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Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself. Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU fil Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself. Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, and their secret friendship becomes the only place she can breathe. She refuses to complicate that with more. No matter how charming Alex can be. When Bailey decides to film outrageous promposals for her NYU application, she enlists Alex’s help to plan an over-the-top, epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him. For a guy who seems to have it all, he’s about to lose the only thing he’s ever wanted. Disclaimer: This Entangled Crush contains a cocky lacrosse player in over his head with his secret best friend, unexpected midnight kisses, swoon-worthy slow dancing, and movie-night cuddling that’ll make you ache. You’re going to want an Alex of your own!


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Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself. Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU fil Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself. Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, and their secret friendship becomes the only place she can breathe. She refuses to complicate that with more. No matter how charming Alex can be. When Bailey decides to film outrageous promposals for her NYU application, she enlists Alex’s help to plan an over-the-top, epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him. For a guy who seems to have it all, he’s about to lose the only thing he’s ever wanted. Disclaimer: This Entangled Crush contains a cocky lacrosse player in over his head with his secret best friend, unexpected midnight kisses, swoon-worthy slow dancing, and movie-night cuddling that’ll make you ache. You’re going to want an Alex of your own!

30 review for Love and Other Secrets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Danielle's

    What a sweet ending! Alex and Bailey are friends outside of school. He's a popular, rich lacrosse player. She's a smart, coffee house worker from the trailer park. Bailey has dreams of going to film school and Alex is so laid back he hasn't realised he's in love with his best friend. Bailey wants to make a prom proposal film. She wants her film to be noticed so she has a better chance of getting into film school. She enlists the help of her best friend to help her ask the lucky guy. Alex is so l What a sweet ending! Alex and Bailey are friends outside of school. He's a popular, rich lacrosse player. She's a smart, coffee house worker from the trailer park. Bailey has dreams of going to film school and Alex is so laid back he hasn't realised he's in love with his best friend. Bailey wants to make a prom proposal film. She wants her film to be noticed so she has a better chance of getting into film school. She enlists the help of her best friend to help her ask the lucky guy. Alex is so laid back girls normally ask him to prom. This year he knows who he wants to go with but unfortunately, he takes too long to ask her. Now he's trying to help her land a dream date with someone else. These two are an unlikely couple that works really well together. They have sassy bubbly chemistry. The story is lighthearted and funny in places. Both chapters are likeable even though Alex sometimes needs a glass of cold water thrown over him. The get together is really cute and the story flows well. 4 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    3.75 out of 5 Stars. “With how much everyone talks about it, you'd think prom is a huge deal at our school, but it's really the promposals that get everyone worked up." Opening a month before the big day, Love and Other Secrets tells the story of a seemingly mismatched pair dancing the sacred “will they won’t they” dance while navigating the pressures of youth, high school, and their futures. Alex “Kov” Koviak (a.k.a. “teenage Thor”) is your typical carefree jock who devotes his days to no-st 3.75 out of 5 Stars. “With how much everyone talks about it, you'd think prom is a huge deal at our school, but it's really the promposals that get everyone worked up." Opening a month before the big day, Love and Other Secrets tells the story of a seemingly mismatched pair dancing the sacred “will they won’t they” dance while navigating the pressures of youth, high school, and their futures. Alex “Kov” Koviak (a.k.a. “teenage Thor”) is your typical carefree jock who devotes his days to no-strings relationships, lacrosse, and playing matchmaker for his friends. Bailey “Raven Girl” Banfield is your typical goal-oriented super teen who spends her days studying at school, working 2 jobs, and perfecting her A/V assignment in hopes of landing the funds — and a spot — at her dream school: NYU. On the surface they seem like polar opposites — in fact, you’d never even guess they were friends. But over weeks of secret late-night movie screens this duo become close and internally debate whether they should take the next step — publically and formally. And right when Kov decides to take the plunge and prompose to Bailey, she burst his metaphorical bubble by asking for his help promposing to another dude. In order to keep his disappointment under wraps, Kov agrees to help Bails with “Operation Ultra-Mega Promposal to the Death,” which ends up being more challenging than either of them ever expected. “Sometimes it's easy to forget that everyone has a story..." What I loved the most about Mandelski’s YA contemporary was how genuinely youthful it read. There are moments that will make you cringe due to the missed connections and errors in communication. There are moments that will make you swoon due to Kov’s impressive displays of game (slow dancing serenades in the Blue Room, anyone??) But at the end of the day it just felt so dang relatable. Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of times where I wanted to strangle our MCs because so much of their drama could have been instantaneously eliminated if they’d gather up the courage to TALK to one another. But at the end of the day, that’s the blissfully frustrating part of growing up — a feeling I remember all too well. You see, the reason I’m trash for prom stories is because my first date with my husband was our senior prom — well, sort of. We didn’t actually go to the dance together because of (you guessed it) communication issues. Between him recruiting his best friend to ask me who I was going with — in front of him — me panicking and not wanting to look like a loser and claiming a date I hadn’t yet acquired, friend dates brought along to make the other party jealous, and more laughable incidents I don’t have time to go into now, I totally get how these characters ended up in the positions they did. It’s frustrating and funny (in hindsight), but eventually works out in the end. We got our act together by the after party and you’ll have to check out Mandelski’s novel to see how Kov and Bailey fared. While it does read young and can — at times — be rather repetitive this cute contemporary is sweeter than the Psychedeliccinos Bailey serves at the Java Infusion. If you’re looking for a quick flashback read, or are needing some Pizza Rat inspiration for your own promposal, check out this butterfly-inducing romance today! THANK YOU TO ENTANGLED PUBLISHING (CRUSH) & CHAPTER BY CHAPTER FOR PROVIDING A COPY OF THIS ARC/EBOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ✰✰ This story follows Bailey, a poor girl with an interest in filmmaking that is currently working two jobs and trying to win a contest to one her classes and Alex, a rich boy who plays lacrosse, who doesn't know what to do with his life and feels abandoned by his parents. They met at one of her jobs and they instantly become friends, which obviously later on in turns into something more, and when Alex decides that he wants to go to prom with Bailey, she asked for his help to ask another guy to p ✰✰ This story follows Bailey, a poor girl with an interest in filmmaking that is currently working two jobs and trying to win a contest to one her classes and Alex, a rich boy who plays lacrosse, who doesn't know what to do with his life and feels abandoned by his parents. They met at one of her jobs and they instantly become friends, which obviously later on in turns into something more, and when Alex decides that he wants to go to prom with Bailey, she asked for his help to ask another guy to prom. Drama, drama, drama everywhere . This book had a lot of potential for me, contemporary is my favorite genre, friends to lovers is my favorite romantic trope, but for some reasons this book didn't fully connect to me. First of all, after reading the first chapter, we know they've been friends for a long time but they had kept it secret (I didn't understand why but nevermind), and in said first chapter he's thinking about asking Bailey to prom, and we clearly see he's struggling about his feelings for her. And in my opinion, I think it could be a better friends to lovers book if we had seen how they met and they become friends, because after reading this chapter I'm supposed to like them and hope that Alex 'gets the girl'? Honestly, I was indifferent until almost the end of the book. Second, I'm not a fan of jealousy and miscommunication, and we have a lot of that in this book. I can understand some of the miscommunication because we know that speak about our romantic feelings towards a friend is difficult, but at some point something happens and they should have talked about what happened and how they felt in that moment, but they did? Oh no, they preffered to get angry and assume things that were not true. But overall, even though it doesn't bring anything new to the plate for ya contemporary, despite its flaws, it's a cute romance between two friends and full of angst (and funny at times). I found it enjoyable, and it's was a quick and easy read I could recommend for beginners in the genre of hardcore fans of the friends to lovers trope. I would have definitely rated it higher if there was more development for the characters and the plot (and if they had learned to communicate). ARC provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hristina

