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Peek Inside The Dating Debate

Even though hottie West Smith is fluent in Harry Potter, Nina Barnes isn’t sure he’s boyfriend material. West has a big secret, and even though Nina checks all the right boxes for a girlfriend, if she finds out—it could mean the end of everything.

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Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material.

West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry.

Each book in the Dating Dilemmas series is STANDALONE:
* The Dating Debate
* 99% Faking It


5 stars: "This is such a cute book! Thanks to Chris Cannon, we finally have a YA novel that lacks the overwrought drama populating so many of the genre. It was so refreshing to read a book about two (fairly) normal teenagers just pursuing love and happiness the way teenagers do, in a realistic setting with the issues and stakes that teenagers actually face." —Nicole Evelina, author of Daughter of Destiny

4.5 stars: "Nina was funny and they bonded over family madness. This book had a lot to offer and I would easily recommend it to teen romance readers like myself." –Danielle, Chapters Through Life

5 stars: "I want to start off by saying I really liked this book. A Harry Potter Bookworm is THE perfect main character." –Nicole Stand, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "This is definitely one of my favorite Entangled Crush books! Chris Cannon had me at Harry Potter and saving a library!" –Sarah, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "This was my first time reading this author’s work and I’m happy I read it." –Pascale, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Me and Nina are like the same person. Books are my life, and my bfs are usually book bfs. [...] I could relate to mostly everything. I loved it." –JC, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "This was an easy couple to ship, and my heart nearly jumped out of my chest when I saw I was getting an epilogue!" –Sam Kozbial, We Live and Breathe Books

5 stars: "This book is absolutely perfect! [...] The delightful sparring that is their courtship, filled with Harry Potter references and dueling causes just kept making me smile. Perfect for fans of Kasie West. Highly recommended." –Lissa Hawley, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "If you're looking for a cute YA read with a HEA that will melt the iciest heart, this book is definitely for you! I really enjoyed this story. So much, that I stayed up until 1am to finish it." –Amber Shepherd, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "A fun, drama filled read that is easy to get drawn into making it hard to put down." –Lovely Loveday

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634701
Series: Dating Dilemmas, Book 1
Release Date: Feb 5, 2018
Page Count: 242
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, boy next door, opposites attract

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By Schizanthus February 09, 2018

Trigger warning for issues surrounding mental health.

Of course I had to read an actual romance novel during 💔 Achy Breaky Heart Month! 💔. Apologies to Chris Cannon in advance for choosing The Dating Debate. Chris, you may recall that I previously reviewed Boomerang Boyfriend and I’m sorry for any ...more

By Danielle's January 29, 2018

Nina is a bookworm, Harry Potter lover, animal enthusiast and an unusual cookie. She is comfortable being herself and wants to date someone like minded. Valentines Day is just around the corner and Nina wishes being single didn't make the holiday so cringeworthy. Her brother has set her up for a pot ...more

By Jacob February 11, 2019

This book is a delight. Cannon captures that essential teen-ness and presents it with all the warts but with kindness, as well. Nina and West are seniors (in high school) and neighbors and both have weathered some emotional family trauma, so it makes sense that they're more mature than most might be ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) February 12, 2018

I almost never pass up an opportunity to read an Entangled contemporary, because I know I will get a low angst, low drama story with a sweet romance and likable characters. Once again, I got what I expected with The Dating Debate.


Nina, an avid reader, who had sworn off all boys, except fictional ...more

By Angelica February 08, 2018

Well, color me surprised, but this book was a thousand times better than I had expected it to be. Most of all, this book was exactly what I needed right now. I’ve been feeling stressed due to school, and I’ve been on the verge of a reading slump due to dissatisfying books and I thought I was on the ...more

By Elaine February 07, 2018

Rating: 4.5/5

This is a contemporary young adult romance but with more depth than such stories usually have as it also involves coping with a mentally ill parent and reactions to feelings of abandonment experienced after parents split up. However, don't let that make you think this won't be a fun rea ...more

By Lauren February 11, 2018

Three words to describe Chris Cannon's The Dating Debate? Bookish, charming and laugh-out-loud funny!

The Dating Debate introduces Nina Barnes and West Smith - neighbors, classmates, interests?

