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It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life. But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P. It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life. But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P.E. form puts Olivia in danger of not graduating at all, she has one week to set things straight without tipping off her very big and very nosy extended family. Volunteering to help at a local golf tournament should do it, but since Olivia's mom equipped her phone with a tracking app, there'll be no hiding the fact that she's at the golf course instead of all the graduation parties happening at the same time. Unless, that is, she can convince the Fab Four--her ride-or-die cousins and best friends Sophie, Charlie, and Wes--to trade phones with her as they go through the motions of playing Olivia for the week. Sure, certain members of the golf team are none too pleased with Olivia's sudden "passion" for the game. And sure, a very cute, very off-limits boy keeps popping up in Olivia's orbit. But she is focused! She has a schedule and a plan! Nothing can possibly go wrong . . . right?


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It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life. But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P. It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life. But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P.E. form puts Olivia in danger of not graduating at all, she has one week to set things straight without tipping off her very big and very nosy extended family. Volunteering to help at a local golf tournament should do it, but since Olivia's mom equipped her phone with a tracking app, there'll be no hiding the fact that she's at the golf course instead of all the graduation parties happening at the same time. Unless, that is, she can convince the Fab Four--her ride-or-die cousins and best friends Sophie, Charlie, and Wes--to trade phones with her as they go through the motions of playing Olivia for the week. Sure, certain members of the golf team are none too pleased with Olivia's sudden "passion" for the game. And sure, a very cute, very off-limits boy keeps popping up in Olivia's orbit. But she is focused! She has a schedule and a plan! Nothing can possibly go wrong . . . right?

