Thank you to Entangled for the ARC and to Hear Our Voices Tours for hosting the blog tour!
Dating Makes Perfect is an ownvoices Thai YA rom com and as an ownvoices reader I truly had the best time reading it!
This story follows the Tech sisters whose strict Thai parents didn’t allow them to date in high school. But once the eldest Tech twins go off to college, their parents allow the youngest sister, Winnie, to date. But there’s a catch: mom gets to set up the date and chooses the guy (and she sets up each date based on a rom com movie.)
I don’t want to bring up too much of my personal life but as someone who grew up in Thailand AND in the US, I related so hard to all the Thai cultural references (and what it feels like trying to assimilate in a white town in Ohio.) There’s lots of references to Thai foods and customs, and my favorite scene was the Songkran (Thai New Year) celebration. Songkran is one of my favorite Thai holidays and I miss being with my family for that.
What I really enjoyed was seeing how many other Thai characters were in the forefront of this book. Winnie befriends a Thai boy, and she even gets involved in an enemies to lovers romance with a Thai boy. It was just so nice to see Thai people be the focal point of this story. And the sisterhood is so cute as well!
If you’re looking for a light read that has themes of family, friendship, and romance then give Dating Makes Perfect a try! It really made my heart so happy to see a Thai protagonist get her own cute story.