Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Oracle of Dating (The Oracle of Dating 1) by Allison Van Diepen

For five bucks, the Oracle of Dating will tell you:
* How to flirt

* If that cute guy you're crushing on likes you, too

* Whether your new romance will last through lunch period

* And "much" more

What she "won't" tell you? Who she is.

No one at Kayla's school knows she's the famous Oracle of Dating-- the anonymous queen of dating advice. She doesn't even "have" a boyfriend. Two relationship disasters were enough to make Kayla focus on everyone else's love life.

But then her advice backfires on her own best friend. And Kayla starts to seriously obsess about Jared Stewart--the very cute, very mysterious new guy in school. Suddenly, the teen queen of advice needs her "own" oracle of dating--and she knows just where to find one....

Reviewer: TigerLily
The Oracle of Dating is an adorable book that calls itself a young adult novel but reads in between young adult and adult in my opinion. There is a lot of talk of sex and other issues that read more for an adult but has the wit and feel of a young adult novel. Kayla (the main character of the story) is all about helping people with their love lives but has yet to have one of her own, which i found to be both funny and a bit unrealistic at the same time. Don't get me wrong, she was a great character and very funny but seemed way beyond her years for someone who has never had a serious relationship.

Another problem I had with the book was Jared. He seemed to only be in a 3rd of the book (but mentioned almost every page) and I found it hard to believe they were so crazy for each other after such a short amount of time and little development between the two characters. Also, if he had truly had feelings for Kayla he wouldn't have jumped to dating someone else after being blown off just once (or he thought he was blown off). Besides those few problems I found the book to be light and fun and would probably read future books in the series to see what happens.

I'm giving this book 4 stars.

Publisher: Harlequin Teen


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