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10 Things I Hate About Pinky | Sandhya Menon | Review

*Review copy provided by Netgalley and Hodder & Staughton

Samir has his summer planned out perfectly, with a dream internship at a top law firm. Pinky is set to spend the summer as she always does, at her family’s holiday home in Ellingham catching up with her cousin Dolly. But when an unexpected incident leads to tension between Pinky and her parents, and Samir’s internship falls through at the last minute, Pinky hatches a plan.

Pinky is a proud activist, confidently fighting for a whole range of different causes, living life in the moment and often getting into trouble, much to the disapproval of her mother. Samir on the other hand, lives his life to a rigid schedule and loves to make lists, so much so that he writes one every single day. Although they share mutual friends, the pair have next-to-nothing in common so naturally Samir is shocked when he receives a text from Pinky inviting him to spend the summer with her and her family in Ellingham. But with his summer plans shattered and a potential internship at Pinky’s mothers law firm on the table he decides to hear her out. The catch? He must pretend to be Pinky’s boyfriend for the summer.

10 Things I Hate About Pinky has everything you could want from a fun summer read... including an opossum named Drama Queen! Obviously this book follows the popular fake relationship trope and whilst the fact that it also turns out to be a hate-to-love tale was predictable, this wasn’t in a bad way. It was enjoyable to see how Pinky and Samir would figure out that their relationship wasn’t quite as fake as they had planned, and to find out if/when/how Pinky would discover Samir’s not-so-kind list entitled ’10 Things I Hate About Pinky’.

Parents can often be absent in YA novels but the addition of different family dynamics, including Pinky’s strained relationship with her mother, was an interesting theme throughout the novel. I really liked how passionate Pinky was about trying to save the butterfly habitat that meant so much to her and her family and the way Samir began to become more adventurous over the course of the summer. I also liked a lot of the supporting characters including Dolly, and think it would be interesting to have another book in the series focusing on her story.

One of the things I enjoyed most was the setting of Ellingham. The way it was described allowed me to vividly picture the house and areas such as the butterfly habitat which sounded beautiful, and it was easy to see why Pinky and her family would choose to spend their summers there.

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