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A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong? As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman. Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfri A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong? As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman. Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he'll be. Yet staying home would mean letting him win. Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person. Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet. BLONDE DATE is a 23,000 word novella covering a four hour span of Katie & Andy's night. ALSO INCLUDED: a sneak preview of the third novel in the Ivy Years series, THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR.


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A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong? As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman. Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfri A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong? As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman. Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he'll be. Yet staying home would mean letting him win. Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person. Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet. BLONDE DATE is a 23,000 word novella covering a four hour span of Katie & Andy's night. ALSO INCLUDED: a sneak preview of the third novel in the Ivy Years series, THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR.

30 review for Blonde Date

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong? Katie and Andy were fantastic! Their novella focused on their first date, which also happened to be a blind date. Katie is the most beautiful freshman on campus. Andy has noticed her. Andy is a basketball player. Tall, lanky, and not quite Katie's type, but after getting burned by her ex- a football player/frat boy, she's looking for someone different. Someone nice. Andy fits the bill perfec A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong? Katie and Andy were fantastic! Their novella focused on their first date, which also happened to be a blind date. Katie is the most beautiful freshman on campus. Andy has noticed her. Andy is a basketball player. Tall, lanky, and not quite Katie's type, but after getting burned by her ex- a football player/frat boy, she's looking for someone different. Someone nice. Andy fits the bill perfectly. I loved how at ease Andy put Katie during their date, and turned something that was hard for her into something fun. I could have read an entire book about these two, but I'll settle for the novella. I also really loved the epilogue. It was nice to see that side.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    4.5 Stars Normally I find I don't really connect with novellas this short but I absolutely loved Blonde Date. As much as I enjoyed Katie, the star of this story is Andy. Gah! His sweet adorableness almost overwhelmed me, but what a way to go. Time for a Hail Mary maneuver. Maybe if I reach down and touch her there. Wait… how do guys do this? My arm is stuck. I can’t get out of my own way. Wait. Okay. Right there. Winning! Yeah! It's so refreshing to spend some book time with a twentyish year ol 4.5 Stars Normally I find I don't really connect with novellas this short but I absolutely loved Blonde Date. As much as I enjoyed Katie, the star of this story is Andy. Gah! His sweet adorableness almost overwhelmed me, but what a way to go. Time for a Hail Mary maneuver. Maybe if I reach down and touch her there. Wait… how do guys do this? My arm is stuck. I can’t get out of my own way. Wait. Okay. Right there. Winning! Yeah! It's so refreshing to spend some book time with a twentyish year old guy who actually acts like a regular person, insecurities and all. No tattoo sleeves, Dom tendencies or painful past. Just a wonderful character who reminded me of guys I hung out with at that age. Quite the departure from most of the NA I've read lately. This was the perfect lazy Sunday kind of read and I'm so glad I finally got around to giving it a shot.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Andrew Isaac Baschnagel. Now THAT'S a name of a guy I'm interested in. *Jew Alert* I've really enjoyed each and every book in this series, especially the to DIE for The Understatement of the Year, which is expertly narrated, BTW, and Blonde Date was another good one. Again, Saskia Maarleveld does a decent job reading, but there is something about her voice that sounds too old for NA to me. Nick Podehl was awesome again as the slightly dorky and awesome Andy. What impressed me most about this boo Andrew Isaac Baschnagel. Now THAT'S a name of a guy I'm interested in. *Jew Alert* I've really enjoyed each and every book in this series, especially the to DIE for The Understatement of the Year, which is expertly narrated, BTW, and Blonde Date was another good one. Again, Saskia Maarleveld does a decent job reading, but there is something about her voice that sounds too old for NA to me. Nick Podehl was awesome again as the slightly dorky and awesome Andy. What impressed me most about this book was the fab sex-positive message (even when you are doubting yourself- every girl has been there!), and the lovely beta hero male MC. I am totally gaga over a beta man, and a Jewish beta man who plays sports?! Now I'm verklempt! Short, sweet, and well done, I hope we get more stories out of these characters in the future. Awesome again, Sarina Bowen!

