- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 16 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 125010713X
- ISBN-13: 978-1250107138
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.4 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dietrich both flips and examines certain stereotypes in regards to gender and sexuality while also serving up some high stakes spy adventures."--Entertainment Weekly
"This sci-fi young adult novel is the answer to all of our cliché love triangle woes. Caden, the kindhearted boy-next-door, and Dylan, a brooding bad boy complete with dark poetry and a leather jacket, are in competition for the genius Juliet’s heart. The winner gets the girl, and gets to live out his life in peace. If you’re looking for something funny, action-packed, and romantic this summer, then this is your next read."--PBS Newshour
" There’s a Hunger Games vibe here to be sure―a deadly teen-on-teen competition―and this is packed with similar questions of morality. High stakes, well-developed characters, and an LGBTQ slant on the classic spy story make it all the more intriguing. Stock up―this one has something for everyone."-- Booklist, starred review
"In this subversive take on the quintessential YA love triangle, two guys―the clean-cut boy next door and the brooding bad boy―compete for a girl’s affections. But nothing is as it seems: the guys are actually secret agents, trained to follow a script and fulfill specific romantic roles, and whoever doesn’t win his target’s love will be killed by his ruthless employer. ... Dietrich’s debut is impressive, provocative, and a clever take on well-worn romantic tropes. ... while the thriller elements add tension and numerous surprises."--Publishers Weekly
"Caden is a spy. He’s spent most of his life so far in an underground facility being groomed physically and mentally to become a Love Interest for someone influential. Now he’s finally been chosen. Caden’s been pegged as a Nice, the nerdy-boy-next-door type with perfect abs and ocean blue eyes...fans of spy fiction and LGBTQ titles will find the novel worth reading."-- School Library Journal
About the Author
Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.
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Caden is a Nice, Dylan is a Bad. They are give the same target and the ultimate incentive to win this dangerous game: be chosen or be killed. But, unexpectedly, they start to develop feelings for each other.
The plot summary was what attracted me to this book. I am not a huge fan of YA contemporary romance, but I love queer books and dystopian/sci-fi elements, so I was very excited to read it. Good thing that I purchased the book before I checked its rating on GoodReads or I might have never picked it up. As I am typing this, “Love Interest” has the rating of 3.18 on GR, and I try to never go for books which are under 3.5, because I get mostly disappointed (the only exception besides “Love Interest” was “Wink Poppy Midnight” which I adored).
Let’s be fair here, “The Love Interest” is far from a strong debut novel. There are a lot of plot holes surrounding the secret organization and how it was dealt with. Especially, in the last third of the novel – I had an impression as if the author was rushing through the ending or didn’t have it fully outlined, because everything that was happening was just too fantastical to be real. Some of the characters were too two dimensional for my taste and some of their actions were just implausible.
The good thing about this book is that it is just pure fun. The first half or even two thirds of the book is just a pure satire and parody on a typical young adult romance. And it is intended to be such. I found the narration overall pleasant enough and the action was fun.
I think that this book would have benefited from more editing and perhaps another round of revisions. I liked the idea of love interests/spies, I liked both Caden and Dylan. But the book lacked depth and even the moments that were supposed to move me felt a bit shallow as they were so brief. Not to mention the fact that the ending was extremely weak.
Is it a great book? No, but it IS a fun book which I might even re-read if I need a good laugh (because some of those romance tropes were just hilarious). But most importantly – the book gave me exactly what I wanted to read: a queer love story. We don’t have enough of those in YA, even nowadays.
I will definitely keep an eye on Cale’s books and hope to read more by him.
"You haven't read any YA novels recently, have you?"
So say the characters in this deliciously meta book that pokes fun at so many YA tropes, while somehow still making you swoon over them.
Caden, a Nice, has to compete against Dyl, a Bad (complete with leather jacket and sob story to account for his jerky behaviour), to win the affections of their Chosen. The winner gets to spend the rest of his life at her side, spying on her. The loser gets incinerated.
To makes things worse, Caden is falling in love with his competition.
THE LOVE INTEREST is fast-paced and action-packed. It's sexy. It regularly says, "Oh by the way, I'm using Trope X right now" and makes you laugh because yeah, it totally is using that trope and you're totally swooning over it. I read most of it in a day because I couldn't put it down. This is definitely one you want to pick up.
This book was seriously good. Just read it. You won't regret it. It's funny, charming, serious, and full of uncertainty. It keeps you on your toes. But you just know that you can't stop rooting for the group of friends, because you're right there with them.
I look forward to reading more books by Cale Dietrich.
I had no idea this was going to be satire and in the beginning when I was reading it, I couldn't help but laugh at all the young adult tropes and cliches that were used that I lost count. That part was brilliantly done. But it also lacked dimension and depth. And what I mean is the characters. There were all just cookie cutter characters with no real personalities or defying warmth that would make you root for them. And that's what ultimately made me bored. I need to root for characters to get together or I just won't care at all and sadly in this case, I didn't care abut Caden or Dyl. I actually cared about the supporting characters Natalie and Trevor who had a bit more personality than their best friends. I just felt so far out of their reach that I couldn't connect with Caden or Dylan. The story-line was there, but you'd have to read further into it to actually find it. I liked how there were mentions and quotes of the queer guy becoming the protagonist in his own story.
I was annoyed the whole time with the love counsellor who is supposed to be giving advice about love. But all her advice is about how hot he is. She's quite annoying and doesn't really give great advice at all. I think it would have been better if she didn't appear at all. I know they're just tools to the LIC, but I really couldn't tell the difference when she spoke to them or if it was his own thoughts? Maybe the final copy will separate the difference.
I love that we get to see more queer relationships in books and this was a good start, but I've read ones that really did yank at my heart (and broke it to pieces), so this one is a bit forgettable. Overall, it does have easy writing that you can simply read quickly, but other than the great concept, the execution fell flat for me. I'm sorely disappointed I didn't like this one as much.
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