A swoony, heart-melting YA romance from beloved author Rebekah Weatherspoon about two awkward teens who decide to practice dating in order to be good at the real thing. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han.
Sixteen-year-old Bethany Greene, though confident and self-assured, is what they call a late-bloomer. She’s never had a boyfriend, date, or first kiss. She’s determined to change that but after her crush turns her down cold for Homecoming—declaring her too inexperienced—and all her back-up ideas fall through, she cautiously agrees to go with her best friend’s boyfriend Jacob. A platonic date is better than no date, right? Until Saylor breaks up with said boyfriend.
Dumped twice in just two months, Jacob Yeun wonders if he’s the problem. After years hiding behind his camera and a shocking summer glow up, he wasn’t quite ready for all the attention or to be someone’s boyfriend. There are no guides for his particular circumstances, or for taking your ex’s best friend to the dance.
Why not make the best of an awkward situation? Bethany and Jacob decide to fake date for practice, building their confidence in matters of the heart.
And it works—guys are finally noticing Bethany. But things get complicated as their kissing sessions—for research of course!—start to feel real. This arrangement was supposed to help them in dating other people, but what if their perfect match is right in front of them?
About the Author
After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance to get her fix. Many award-winning novels later she still believes in love, the fluffier the better. Raised in southern New Hampshire, Rebekah now lives in southern California with her dog Lizzie. She will remain there forever because she hates moving.
You can find Rebekah twitter at @rdotspoon and her website www.rebekahweatherspoon.com
“Queen of romance Rebekah Weatherspoon is blessedly making her YA debut with this fake dating triumph.”—Buzzfeed
“Rebekah Weatherspoon delivers a fresh, addictive read full of pitch-perfect dialogue; fun, likable characters; but most of all, heart.”—Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries
“The biggest chef’s kiss for Rebekah Weatherspoon’s funny, tender, utterly charming YA debut. Her Good Side is the kind of book that leaves you giddy.”—Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Everything Rebekah Weatherspoon touches is full of heart, charm, and swoony romance. Her Good Side is a YA rom-com for the ages and I was only sad it had to end! I'm a fan for life!”—Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Dumplin'
“A fun and captivating read that will have you rooting for Bethany and Jake the whole way through and swooning the moment they realize they are meant for one another.”—Suzanne Park, author of The Perfect Escape and Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous
“This fake-dating story will delight readers to no end. Alongside a strong cast of characters and a vivid portrayal of California, the author crafts a fully formed world and authentic depiction of first love, which celebrates awkward high-school experiences, unexpected romances, and stellar support systems.”—Booklist (Starred review)
“Sincerely rendered character dynamics provide a well-rounded vehicle through which to explore themes surrounding stigma, sexual identity, and healthy relationships.”—Publishers Weekly