I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book will be released on 5th February 2018.
The Dating Debate follows two teenage perspectives; Nina and West. Nina is an argumentative bookworm and West is the attractive, mysterious boy next door. I was not sure what I would think of this book but let me tell you, I absolutely loved it. Here’s why:
1. Nina was an interesting, yet familiar protagonist: Nina was a likeable character with a love of books and chocolate. She had a good relationship with her mother, brother, dog and best friend. She was a funny, strong and confident female character who was not perfect (she had her insecurities) which was excellent because human beings are not perfect. Additionally, I loved reading the banter between her and West.
2. West seemed like a realistic male character: He was constructed as a three-dimensional character, one who felt constricted by not only his mother’s hoarding mental illness but his father’s behaviour too. He had what seemed like realistic male thoughts and he was a genuinely good person deep down.
3. The book featured a variety of relationships: different familial set-ups, male and female friendships and different romantic relationships.
4. The book featured mental illness: both hoarding, which is not normally represented in books and OCD tendencies.
5. The chapters were short and concise, it did not feel like the book was dragging on and I read it all in one day.
Overall, I cannot really think of anything negative to say, this book was an excellent contemporary and I’m just sad that it is over. Chris Cannon, please write a sequel with these characters, please.
Rating: 5/5 stars.