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Peek Inside Dating Makes Perfect

A compelling and necessary #OwnVoices romantic comedy all about dating while navigating overbearing parents, from NY Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn.

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The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed.

Until now.

In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of the dating practice that they didn’t get in high school.

In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must practice fake dating in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course—and organized based on their favorite rom-coms. ’Cause that won’t end in disaster.

The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, infuriating, and way too good-looking. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. And her parents love him.

If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.


"A laugh-out-loud YA romance with a smart cast." --Kirkus Reviews, starred

“In DATING MAKES PERFECT, Pintip Dunn has expertly crafted a witty culturally immersive romance with enthralling dialogue and captivating characters. Readers will fall in love with this masterful story about family obligations, first crushes, and second chances.” --Nisha Sharma, award-winning author of MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE

This book made my Thai-American heart soar. Every detail—from the mouth-watering foods to Winnie's tight-knit but strict Thai family—serve to tell a story that is authentic, layered, and rings so true. With hilarious, quirky characters and a romance that sizzles, DATING MAKES PERFECT is a pitch perfect rom com.” --Christina Soontornvat, author of A WISH IN THE DARK

“Fun, heartfelt, and full of warmth, Pintip Dunn's DATING MAKES PERFECT is the ideal feel-good book for the summer. Do yourself a favor and read this book right away.” --Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling author of MY PLAIN JANE and the FALLEN ISLES trilogy

“DATING MAKES PERFECT is a smart, funny, and endearing portrayal of budding romance, the power of sisterly love, and the pressure to be the perfect daughter. Readers will root for Winnie as she comes into her own.” --Farrah Rochon, USA Today Bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project 

“Pintip Dunn's DATING MAKES PERFECT is a delicious rom-com concoction that immerses readers in a Thai teen drama they'll adore. Add a pinch of sister envy, the cute guy you love to hate, immigrant parent dynamics, a few kaffir lime leaves, and you'll get a dish that'll keep you entertained until the last page.” --Lydia Kang, award-winning author of Young Adult Fiction 

I'm one of three siblings--two inches taller than my sister, thank you very much--and reading Dating Makes Perfect brought back a whole lot of childhood memories growing up Thai American. I wish I'd had this fun story (that even brought a few tears) to give me hope in my teen years when I was definitely not allowed to date until college.” --Piper J. Drake, author of the bestselling TRUE HEROES series

“So. Much. Fun! Pintip Dunn’s rom-com is an authentic, hilarious and irresistible love letter to Thai culture--not to mention desserts. Foodies, be warned—don’t read this on an empty stomach!” --Vanessa Barneveld, award-winning author of THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE and THE ABDUCTION 

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682814987
Release Date: Aug 18, 2020
Page Count: 322
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural, romantic comedy, young adult
Tropes: enemies to lovers, fake relationship, forced proximity

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By Jessica October 01, 2020

I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Entangled Teen) in exchange for an honest review. Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative.

This was the cutest YA rom-com!

Okay so first I just have to talk about the #OwnVoices aspect. As a Filipino American, I know ...more

By Lisa (Remarkablylisa) August 19, 2020

I received this book in exchange for an honest review for HEAR OUR VOICES BOOK TOUR.

I'm a huge advocate for Asian representation and voices in the book community so when I saw that there was a Thai Asian American YA Book I jumped at the chance to review it.

I absolutely adored this novel because it w ...more

By Amy August 19, 2020

Thank you to Entangled for the ARC and to Hear Our Voices Tours for hosting the blog tour!

Dating Makes Perfect is an ownvoices Thai YA rom com and as an ownvoices reader I truly had the best time reading it!

This story follows the Tech sisters whose strict Thai parents didn’t allow them to date in h ...more

By Danielle's July 22, 2020

How gorgeous is the artwork for Dating makes perfect! Pintip Dunn is an artistic genius and I’m not talking about the cover. Her words are addictive and the characters she creates come to life on the page.

I love the Tech sisters. Orrawin is the youngest sister and bout to become the first to get th ...more

By Alexa August 03, 2020

3.5 stars, but rounded up for the sister feels and rom-com moments.

If you want a very cute YA rom-com read that includes the fake dating trope, well, DATING MAKES PERFECT would be a great choice! I enjoyed the time I spent with Winnie, from the shenanigans in her love life to the dynamic with her fa ...more

By Paula M August 17, 2020



"How am I supposed to survive three months fake-dating the most obnoxious boy in the entire world?"

I spent the whole time reading this book sighing, swooning and just smiling. And even after finishing the book, it's like someone put a hanger in my mouth because of how ...more

Dating Makes Perfect is one of those books that you can’t help but love. I loved all the Tech sisters by the end of the first chapter (no exaggeration) and I literally could not stop smiling. This book is just too!! damn!! cute!! I somewhat expected there to be conflict between Winnie and her twin s ...more

By Tricia July 27, 2020

This was a perfect summer read! You know the kind, something light and quick and fun. Honestly I haven't been feeling much YA lately but this was the ideal choice for dipping a toe back in, I was able to read it all in two sittings.

