The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

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I get so excited when Book of the Month Club picks a young adult novel as one of the sections because you KNOW it’s going to be good.

The Love Interest is a Young Adult Sci-Fi LGBTQ novel set in the future about a boy named Caden who is a “Love Interest Agent”. He is sculpted to perfection and is sold out to the world to fall in love with a specific girl. The problem is, Dylan is also sculpted to perfection, but is the “bad boy” that all the girls want. He, too, is an agent sent out to fall in love with a specific girl. Cue the hunger games mantra where both of these boys have to fight for their death to be the chosen one. The problem is, are they falling for each other instead of the girl?

I honestly had no idea this was an LGBTQ novel when I first started reading it, which doesn’t bother me in the slightest. It just caught me off guard. Regardless, I loved this book. What a cool storyline! I’m also a sucker for young adult romance. The fight-to-the-death sequence had me gripped for the entire novel. I didn’t mind that it had a hunger games feel to it at all. I think we were missing more of Dylan’s side of the story throughout the novel though. There is so much inner turmoil going on with both Dylan and Caden, but Caden is the narrator of the story so it’s very one-sided. Let’s just say, there better be a sequel!

4/5 stars

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