The Dating Game by Kiley Roache

The Dating Game by Kiley Roache

The Dating Game by Kiley Roache is a book about innovation and technology as a group of unlikely partners creates the next big dating app. I love the premise, and the strong woman who can code is empowering. However, the characters and the plot fell flat for me, and I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I had hoped.

The Dating Game by Kiley RoacheTitle: The Dating Game
Author: Kiley Roache
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Social Network gets a romantic twist in this fresh and engaging new read from the author of Frat Girl, featuring college campus life as three freshman stuck working together on a group project create a dating app that goes viral, winning them fame, potential fortune...and more trouble than it might be worth.

When a prestigious class for future entrepreneurs leads to three freshman developing the next It App for dating on college campuses, all hell breaks loose...

Sara is a driven type-A control freak who lives by her color coordinated Post-it notes. Braden is a player who wants out from under his billionaire father's thumb. Roberto earned his place at Warren University through scholarship and can't afford for his grades to drop. When the three are forced to work together as a group in one of the university's most notoriously difficult classes, tension rises to the breaking point...until shockingly, the silly dating app they created in the final hour proves to be the most viable project in class. Late nights of app development, interest from corporate sponsors, and unexpected romance are woven into a true-to-life college drama that combines the intensity and atmosphere of The Social Network with a romantic twist.

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Book Review: The Dating Game by Kiley Roache

The book tells the story of a group of college students who end up creating a groundbreaking dating app after being forced to work together for a class. Due to their newfound success, the group must navigate the world of business while also retaining their values. I enjoy any book about technology, especially one with capable women who can code. The story also presents some moral dilemmas as the ethics of the app are questioned. This is quick read that will interest anyone with an interest in app development.

❀ Fun Concept

While the concept of the book is fun, I couldn’t find myself really enjoying any of the characters. If I had to choose, I would say Sara is my favourite since she is strong and stands up for herself. However, I feel like the characters are all very textbook. We have the smart, organized feminist, the rich and problematic player, and the nice guy with a sad home life. These characters lack dimension, and I feel like they need something more in order for me to really connect with them.

❀ Simplistic Plot

I also had a couple of issues with the plot. Similar to the character situation, it isn’t memorable, and the simplicity makes the story predictable. On top of this, I feel like there is random drama thrown in for a chapter or two, just for the sake of it, but never fully explored. The ending is also far-fetched, and I had trouble believing that many of the events would actually occur. The book has potential, but I think it could have been better executed.

❀ Enjoyable Concept

The Dating Game is a story by Kiley Roache about technological innovation, and I enjoyed the concept of young app developers. However, the characters and the plot are a bit too plain for me, and I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I had anticipated. I don’t hate the novel, but I feel as though it could have been better.

About Kiley Roache

Kiley Roache

Kiley Roache is a college student who spends her time reading, writing and justifying the purchase of cold brew coffee. She has worked for the Chicago Tribune's teen publication, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Huffington Post Teen. Originally from Chicago, she currently lives in Stanford, California in a house with 60 of her closest friends.

Frat Girl is her first novel, and she's currently hard at work on her second for Harlequin TEEN.

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