  4. 5 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    3.5 Stars A nice little novella featuring a couple of side characters of this series. Really sweet, wish it was smexier, but bonus points for the charming endearing underdog (who is in no way shabby whatsoever) who wins the hot girl!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    5 Novella Stars I don’t read Novellas and if I do I don’t usually write a review on them, but I LOVE Andy and Katie so much I was really happy for this book. I kind of wished it was a full length novel, but I’ll take what I get. Andy is the dorky nerdy guy that is suite mate with Bridger. I loved Andy because I have an odd attraction towards nerdy guys in books, maybe because I married a nerdy guy and guess what? His name is Andy too, so there you go. I liked that Katie is the total opposite of And 5 Novella Stars I don’t read Novellas and if I do I don’t usually write a review on them, but I LOVE Andy and Katie so much I was really happy for this book. I kind of wished it was a full length novel, but I’ll take what I get. Andy is the dorky nerdy guy that is suite mate with Bridger. I loved Andy because I have an odd attraction towards nerdy guys in books, maybe because I married a nerdy guy and guess what? His name is Andy too, so there you go. I liked that Katie is the total opposite of Andy and she’s this beautiful bombshell, but is really confused. She has dated really bad guys in the past and she’s trying to correct her situation. I love it when the Heroine is trying to be better. The little book is about Andy and Katie going out on a date. It’s all around, cute and adorable. This book is a real treat. I loved it! The Year We Fell Down #1 AMAZON The Year We Hid Away #2 REVIEW | AMAZON Blonde Date #2.5 AMAZON The Understatement of the Year #3 AMAZON The Shameless Hour #4 AMAZON The Fifteenth Minute #5 AMAZON

  6. 5 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    4.5 Stars Roughly 75 pages of awesome. Beta male, wholly different than what the heroine is looking for but in reality perfect for her. He's shy and a little goofy, she's the high school prom queen with insecurities. He's protective. She's beginning to see why the other guys never worked out for her. All in one date. LOVED! Absolutely a favorite series of mine. So happy, happy, happy that it caught my eye. Oh, and the epilogue...perfection! There are always two sides to every story. No excuse, b 4.5 Stars Roughly 75 pages of awesome. Beta male, wholly different than what the heroine is looking for but in reality perfect for her. He's shy and a little goofy, she's the high school prom queen with insecurities. He's protective. She's beginning to see why the other guys never worked out for her. All in one date. LOVED! Absolutely a favorite series of mine. So happy, happy, happy that it caught my eye. Oh, and the epilogue...perfection! There are always two sides to every story. No excuse, but there IS another side.

  7. 5 out of 5

    JewelsyGoolsy

    3.5 stars. Short and sweet.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    3.5 Stars Short, sweet, and funny! Loved Andy so much! Katie was a win for me too, but Andy was a sweetheart!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tiff at Mostly YA Lit

    Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit: SO. FREAKING. CUTE. We first meet Andy as Bridger’s roommate in The Year We Hid Away, and here, in this novella, we see him fumbling around on a blind date. Despite how short this novella is, it manages to touch on many of Sarina Bowen’s signature themes: family, sexual consent and slut-shaming, feminism and breaking out of cliches. Oh and did I mention that it’s sexy and cute as well? Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit: SO. FREAKING. CUTE. We first meet Andy as Bridger’s roommate in The Year We Hid Away, and here, in this novella, we see him fumbling around on a blind date. Despite how short this novella is, it manages to touch on many of Sarina Bowen’s signature themes: family, sexual consent and slut-shaming, feminism and breaking out of cliches. Oh and did I mention that it’s sexy and cute as well?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luzie

    This review may contain SPOILERS! I was pleasantly surprised by this novella and also based on my star-rating you could already tell that this was clearly my favorite story of the series. Starting with the star of this story, which is Andrew, who is both funny and suportive and super-cute and at the same time his cluelessness just makes him that much more appealing. Most importantly though is, that he doesn't have a tragic backstory, he's just a genuinely great guy and I loved him as an individua This review may contain SPOILERS! I was pleasantly surprised by this novella and also based on my star-rating you could already tell that this was clearly my favorite story of the series. Starting with the star of this story, which is Andrew, who is both funny and suportive and super-cute and at the same time his cluelessness just makes him that much more appealing. Most importantly though is, that he doesn't have a tragic backstory, he's just a genuinely great guy and I loved him as an individual, as well as together with Katie. I think what surprised me the most was the natural chemistry between them, and how they actually don't need any drama or other distractions to make a great team and create a wonderful story about two nice individuals who together make a fantastic duo. This story was both dynamic and sweet and a must-have for every fangirl that wants to swoon over a guy that doesn't have a torturing past. I would gladly battle with Katie for Andrew. ;) 5/5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Auntee