    This book delivered on everything it promised, especially the promposal aspect, which I personally found to be a little too much. What it didn't deliver was something new. It all seemed a little cliched and predictable, the characters drowning in their archetype characteristics. (view spoiler)[I also do have a problem with the point in the friendship where the story started, assuming we'll start at the beginning, which we didn't, and that made it almost impossible to care about the characters. I This book delivered on everything it promised, especially the promposal aspect, which I personally found to be a little too much. What it didn't deliver was something new. It all seemed a little cliched and predictable, the characters drowning in their archetype characteristics. (view spoiler)[I also do have a problem with the point in the friendship where the story started, assuming we'll start at the beginning, which we didn't, and that made it almost impossible to care about the characters. I wasn't a fan of the never-ending miscommunication either. But the drama, well I live for that shit. (hide spoiler)] However, this is a cute and angsty romance story, and I'm a sucker for romance. The POVs were executed well-enough, and the overall writing was fluid. It was a quick read, and I was on the hunt for such a book today. *Rating: 3/5 stars *Copy received through NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    nati

    ARC providad by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you When you think about YA contemporary books, you probably imagine a book with fluffy scenes, a lot of funny moments, some teen drama and a cute happily ever after. This book will give you just that, but ONLY that, sadly, it doesn't bring anything new and different for YA. The development of the characters wasn't good, I always felt like there was something missing in their relationship, maybe if we actually got ARC providad by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you When you think about YA contemporary books, you probably imagine a book with fluffy scenes, a lot of funny moments, some teen drama and a cute happily ever after. This book will give you just that, but ONLY that, sadly, it doesn't bring anything new and different for YA. The development of the characters wasn't good, I always felt like there was something missing in their relationship, maybe if we actually got to see them becoming friends and falling in love, I could have liked it more. I definitely recommend it for anyone that wants a light and cute book, or if you're new to YA contemporary, you probably will like this one!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    The book is light and cute and fluffy like we expect from all YA contemporary romances. But the stakes or conflict never felt interesting enough for me to root for the characters. I also wish the development of their initial friendship was done better because that might have made me connect to them more. Overall, I recommend this book if you like the usual YA high school stories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aneesa

    Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Entangled Teen OMG!!! I loved this book so much. I feel like I have been starved from this kind of genre for too long. I miss reading these type of books..ha! It reminds me of my own time at high school gosh I sound so old! Set in a high school, everyone is just focused on one thing doing a proposal for prom. These proposals are a big deal since they can quickly go viral and die down just as quick. For Bailey, this is a perfect chance to Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Entangled Teen OMG!!! I loved this book so much. I feel like I have been starved from this kind of genre for too long. I miss reading these type of books..ha! It reminds me of my own time at high school gosh I sound so old! Set in a high school, everyone is just focused on one thing doing a proposal for prom. These proposals are a big deal since they can quickly go viral and die down just as quick. For Bailey, this is a perfect chance to win the short film contest and so begins the epic planning of the best proposal ever. Where do I even begin with Alex and Bailey? Don't they just sound like the perfect duo? Alex is a very wealthy, lazy, confident but sweet athlete who dominates the Lacrosse field. He is known as the 'love guru' for matchmaking for his best friend Eli and Nora. We only get a short glimpse of Nora but she seems to be down to earth person. Alex is used to getting things on his plate, girls seem to ask him out every year, he is popular and yet we see a side of him where he can't say no to anything (I found this so adorable). Bailey is a very determined and focused individual, she has her life planned for the next 15 years. She is an extremely busy person between working two jobs, school, homework and still manages to find time to meet Alex. Compared to her, I feel so lazy it makes me want to be more productive with my day. Both Alex and Bailey are opposites in different ways, I like that they are relatable characters doesn't make it seem so they don't exist. I loved the banter and easy relationship both of these had with one another, I liked how humor played a part in the storyline makes it less intense. Overall I loved this book. Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | G+ | Pinterest

