Book Review: Challenge Accepted by Amanda Abram

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Synopsis:

Emma Dawson and Logan Reynolds have been neighbors and enemies for as long as either one can remember. Despite the fact their BFF fathers have been encouraging them their whole lives to be friends, they’ve managed to avoid each other at all costs. Emma thinks Logan is a callous jerk who cares about nobody but himself. Logan thinks Emma is a stuck-up goody-two-shoes with no life. The two couldn’t be any more different… which is why Emma is so confused when the Emerson High Computer Club’s “Summer Fling Compatibility Test” concludes they’re a perfect match. 

But Logan’s not confused. He lied on the test to make his “sometimes girlfriend” think they’re not meant to be and now Emma is furious that he made her lose out on the chance of having a swoony summer romance with the perfect guy. Forced by his stepmother to make it up to her, Logan decides to help her win the heart of her lifelong crush: his best friend, Matt. 

He knows how much of a challenge this will be. Matt is good-looking, popular and outgoing. Emma is quiet, bookwormish, and scared of everything. However, Logan is convinced that with some major tweaking, he can transform Emma into someone Matt could fall for. But as the summer heats up, so does their budding friendship… and soon, they may be faced with the biggest challenge of all: falling for each other.

Review:

What can I say, I fell in love with Emma from the first page. How can I not like a fellow book lover who would rather organize her book shelves than go on a beach vacation and talk to her “book friends” rather than real people – because I would totally do the same things. She is shy, introverted, fearful of a lot of things, but still wants a swoon worthy summer romance. There is not a whole lot of character development through the story, but she definitely tries to come out of her shell a little and become a little more assertive and confident.

Logan is, for the most part, a selfish douche, but he tries to help Emma with her summer fling, even if only for his benefit. I liked how his interactions with her became less prickly and he even started treating her like a good friend. But I’m still conflicted about what I feel about him. On one hand, I liked that Logan started to care about Emma, feel protective towards her and fell in love, but I didn’t really like the fact that he realised all this mostly only after he saw her as “hot”.

There is nothing new or exceptional in this book, that we haven’t already seen in other contemporary YA novels. It has all the usual tropes and that seems to have worked for me a lot. I read this one in a single sitting and had lots of fun. The interactions between Emma and Logan brought a smile to my face most of the times – especially during the mentions of my favorite Jane Austen novels.

I recommend this book if you are looking for something light and fun – with a sweet, nerdy, book loving female lead and a handsome, slightly jerky guy who turns out to be okay.

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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