May 23, 2016

ARC Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen (June 7, 2016)
336 pages
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: I received a free ARC from the publisher. This did not affect my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review

I am a big fan of just about everything Swoon Reads publishes, and The Way to Game the Walk of Shame lived up to its predecessors. 

If you are looking for a sweet story and cute characters then this book is for you. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame may be a little cliched at times but most romance novels are, and it is a wonderful story nonetheless. This book is a great reading choice if you are in the mood for a few laughs, a little snark, adorableness, friendship, swoony moments, and an opposites attract type of romance.

Taylor is an ambitious young lady who won't settle for anything less than perfect. Evan is a little rough around the edges but sweet and lovable. Both bring out the best in each other. Evan helps Taylor have a little fun and Taylor helps Evan be serious when needed, like with school. These two will make you smile. I love the idea of a romance blossoming from a previous agreement between the two that claim they are only going to fake being together and not fall in love. Like I said, this one may be a little cliched, but it has its unique moments so don't let that keep you from reading this book. It has a perfect balance between the two. It's just what I wanted in a young adult romance novel.

This book was fun to read. I felt the swoony tingles while reading and look forward to seeing what this author writes in the future. I hope you give this book a chance. It would make a great beach read!


  1. oh i so need this book. the title made me add it but the story makes me want to read it. so happy you adored it. I don't always want to read a contemp romance but there are some that just get to me and I think this one is one of those reads.

    1. It would make a great summer read!! I don't read too much contemp romance either, but I liked this one.


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