29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz

Published December 18, 2018

Hardcover, 395 pages


(Thanks to Netgalley & Inkyard Press, I received an eARC)


“A heartwarming, sparkling romantic comedy about what happens when what your heart wants and what your parents want don’t match…Melissa de la Cruz enchants and delights in her usual style. Completely unputdownable!” —Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

“A refreshingly modern love story, 29 Dates serves up a funny and heartfelt rom-com about finding love and figuring out life on your own terms.” —Maurene Goo, author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel

How many dates will it take to find The One?

Jisu’s traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul’s premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Jisu’s success, and going on the recommended dates is Jisu’s compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private school in San Francisco. Where she’ll have the opportunity to shine academically—and be set up on more dates!

Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Jisu finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Jisu into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One isn’t parent and matchmaker approved?


I thought this was a really cute and fluffy contemporary. It’s not like anything I’ve read in the young adult arena, so I was excited to give it a go. Not to mention it was focused around a Korean American and I love learning about other cultures. I found it an enjoyable read, mostly be I am a huge fan of this author’s writing style.

I enjoyed the whole match making date aspect of the book, it was something new to me. I found it a bit dramatic, which is ok with me, but I can see it being frustrating to people not knowing that going in. I also found it very predictable which was fine by me.

Overall I thought this was a solidly written YA contemporary novel. It was exactly what I was in the mood for at the time and made me laugh a lot. I do feel like it was a bit monotonous and took me longer than expected to read.


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