Thursday, 2 June 2016

The Way to Game The Walk of Shame [Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

Hello there!

Title: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame 
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published Date: 7th June 2016
Rating: 4 stars

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*


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Synopsis: Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.






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Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen was a book I fell in love with as soon as I read the title. Suddenly I was pulling up everywhere to try and get a review copy of this one. Which was why I was so happy to snag a place on this tour here! I was anticipating it like crazy. 

I recently read another fake dating kind of story which was No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista. I've quickly gone from not having read any of these kind to two! This one had quite a different reason for the couple pretending to get together. I really liked the whole situation of them waking up in bed together, neither of them knowing what happened the night before. Then on top of that, everyone saw them leave together. Taylor hates the gossip trailing after her, and seeing as she is used to being the school nerd who no one dared to even talk about in her presence, she wants to have her status back again. How to do that? Start dating Evan. I loved that premise!


This book quickly became one I wanted to read all day long. The story narration switched between Evan and Taylor so that we got to see things from both of their eyes. Both of their voices were unique and I really liked that they didn't blend into each other at all. I think I liked Taylor's the most - she had so much attitude and even though she appeared confident to most people on the outside, she had her own inner panic moments. She was the kind of girl who really wanted her dreams to come true and chased after her ambitions. But sometimes she also doubted that they would really happen. Taylor was just one of those go-getter girls I could really appreciate. 

Evan was another person who was very confident. Even though he is a player, we quickly get to know him as so much more. The best thing about him is that he never denies the whole player side of himself - he knows that's who he is and the author makes no excuses for him. I would have thought this would have made me dislike him because there was no previous reason for him being that way, but it's more so that he's a guy, y'know? And he accepts that, and with his point of view we learn about there being more to him. As soon as Taylor is introduced into his life, things start to change about his life too. 


This book also spotlighted family conflict. Evan and Taylor both have divorced parents. Although in Taylor's case she loves her stepdad and thinks he is much better for her mother than her biological father was. Evan's biological father spent a lot of time in jail and he really dislikes his stepdad. Together this contradicting portrayals of families caused a lot of turmoil in emotions in this novel. It was never quite the forefront of the novel but it did play its part in the grand scheme of things and I believe it was handled well. 

Primarily, this book is a romance. As it was a clean romance, I ended up very satisfied on this front. It was sweet. It had some miscommunication and some trials and tribulations that the couple had to solve their way out of together, and it also had plenty of banter which made me one happy reader. Banter is the kind of thing I can never get enough of in a novel. 

The ending was super sweet and I really appreciated the bonus chapters at the end. I won't say what they were to do with because the pleasant surprise of what they were made them the best. It was a good way to tie up the novel. 


I did appreciate the friends group that Taylor and Evan both had. Aaron, Carly and Brian all made a gang of unique but good-hearted friends that supported them both with whatever they were trying to do. I do wish there had been a bit more time to deepen our understanding of the secondary characters but that never really happened. And at times, I wished that there were more issues for the couple to overcome than the way their relationship began or miscommunication. At times it felt a little too... easy?

In general though, this was a brilliant romance contemporary that I raced through! It's brimming with voice, character and a romance you'll want to be a part of. Can't wait to see what this author produces next!

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Olivia's Question: What's your favourite pizza topping? 

Olivia-Savannah x

35 comments:

  1. [ Smiles ] Hmm. This book is more suitable for teenagers; it is not one that I would go out of my way to read.

    However, your book review was enjoyable!

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    1. Yes, I would agree this is one very geared towards its target audience. Thanks for reading!

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  2. Sounds interesting!

    It does sound like one of those situations which is like 'what? why would you even think of that? and why the hell would he agree to it? and why would either of you think this is going to end well?!?!' Lol ;)

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    1. Yes I know! Why would anyone think that would be a good idea? But then again, knowing teenagers these days... and being one myself... I would see how some people could end up doing this realistically.

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  3. I've always been excited about this book. There is something about the cover that draws me in each time. I'm glad my anticipation for is well-founded. :)

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    1. The title did it for me, but the cover is pretty cool too so I see where you are coming from. hope you can enjoy it when you get your copy!

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  4. I keep looking at this book. I can't wait to try. I love those fake romance to romance stories. Great review!

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    1. If you like these kind of stories then this one won't disappoint!

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  5. I am definitely adding this one. Great review! My favorite pizza topping is Supreme. I love everything - bell peppers, banana peppers, onions, olives, etc... With extra cheese. If I don't get Supreme, I'll just go for pepperoni or spinach toppings.

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    1. I hope you will enjoy it when you get around to reading it. That sounds like one packed pizza! But if you love it, then you love it ;)

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  6. Great review, Olivia. If I'm going to read romance, I do prefer the 'clean' romances. Sounds like the story had some twists with the miscommunication between the couple. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. In YA there are a lot of clean romances! But yes, it's good to check reviews and see which ones fit into that category and which don't.

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  7. I think I've read books with relationships that start off like that, but they're all historical romances haha.
    And I do love when you can read from different POVs, makes the story so much entertaining and you get to see things from different perspectives :)
    I don't think I would like Evan though :P, but I'm glad you enjoyed this so much! :D

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. You do love your historical romance :D But yes, recalling your reviews you already have done.

      I love double POVs too. :D Evan might not be everyone's cup of tea. I didn't mind him too much.

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  8. Diversity! We definitely need more diverse book selections. This one by Jenn P. Nguyen will make a great addition to my TBR!! Thanks for hosting the tour Olivia!

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    1. I was on your Goodreads today and saw it proudly on your TBR. Hope you like this one :D

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    2. Proudly, so! BTW, loving your new text overlay over the images. NICE!

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    3. Aw thank you <3 I've been meaning to add more photography and change up the layout here a bit. Finally did it!

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  9. This sounds interesting and I do like resourceful women who can think of solutions to their problems. I'd be interested in finding out the dynamism between the two and how the romance starts.
    Great review!

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    1. That was one of the best things about Taylor. She would go out and make things happen for herself... even when she didn't feel in control of the situation completely. She'd still try.

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  10. Oo, I usually don't go for the "fake romance" books but you just convinced me. This sounds like a cute love story and Taylor sounds like a clever protagonist.

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    1. Taylor is smart and mature. You should definitely give it a shot :D

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  11. Sounds like a cute story. Thanks for sharing about it.

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  12. This sounds like a great romance! Isn't it interesting how people who pretend they are together sometimes end up together? I have a cuisin who married a friend so he can get a visa in UK...and they ended up together....In fact they have been happily married for years, I think their kids are teenagers by now:).... the last time I saw them was a few years ago when they came of vacation...Anyway, this does seem like a fantastic read! I don't read romances often, but when I do, I usually like this type of story...not too predictive or standard. For example, I like how both protagonists in this story came out of divorced families (but functioning in a different way ). I think details like that add credibility to any novel.

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    1. Yeah, sometimes it is interesting how things start out and then sort of develop into that way anyway. Yes, it shows how the same situation can still differ in terms of circumstances.

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  13. This sounds really good, thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope you might choose to pick it up!

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  14. Great review Olivia! The title and cover alone would make me pick this book. Another plus is, it does sound like something I'd read. I don't read young-adult often but have nothing against the genre and read once in a while.

    I love the photo (1st one) you've shoot for this post. It should be the highlight. :)

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    1. This does sound like the kind of book you would really appreciate! I hope you do pick it up. And thank you <3

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  15. Cute title and thanks for letting me know more about the book!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. This seems like the kind of book you would like :D

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  16. I love the cover and I so want to try this book now. Great review.

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    1. Yay! I hope you love it like I did <3

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