STORY | Following her dreams isn’t the easiest task for high school senior Liza. She has big goals and plans, but none of them fall in line with her mother’s. Her mother determines to find her the most ideal mate with every one of the specifications on her list. Forget what Liza may be looking for. When her mother allows Liza to help judge their annual baking competition things get awkward when Liza realizes her mother uses this bake-off as a kind of unofficial dating pool of possibilities.
The mess gets worse when, the dude who rubs Liza the wrong way shows up as one of the contestants.
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REVIEW | As I’m a softie for YA contemporary in general, it was a pretty easy choice to snag this book when it released. That said, making it more interesting is the fact that this is a loose re-telling of Jane Austen’s popular Pride & Prejudice. There’s all kinds of fun little snippets and imagery that is from the iconic story, but of course, this one isn’t the same kind of icon as its inspiration. Though I don’t mean this as any kind of degrading of this novel.
The book is, overall, quite fun! I have my quibbles with it, like the characterization of Sarah (I think she gets unkind author treatment) however the characters are mostly fun and entertaining to hang out with. Liza’s a solid heroine and variation of Lizzie while the whole Jane story takes on its own life and kind of splits between two characters (the bestie and sister). Additionally, I will say, the baking competition, for me, drags on a bit, but as that’s primary, I can accept it.
If you want something sweet and fun to enjoy, A Taste for Love is good! Plus, there’s also sorts of yummy treats inside its pages. The book has fun moments and a strong little friendship, plus there’s Austen, so you know, it’s going to be cute.
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Author: Jennifer Yen
Publication Date: 2021
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Genre: Fiction; Secular, Contemporary Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Content: there’s some minor innuendo. One character is bi-sexual (though other than references, we don’t “see” that in action much) and there may be a profanity or two.