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Title: Keeping the Distance (I heart Iloilo #1)

Author: Clarisse David

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs…

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he’s ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he’s known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he’s about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs…

Review:

*Author sent me a free e-ARC in exchange of an honest review.*

Short story time before I start reviewing this book: I received the e-arc around mid-January, I guess. I wasn’t able to start reading it right away because I was still reading another book that time. But when I finally started reading this, I was only able to read a chapter or two every now and then. I blame my busy schedule in Uni and K-drama. So enough of that. When I finally find time to really read and enjoy this, I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN.

It’s such a cute romantic story between two high school students. (haters-lovers trope) It actually kind of reminds me of Prom Queen Perfect (the author’s debut novel). It’s kinda similar in some ways.

I like how the characters are when they tried to pull pranks and annoy each other. I also love the banters. (I guess I’m a sucker for banters between book characters; I find them adorable.)

There was this part in the book that I knew (or at least I expected it) that it would happen, but I still anticipated it and got excited. As for Mel and Lance’s relationship, it wasn’t easy at all. It was actually difficult. But I liked how both of them found the courage to fight for their relationship, to stay [and not to walk away anymore when things get hard ;)], and to make things work.

This book is filled with lots of little romantic moments, cheesy (or funny) pick-up lines, and straight-forward statements you’d wish a guy would say to you.

After reading this, I’m now more excited to see what’s in store for the next books in the I heart Iloilo series.

P.S. I think Mel’s wardrobe is really cute. I mean, I love her girly fashion style–all those florals, pastels and gold. I imagine her OOTDs are so instagram-worthy. Hehe.

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