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Leigh

    This book was so good! I could not put it down and even though it is a standalone I am really looking forward to reading the other book under this umbrella (The First Kiss Hypothesis). I loved following Alex and Bailey as they grow closer together and struggle with trying to decide if crossing the best friend line is worth it. The promposal plan was so funny. Alex finally decided he wants to ask his after school kinda secret friend Bailey to prom but when he goes to ask her she asks him for help This book was so good! I could not put it down and even though it is a standalone I am really looking forward to reading the other book under this umbrella (The First Kiss Hypothesis). I loved following Alex and Bailey as they grow closer together and struggle with trying to decide if crossing the best friend line is worth it. The promposal plan was so funny. Alex finally decided he wants to ask his after school kinda secret friend Bailey to prom but when he goes to ask her she asks him for help with asking another guy before he can get it out. Feeling confused and dejected he says yes because he wants Bailey to be happy but would rather her be happy with him. I laughed and cried with this book and I definitely recommend to any rom-com fans! Thank you to NetGalley, Christina Mandelski, and Entangled Publishing for this digital arc in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    . (not active on this account stop adding me)

    2.5 stars ARC kindly provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book doesn't bring anything new to the plate for Young Adult contemporary, but it's always fun to just devour a cute, fluffy romance. It's an opposites attract, best friends to lovers about two young people who don't know how to communicate properly. Love and Other Secrets follows Bailey: a poor girl with an interest in filmmaking that is currently working three jobs to 2.5 stars ARC kindly provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book doesn't bring anything new to the plate for Young Adult contemporary, but it's always fun to just devour a cute, fluffy romance. It's an opposites attract, best friends to lovers about two young people who don't know how to communicate properly. Love and Other Secrets follows Bailey: a poor girl with an interest in filmmaking that is currently working three jobs to get by. She meets Alex, a rich jock, at one of her jobs and they instantly become friends, which eventually turns into something more. When Alex is finally coming to terms with his burgeoning feelings for Bailey, she enlists him to help ask another guy to prom. These character archetypes are definitely cliched - the nerd and the jock, the rich girl and the poor boy etc. - but it was definitely enjoyable. In fact, my favourite parts were when the couple would watch films together or make references. I liked the romance since there was plenty of angst after Alex and Bailey couldn't admit their feelings to each other, but it did get frustrating in the end. I can only handle too much will-they-won't-they before it gets too repetitive. I feel like there was still room for development in the romance department towards the end since the last few chapters jumped between random days and weren't sufficient in explaining everything. It probably would have sufficed if we were given an epilogue. However, I did think that there were plenty of cute scenes. Such as the practice slow dancing scene, and I'm always open to more of them. The plot points were also cheesy since most of the conflict in this book is created by the prom. Though I do feel like this irritated me more because it's not my demographic and I don't think not going to prom is the most dramatic thing that could happen in your life. As I said before, there's nothing distinct about this novel that makes it a standout again other contemporary novels. It's just a simple, fun story about two best friends who try to navigate their feelings for each other. I liked how the author commented on social differences - Alex was always alone in his large house while Bailey was always working and living in a tiny trailer. Overall, this was a cute romance but it didn't give me anything to distinguish it from other Young Adult contemporary. If you're on the market for a fast, fluffy romance between two best friends who are opposites, I'd definitely recommend this to you. I would have definitely rated it higher if there was more development for the characters and the plot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Linz Readz)

    So cute, sweet, and fun! I want more of this story! I have not read a YA contemporary that I liked as much as this one in a long time. It was a typical high school YA story but I enjoyed it so much. Alex and Bailey are polar opposites. He’s a popular, lacrosse player from a rich family while she is a nerdy movie obsessed girl, from the trailer park who works two jobs. They become quick friends and end up spending lots of time together quickly becoming the best of friends. Neither of them realize h So cute, sweet, and fun! I want more of this story! I have not read a YA contemporary that I liked as much as this one in a long time. It was a typical high school YA story but I enjoyed it so much. Alex and Bailey are polar opposites. He’s a popular, lacrosse player from a rich family while she is a nerdy movie obsessed girl, from the trailer park who works two jobs. They become quick friends and end up spending lots of time together quickly becoming the best of friends. Neither of them realize how much they are falling for each other. Alex starts to realize his feelings first and plans to ask Bailey to prom. However, things get complicated quickly when Bailey wants to plan a prom proposal to record for her film. She’s never asked or been asked to a dance before so she enlists Alex to plan the perfect prom-posal for one of his teammates. Bailey and Alex are a very unlikely couple but they work together so well. Their chemistry is perfect and they bring out the best in each other, even if it takes a while. Their story flows well and you can’t help but root for them. I do wish that we could have seen more of Alex and Bailey as they became friends. I think it would have allowed me to connect to them and their friendship a little more and made this a 5 star read. Grateful to have received a complimentary ARC copy to honestly review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arceli

    I really loved this romance. Alex and Bailey are such a sweet couple. I loved them as a couple. There is tons of sweetness and cuteness. I had so much fun with them. My only pet peeve was that the ending was rushed. Otherwise, really cute novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 Stars A friends-to-more romance featuring promposals? Yes, please. I was pretty much all over this book. Between the description and my enjoyment of Mandelski's prior book, The First Kiss Hypothesis, I knew I could expect a fun and cute romance, which would leave a smile on my face. Things that stood out for me • The friendship between Alex and Bailey was sort of special. When Bailey and Alex were together, they enjoyed such an ease and could just be themselves. Bailey comments at one Rating: 3.5 Stars A friends-to-more romance featuring promposals? Yes, please. I was pretty much all over this book. Between the description and my enjoyment of Mandelski's prior book, The First Kiss Hypothesis, I knew I could expect a fun and cute romance, which would leave a smile on my face. Things that stood out for me • The friendship between Alex and Bailey was sort of special. When Bailey and Alex were together, they enjoyed such an ease and could just be themselves. Bailey comments at one point about how there are two versions of Alex, and I must admit, I like the Alex who showed up when Bailey was around. Yes, it was sort of a secret friendship, but not for the wrong reasons. Therefore, I was able to forgive Alex for that. • The movies!!! Bailey being an aspiring filmmaker talks about and watches lots of films in this book. Some of my favorites were the ones Bails and Alex watched together in an attempt to watch all the top teen movies. Great movies references abounded as well, and I awarded bonus points for the Lloyd Dobbler references. • The promposals were lots of fun. We didn't have such things when I was in high school, so although I find them a little over the top, the romance lover in me can't help but smile when I hear or read about one. • I was sort of shocked at quickly Alex wormed his way into my heart. I found my heart aching for him pretty early in the story, and I just wanted to shake him and force him to tell Bailey how he felt. The way these two doubted the other's feelings made me a little nuts, but it was fun holding me breath and waiting for it all to work itself out. • The culmination of all our patience does payoff with a super cute rom-com ending. What could have been better • I would have liked an epilogue, because there were a few things that were talked about often over the course of the book, but we were never told how it all worked out. • I wish the secondary characters had been utilized more. I felt like a lot of this book was scenes between Bailey and Alex, or their inner monologues. I understand, that Alex was sort of keeping Bailey a secret and that Bailey was either at work, school, or with Alex, but there were some fun characters, who I would have liked to have gotten to know better. Overall: An adorable opposites-attract, friends-to-more romance with a lots of movie worthy moments. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Turner

