will Winnie follow her mom's rules or will she write her own? Pintip incorporates her Thai heritage into this amazing story. Not only does Pintip show a family that values the importance of being educated to become successful, but she shows a family who has moved to America from Thailand and is learning that things need to change. I love learning more about the Thai culture and seeing how important family is, as well as having a higher education. Dating Makes Perfect is the perfect book for any YA reader. The characters are all fun and someone you can relate to one way or another. I love the chemistry that builds between Winnie and Mat. They remind me of my own life and it's fun to see the outcome with the choices they made. Dating Makes Perfect is full of family values, high school choices and most importantly dating! I will recommend this book to any high school teen or anyone who reads YA books for its realism and fun rollercoaster that will leave a smile on your face. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    DATING MAKES PERFECT is a beautifully written YA contemporary romance that had me grinning from ear-to-ear. Winnie has two older sisters, twins, who have gone off to college. When their parents are suddenly pressuring them to get engaged, they point out that their parents rule forbidding them to date in high school has left them without a critical skill. Their mother then decides to revise the rule for Winnie, asking her to go on practice dates during her senior year of high school. Although this DATING MAKES PERFECT is a beautifully written YA contemporary romance that had me grinning from ear-to-ear. Winnie has two older sisters, twins, who have gone off to college. When their parents are suddenly pressuring them to get engaged, they point out that their parents rule forbidding them to date in high school has left them without a critical skill. Their mother then decides to revise the rule for Winnie, asking her to go on practice dates during her senior year of high school. Although this may sound odd, Winnie is willing to play along to get to a place where she can date and go to prom with a boy- something previously forbidden. The biggest problem is her mother's choice for the boy she will go on these practice dates with- Mat. Mat and Winnie were best friends all throughout their childhood until they became enemies in middle school. They have pretty successfully hated each other since. However, once they start spending time together, they are able to air out the events that led to their animosity and nothing is quite so simple. What I loved: Winnie, Mat, and Winnie's family are all fully developed characters, and I loved every single one of them. I also appreciated the perspectives of Thai culture that are sprinkled throughout with the celebrations, foods, and views on relationships. But I also appreciated that Winnie's parents and sisters approach everything with a lot of love. The book is filled with funny moments and all the fun of the enemies-to-lovers and fake-dating tropes that made this a total delight. The relationship builds at an absolutely perfect pace, and I loved the inclusion and focus on consent at every step (nothing more than kisses here, but even those deserve consent). I really cheered for Mat and Winnie along the way, and I was definitely shrieking with joy by the end. This book is a true delight to read. Final verdict: An absolute pleasure of a romantic comedy, DATING MAKES PERFECT should be on all the lists. Prepare to laugh, sigh, and cheer for this delightful read! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue (BeautyBookCorner)

    3.5 Stars — Will the day come when I stop giving books half star ratings? Anyways, this was a super cute, entertaining YA romance. I’m not Thai so I can’t say much about the representation but this an #OwnVoices book. I loved all the mentions of Thai food, culture, and language that’s sprinkled throughout the book. I have visited northern Thailand two times during college both for about a month long and this made me want to go back so bad. I especially loved the Songkran Festival part of the sto 3.5 Stars — Will the day come when I stop giving books half star ratings? Anyways, this was a super cute, entertaining YA romance. I’m not Thai so I can’t say much about the representation but this an #OwnVoices book. I loved all the mentions of Thai food, culture, and language that’s sprinkled throughout the book. I have visited northern Thailand two times during college both for about a month long and this made me want to go back so bad. I especially loved the Songkran Festival part of the story. I wish the book had dived a bit deeper into the cultural and generational differences that shape the relationship Winnie has with her parents, but the primary focus throughout the book is romance between Mat and Winnie. There was a lot I related to Winnie in how she viewed her parents’ approval and love towards her. ”Sometimes, I get bored of this respect. Yes, it’s important, and yes, it’s my parents’ due. But respect also prevents us from admitting our infractions-and talking about them. That’s what I want. For us to talk. Not as friends, exactly, but certainly without this yawning chasm between us. The romance was cute. I personally like the childhood friend turned boyfriend trope in romance books. There is usually some sort of conflict that drove them apart and the book is about them coming back together. This one was no different, except that Winnie’s mom was arranging all their fake dates. I found the premise a little silly that her mom set up the meetings based on rom-com movies. As far as tropes, this one has fake dating and enemies-to-lovers. I wish the fake dating part of the romance had lasted longer. There needed to be more sneaking and hiding to do this trope justice. And this wasn’t a real enemies-to-lovers romance because it’s very VERY clear that someone had feelings for the other. However, they’ve also built a four-year-long habit of them kind of dissing each other so that is a hurdle they need to get through even if their reactions are more out of hurt than true animosity. Overall, if you like fun and light YA romances in the style of Kasie West but having been craving some diversity in your romances, Dating Makes Perfect might be perfect for you! ** Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with an arc to review. Any quotations used are taken from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    This book was so cute. I read all but about 30 pages in 2 days, which never happens. It was a super quick, fun, immersive read. I loved every single member of the Tech family. The sister dynamic between Winnie and the twins Ari and Bunny was just perfect. Their parents were so cute even if they were very strict. They just wanted what's best for their children. Mat was freaking adorable even if he did seem a tad arrogant at times. The plot followed the typical YA contemporary plotline, but it defi This book was so cute. I read all but about 30 pages in 2 days, which never happens. It was a super quick, fun, immersive read. I loved every single member of the Tech family. The sister dynamic between Winnie and the twins Ari and Bunny was just perfect. Their parents were so cute even if they were very strict. They just wanted what's best for their children. Mat was freaking adorable even if he did seem a tad arrogant at times. The plot followed the typical YA contemporary plotline, but it definitely had it's unique twists and the characters had their unique problems. The fake dating was so much fun, I loved how Mama planned them according to American rom-com movies. I was thinking at the beginning of the book it was giving me To All the Boys vibes and then the book(/movie) was referenced in the book. Winnie and Mat's romance was so believable. Sometimes when I read about people falling for each other, I don't really feel it, but I DEFINTELY felt it with these 2. The enemies to lovers was done so well, and not only was it enemies to lovers, it was more friends to enemies to lovers which was just perfect. There were so many references to Thai culture in this book, but they didn't feel forced down my throat or confusing. Everything that needed to be explained was explained either to another character so it went along with the story, or explained quickly, or didn't need explanation because it made sense with what was going on. I actually really liked the culture references. It was fun to learn more about a different culture this way. I would definitely recommend this as a fun, quick summer read (or any other season really). This has been one of my favorite books this year!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bookevin