    Sweet, nerdy guy gets the sexy girl? I loved it! Wished it was novel-length, but still 5 stars!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    5 Blonde Date Stars Katie & Andrew We meet both Andrew and Katie in the book previous. And you can’t help but want more of Andy he is so freaking sweet and to know he gets the girl he has been crushing on.. LOVED it. The humor in the books was perfect. I loved that I smiled pretty much nonstop throughout this book. It’s a must read if you’re going to dig in to this series. *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.* 5 Blonde Date Stars Katie & Andrew We meet both Andrew and Katie in the book previous. And you can’t help but want more of Andy he is so freaking sweet and to know he gets the girl he has been crushing on.. LOVED it. The humor in the books was perfect. I loved that I smiled pretty much nonstop throughout this book. It’s a must read if you’re going to dig in to this series. *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wil Loves Books!

    This was short and sweet and a great listened. Andy and Katie go on their first date. Andy is Bridger’s neighbor and friend. Katie is Scarlett’s roommate. All sorts of surprising developments happen during this date. It’s cute, heartwarming and also sexy. Definitely leaves you wanting more. The audiobook is really good as well. I found the epilogue to be weird because of the narrator but still interesting.

  14. 5 out of 5

    J

    This lady is one heck of a writer. This is a novella so some people don't believe in giving 5 stars to a short book. I have no problem in doing that when the book is this good. If you have read any of the other "Ivy Year's" books (but you certainly don't need to read the other ones to understand this one), "Blonde Date" is about Andy, Bridger's basketball playing roommate and Katie, who is one of the two Katie's that roomed with Scarlet. Andy is kind of a nerdie, not very worldly, kind soul on th This lady is one heck of a writer. This is a novella so some people don't believe in giving 5 stars to a short book. I have no problem in doing that when the book is this good. If you have read any of the other "Ivy Year's" books (but you certainly don't need to read the other ones to understand this one), "Blonde Date" is about Andy, Bridger's basketball playing roommate and Katie, who is one of the two Katie's that roomed with Scarlet. Andy is kind of a nerdie, not very worldly, kind soul on the college basketball team who says yes to a blind date invitation from Katie to go to a sorority party. She recently had a very nasty parting of the ways with her football playing, alpha male boyfriend, Dash, and sorority protocol calls for her to have a date who is also an athlete. Katie is "very" worldly and outgoing. On paper it would seem Andy and Katie are a total mismatch but that turns out to be completely false when they really get to know each other on their date. This book is perfectly written with witty banter, funny situations, some steam and a little pathos when Dash finally realizes what he's lost. And I can't say enough about Andy and Katie, both together and on their own. Just wonderful characters that I hope we get to spend a lot more time with in future books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeannine Allison

    5 stars (Re-Read 6/15/17) 5 stars (First Read 10/18/15) PERFECTION. THIS is what a novella should be. Maybe I'm being greedy but I really really hope that Andy and Katie get their own full length novel. I loved how awkward and nerdy and shy Andy was. I know that a lot of people like the asshole hero, and sometimes I enjoy it. But for me, characters like Andy are where it's at. He was so freaking genuine and kind. I don't know if I like Bridger or Andy more, honestly I could live in that fire d 5 stars (Re-Read 6/15/17) 5 stars (First Read 10/18/15) PERFECTION. THIS is what a novella should be. Maybe I'm being greedy but I really really hope that Andy and Katie get their own full length novel. I loved how awkward and nerdy and shy Andy was. I know that a lot of people like the asshole hero, and sometimes I enjoy it. But for me, characters like Andy are where it's at. He was so freaking genuine and kind. I don't know if I like Bridger or Andy more, honestly I could live in that fire door between their rooms and be set for life. I also loved Katie's attitude, especially about sex. She was a strong heroine and had no problem going after what she wanted. This was an excellent addition to the series and I really hope that we see more of Andy and Katie. I also would really enjoy a novel about Dash, I felt a little bad for him in the epilogue and I think he'd make a great male lead, it'd definitely be interesting to see how he redeems himself.

