Saturday, July 24, 2021

Book Review: "What's Not to Love" by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

How blurry the line can be between rivalry and love, demonstrated in What's Not to Love, the latest YA rom-com from Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka!

Alison and Ethan compete for everything. They’ve been in every single class together since freshman year of high school and they’re constantly fighting to get ahead of the other—with regard to grades, extra-curriculars, even community service. But with the likelihood that Harvard will only take one of them, neither can afford to let down their guard.

When they get an assignment from their principal to work on planning an event, with a recommendation to Harvard on the line, they’re both ready to win again. But little by little, Alison starts to realize that while she likes beating Ethan, maybe winning isn’t the most important thing. And maybe Ethan is more to her than just a nuisance or a competitor?

I know, you’re thinking, who could’ve seen this coming? πŸ˜‚ This was apparently based on Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka’s real-life relationship. It was a cute book, and it reminded me very much of a favorite of mine from last year, Rachel Lynn Solomon’s Today Tonight Tomorrow.

I do love an enemies-to-lovers rom-com, but I have to understand why both characters dislike each other. I felt like Alison was a much more fleshed-out character (and I wouldn’t want to mess with her), and while Ethan was certainly swoon-worthy, I would’ve liked to have seen the book told from both their perspectives.

Still, What's Not to Love was a fun read, and I really have enjoyed Emily and Austin’s other books.

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