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was such a cute and fun read! I love the world that Christina has created and I'm so happy that we were able to hear more about Nora and Eli from the first book! I'm going to be honest and say that neither Alex nor Bailey had stuck out to me with the first book but I did read that one about a year ago so I'll have to go back and do a reread so that I can see if anything sticks out between these two!!! I never really understood the big deal with promposals but that could be because when I was This was such a cute and fun read! I love the world that Christina has created and I'm so happy that we were able to hear more about Nora and Eli from the first book! I'm going to be honest and say that neither Alex nor Bailey had stuck out to me with the first book but I did read that one about a year ago so I'll have to go back and do a reread so that I can see if anything sticks out between these two!!! I never really understood the big deal with promposals but that could be because when I was in high school, no one did those and I only graduated six years ago! The idea of it all seemed interesting but I seriously wanted to bang Alex's and Bailey's heads together for the longest time throughout the book because JUST ADMIT THAT YOU LIKE EACH OTHER AND GET THIS OVER WITH SO I HAVE ANOTHER SHIP!!!! 😂 But then I thought about it and realized that if I were in the same position, I stay silent about my feelings 99.9% of the time. So if I admit that I like someone to their face, that took me quite a lot of guts. I can't wait to see Christina expand even more on this world! (Especially since now I need more Bailey & Alex along with more Eli & Nora!)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    Im such a sucker for this cheesy stuff and i loved this

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ambur

    A sweet best friends-to-lovers young adult rom-com. This one was definitely adorable! I loved Bailey and Alex and thought this story was incredibly cute. :) Full review to come!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    5 stars. Absurdly cute book with a super duper cute friends to lovers ship. Bonus points for helping me snap out of my month+ reading slump. It's been brutal folks. 5 stars. Absurdly cute book with a super duper cute friends to lovers ship. Bonus points for helping me snap out of my month+ reading slump. It's been brutal folks.

  17. 4 out of 5

    lacy white

    A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read an eARC of this book early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. tw: underage drinking, neglectful parents As I read books about teenagers falling in love, I've come to the realization that I am old as hell. Everything that happened in this book could have easily been solved if these two teens JUST COMMUNICATED. Don't get me wrong, the tension and drama makes for excellent stories but good lord. Halfway through A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read an eARC of this book early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. tw: underage drinking, neglectful parents As I read books about teenagers falling in love, I've come to the realization that I am old as hell. Everything that happened in this book could have easily been solved if these two teens JUST COMMUNICATED. Don't get me wrong, the tension and drama makes for excellent stories but good lord. Halfway through the book, I was just begging for the release of the tension and just begging for them to do something. ANYTHING. Alex and Bailey's lack of communication certainly made for an interesting story, as I mentioned above. But holy hell, it was starting to get so irritating. It was obvious they both really liked each other. They were super flirty with each other and everything but they just couldn't see it. Everybody else could so it but them. I wanted to shake them. Another reason why this book reminded me of my age was the theme of promposal. The entire book was about Bailey's film project, which was about promposals. Back when I was in school, we didn't do promposals. We just asked the person if they wanted to go with us and they either said yes or no. It was interesting to see how the times have changed since I was in school. Maybe I should talk about the actual book and not my age. I loved that Bailey was so interested in film. Her aspiration was so amazing. She saw a lack of women film directors and wanted to change that. I hope teen girls see that and become inspired to go beyond the “gender boundaries” in jobs. Overall, this was good. It is part of the First Kiss Hypothesis world. But honestly, it could be read as a stand alone. If you are into tension and cute love stories, then this is the book for you!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    This book was ok, but I felt like it sent some conflicting messages. It did feel a little cheesy and the love triangle seemed almost forced. Who decides randomly to ask a guy to go to prom and who decides that "asking" means more? Maybe it would appeal more to junior high age. I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. This book was ok, but I felt like it sent some conflicting messages. It did feel a little cheesy and the love triangle seemed almost forced. Who decides randomly to ask a guy to go to prom and who decides that "asking" means more? Maybe it would appeal more to junior high age. I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Megan Lowe

    This is a cute and sweet book. Alex is a great character and Bailey is a great counterpoint. I do think this book is a little young for me, more suited to a teen audience rather than anyone older than that. The story is solid, with a heap of drama which keeps things interesting, but ultimately a little young for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Colleen's Conclusions