30 review for 10 Truths and a Dare

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    With 10 Truths and a Dare, Ashley Elston returns her Readers to the loving, yet frenetic, Messina family. You may recall them from Elston's 2019-release, 10 Blind Dates. In this installment, we follow Olivia, one of the cousins, at the very end of her Senior year in high school. In fact, there is just one week to go until graduation. Olivia has always taken school very seriously, so it is no surprise to anyone that she will be graduating second in her class. As Salutatorian, she will be giving the With 10 Truths and a Dare, Ashley Elston returns her Readers to the loving, yet frenetic, Messina family. You may recall them from Elston's 2019-release, 10 Blind Dates. In this installment, we follow Olivia, one of the cousins, at the very end of her Senior year in high school. In fact, there is just one week to go until graduation. Olivia has always taken school very seriously, so it is no surprise to anyone that she will be graduating second in her class. As Salutatorian, she will be giving the welcome speech at the graduation ceremony. It's kind of a big deal. What does come as a surprise to Olivia, is the email she receives from the school, saying her off-campus PE teacher never filled out the paperwork needed to show she completed her golf class. Meaning, without that course officially completed, she is a half-credit short of those needed to graduate! Olivia cannot believe it. There has to be a mistake. Everything she has worked so hard for can all be taken away from her because of golf!? She needs to get in touch with her PE teacher, Coach Cantu, in order to clear this up. Otherwise, she will never be able to enjoy all the graduation parties she has to attend this week. After talking with the coach, it's clear, she needs extra credit and the only way to get it, is by helping him with the 4-day golf tournament occurring that week. Olivia needs to hide all of this from her parents, who are luckily out of town, but her Mom tracks her like a police dog. She literally has a tracking app on her phone. Making matters worse, her Mom knows her graduation party schedule and is really excited for it. How can Olivia possibly be in two places at once? She's going to have to call in reinforcements. The other members of the Fab Four, her cousins, Charlie and Sophie, as well as their other best friend, Sophie's boyfriend, Wes, agree to help and get Olivia through the week. As with 10 Blind Dates, this story is full of wacky hijinks, romance, humor and touching family moments. I laughed, cried and felt a whole host of emotions in between. I adored the dynamic of the Fab Four. They really go all in to help Olivia through, what turns out to be, the most difficult week of her life. The narrative is so fast-paced. I completed it in under 24-hours. Once I started, I could not put it down. I had to know the conclusion. While this story focused more on the Fab Four, and less on the extended family members, I didn't mind that at all. The other family was still there around the periphery, bringing that classic Messina family chaos that I grew to love in the first book. I hope Elston writes more books following this family. Could there be a book for Charlie in the works? I highly recommend this, or any other book by Ashley Elston, actually. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. Also, be sure you read the Author's Note at the end of this. Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to provide my thoughts and opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was just as fun and zany as 10 Blind Dates and I had an absolute blast returning to the Fab Four. Ashley Elston is fast becoming an all-time favorite of mine!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    Well, I absolutely loved 10 Blind Dates, so I was beside myself at the idea of getting another story with this family. I loved Olivia. She’s such a good person and so hyper focused, she doesn’t see the small things. Of course it was great to see Sophie and Wes and the rest of this crazy amazing group. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a bit of a new format I wasn’t expecting and it was a lot of fun. I especially loved seeing some of the reactions to what was happening. There’s a good amount of movi Well, I absolutely loved 10 Blind Dates, so I was beside myself at the idea of getting another story with this family. I loved Olivia. She’s such a good person and so hyper focused, she doesn’t see the small things. Of course it was great to see Sophie and Wes and the rest of this crazy amazing group. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a bit of a new format I wasn’t expecting and it was a lot of fun. I especially loved seeing some of the reactions to what was happening. There’s a good amount of moving parts here, but it was lots of fun and low drama. Overall, I could easily read more books from this family. They’re all so fun and loving and I’m ready to jump into a crazy dinner with them. **huge thanks to Ashley for letting me beta read**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    I was really curious of this book, because I'd really enjoyed 10 Blind Dates. Unfortunately, this one didn't quite have the same charm. I enjoyed 10 Blind Dates for three reasons: the Christmas vibe, the big family that was front and center in the book, and the plot, which was funny. This book missed all of those elements: obviously it's set in a different time of year, which would have been fine on its own, but the family also played a much smaller role, and I wasn't engaged in the plot at all. I was really curious of this book, because I'd really enjoyed 10 Blind Dates. Unfortunately, this one didn't quite have the same charm. I enjoyed 10 Blind Dates for three reasons: the Christmas vibe, the big family that was front and center in the book, and the plot, which was funny. This book missed all of those elements: obviously it's set in a different time of year, which would have been fine on its own, but the family also played a much smaller role, and I wasn't engaged in the plot at all. Especially the golf aspect just wasn't interesting to me. I also thought the MC's mother was really overbearing and controlling and it creeped me out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    10 Truths and a Dare was impossible not to devour in one sitting! Charm, humor, family, friendship and romance were laced throughout the pages and I loved every minute of it. If you’re looking for a beachy read or a feel good, heart-warming story then this is the book for you! It became an instant favorite and I have a feeling fans of YA romance will fall in love with 10 Truths and a Dare too. Truth #1: If something happens but your nonna doesn’t find out about it and tell the whole famil 10 Truths and a Dare was impossible not to devour in one sitting! Charm, humor, family, friendship and romance were laced throughout the pages and I loved every minute of it. If you’re looking for a beachy read or a feel good, heart-warming story then this is the book for you! It became an instant favorite and I have a feeling fans of YA romance will fall in love with 10 Truths and a Dare too. Truth #1: If something happens but your nonna doesn’t find out about it and tell the whole family, then it didn’t really happen I had already fallen madly in love with these characters in 10 Blind Dates. Oh how I have missed this huge family and their dynamics, I love them so much! In this story, it’s senior week and Olivia is ready to celebrate with all of her classmates before she gives her speech as their salutatorian. Yet there’s one tiny problem. Olivia is short a half credit, from her off campus PE class, and can’t graduate without it. With the help of her best friends, surely she can make it up. Yet what unfolds is definitely more challenging than she ever thought it would be! Remember that time Olivia almost didn’t graduate because she screwed up golf ? Four years whittled down to one sentence. This will not be my legacy. I loved Olivia with my whole heart. She was kind, thoughtful, loved her family and was so relatable. She sometimes stacked too much on her plate, but she always had her best friends at her side to cheer her on. With her mom out of town, and constantly tracking Olivia’s every move on her phone, she needed help babysitting her phone while she made up her credit at the golf course. Her cousins Charlie and Sophie, along with Sophie’s boyfriend/Charlie’s best friend Wes stepped in to help Olivia with her problem. “This is a bad idea,” I say, when Sophie’s car pulls away from the curb. “We’re full of bad ideas. So what’s one more?” Olivia, Charlie, Sophie and Wes were the Fab Four and I loved their connection. Their moments together reminded me of the comfort I get watching my favorite show Friends. They just felt like home to me and were so real. Their love and friendship for each other ran so deep; they always had each other’s backs. Their moments together had me laughing out loud and I couldn’t stop smiling. This group was SO much fun and each one of them easily captured my heart! “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t driving me nuts that I’m keeping your secret but I don’t know why.” His voice is a near whisper. My eyes stay glued to my phone. “I’m okay with you lying.” I have a smirk. I can feel it. I cannot make it go away. And then there was Leo. He was a family friend to Olivia's evil twin cousins. So even though I was intrigued by him, he willingly associated with them. If you’ve read 10 Blind Dates you’ll understand my animosity towards her twin cousins, the drive-in….I just can’t even lol. So Leo should feel tainted, right?! But oh my goodness you guys, I loved Leo. He captured my heart so easily. He gave me butterflies and I couldn’t help smiling anytime he was near. That’s all I’m saying, but I dare you not to fall for Leo! Dare #1: Tell the truth 10 Truths and a Dare touched a piece of my heart. This story was filled with warmth and love, but I also had tears too. I loved how this story unfolded, I loved all of the emotions it pulled from me and I loved watching Olivia grow. I finished this book in one sitting and it easily sailed onto my favorites list. I can’t recommend it enough! L: Maybe I’ll see you when he’s not around She’s probably going to kill me for this. ME:Come find me later - Charlie with Olivia's phone haha PS I would love for Charlie to have his own story! I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters. And the moments we got to spend with Charlie, like when he was watching over Olivia’s phone, he leaped from the pages! Keeping my fingers crossed! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I loved the first book in this companion series, 10 Blind Dates, and so I was so curious to see what the Messina family had in store for us this time. Even though this huge family played a much smaller role in this new YA book, I still enjoyed the story quite a lot. Olivia was a likable character and I understood her frustration, especially after all her work and effort for the last four years. Seeing the Fab Four in action was adorable, they are truly the best of friends and they are so suppor I loved the first book in this companion series, 10 Blind Dates, and so I was so curious to see what the Messina family had in store for us this time. Even though this huge family played a much smaller role in this new YA book, I still enjoyed the story quite a lot. Olivia was a likable character and I understood her frustration, especially after all her work and effort for the last four years. Seeing the Fab Four in action was adorable, they are truly the best of friends and they are so supportive of each other. Reading about Charlie having to fend off messages from aunt Lisa was so much fun! I wouldn't recommend this book as a romance since this part definitely has a minor role in the story. But other than that, this was a quick read and a fun YA that you will totally love if you liked 10 Blind Dates!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anu

