It’s been so long since I last posted on my blog but I’m back with a blog tour through Hear Our Voices for Pintip Dunn’s Dating Makes Perfect! I was so excited when I first heard about this book because it’s an own voices story about a Thai American girl and is the closest I have come to seeing myself represented in a contemporary YA book. I’m not Thai, but I am Lao. They aren’t the same but since the two are neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, they do share a lot of similar cultural aspects like cuisine and primary religion (Buddhism), but I also grew up consuming Thai media, like Thai drama, music, news. So yes, I was really looking forward to this book and the chance to participate in this blog tour and interview with the author!
The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed.
In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of dating practice.
In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must date in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course — and on dates they organize based on their favorite rom-coms. The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, dreamy, and infuriating.
Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. Her parents love him, so naturally he’s the perfect person for her to pretend date.
If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Continue reading “Blog Tour: Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn + Interview!”