  16. 5 out of 5

    MountainKat

    I am really enjoying this series! This was a sweet addition even without the depth of the prior books. We met the characters, Andy and Katie, in the previous book, but we got to know them more in this. I hope we get to see more of them!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    05/24/2015 -- 5 Stars What a perfect short story. I'm not normally a fan of short stories, but this author is now on my "I'll read just about anything she writes" list and this was just appealed to me. She blew me away. It was perfect. It had a beginning, a middle and an end and it wasn't all rushed to cram it all in. It was complete, developed and had characters you wanted more of an didn't want it to end. Really loved it. I could go crazy and tell you tons about it and put my little rating scale 05/24/2015 -- 5 Stars What a perfect short story. I'm not normally a fan of short stories, but this author is now on my "I'll read just about anything she writes" list and this was just appealed to me. She blew me away. It was perfect. It had a beginning, a middle and an end and it wasn't all rushed to cram it all in. It was complete, developed and had characters you wanted more of an didn't want it to end. Really loved it. I could go crazy and tell you tons about it and put my little rating scale together for you too, but then it may be longer than the story and I think it is good enough to just simply say 5 Stars. It stands alone, so you have no excuse for not reading it. If you haven't read this author, you could start here and get your toes wet. Up to you. Absolutely perfect. Happy Reading!

  18. 4 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

    Oh, I was charmed by this romance. I love a kind steadfast hero. He is sexy too. Because guess what? Being thoughtful and attentive is hot and so is really being into someone. The heroine is grabbling with an awful thing that happened to her and trying to find her way through to herself and she does so in a lovely way. The romance is super sexy. I feel like rereading it right now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ShoSho

    Loved it as much as the other books in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    I rarely use the term "book boyfriend". But when I read this novella, I know that I wanted Andrew Isaac Baschnagel as my book boyfriend!! Gosh, I loved that young man! Andy first appeared in Bridger & Scarlet's book, The Year We Hid Away. He's Bridger's next door neighbor. He charmed me immediately because he was kind and very helpful to Bridger. Katie Vickery also appeared in the same book, one of Scarlet's roommates, better known as Blondie Katie. I didn't get much of impression from Katie in t I rarely use the term "book boyfriend". But when I read this novella, I know that I wanted Andrew Isaac Baschnagel as my book boyfriend!! Gosh, I loved that young man! Andy first appeared in Bridger & Scarlet's book, The Year We Hid Away. He's Bridger's next door neighbor. He charmed me immediately because he was kind and very helpful to Bridger. Katie Vickery also appeared in the same book, one of Scarlet's roommates, better known as Blondie Katie. I didn't get much of impression from Katie in that book. Everything I knew about her was pretty much superficial. Let's just say that Andy won my heart completely in this one. I think all of my stars rating are for him. He's just adorable and loveable. I loved Andy's relationship with his older sister (seriously, chapter one alone, where he asks her for clothing advice, totally charming). I loved how Andy tries to find a 'game trick' to help Katie to forget her bad time with her ex. It is witty game!! And their sex is kinda fun ... I mean, Ms. Bowen wrote two completely different perspectives during the sex and it was making me giggling quite a bit. Andy is more short sentences, cannot really think of much else. While Katie is more poetic. For example Andy: Oh. Oh yeah. Oh boy. Yesyesyesyesyes. More? Rawr… Wow. Good. Too good. Red zone, here. DANGER. Quick! Picture Mrs. Dunlop’s neck. Warty 5th grade teacher to the rescue! Okay. I’ve got this. Except… Oh my God. Oh… wow. Just… so sexy. So sexy. I’ve never made anyone moan before. Oh, that sound. Oh, hell. It’s coming, and it’s going to be good. Katie: The look on your face Sweet and intense Shreds my heart Now I’m tilting fast And spinning hard All of me Is lost to you It is kind of unique!! The story happens pretty much on one night, meaning that Andy and Katie have sex exactly that night after several hours being together. But it doesn't bother me much because the sex happens in the end, after they are connecting, PLUS it's not like these two are declaring love forever and ever afterwards. One more thing ... Ms. Bowen added a very intriguing epilogue. I wonder if that means that she will write the villain as the hero for the next book (Bella's book) and will it be a story of redemption. Whatever the case, I will be on train for that one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maida

    Damn... I was contemplating giving this novella 4-5 stars. The first 75% of the novella was just THAT good. Unfortunately, the storyline fell apart for me towards the end, during the bedroom scene. The erratic short paragraphs & the jarring shifts in POV were just WEIRD. Absolutely bizarre!!! The sex scene was weak, weird & distracting... which is a shame. Sadly, it detracted from the novella as a whole. *3.9/5 stars*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Optimistic and brave characters I cared about, seamless writing, and fulfilling storytelling, despite the short length.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Short, sweet College Romance. Some of the scenes toward the end of this audiobook made me laugh.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annery