    omg omg!!! we get another book with the amazing sophie and her family?! i'm sooooo excited!! i can't wait!!!!! <3 ahh this was amazing!! (i preferred the first book though, but i loved this one, too!) omg omg!!! we get another book with the amazing sophie and her family?! i'm sooooo excited!! i can't wait!!!!! <3 ahh this was amazing!! (i preferred the first book though, but i loved this one, too!)

  8. 4 out of 5

    steph

    A solid 3.5 stars I think I liked 10 Blind Dates better, just simply because there was more family shenanigans and drama plus it took place around Christmastime and I am a sucker for a good romcom holiday story. That said, this story is pretty cute as well. I really liked Olivia and her close relationship with her two cousin's and their next door neighbor(the Fab Four!) was very well explored. It made me really happy to see Sophie and Wes from book 1 being all cute and lovey dovey. I wasn't too f A solid 3.5 stars I think I liked 10 Blind Dates better, just simply because there was more family shenanigans and drama plus it took place around Christmastime and I am a sucker for a good romcom holiday story. That said, this story is pretty cute as well. I really liked Olivia and her close relationship with her two cousin's and their next door neighbor(the Fab Four!) was very well explored. It made me really happy to see Sophie and Wes from book 1 being all cute and lovey dovey. I wasn't too fond of Olivia's mother (she is really is too heavily involved in her daughter's life) but I understand that in order for the plot of this book to occur (changing phones, trying to keep her location a secret, etc), Olivia had to have a helicopter mom so I let that particular grievance all away. Olivia and Leo's relationship was super cute if super fast (this whole story took place in like a week) but I was more intrigued by Charlie and Bianca (book three please!) as well as the relationship between the Fab Four and their twin cousins who are the same age that the Fab Four refer to them as the "Evil Joes". It seemed like all six teens had assumptions about the others that may or may not be true (I mean Leo wouldn't be friends with them all if they were horrible) so I am really hoping that later books explore that particular family dynamic. Because she can't just write about Sophie and Olivia and not about the rest of the cousins. That would be rude.