    I received Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has no impact on my review. My thoughts are my own. I have a hard time getting into prom books now mostly because I'm getting older and each year certain young adult stuff just isn't my thing anymore. For me it's prom stuff because I feel like I can't relate to the excitement of that. I always liked the after party in high school better than the actual prom anyway. I put this book down I received Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has no impact on my review. My thoughts are my own. I have a hard time getting into prom books now mostly because I'm getting older and each year certain young adult stuff just isn't my thing anymore. For me it's prom stuff because I feel like I can't relate to the excitement of that. I always liked the after party in high school better than the actual prom anyway. I put this book down the first time because of this reason, I just didn't see myself being able to relate to it at all because of the age difference and just not getting the hype of it. I quickly warmed up Alex and Bailey though and their friendship. They were pretty much from two different social classes in high school but they ended up being secret friends anyway mostly because Alex wanted to keep her to himself and because Bailey worked late and she went over to his house after work a lot. Their friendship was basically a night time friendship, but I pretty much like anything that is secretive/forbidden. I liked the rotating chapters and how believable it ended up being for me. The prom plot ended up being cute and not overbearing to me. I don't think promposals were a big deal when I was in high school, but maybe that's because I didn't exactly hang out with the party kids... my high school was also relatively small too. They were nice to read about though. I liked the whole Caleb/Bailey plot even though I was a bit worried about it at first. The misgivings I had with the book were just the beginning because I wasn't sure it'd be my type of book after all, and the drama that happened towards the middle of the book. The pace was fast and I like that moment when I'm able to get sucked into the book. The rating is a four star read and I'd definitely recommend it for those looking for books about prom and high school romance or spring time young adult books. Thank you Netgalley and publishers for giving me the chance to read this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mathis

    Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself. Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, a Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself. Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, and their secret friendship becomes the only place she can breathe. She refuses to complicate that with more. No matter how charming Alex can be. When Bailey decides to film outrageous promposals for her NYU application, she enlists Alex’s help to plan an over-the-top, epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him. For a guy who seems to have it all, he’s about to lose the only thing he’s ever wanted. Disclaimer: This Entangled Crush contains a cocky lacrosse player in over his head with his secret best friend, unexpected midnight kisses, swoon-worthy slow dancing, and movie-night cuddling that’ll make you ache. You’re going to want an Alex of your own! Rating: 3.5/5 Penguins Quick Reasons: cute, swoon-worthy, adorably nauseating; so much teenage angst!; I still don't understand the whole "prom-posal" thing, but I was never prom-posed to, so that makes sense I suppose; as happens with teenagers, things got a little overly dramatic HUGE thanks to Christina Mandelski, Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush), and Netgalley for sending a free egalley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my opinions on or read of this book. Jiminy Christmas. My mother says that all the time, and oh my God, it fits right now. I have just been hoisted onto the back of a real live cow. I'm wearing the hat, a bandana around my neck, and the vest. Yes, he left the vest, and I put it on. All the while I'm trying to hang onto the two pieces of poster board that ask the question. O'Dell holds the rope that's attached to the cow's mouth, but I'm uncomfortable. I'm hot as hell in this flannel shirt, and I probably should have worn jeans because the inside of my legs are itching like crazy. I don't think I'm allergic to cow, but I've never been this close to one, so how do I know? As with all lovestruck teenage romances, this title was filled with angst. Having met these characters--however briefly--in a previous novel, I was super excited about sitting down with them again, to get to know them better. I was not overly disappointed--Christina Mandelski did them, and their own relationship struggles, just as much justice. As much as I love my teenage angst, however, there were some more serious subjects touched upon here. Bullying was the biggest of them, though the author handled it with grace and aplomb. The "prom-posal" aspect seems a little ridiculous to me--mostly because that wasn't really a thing when I was in high school. In fact, the guy who asked me to go didn't actually ask me. I*** said somthing (in a note!!! I might add) about prom, and he was all, "Yeah, we could totally go together if you want. I guess." (Guys, amiright?!) I have no business going anywhere with someone so hot. "You look--" I begin, after hugging her mom and shaking hands with her father, who is nice to me but also looks like he might want to kill me. I can't think of a word that fits how Bailey looks. "Like a movie star," I finally finish. Overall, this was super cutesy and quick to read. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters a little bit better, in their own story, not as side characters in someone else's romance. The "prom-posal" aspect brought a fun and interesting twist to the teenage angst, though I don't fully understand it myself. I'd definitely recommend the read to lovers of high school romances, drama, and contemporaries. Now tell me--how was YOUR first kiss, Penguins?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lenore Kosinski

