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!
I got this book as an eARC through NetGalley a few months ago but have only just now got around to reading it. I was so excited for this book, I didn't really read much of the synopsis but from what I could gather it was similar to The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (which I loved). However, No Love Allowed really wasn't my cup of tea and I didn't enjoy it at all.
First off, I really disliked the characters. I felt like there was no reason for me to like them, and I knew nothing about them pretty much. Caleb was a snobby sort. He did go through some character development but he was still arrogant and just so full of himself. Didi was just plain annoying to me. I didn't like her attitude and I felt like her decisions were just ridiculous. Her mother was just as bad, she would try and seem responsible but she would willingly let her daughter do whatever the hell she wanted and then pretend to not know? I just felt like that was strange.
I also felt like some of the plot lines were unnecessary for the story i.e. mental illness, neglect etc. I didn't like the way mental illness was portrayed in this book. It made it slightly romanticized in my opinion and I just didn't appreciate that.
As well as disliking the characters, I didn't feel like they had a very strong dynamic or even a connection at all. As I was reading I wasn't even rooting for anyone because I didn't see a reason for them being together, let alone falling in love? Basically Caleb bought Didi art supplies and Didi had a pretty face and unusual personality. I don't feel like they communicated at all and their relationship just really didn't sit well with me.
The side characters, particularly Nathan, were OK but again I didn't feel anything for them and I feel like Nathan was being classed as the stereotypical gay guy, giving Didi makeovers and dressing her up and buying her clothes etc.
So basically, there wasn't really anything that I enjoyed about this book (although the cover is fab). That's not to say that someone else might not enjoy it. It was a very quick read and the writing was easy to read so if you do think that this is something you might like, give it a go because you might love it. There are definitely quite a few positive reviews for this book out there, so if you're interested in it go give those a read :)
Would I recommend? No
For fans of: Quick, cheesy YA romance
Overall rating: 1.5/5
*This book was provided to me via eArc through NetGalley. This has in no way effected my thoughts and opinions of this book.
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: April 2016
Format: eBook, 256 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: NetGalley
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