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Review: The Way To Game The Walk of Shame

Jenn P. Nguyen - The Way To Game The Walk of Shame
Expected publication: June 7, 2016 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2/5

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.
I expected a lot more from a book called  The Way to Game the Walk of Shame. Well, first of all, no slutshaming. Sadly, there was a lot of that. Both versions. And when I say (type) that, the MC, Taylor, hates on both boys and girls. Evan tries his best to be a womanizer with a heart - ala Caleb in No Love Allowed - but fails miserably because those dreaded feels still manage to slip through.

When she awakens the tragic day-after, Taylor Simmons couldn't be further scandalized. She has been abandoned in the bed of the resident manslut, Evan. Not only does she have a nasty hangover, but she obviously needs an out. Fortunately, Evan has no problem letting her leave.

The next day, Taylor is slutshamed into oblivion. People tear apart her reputation. Taylor cries and cries and cries. Evan threatens to fight everyone. It's all very serious. In lieu of damaging her reputation further, she and Evan decide to have a "fake" relationship. Keyword: fake.

Taylor tries so hard to be the innocent, angelic, dream girl, it's absolutely nauseating. She cries if someone calls her out, but if another girl does the exact thing, it's taboo. Taylor can also wear a tank top and capris and still look great. Whilst, another girl needs to have a full face of makeup and a bikini under her outfit to compare.

An example of thy girl hate:
"Was this hostility because she didn't think I belonged here or because she didn't think I belonged with Evan? If you ask me, she never deserved him. She was clearly an A-rated bitch." (...)
One thing I hate about joint POVs is how they sound exactly the same: "She looks so hot." / "He looks so hot." And it'll continue for the rest of the novel. We received the occasional cute thing. The coin necklace, Oreo The Slightly Demonic Dog, blue cotton candy love. Otherwise, not so interesting. I'd suggest a pass.  


  1. So, this is kind of what I was afraid of when I heard of this book. And sometimes I am really wrong about these things, and sometimes... well, sometimes I am right hahah (looking at YOU, Anne & Henry). Sadly, this looks like one of the latter. I mean... the whole concept is kind of demeaning, basically. And Taylor sounds like the actual worst. Not that Evan sounds much better. But Taylor just sounds SO bad that she overrides his assholery. UGH, sorry this was such a mess!

    1. "Assholery" needs to be a serious part of my lexicon. Wow. I adore that word. hah. Anne & Henry was such a catastrophe, it's still hard to talk about, but the cover was oh-so-pretty. Thanks, chicky!


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