    https://celebrityreaders.com/2018/09/... I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 4.5 stars — I don’t know what it was about this one, but I was just sucked in and connected with both Alex and Bailey, hardcore. I felt all the tummy tingles, and even the agony of bad decisions and daily life things they were struggling with…as a result, the entire book being about neither of them communicating their feelings and taking a chance didn’t bother me https://celebrityreaders.com/2018/09/... I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 4.5 stars — I don’t know what it was about this one, but I was just sucked in and connected with both Alex and Bailey, hardcore. I felt all the tummy tingles, and even the agony of bad decisions and daily life things they were struggling with…as a result, the entire book being about neither of them communicating their feelings and taking a chance didn’t bother me quite as much. It’s a delicate balance, that trope, and it doesn’t always work for me. But I loved these two so much that my annoyances just got pushed down, you know? Bailey was fun, feisty, and I truly admired her drive to do whatever it took to achieve her goals, and her understanding that that means hard work. She also just felt very normal, you know? Like I could really imagine her existing. I thought her hangup about being poor and being a bit embarrassed by that, as well as defiant when someone judged her for it, was portrayed really well. It’s not that she didn’t frustrate me with that, because that hangup led to her being blinded to other things going on, but it felt very human, you know? How we see things from our own bubble based on our own perspectives, and we always assume other people have it better if their lives are different. It was a really interesting and realistic trait for her to have. I loved how opposite Alex was to Bailey in many ways — he had his own issues and struggles, but they were entirely different things from her. And I loved that despite them being a bit opposite, they still really connected. I thought Alex was actually quite adorable, especially with the way he crushed on Bailey and how that confused him…but my heart also ached for him and his loneliness from having absentee parents. I thought that just like with Bailey, Ms. Mandelski gave us a guy who had flaws and wasn’t perfect, but who had a good heart underneath. You could really feel the change in him, and how he wasn’t sure how to deal with it…and again, just like with Bailey, I appreciated his own growth story, learning to appreciate working for the things you want. Seriously, they both felt so real, and they even felt realistically teenager-y even — like they had bad attitudes occasionally (especially towards their parents), and OMG the whining and dramatics…but instead of making them unlovable, they just sort of reminded me of what it was like to be a teen. I ADORED the chemistry between these two — I had so many butterflies over their crushes on one another. I did get a bit frustrated with both of them being chickens and assuming things about the other, but the tingly moments mostly made up for that. The closet dance, the first kiss…*sigh* GOOD STUFF. While they didn’t take up much space in the story, there was still a good set of secondary characters. The parents were kind of cool in that they were flawed, but not evil or black and white. Same with Devon — I appreciated that author didn’t make her over the top bad, or a slut, or whatever. So many teen books fall into those traps of taking the easy way. I mean, she wasn’t always nice, but she was a normal level of bitchy. I was a bit worried that Caleb was going to get screwed over again (for those that read the first book), but it wasn’t too bad. I don’t want to give that story away, but I was relieved. Although, I seriously want his story. Like please tell me he gets a story. So yeah. This one had me up until 3am finishing it because my tummy was INVESTED yo. I call that a success!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I love reading YA high school romances, so when I saw that this one was going to come out soon, I just knew that I had to read it! Bailey was such a unique character. She wasn’t rich and worked two jobs to save up for college and film equipment. She had dreams to win awards for her films in the future, but to get there she must succeed at winning an award for a short film and getting into a local film festival. At first, she doesn’t think anything of just finding someone to ask out for prom. But I love reading YA high school romances, so when I saw that this one was going to come out soon, I just knew that I had to read it! Bailey was such a unique character. She wasn’t rich and worked two jobs to save up for college and film equipment. She had dreams to win awards for her films in the future, but to get there she must succeed at winning an award for a short film and getting into a local film festival. At first, she doesn’t think anything of just finding someone to ask out for prom. But then, she realizes that a promposal is harder than she thinks, especially when she can barely string a sentence together around the person that she wants to ask. I thought that the main plot of this book could have been solved simply by Alex and Bailey really communicating with each other and discussing their feelings. They both liked each other, but Alex just thought that Bailey wouldn’t go with him and Bailey thought the same thing about Alex. It was really a lot of dancing around, even though people around them thought that they had been dating from the start. Some parts of the novel that I can’t say because of spoilers had me facepalming because the conflict could have completely been avoided had they spoken to each other. This had me just laughing at times and cringing at others. The only thing that irritated me was when both Bailey and Alex’s relationships with their parents were shown. Alex was upset with his parents because they always left him to go on their own adventures. But then, later in the novel, he says that he went on vacations to other countries with them sometimes. He never even really gave them the chance to be nice to him, as he was constantly hostile, even when his mom was trying to be nice to Bailey. He even got mad when he got in trouble and they tried to “parent” him, saying that they had never been there before. So which is true? Were they never in his life and just left him at home as they traveled, or were they in his life sometimes and sometimes took him on their travels? Then, Bailey introduced Alex to her parents, and she was also hostile to them. Was this just a theme in this book? Hate your parents for just…existing? Her parents were poor, but they did care about her and did try to provide for her in their own way. They even had a weekly movie night with her, which was really sweet. This was the one thing that kinda turned me off the story. Besides this hiccup, the overall story was pretty enjoyable! I even ended up liking the people who were supposed to be “villains”. It just seemed to be a realistic YA romance novel that could be relatable to actual YA readers. I also liked that the romance stayed clean, which means that young YA fans could still read it! I would recommend this to any YA fans looking for a romance novel of decent length revolving around getting ready for Prom. I received an advance copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    It's the week of release (September 3, 2018) Make sure you add it to your Want to Read shelf! My addiction to reading started early, I remember my teacher in first and second grade really opened my eyes to the world of books. My mom really did everything from there to feed my love by filling my world with library trips and a bookshelf full of books. I quickly took a likeness to romance and as soon as I discovered young adult/teen romances it was all I read over many years, and in that time I It's the week of release (September 3, 2018) Make sure you add it to your Want to Read shelf! My addiction to reading started early, I remember my teacher in first and second grade really opened my eyes to the world of books. My mom really did everything from there to feed my love by filling my world with library trips and a bookshelf full of books. I quickly took a likeness to romance and as soon as I discovered young adult/teen romances it was all I read over many years, and in that time I made it through many books. As an adult now, I read many different things, but truly, that love for young adult books and that love for romance never left. I think many can relate to that. I mean look at all the books that have gotten popular (Twilight, Harry Potter, and the Hunger Games to name a few) and it is not only teens making that happen. I think there is this relatability to young adult books because we have all been there. If it is dealing with the complications of first love, or the hardship of high school, or the way that time in our lives shapes us for the future. It is not something new, much like the topics in Love and Other Secrets by Christina Madelski. This book at its core is about first love, but more importantly taking the risk of putting yourself completely out there. Bailey finds herself more in the background of high school while Alex always seems to be front and center. When a chance meeting creates a secret friendship, neither is quite ready to take the chance of admitting there might be something more there. With prom around the corner and the added pressure of promposal’s there is bound to be some problems. I mean it is high school! You will definitely close this book reminiscent of the nerves that come with first love, but also with the butterflies. I liked this book because it really felt like it worked hard to stay connected with its intended audience. In this case being teens/young adults. It kept a light and innocent tone and the voice felt perfectly awkward and confused at the right times, giving it that authenticity that it was really coming from high school students points of view. I also appreciated that the author incorporated promposal’s because that is such a huge deal right now and definitely, something I have never read about before. It is really taking a book about a topic that is very common (first love) and giving it something original. The reason I was not able to give this book that full five stars has a lot to do with the side characters and the side stories. They did not feel as well developed to me, especially Alex’s parents, the ending with them did not feel as realistic as the rest of the story, and I could have done without it. The only other thing I think this book could have had to take it to that next level, is maybe if we could have saw text conversations between the two back and forth. Social media and texting is such a huge part of a teen’s life right now and it could have given us a real personal touch. Overall, if you are a young adult/teen or just at one at heart I recommend adding this book to your Want to Read list. Oh and if you have read it comment below and let me know if you also think this book would make the perfect young adult/teen movie on Netflix. I received this ARC from Entangled Publishing and Netgalley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I am so in love with "Love and Other Secrets"- it's gooey and adorable and all the things! Alex and Bailey are secret friends- they met while Bailey was working one of her two jobs at Publix in the express lane where Alex was checking out. Alex eventually invited her to hang out, and since then, they have been spending a lot of time together- as friends. Bailey dreams of being an award-winning director- well, actually those are goals because she is working as hard as she can to get there. And she I am so in love with "Love and Other Secrets"- it's gooey and adorable and all the things! Alex and Bailey are secret friends- they met while Bailey was working one of her two jobs at Publix in the express lane where Alex was checking out. Alex eventually invited her to hang out, and since then, they have been spending a lot of time together- as friends. Bailey dreams of being an award-winning director- well, actually those are goals because she is working as hard as she can to get there. And she is currently putting together a film to try to get into NYU on promposals. She is filming them when she sees them and also interviewing various people about prom. Promposals in their town often go viral and are a big deal. Bailey hasn't given much thought to prom herself, but she knows staging her own promposal would be the icing on the cake for her video. In order to make it the best, she enlists an expert and her best friend, Alex. Alex is not relationship material, not really dating anyone. Every year, he's had girls stage elaborate promposals for him- last year, there were two and he said yes to both. This year, he only wants to go with Bailey and is planning to ask her when she asks him to help her stage a promposal for someone else instead. Trying to be a good friend, Alex agrees and even comes up with an outrageous idea (cow!). However, as they both secretly like the other, the planning becomes more complicated than they would have expected. There is so many misunderstandings and so, so much romantic tension in this book! Although I was initially rolling my eyes a bit at the whole prom thing, by the end, I was all in and I think it was the adorably perfect setting for this book! Alex and Bailey's section are told in alternating points-of-view which makes both of them so endearing. I had a hard time putting this one down and I loved every minute of it! I also definitely laughed out loud a few times while reading it (so I was THAT reader). Adorable and absolutely delightful, this is sure to be a hit with YA audiences! It doesn't look like this is part of a series, but I am really hoping that it will be, because there are so many amazing secondary characters (Caleb NEEDS a book! Maybe even bold, brave and oblivious Devon!). So let's get on that, please! :P I loved this world and characters, and I absolutely am sad to leave it with the end of the book! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    KarenJo Custodio