Nina is a girl after my own heart. She loves - and I mean LOVES - books. Throughout ...more

By BookLionQueen February 18, 2018

I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher Crush an imprint of Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review

4 out of 5 stars

I highly enjoyed this book. Nina was very bookish and I appreciated that. West was bookish as well but a completely different way. I really appreciated the varie ...more

By Sophie February 13, 2018

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Entangled's books have always been perfect, since I first started reading them, and this book was no different. In The Dating Debate, two very different people realise that they may not be as diffe ...more

By WycEd February 14, 2018

Check out our The Dating Debate post on Wicked Reads OR our The Dating Debate post on Wicked Reads: YA Edition.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica – ☆☆☆☆☆
5 Banterific Stars

The Dating Debate is sure to please both young adults and those young at heart. Zany, lighthearted, charmin ...more

By Nicole January 26, 2018

Nina is a bookish Harry Potter nerd with a crush on the (literal) boy next door, bad-boy West. He, on the other hand, isn’t sure whether to kiss or have her committed. Who questions and debates everything, anyway? And what is with all the hugging? Geeze. But a shared love for Harry Potter isn’t the ...more

By Erica February 03, 2018

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Banterific Stars

Young Adult age-range: 13+ kissing & mental illness in a parent.

The Dating Debate is sure to please both young adults and those young at heart. Zany, lighthearted, charming, angsty, and swoon-worthy, I was hooked ...more

By Arceli March 15, 2018

Soaring Up High

The Dating Debate is one of my top YA Contemporary Romance reads for 2018. This book is super cute and has the ability to make your day.

The Dating Debate features West and Nina, both of whom are next door neighbors. Nina is dead honest and is a book worm. West is continuously annoyed


By Lissa May 12, 2020

This book is absolutely perfect!
Readers everywhere will fall in love with self professed "hippy-chick bookworm," Nina and her maybe not-so-brooding neighbor West.

The delightful sparring that is their courtship, filled with Harry Potter references and dueling causes just kept making me smile.

Perfect ...more

By Tia January 27, 2018

I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review. Thank you Netgalley, Entangled, and Chris Cannon for this opportunity.
The Dating Debate is about next door neighbors Nina and West who end up dating mostly because West wanted to get his ex girlfriend off his ...more

By Angy Potter - February 09, 2018


Book Review: 4,5 Stars

Sweet young love alert! #MyNewObsession

This is my first book from Chris Cannon and I really hope it’s not the last. The Dating Debate is the first book of The Dating Dilemmas Series, featuring the lovely, sweet, funny and heartwarming story of West and Nina.

Nina ...more

By books are love February 16, 2018

This was just so freaking cute. A absolutely adorable clean romance.

Nina was a quirky smart girl who saw life as a when life hands you lemons make lemonade way. That doesn’t mean she didn’t have sadness in there she did. Her dad was a point of contention for her but she didn’t let it get her down. S ...more

By Jules.Bookverse August 28, 2018

This book was definitely an adventures/ emotional ride.

Firstly, the two main characters can be seen as two parts of the classic love stories where she/ he falls for the boy /girl next door. But there is so much more going on! A lot of really tough topics have been discussed in this book. Some of the ...more

By Amber February 04, 2018

This is the first book I have read by Chris Cannon and definitely wont be the last. The Dating Debate had me cracking up on more than a couple occasions. The back and forth banter with the main characters was hilarious and adorable. I loved that there was some problems that people face every day and ...more

By Sarah January 29, 2018

This is definitely one of my favorite Entangled Crush books! Chris Cannon had me at Harry Potter and saving a library! This cute romantic read finds two next door neighbors bonding and falling for each other through the book, while Nina's believe in making everything a debate keeps West on his toes. ...more

By Nicole January 26, 2018

Nina thinks Valentine’s day should be optional. That way all the single people aren’t subjected to the humiliation that comes with kissy cupids. Until her mom moves them next door to none other than the schools broodful hottie, West Smith. He’s all punk rock, but has a sense of humor and is fluent i ...more

By Patty February 11, 2018

The Dating Debate by Chris Cannon is the 1st book in the Dating Dilemmas series. This book is a sweet, fun, and a delightful YA contemporary romance and part of the Entangled Teen Crush series. Nina Barnes and West Smith live next door to each other. Nina to avoid being set up by her brother, and We ...more

By Pascale January 26, 2018

This was my first time reading this author’s work and I’m happy I read it.
Coincidentally, it’s the third book (second back-to-back) that I’ve read with an underlying theme of hoarding. I had no idea with any of the books so it was a complete surprise. Once again, as with the other books I read, I f ...more

By Wing (bibliomeds) February 07, 2019

so fluffy and cute i love.
exactly what i needed in this stressful time haha ...more

By Amber January 16, 2018

If you're looking for a cute YA read with a HEA that will melt the iciest heart, this book is definitely for you! I really enjoyed this story. So much, that I stayed up until 1am to finish it. The Dating Debate deals with two next door neighbors with secrets they're desperate to keep, until a joke a ...more

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Chris Cannon

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Chris Cannon

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at

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