Review: The Oracle of Dating

For five bucks, the Oracle of Dating will tell you:

* How to flirt

* If that cute guy you’re crushing on likes you, too

* Whether your new romance will last through lunch period

* And much more

What she won’t tell you? Who she is.

No one at Kayla’s school knows she’s the famous Oracle of Dating— the anonymous queen of dating advice. She doesn’t even have a boyfriend. Two relationship disasters were enough to make Kayla focus on everyone else’s love life.

But then her advice backfires on her own best friend. And Kayla starts to seriously obsess about Jared Stewart—the very cute, very mysterious new guy in school. Suddenly, the teen queen of advice needs her own oracle of dating—and she knows just where to find one….–From Amazon

I made the journey from CA to NY, moved into my new place, and started my new job. As things are coming together, I’m starting to read again and I’m going to try to get back on track with reviews. My TBR pile is getting ridiculous, so hopefully I can force myself to be a little more disciplined about reading and reviewing now that the majority of the moving and settling in is over with. I’m finding it a little bit difficult to get back into the rhythm of things, but I’m sure a few reviews down the road, I’ll be back to normal!

I downloaded The Oracle of Dating from NetGalley after seeing some positive reviews from other bloggers. It’s not my usual read, but I wanted something light to start off with. I have to admit that at times when I’m reading books like this, I am thankful to have a Nook so that the cover is not readily apparent. The Oracle of Dating was a little on the young side for me, but I think it suited the amount of brain power I currently have available after the very long drive.

The Oracle of Dating is like cotton candy: It doesn’t have a lot of substance, but it’s light and fluffy and sweet. In this young teen romance, Kayla is secretly an online dating advice provider, even though she lacks a whole lot of relationship experience. It’s not entirely clear how she knows as much as she does, but some of the advice provided throughout the book is pretty good, and the integration of tech speak, blogs, and IM conversations was spot on.The story line was predictable, but I still couldn’t help but enjoy reading about Kayla’s personal romantic discoveries throughout the book.

Right after finishing this book, I hopped onto NetGalley and saw that there will be another book in this series due out in November: The Oracle Rebounds. As I said, I have about a billion things that were before this in my TBR pile, but I might have to read it next for the sake of continuity. I hope it will be another quick, fun read before I delve into something a bit deeper.

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