    It comes out on my birthday. GIMME.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nerdgurll❤

    Received an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review Omg I loved this book sooo much!! It was such a sweet and funny book and it had all the things I love in a contemporary😍. The story is about a clumsy Thai girl Orrawin nicknamed Winnie who had two older twin sisters. She always felt that everyone loved them more than her and they are much talented than her so she always listened to her parents and tried to be the perfect Thai girl. When her sisters blamed their parents for their lack of relationshi Received an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review Omg I loved this book sooo much!! It was such a sweet and funny book and it had all the things I love in a contemporary😍. The story is about a clumsy Thai girl Orrawin nicknamed Winnie who had two older twin sisters. She always felt that everyone loved them more than her and they are much talented than her so she always listened to her parents and tried to be the perfect Thai girl. When her sisters blamed their parents for their lack of relationships in college and said they needed years of practice, her mother proposed the idea of fake dating to Winnie so she would have the practice for future relationships. Winnie was really happy until she found out who the candidate her mother chose for fake dating-Mat her current enemy and former best friend. An infuriating boy who never missed a chance to mock and make fun of her. This book was hilarious and the descriptions of Thai food in this book made my mouth water. I really liked Winnie's character, she was a clumsy cute girl and her character development was perfect. I liked Mat's character a lot too because unlike some enemies-to-lovers stories, he wasn't perfect (looks don't count lol), he had insecurities and things hidden. The romance between Winnie and Mat was soooo swoon worthy and the slowburn romance and almost kisses killed me😅. Overall the story was really great, I loved the bond between the three sisters, the humour, the romance and how Winnie stood up to her parents in the end. I would definitely recommend this to everyone who is looking for sweet romance and light read contemporary.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie

    Dating her enemy shouldn’t be this much fun Winnie loves her crazy Thai family, even if her parents have some archaic ideas. Her twin sisters weren’t allowed to date in high school, but now that they’re in college, the parents suddenly want to know when to expect grandbabies- oiy! In retaliation, the girls say they’re having too much fun and don’t plan to marry for a loooong time. Driven to change their ideals, the parents decide Winnie should ‘practice’ date, but that’s not the worst part- they c Dating her enemy shouldn’t be this much fun Winnie loves her crazy Thai family, even if her parents have some archaic ideas. Her twin sisters weren’t allowed to date in high school, but now that they’re in college, the parents suddenly want to know when to expect grandbabies- oiy! In retaliation, the girls say they’re having too much fun and don’t plan to marry for a loooong time. Driven to change their ideals, the parents decide Winnie should ‘practice’ date, but that’s not the worst part- they choose the one boy she swore to hate forever, Matt Songsomboon. The one upmanship begins almost immediately. Mat is just as irritating as Winnie remembers, and disturbingly handsome. Hard to imagine they were once best of friends, and now, without her sisters’ sage advice, she’d give up and stay single for life. If Winnie can just get through the next three months, Mat will get what he wants, and she… well, we’ll see. This story is filled with humor, familial love, emotional moments, and cultural heritage. While this is a friends-to-lovers romance, it’s also the journey of a young woman as she learns a valuable life lesson and gains the respect of those who love her. I especially enjoyed learning about a new culture in a fun and informative way- a great read!

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