Life in the No Dating Zone



After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama--her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.

Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow. (Summary and book cover courtesy of


This was a fun, sometimes goofy and sweet teen romance I enjoyed.  In the book, Claire struggles with the changes that come when her two best friends start dating people seriously.  I think this book is realistic for the situation and certainly not just in high school.  A lot of people struggle to balance friendships and relationships and the book does a good job illustrating the resulting emotions.  There may have been slightly more drama in the book’s high school portrayal than in the real life, but not much!  

Claire is likeable and very relatable.  I enjoyed that the book didn’t end with a climatic first kiss and they lived happily ever after.  Instead, there are still other hurdles that have to be passed.  If you cringe with the slightest mention of high school angst and drama, this book will not be for you, but if you can handle a moderate dose, this will be a fun read!  The goofiness of the characters are a great reminder of high school plots.

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Folks looking for a fun book centered on relationships and friendships.

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