by Natalie Decker
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 10th 2020
Sixteen-year-old Keilah Evans is completely undateable. The crush she has on Gage Fitch? Forget it. He has no idea she exists. But Keilah has something other girls at school don’t: She can code. Keilah decides to solve her dating woes by anonymously creating a hook-up app.
Soon, her app is in demand at every high school in the state. But instead of hooking Keilah up with Gage, the app ships her best friend with him! To make matters worse, a glitch in the app exposes student data, and now, parents, school boards, and the public are demanding the creator of the app’s head on a platter. When a savvy hacker finds out Keilah is behind the app, he uses the info to blackmail her.
In order to save herself and her app, Keilah must make some hard decisions, including seeking help from the last person on Earth she should trust: Ryder Coleson.
With the help of some unlikely allies, Keilah will soon discover she may not be so undateable after all and when it comes to dating, there’s no app required.
Dateable is a sweet friends-to-enemies-to-lovers YA novel. Keilah and Ryder are a cute couple, and their nerdy geekiness helps to make them relatable. I liked that Keilah was a coder and on the robotics team–it’s a fun detail.
This story is a bit on the short side–just 180 pages–and as such tends to skate the surface of a lot of aspects of the story. The details of why the antagonist is out for revenge, for example, isn’t fully explained, and how exactly all of that coding and fixing of the coding happens? Totally glossed over. The MCs do a pretty quick switch from “let’s go on a first date” to “I love you” (somewhat justified because of how long they’ve known each other, but it’s still a bit of a stretch) that will probably satisfy readers on the younger side of the YA spectrum but probably not those who are a bit more mature. As adult reader it’s clear I’m not the target audience, but it was a cute read that teens and tweens not quite ready for “older” YA stories should enjoy.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
About the Author:
Natalie Decker is the author of the bestselling YA series Rival Love, YA series Offsides, and NA series Scandalous Boys. She loves her family, her awesome dog, friends, carefree days, football, fuzzy blankets, traveling, reading, cooking, writing, and is a huge Denver Broncos fan. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. An avid reader of everything. If she’s not at a Target or Starbucks because those are her favs, she might be typing away on her laptop, reading a book, hanging out with her amazing family, or she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!