Title: The Love Interest
By: Cale Dietrich
Call #: YA Fiction Dietr.C
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die. What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
I found this book to be disappointing and problematic in many ways. I was on board with the premise, and the idea of a queer super spy novel; however this book failed to deliver even a thrilling escape. There is little action and there is little romance. You know what there’s a ton of though? A ton of body-shaming. I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they were actually Zac Efron, or had the confidence of him.
Also problematic is the fact that, in all of the post-release chit chat people talk about how it’s a “parody” or a “satire” of the YA genre but at no point is this book clever or funny enough to be either of those things.
All in all, stay away from this one.