This companion to Ashley Elston’s beloved 10 Blind Dates follows Sophie’s high-achieving cousin Olivia as she juggles last-minute P.E. credit, end-of-year parties, and a secret new romance in the chaotic week before graduation.
It’s Senior Party Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn’t be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she’s poised to sail through to the next phase of her life.
But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P.E. form puts Olivia in danger of not graduating at all, she has one week to set things straight without tipping off her very big and very nosy extended family. Volunteering to help at a local golf tournament should do it, but since Olivia’s mom equipped her phone with a tracking app, there’ll be no hiding the fact that she’s at the golf course instead of all the graduation parties happening at the same time. Unless, that is, she can convince the Fab Four–her ride-or-die cousins and best friends Sophie, Charlie, and Wes–to trade phones with her as they go through the motions of playing Olivia for the week.
Title: 10 Truths and a Dare
Author: Ashley Elston
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Praise for 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston:
2020 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Top Ten Title
2020 Florida Teens Read Book List
“POSITIVELY DELIGHTFUL—all caps—from beginning to end.”—NPR
“This piece-by-piece romance doesn’t need its Christmas theme to sell, but it makes it glitter all the more.”—Booklist
“A fun story of finding love, getting to know yourself, and getting to know your family.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In a funny holiday romance that has Sophie dog-sitting in a hockey rink, watching porn at a drive-in theater, and playing the Virgin Mary in a middle school Nativity, Elston cleverly reflects the family members’ personalities through their choices of dates for Sophie.”—Publishers Weekly
This was a nice companion novel to 10 BLIND DATES. I enjoyed getting to jump back into this crazy family and getting to reunite with the Fab Four.
Right off the bat, we get to say hello to our favorite family of rugrats and weirdos. This time, however, we get to see things through Olivia’s POV (mostly). I love that the same shenanigans from book 1 are seen here. We have some family meddling, some Fab Four scheming, and some wonderful misunderstandings to bring it all together. For me though, it was getting to join this family once more that really did it for me.
I also really liked that this book had multiple POVs. While the book is focused on Olivia and it’s her story, there are a few times when we get to switch to the POV of someone in the Fab Four. I especially loved seeing Wes and Charlie try to figure out how to be Olivia when texting her mom. It was hilarious to hear their thoughts as they tried to navigate girl talk. As an added bonus, I loved hearing Wes’ thoughts when he was around Sophie, his girlfriend. It was so great to see my OTP still thriving.
Overall, if you enjoyed 10 BLIND DATES, I think you’ll enjoy this opportunity to catch up with your favorite family.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Ashley Elston is the author of several novels including: 10 Blind Dates (a Top Ten ALA Quick Pick and the companion to this book), The Rules for Disappearing (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards), This Is Our Story, and The Lying Woods. She has a liberal arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Shreveport with her husband and three sons. For more information about Ashley and her books, please visit www.ashleyelston.com.
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