The Love Interest, by Cale Dietrich
Published by: Fiewel and Friends
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Source: Book of the Month Club – May Selection
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
I chose this as my May selection from BOTM. I had such high hopes for it; decent reviews, intriguing summary, a cool image on the dust jacket , and it covered one of the topics I’m supposed to read for my Bookriot Read Harder Challenge (I wont say which one.)
I have to say that I was disappointed.
The only redeeming feature was that it addressed a social issue in a cool and casual way that I can appreciate. It is nice to read something that one can relate to especially during the teen years when identity is such an issue.
With that being said, the plot was entirely predictable, the characters were barely one dimensional, and the writing was unsophisticated.
There were so many instances where I thought the author could’ve gone deeper, given more explanation, and added more substance. I kept hoping for a plot twist, or something at least unconventional, but alas, there was nothing.
The theme is your typical teenage love triangle that has been written a thousand times, and although this is a bit different it isn’t anything mind blowing, at least not for me. The characters were extremely superficial, as was the plot.
I don’t think the writer upheld the current standard that people now expect from young adult novels.
This book was in more of the purgatory between “mature children” and “young adult.” I think that if a writer is going to explore “young adult” topics they should give the reader some credit and at least throw in some character development and an interesting plot.
I know this sounds harsh, but for me this story had unlimited potential, and I felt extremely let down. It was like when you go to a restaurant that people are raving about, but when you go, you get a table by the bathroom, the service sucks, and the food is lukewarm; and yet you can still appreciate how someone else might like it.
I don’t want to give too much away, and I would love to hear from someone who has read it and enjoyed it.