Published by Entangled: Crush in May 2020
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Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her - no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.
Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.
Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.
Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).
Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).
It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared are my own.
How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy is a companion novel to Announcing Trouble, which I absolutely loved! (If you haven’t checked out my review for Announcing Trouble, you can find it here.) The two can be read as stand-alone’s, but you do get some glimpses into Mai and Anthony’s story in Announcing Trouble. Mai’s attraction towards Anthony is what started Josie and Garrett’s story in Announcing Trouble after all.
In How to Quit Your Crush, Mai and Anthony embark on a secret two-week fling to get over their attraction for each other. Being polar opposites and headed on two different paths post-high school, Mai and Anthony don’t quite make sense, but they have quite the chemistry.
What I personally love about opposites attract romances is how the two characters challenge each other and help to discover parts of their personalities. That is exactly what happened in How to Quit Your Crush. Mai and Anthony may have been trying to get over each other by planning dates that the other would hate. In reality, however, each of them lost pieces of themselves due to their past. Being together, helped to rediscover themselves. The story may have only spanned a couple of weeks, it was fun reading the two grow together.
My biggest issue with How to Quit Your Crush was Mai. Her personality is similar to my own, and she ended up frustrating me a lot. This is obviously a personal issue and wouldn’t be an issue for everyone. Eventually, Mai did grow on me. Also, I would have loved to see more about Mai and her relationship with her family, especially at the end.
Overall, if you enjoy opposites attract romances or if you enjoyed Announcing Trouble, I’d highly recommend checking out How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy. It was a fun, quick read, which I think would be perfect for summer.