    ***Review to Come but I freakin' loved this. On a roll with this series*** 11/7/16 Finally time to write a review. Audio by Nick Podehl and Saskia Maarleveld is fantastic. Sarina Bowen has spun gold from what other writers would call scraps. Andy Baschnagel and Katie Vickery a.k.a "blond" Katie and The Baschnagel Boy from The Year We Hid Away basically side characters who lend color in that book are thrust center stage and boy do they shine in the spotlight. We get to know Katie for more than the j ***Review to Come but I freakin' loved this. On a roll with this series*** 11/7/16 Finally time to write a review. Audio by Nick Podehl and Saskia Maarleveld is fantastic. Sarina Bowen has spun gold from what other writers would call scraps. Andy Baschnagel and Katie Vickery a.k.a "blond" Katie and The Baschnagel Boy from The Year We Hid Away basically side characters who lend color in that book are thrust center stage and boy do they shine in the spotlight. We get to know Katie for more than the jock-dating, shallow party girl we thought her to be and we get a close up of Andy. Shy, socially awkward, bumbling Andy. Except he's not that guy at all. Even though he's a basketball player he's not the Alpha strutting cock, rather he's something better. He's the guy who knows exactly who he is. His strengths and weaknesses and he's okay with it. Every girl/guy deserves and needs an Andy Baschnagel in their life. He's the guy you want to be your long term love. He's the guy who will be by your side while you stand on your own. And Katie is really the girl we all are or want to be: rebelling against our mother's teachings while it runs deep in our veins. The girl who has made a few mistakes but blows out her hair and puts on her stilettos and struts into the bear's den or in this case a sorority party attended by her shitty ex (more on that below). These two find each other on an unexpected date but are smart enough to recognize good fortune when comes their way and that is refreshing. About Katie's ex: another dollop of Sarina Bowen's acumen and charm. In any other book Dash McGibb would be the absolute villain without a shade of anything but bad and yet … SB recognizes that these are young people. The operative word being young. People finding out who they are, making mistakes and learning who they are along the way. Love it! Maybe there can be a Dash book somewhere along the way. *claps*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Quinn's Quippy Quotes

    Re Read: Jan 2018 Still one of my favorite Novellas. Sarina is fantastic at taking a short story and filling it with fun little surprises. Don't skip this if you're reading The Ivy Years Series! Original review: Feb 2016 This was a super cute, funny, laid back read!! Don't skip over this novella if you're reading The Ivy Years series!! I loved Andy, he was 100% gentleman, and it was nice to see another side of Blonde Katie :) Re Read: Jan 2018 Still one of my favorite Novellas. Sarina is fantastic at taking a short story and filling it with fun little surprises. Don't skip this if you're reading The Ivy Years Series! Original review: Feb 2016 This was a super cute, funny, laid back read!! Don't skip over this novella if you're reading The Ivy Years series!! I loved Andy, he was 100% gentleman, and it was nice to see another side of Blonde Katie :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    D.G.

    **4.5 stars** Loved, LOVED this novella! Definitely my favorite in the whole series and I so wish it would have been full length: - Nice guy for a hero and Andrew is really, REALLY nice. Also, he's Jewish! - Experienced girl who enjoys sex (there's an obsession with virgins in NA, I swear) - Lots of humor - Best epilogue EVER! Saskia & Nick are kicking butt with this narration and probably the reason why I've been reading the series non-stop. **4.5 stars** Loved, LOVED this novella! Definitely my favorite in the whole series and I so wish it would have been full length: - Nice guy for a hero and Andrew is really, REALLY nice. Also, he's Jewish! - Experienced girl who enjoys sex (there's an obsession with virgins in NA, I swear) - Lots of humor - Best epilogue EVER! Saskia & Nick are kicking butt with this narration and probably the reason why I've been reading the series non-stop.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    This novella is totally worthwhile when you're into the series. It catalogues two previously background characters but brings them into the fore in a way you're really glad you got to know about them. Andy was absolutely adorable and Katie blossomed. Go read this after book two and be blown away by the cute. This novella is totally worthwhile when you're into the series. It catalogues two previously background characters but brings them into the fore in a way you're really glad you got to know about them. Andy was absolutely adorable and Katie blossomed. Go read this after book two and be blown away by the cute.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I went into this book with lower expectations because it was a novella and they can be so hit or miss with me. And while I loved Andy in the previous book, Katie was too cookie cutter and not enough depth for me. So the fact that it ended up having more depth was a welcome surprise for me. Andy still stole the show though. He's such an adorable hero. I went into this book with lower expectations because it was a novella and they can be so hit or miss with me. And while I loved Andy in the previous book, Katie was too cookie cutter and not enough depth for me. So the fact that it ended up having more depth was a welcome surprise for me. Andy still stole the show though. He's such an adorable hero.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (not Lily)