  9. 4 out of 5

    KTReads

    Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 I really enjoyed this book! Going in I didn't know much about the plot but I knew I wanted to read it because I loved 10 blind dates by the same author, so I was very happy to find out that it is a companion novel to 10 blind dates! It does spoil an event and the couple of 10 blind dates so if you want to read both read 10 blind dates first. I liked seeing the golf tournament as it wasn't Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 I really enjoyed this book! Going in I didn't know much about the plot but I knew I wanted to read it because I loved 10 blind dates by the same author, so I was very happy to find out that it is a companion novel to 10 blind dates! It does spoil an event and the couple of 10 blind dates so if you want to read both read 10 blind dates first. I liked seeing the golf tournament as it wasn't something I was familiar with, but I was glad that it wasn't too heavy on golf terms. I loved seeing more of the family especially since they remind me a lot of my family. I did feel like the romance was a little rushed and didn't have much chemistry but that was really my only complaint. This was a very fun contemporary book that I would definitely recommend as a great summer read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Fig

    I liked this. It was light, fluffy, a bit predictable, but definitely enjoyable. I really loved Olivia's close family and how they all looked out for each other. 4/5 stars would recommend. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc via netgalley. I liked this. It was light, fluffy, a bit predictable, but definitely enjoyable. I really loved Olivia's close family and how they all looked out for each other. 4/5 stars would recommend. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc via netgalley.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    I LOVED 10 Blind Dates and am sad that I didn't enjoy this as much. 10 Truths and a Dare features different members of the Messinas, the same large, lively extended Italian family as 10 Blind Dates. I think the structure that the 10 dates had was missing in this for me. I thought the plot dragged at times and the romance, while fine, wasn't nearly as cute. Olivia, the book's main character, is Sophie's cousin (Sophie was the main character in book one) and can't be the salutatorian because of so I LOVED 10 Blind Dates and am sad that I didn't enjoy this as much. 10 Truths and a Dare features different members of the Messinas, the same large, lively extended Italian family as 10 Blind Dates. I think the structure that the 10 dates had was missing in this for me. I thought the plot dragged at times and the romance, while fine, wasn't nearly as cute. Olivia, the book's main character, is Sophie's cousin (Sophie was the main character in book one) and can't be the salutatorian because of some mix-up with a gym class. So she has to work at a golf tournament instead. For me just okay, but missing the magic of the first book. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This is not marked on Goodreads as a follow-up to 10 Blind Dates but it's definitely a companion book. And while it may not be absolutely necessary to have read that book first, it would help a great deal as most of the characters re-appear in this one. I read this yesterday afternoon while lounging in the sun for three hours, I flew through this and it was the perfect book to read. I just love the Messina family so much, I would happily read another 5 books about them and different members of t This is not marked on Goodreads as a follow-up to 10 Blind Dates but it's definitely a companion book. And while it may not be absolutely necessary to have read that book first, it would help a great deal as most of the characters re-appear in this one. I read this yesterday afternoon while lounging in the sun for three hours, I flew through this and it was the perfect book to read. I just love the Messina family so much, I would happily read another 5 books about them and different members of the family. I am hoping Charlie will get a book, too! So while there's not much depth to these books at all, they are just a great way to spend a couple of hours. It's funny, it's heartwarming, it's slightly (or a lot) ridiculous but I have such a good time when I read these. There are definite flaws, too - like Olivia's overbearing mother, she drove me bonkers - but they don't carry any weight compared to my enjoyment. I think I liked 10 blind dates a little better, because it was set around Christmastime and the family features a little more heavily, but I still really liked this. It made me laugh out loud on several occasions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from #netgalley. This book was so much fun! My only drawback was the vast number of characters, but since the book was about our heroine's massive family, it was an important addition. It was hard to keep track of them, which I'm sure was intentional. So when they were all together it would make my head spin some. Anyway, our heroine is the salutatorian for her high school. She has worked so hard for this coveted spot (although the val I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from #netgalley. This book was so much fun! My only drawback was the vast number of characters, but since the book was about our heroine's massive family, it was an important addition. It was hard to keep track of them, which I'm sure was intentional. So when they were all together it would make my head spin some. Anyway, our heroine is the salutatorian for her high school. She has worked so hard for this coveted spot (although the valedictorian would have made her happier). But then the unthinkable happens. She is a half a credit short! And PE, no less. (Ugh. Stupid PE.) She had hoped to slip through it by taking a golf class, but soon found it was more time consuming than she had time for. While trying to make up the credit so she can graduate on time she learns some valuable lessons. Apparently golf relies on integrity. (Who knew? I never equated integrity with politicians, and golf is their sport of choice.) She tries to keep the mistake from her parents and the rest of the family, but realizes she will need the help of her posse if she is to be in two places at once. Especially with her mother tracking her every move. She calls on her cousins and friend to help out with hilarious results. An excellent book that is fun to read with wonderful lessons for young adults.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brinley