    I love reading light and fluffy teen romances and Entangled Teen Crush books never fail to win me over. They’re delightfully adorable, swoony, and just really fun to read. Love and Other Secrets was no exception and certainly had me feeling the FEELS. I enjoyed Christina Mandelski’s “The First Kiss Hypothesis,” so I was really excited when I read the blurb for Love and Other Secrets. With promposals, stolen kisses, slow dancing, and cuddling with your secret best friend, I couldn’t wait for the s I love reading light and fluffy teen romances and Entangled Teen Crush books never fail to win me over. They’re delightfully adorable, swoony, and just really fun to read. Love and Other Secrets was no exception and certainly had me feeling the FEELS. I enjoyed Christina Mandelski’s “The First Kiss Hypothesis,” so I was really excited when I read the blurb for Love and Other Secrets. With promposals, stolen kisses, slow dancing, and cuddling with your secret best friend, I couldn’t wait for the swoons, butterflies, and heart melting moments. There were definitely many of those, but what I liked the most about this book was the nostalgic feeling I got while reading -- going through all the emotions, heartbreaks, and confusion as a teenager dealing with falling in love for the first time was bittersweet and relatable. Let me back track for a second. I actually requested for this book (because of the synopsis) and was also invited to review it. I also joined a blog tour, but unfortunately had to back out cause of something personal that happened. I don't want to get into details about why I took a hiatus, but Love and Other Secrets was a lovely pick-me-upper. I wasn't in the mood for anything too heavy or serious so this book was exactly what I needed to get back into reading. I just wanted a nice little fun escape to make me feel happy... and this book did that. It was a wonderfully cute and entertaining friends to lovers story that made me smile, laugh and aww. And when a book does that, well, that book's pretty much a big YASSS for me. Now let me get into what else I liked about this book. The writing style was easy to read so I breezed through this fairly quick. Both the POVs were really great too, but I definitely had more fun getting into Alex’s head… even though I did want to slap him a few times. The storyline was enjoyable with plenty of sweet surprises. I thought Alex and Bailey were likable, charming, and just so adorable together. I loved their frustrating, but undeniably cute chemistry. Yes, I got annoyed a few times with all the drama and miscommunication between them, but that never stopped me from rooting for Alex and Bailey to have their HEA. I thought the promposals were outrageous, but so hilarious to read about. LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending! It was satisfyingly heartwarming I couldn’t stop smiling. So, yes... I absolutely had an awesome time reading this story and cannot wait for the next installment. (Crossing my fingers for it to be about Caleb). Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski was a quick, funny, and somewhat cheesy read, but overall a fantastically cute story from start to finish. If you’re looking for a best friends to lovers YA romance that involves some crazy promposals and plenty of swoons, or just want to read something entertainingly adorable, then I think this is the perfect book date for you. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, swoons, and opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Navina Lotay

