The Love Interest

The Love Interest

Book - 2017
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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, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a 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.
Publisher: New York :, Feiwel and Friends,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250107138
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 22 cm.

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BogartBlue23
Nov 10, 2017

I LOVED it. The idea fresh, interesting, and the characters are as equally charming as they are challenging. The book plays brilliantly on common YA tropes, but spins them in a fresh light. The ending came a little too easily, though. My only other complaint is how one relationship justifies cheating, but everyone has different views on relationships, and I don't want to put my personal views on fictionalized characters. I only mention it because I know it's a topic that could potentially turn readers off. An overall thrilling read. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

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miraellie
Aug 03, 2017

Ridiculous fun, playing on familiar YA tropes and creating an empowering story for characters that don't often get the spotlight in media. The dialogue was a little rough at times and the conclusion to the story required a pretty big suspension of disbelief--actually, the whole book requires that to an extent--but it's so much fun that I didn't care about the flaws.

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samrouthier
Jul 27, 2017

This novel sounds great on the jacket and is generally entertaining, subverting several firmly held tropes that are a staple of the post-twilight era of YA. That being said, the author's own inexperience does show. The first two acts of the book are solid, though he misses out on some serious emotional foreshadowing. It isn't until the third act of the book that your realize that for someone who is supposedly writing about spies, he doesn't know how to write a spy novel. All the conflict suddenly goes out the window and the pace goes from normal to hyper-speed. This hurts the main conflict in the book as our main characters have no time or space to further explore their own feelings. There is a unneeded character death that is supposed to make it feel our characters are in danger (it doesn't work) and the resolution is so short it feels like you've been cheated. The author simply drops the supporting characters in their entirely even though a sub plot would've made the book far more interesting.

Overall, the idea of this novel is genius but the execution fails to live up to expectation.

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