The relationships in this book were wholesome and cute. I liked that ...more

By Amanda TheFunSizeReader August 10, 2020

I’m not sure how to even start this review without sounding like a raving spaz.

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In short, I LOVED this book. Totally my kind of five star read! I read it in pretty much one sitting because I did not want to put it down. I feel like there’s something in ...more

By Chandra August 16, 2020

Well now - wasn't this just the cutest read! It was exactly what I needed between my darker reads. I love seeing Asian American representation through this Thai family. Winnie also represents every teen girl out there who wasn't allowed to date in high school, who wondered how their first kiss would ...more

By Marie August 08, 2020

Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)
Diversity: Thai-American main character (ownvoices), Thai-American side characters and love interest, bisexual Thai-American side character, Indian-American side character.

Ahh I had so ...more

By Shenwei August 19, 2020

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I really love the cover for this book, and I’m happy to say that the story lived up to the expectations set by the cover.

Winnie was a lot of fun to follow because her character voice really animated the story. The reader is fully immersed in her head, experiencing the joys and ...more

By Tiffanie August 20, 2020

I was given an ARC of this by a friend who had an extra copy.

Oh, where to even begin? I loved everything about this book, from beginning to end, especially the individual nuances of each character. Although I’m not Thai (I’m Chinese), I wish this book existed over a decade ago when I was in high sch ...more

By Patty July 12, 2020

Book Review: Dating Makes Perfect⁣
By: Pintap Dunn⁣
Genre: YA Romance⁣
Format: ARC thank you so much to my friends at @entangledteen for my gifted copy- Pub day is 8/18/2020!⁣

The Tech sisters are not allowed to date in high school- because of their strict parents. But when the oldest twins report they ...more

By halfirishgrin July 27, 2020

This book was SO CUTE. ...more

By Michelle July 27, 2020

Dating Makes Perfect is a young adult standalone romantic comedy by Pintip Dunn. I loved this book so much. It is happiness personified. I dare you to read this book and not have a good time. I triple dog dare you. I loved this story and these characters so much! This is my favorite book so far by P ...more

By Cherise July 12, 2020

I adored this book! So cute! Loved the references to new Asian American rom coms. Loved Winnie. Loved Ari and Bunny. Highly recommend.

Thank you to the publisher for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more

By Kim Reads August 20, 2020

Reviewed by Paige

Dating Makes Perfect is a teen dream in my book. Pintip Dunn takes high school senior Winnie Tech on a high school love life adventure. This love story is like a mixture of Twilight and To All the Boys I Loved Before. It’s the story of a girl with a dream of always wanting to date a ...more

By Olivia August 05, 2020

DATING MAKES PERFECT is a beautifully written YA contemporary romance that had me grinning from ear-to-ear. Winnie has two older sisters, twins, who have gone off to college. When their parents are suddenly pressuring them to get engaged, they point out that their parents rule forbidding them to dat ...more

By Sue (BeautyBookCorner) August 03, 2020

3.5 Stars — Will the day come when I stop giving books half star ratings? Anyways, this was a super cute, entertaining YA romance.

I’m not Thai so I can’t say much about the representation but this an #OwnVoices book. I loved all the mentions of Thai food, culture, and language that’s sprinkled thro ...more

By Kylie August 04, 2020

This book was so cute. I read all but about 30 pages in 2 days, which never happens. It was a super quick, fun, immersive read.
I loved every single member of the Tech family. The sister dynamic between Winnie and the twins Ari and Bunny was just perfect. Their parents were so cute even if they were ...more

By Nerdgurll❤ August 19, 2020

Received an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review

Omg I loved this book sooo much!! It was such a sweet and funny book and it had all the things I love in a contemporary😍.

The story is about a clumsy Thai girl Orrawin nicknamed Winnie who had two older twin sisters. She always felt that everyone love ...more

By Jacquie August 31, 2020

Dating her enemy shouldn’t be this much fun

Winnie loves her crazy Thai family, even if her parents have some archaic ideas. Her twin sisters weren’t allowed to date in high school, but now that they’re in college, the parents suddenly want to know when to expect grandbabies- oiy!

In retaliation, the ...more

By Brook Obsessed August 15, 2020

An absolute gem of a novel. Sometimes I read books that take me by complete surprise and this one did exacty that. This has fake-dating, enemies to lovers, and friends to lovers all wrapped in one swooney package and reminds me of a young adult “The Hating Game” mixed with “To All the Boys I’ve Love ...more

By a_strange_bookworm September 01, 2020

This made me happy :) ...more

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Pintip Dunn

About the author

NY Times Best Selling Author

Pintip Dunn

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.

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