by Amy Spalding
Realistic Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Not part of a series
Recommended for grade 11 and above
Reviewed by AD, grade 12
Once Riley and her best-friend-who's-a-guy, Reid, found their band mates/other best friends dating, they simultaneously realized the somewhat pathetic lack of romance in their own lives. They decide to form a pact to help each other with their crushes, and write it all down in a notebook.
While Reid focuses on the cute girl at the dog shelter and ponders over the ethicality of adopting a dog to get the girl, Riley focuses on her long-term crush, Ted Callahan. But as she starts her quest for a date with Ted, she realizes she never noticed that there was an unhealthy number of other cute guys surrounding her! And as she balances her school, her band, her crush, and other boys, Riley's decision to keep the notebook has some unexpected consequences.
Cute guys, cute dogs, make-outs, rock-outs, and so much more! If you're looking for a quick, cute read, then this is the book for you. I would rate this book a 3 out of 5. While the overall plot is great and funny, some of the chapters can drag a bit and at some parts I wanted to yell (and did yell), “Riley, why?” The reader gets both Riley and Reid's stories, but at some points I wanted to skim over Reid's portion to get to Riley's. Not to confuse anyone though, this book is well-written and thought out. It just wasn't completely for me.