    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC! This was soooooo cute!! Classic will they/won't they. Alex and Bailey are secret friends - they mostly hang out at Alex's house, since they don't take any of the same classes at school and Bailey is working 2 jobs to save for college. She spends her lunch hours doing homework, so the only time she can see Alex is after work. Unlikely friends, they got along really well - everything is so easy when they're together. As promposal season approaches, Alex Koviak (known Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC! This was soooooo cute!! Classic will they/won't they. Alex and Bailey are secret friends - they mostly hang out at Alex's house, since they don't take any of the same classes at school and Bailey is working 2 jobs to save for college. She spends her lunch hours doing homework, so the only time she can see Alex is after work. Unlikely friends, they got along really well - everything is so easy when they're together. As promposal season approaches, Alex Koviak (known to everyone as Kov), the lacrosse player who's also known as a player of girls, admits to himself that he likes Bailey - as more than a friend. Just when he decides that he might be done being a player, Bailey asks Alex to help her ask someone else to prom. Trying to hide his heartbreak, Alex agrees. Turns out, Bailey likes Alex too but tries not to think about it due to his previous reputation and track record with girls. It soon becomes clear to everyone but them that this friendship can't stay just a friendship for long. They try to hide their feelings for each other while getting closer every time they hang out. Will Bailey still prompose to this other dude? Will Alex really let her go through with it knowing that he'd rather she go with him instead? Sweet, high school love at its best. Will definitely be reading some of Christina Mandelski's other stuff now (starting with her book based on another couple at the same high school, Alex's best friend Eli and his nerdy neighbour Nora).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I really enjoyed The First Kiss Hypothesis when I read it last year, so I was pretty excited to be offered an ARC of Love and Other Secrets. And I’ll admit it — this book was pretty cute. I read it over about three hours and had a great time. So why three stars? It all comes down to my personal preferences. Let me start with the characters. I loved Bailey. She was driven, determined, and just feisty enough without being over-the-top. I loved Alex. While he initially came off as a spoiled jock, he I really enjoyed The First Kiss Hypothesis when I read it last year, so I was pretty excited to be offered an ARC of Love and Other Secrets. And I’ll admit it — this book was pretty cute. I read it over about three hours and had a great time. So why three stars? It all comes down to my personal preferences. Let me start with the characters. I loved Bailey. She was driven, determined, and just feisty enough without being over-the-top. I loved Alex. While he initially came off as a spoiled jock, he slowly revealed a softer side, especially when it came to Bailey. I loved their friendship! Please give me a friendship like this where we can watch movies together all the time. What I didn’t love was how they forgot how to communicate. I mean, you guys were friends, right? Presumably you’ve had a lot of conversations. One feeling gets involved and you forget how to speak? I don’t think so. The other thing I want to talk about is the promposals. First of all, I have never seen the word “promposal” so many times in my life as I did in this book. I’m revealing my true self as an old woman when I say that 11 years ago when I attended my one and only prom, my friend just walked up to me and said, “Hey, Sara, do you want to be my prom date?” and that was that. Soooo romantic. If I’m remembering correctly, I think one girl’s car got covered in Post Its that all said “Prom?” but that was the extent of it at my tiny high school. Sometimes I’m glad that I’m old. This is, when it comes down to it, a pretty cliche friends-to-lovers story. Misunderstandings abound, they’re afraid to talk about their feelings, nobody wants to make the first move, so on and so forth. There’s an unexpected midnight kiss (not a spoiler, it’s right there in the synopsis) and both characters stubbornly refuse to talk about it. I’m actually fine with cliches in my romances as long as it’s worth it in the end. The thing is, I’m not really sure that I bought that ending. So, in the end, this was a fun book that was a good use of a few hours. I would happily recommend it to someone looking for a cute (but angsty) YA romance, but not for someone who’s looking for anything deeper than that.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalie {I'd So Rather Be Reading}

    It's no secret that I'm a fan of Entangled Crush reads and Mandelski's style of writing. It's fun, fast and a little predictable. If you like Sweet Valley High style books then you have found new author and a new publisher! Stand tall friends, don't let people dim your light for SVH! Promposals. 🤔 I feel confident that if promposals existed when I was in high school, I would have been the girl watching on the side, turning beet red just witnessing the entire scene unfold, all while secretly hoping It's no secret that I'm a fan of Entangled Crush reads and Mandelski's style of writing. It's fun, fast and a little predictable. If you like Sweet Valley High style books then you have found new author and a new publisher! Stand tall friends, don't let people dim your light for SVH! Promposals. 🤔 I feel confident that if promposals existed when I was in high school, I would have been the girl watching on the side, turning beet red just witnessing the entire scene unfold, all while secretly hoping I had it happen to me (but NEVER revealing such a girly secret). I've seen these proposals range from simple & sweet to holy-crap-that-was-more-expensive-than-my wedding. It really gives a new meaning to go big or go home. Love and Other Secrets really tapped into what it's like to be in high school right now. Secret crushes, promposals, popularity and coming of age pains all tied into public displays of {affection}. Are promposals affectionate or a show?? 🙄 Teens will easily relate to the plot and teenage angst. Bailey and Kov were relatable and terrible at communicating. 👈🏽 C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N kids! It really can solve world problems. Love and Other Secrets is sure to be loved by YA contemporary fans. It's fast, funny, relatable and like everything else, it's all caught on film. You poor YouTube generation... I'm so glad all my teen fails were not recorded and archived for all of time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    y

    So I was desperate for more YA contemporary romance and although this didn't sound particularly great...it looked okay. So I guess that's why we're here haha I enjoyed this book and I liked the relationship between the main two characters. After a long time, I also really enjoyed the dual perspective/opinion because in my opinion (haha seen what I did there), it adds depth to the book. One major problem I had with this book was that literally the entirety of it except maybe the last 30 pages were So I was desperate for more YA contemporary romance and although this didn't sound particularly great...it looked okay. So I guess that's why we're here haha I enjoyed this book and I liked the relationship between the main two characters. After a long time, I also really enjoyed the dual perspective/opinion because in my opinion (haha seen what I did there), it adds depth to the book. One major problem I had with this book was that literally the entirety of it except maybe the last 30 pages were about them silently lusting after each other. So yeah...if I haven't made my point already-this is a hell of a frustrating slow burn. Take a look at my Read list and you know that I love my hate-to-love tropes no matter what I'm reading that's probably my favourite trope of all time! So I've decided to give the friends-to-lovers thing a go. This is gonna sound sarcastic but I find it very repetitive. I mean-they're friends. They kiss. Everything goes to hell. No more friendship or awkward one if at all. Someone else comes into the story. #jealousy. They make up. Eh...it's all good. Gonna be honest, it's fun, it's a new typa thing I'm tryin'. And I like it...but I sure don't love it. I mean I'll take it but the hate-to-love trope ALWAYS comes first. Also, LITERALLY ALL OF THEM ARE A SLOW BURN....KILL ME NOW UGGGGGGH! Okay, we've gone astray oops;) Back to the point: So yeah, if you ask me-I'd say it was fun, it was good, but IDK if I would actually recommend it...? So yup, definetely check it out because it's a great book. I was just iffy on the slow burn and trope thing:) Rating: 4.5 stars

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