29 Dates – Melissa De La Cruz
From the blurb on NetGalley :
How many dates will it take to find The One?
Ji-su’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 Ji-su’s success, and going on the recommended dates is Ji-su’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, Ji-su finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Ji-su 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?
My Personal Review :
Full disclosure – I really only requested this book because my oldest daughter is a fan of the author, and I was curious as to whether this would be a book she may enjoy in a few years. That being said, I did end up liking it.
Of course, me being a 30-something year old, you may be questioning my sanity in reading a YA book, but YA is just a label. I like to read, and if the book is good, I really don’t care what genre it is categorized under.
The story is about young Jisu whose parents have uprooted her entire life by sending her to the states from Korea. Before and during this time, they have also been very intent on setting her up on blind dates through their matchmaker.
Jisu really comes into her own while she is away. She finds her passion for photography, and seems to find herself being true to her real self. I appreciated that.
*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this eBook for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.