ARC Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen


Written by: Jenn P. Nguyen
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 336, paperback
Series: Standalone
Add on GoodReads


Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.


So I picked this book up because I needed a fluffy nothing while waiting for The Raven King to come out, and this one seemed like it would be fun, it seemed like it was exactly what was written on the back of the book. Much to my surprise it wasn’t at all like the back of the book. It was far better.

Yes at the core the book is about a contract between a guy and a girl, but what I didn’t expect was how utterly adorable and wonderful this book was going to be. Because it was suddenly it went from something that was going to be a simple, pick up, read, put down book, to one I was going to start really recommending to my friends.

I very quickly gave this book to my mother to read, and then told my sister when she got done with school she was reading it too. It’s so much more than I expected.


This book had a few moments I didn’t completely get right off the bat. Evan is extremely protective of Taylor for no real reason, I went with it because it was utterly adorable. But there wasn’t any sort of explanation of why he was this way with Taylor when he wasn’t protective of really anyone else.

There were a couple moments where I had to suspend some disbelief for a couple of things within the novel, but it was never anything that ruined the story for me. I really just loved these stupid little characters.


I absolutely was on board with this relationship. I shipped these two so hard that it wasn’t even funny. I rooted for them from the start. It was such a great dynamic and they worked so well together that I absolutely believed they would be amazing down the road. I loved seeing how Taylor treated Evan especially because she took no crap from him and it was utterly adorable.

I really loved the entire wrap up, because it was super cute and I loved it so much. It worked so well for these two characters as they grew together and on their own. I was also so glad that my ARC included their first scene. (You’ll understand when you read it)

I mentioned it slightly but I really do want to talk about the character development in this story. There was really quite a lot of it and it was built so well that it felt completely absolutely natural which I really just sat and squealed over. I cannot guys. I really cannot. I’m gonna go cuddle with a pillow for a while and squeal over this book.


If you’re in the mood for a light hearted contemporary, but one that is well written with really great characters you’ve found it here. Just go try it.