Review: No Love Allowed
Kate Evangelista - No Love AllowedExpected publication: April 19, 2016 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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It's all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.
Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!
~Fact: If you melt this book in the microwave, there's a 100% chance you'll have enough cheese to cover your nachos.
Caleb is a snobby, rich playboy with
Then, Caleb decides to drive to the Cliffside. Because, why not? The waitress has followed him. After a spontaneous cliff dive, he jumps in after her, assuming the worst, and the following conversation ensues.
"Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?"[ her mother works a few jobs and the power goes out on the daily (hide spoiler)], so when
"My mother's dead."
I've said in my review for Every Last Word and I'll say it again. Do not let your mental illness define you. I think Didi's[ being bipolar (hide spoiler)] was only meant as plot-twist because it was announced so late. She wasn't even taking medication for it.
Not that I was a total fan of Caleb either, but I found him slightly more tolerable than Didi. His reason for the whole fake girlfriend shindig is to avoid Yale. He also has the ability to jump on a plane and head to Europe if he so pleases. So with a "fake" girlfriend in tow, he's forced to attend garden parties and the like. Someone give the boy a trophy for his charity work.
There was no plot. I mean, what plot? Caleb's ex-girlfriend threatens to "expose" Didi for who she once was (i.e. a waitress) and is never seen again. Later, Caleb says the reason behind his playboy-ness is because his parents were in love and he'd never seen anything like it (?) This is basically a knockoff version of Gossip Girl. Nothing super special here.