What’s Not to Love|Review

What’s Not to Love – Published 2021

“Since high school began, Alison Sanger and Ethan Molloy have competed on almost everything. AP classes, the school paper, community service, it never ends. If Alison could avoid Ethan until graduation, she would. Except, naturally, for two over-achieving seniors with their sights on valedictorian and Harvard, they share all the same classes and extracurriculars. So when their school’s principal assigns them the task of co-planning a previous class’s ten-year reunion, with the promise of a recommendation for Harvard if they do, Ethan and Alison are willing to endure one more activity together if it means beating the other out of the lead.

But with all this extra time spent in each other’s company, their rivalry begins to feel closer to friendship. And as tension between them builds, Alison fights the growing realization that the only thing she wants more than winning…is Ethan.” – Goodreads


A huge thank you to Penguin Teen (#penguinteenpartner) for the ARC of this book!

This is a classic enemies to lovers trope in a high school setting with two over achievers. It’s funny, witty, and a quick read! I thought Alison and Ethan were pretty comical, and it reminded me a lot of Meet Me at Midnight, which I adored.

What I really liked about this book is that while it definitely follows the rivalry between Alison and Ethan, as well as Alison’s own personal journey through her senior year, it also has some important supporting characters. Each of them are also trying to “figure it out” at their various stages of life. We have some LGBTQ representation in Alison’s best friend Dylan, and an older sister who still doesn’t have her entire life figured out in her mid twenties living back at home.

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