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Betting on You

By Mary Krawczyk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Energetic, cute teen romance is frustrating at times.

Book Lynn Painter Romance 2023
Betting on You book cover: Teen boy and teen girl shown sitting separately on chairs and together at a table and on a couch with hands touching

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This romantic comedy for young adults is full of snarky banter, pop culture references, and rom-com cliches. In Betting on You, Lynn Painter writes a story with a familiar formula including frenemies and fake dating. For the most part, it's entertaining and fun. However, young people betting on the relationships of people they care about seems harsh at times and causes characters to act in ways that are mean and hurtful. There's a problematic suggestion that Bailey is somehow more attractive and worthy of Charlie's attention once she's gotten her braces off and straightened her hair. Serious issues, such as anxiety and divorce, are touched on but not developed in a meaningful way. On balance, both Bailey and Charlie are sweet and thoughtful. They regret their bad behavior and apologize. Readers who've been through the divorce of a parent may identify with and relate to the difficulties, emotions, and transitions involved. For fans of Lynn Painter and romcoms in general, this will likely be a satisfying read.

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