    I guess I had read this before, but I really didn't remember it -- such a great short! I hope Andy and Katie have a long and happy relationship -- the animal game at the sorority house is fabulous! I guess I had read this before, but I really didn't remember it -- such a great short! I hope Andy and Katie have a long and happy relationship -- the animal game at the sorority house is fabulous!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Malin

    Katie Vickery is a sorority pledge and there is no way she can show up to a party without a date. Having just broken up with her jerky football player boyfriend, she's at a bit of a loss, until her roommate Scarlet sets her up with a childhood friend, Andrew Baschnagel. While Katie normally dates football players, at least Andy is an athlete and an upperclassman, even if the sport is basketball. Of course, Katie pretty much wants to eat worms than go to the party, as her lowlife ex is going to b Katie Vickery is a sorority pledge and there is no way she can show up to a party without a date. Having just broken up with her jerky football player boyfriend, she's at a bit of a loss, until her roommate Scarlet sets her up with a childhood friend, Andrew Baschnagel. While Katie normally dates football players, at least Andy is an athlete and an upperclassman, even if the sport is basketball. Of course, Katie pretty much wants to eat worms than go to the party, as her lowlife ex is going to be there, along with his fraternity brothers, in front of whom Katie was humiliated. Yet it's an important night, so Katie's going to suck it up and put on a brave face. She can tell instantly that Andy's a very sweet guy, even though he's way taller than she's used to and she's worried he's going to think she's a complete nutcase. Pretty much all of Andy's experience with girls comes from his older sisters, one of whom has been advising him over the phone before his big blind date. Having admired Katie from afar since they started taking history together, he can't quite believe his luck when he gets a chance to go out with her, but isn't really thinking that it's going to be more than a one time occurrence. He can tell that she's nervous and upset about something and just hopes it's not because she doesn't want to be seen with a big geek like him. Doing his very best to put her at ease, he's absolutely appalled when she finally confesses why she's so uncomfortable with the idea of seeing her ex-boyfriend again and does his best to help her gain the upper hand and regain her confidence. After the total angst-fest that was The Year We Hid Away, Blonde Date was like a delightfully refreshing palate cleanser. Having already found out the end point of Andy and Katie's blind date in the previous book, there wasn't much doubt in my mind (even if this wasn't a romance) that things were going to go well for the couple, but it was nonetheless fun to see how they ended up at the point we get an indirect glimpse of towards the end of Scarlet and Bridger's book. Scarlet has two roommates, both named Katie. Initially she doesn't get to know them all that well, because she keeps having to tell them lies about who she is and where she's from, but as the story progresses we get more insight into the Katies, although obviously not as much as we get from this novella. With alternating chapters showing Katie and Andy's preparations for the date, as well as their actual evening together, it was clear that Katie wasn't the party girl bimbo that she may have appeared initially in The Year We Hid Away. It's also clear that the really awful way she was treated by her ex-boyfriend has made Katie re-assess what she actually wants from her life and I can absolutely see why she's reluctant to paste a pretty smile on her face and pretend nothing is wrong. A lesser woman would probably have broken, but Katie refuses to let her douchy ex get her down for too long. I'm also glad that while it's an embarrassing topic, Katie doesn't wait too long to tell Andy the truth about why she's being so skittish. I also want to reassure readers that while what happened to Katie was humiliating and so above and beyond what is ok to do to a woman, it involves consensual sex and not any rape or sexual assault. Andy might have been almost too sensitive, understanding and perfect, but as someone who likes my men tall, kind, funny and geeky, I didn't care that he was so flawless he was practically Gary Stu-adjacent. The fact remains, there are nice, inexperienced guys out there who don't assume they're entitled to a woman's affection just because they're not creeps. I thought this novella made some wonderful points about women's agency, the nature of consent, as well pointing out that an actual decent guy doesn't have to promote or constantly mention how "nice" he is. It doesn't hurt that the game Andy proposes he and Katie play to put her more at ease during what could be the most awkward party of her life made me laugh out loud several times. After the darkness and pain of the previous book, I needed some lightness and fun. I see why Mrs. Julien has declared this story an instant classic.

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