    This book was cute, but it didn't hold my attention all too well. I found parts of it way too unrealistic, and I struggled to connect with our main character, or the conflict. I will admit that upon starting this, I hadn't realized that it was a sequel to 10 Blind Dates, which I have downloaded, but I haven't read. I don't feel like I missed much because of this, but it might've helped me understand the family dynamic a bit better. My main problem with this would have to be how unrealistic it wa This book was cute, but it didn't hold my attention all too well. I found parts of it way too unrealistic, and I struggled to connect with our main character, or the conflict. I will admit that upon starting this, I hadn't realized that it was a sequel to 10 Blind Dates, which I have downloaded, but I haven't read. I don't feel like I missed much because of this, but it might've helped me understand the family dynamic a bit better. My main problem with this would have to be how unrealistic it was. Olivia planned out her future so well, and took so many AP classes, but failed to fulfill a semester of PE? How does one miss out on a PE requirement, out of all things? And, I personally found it a bit alarming how closely the mother followed Olivia's life. It seemed like it was only there to add drama, which is something I hate in books. I also wasn't a huge fan of the ending, it felt way too convenient. I can't say too much without spoilers, but everything fell into place so nicely. This was a super cute book, but it wasn't right for me. Maybe if I hadn't read this directly after A Court of Silver Flames (which was absolutely amazing) I might've enjoyed this more. I can definitely see why this book would be loved! Thanks to Netgalley and Ashley Elston for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  15. 4 out of 5

    rebecca

    This book is a sequel to 10 Blind Dates but can also be read as a standalone! This story is centered on Olivia who has to secretly make up 1/2 a PE credit to graduate and be salutatorian without her big, nosy family finding out. This becomes even more challenging when her mom is out of town and uses her phone tracking to keep track of her and instead of being at the numerous grad parties she’s supposed to attend, she’s actually at a golf tournament to make up the hours she missed. What follows i This book is a sequel to 10 Blind Dates but can also be read as a standalone! This story is centered on Olivia who has to secretly make up 1/2 a PE credit to graduate and be salutatorian without her big, nosy family finding out. This becomes even more challenging when her mom is out of town and uses her phone tracking to keep track of her and instead of being at the numerous grad parties she’s supposed to attend, she’s actually at a golf tournament to make up the hours she missed. What follows is a grand phone-switching scheme to keep her mom clueless and keep everyone believing she has everything all together. This is a very cute follow-up to the previous book! I love this giant, crazy family, and it was nice getting to know Olivia more and also be introduced to Leo Perez, Olivia’s love interest. This is definitely a solid summer YA novel—it is filled with crazy antics, sunny golf courses, boy drama, and high school coming to a close. I read most of it sitting outside in the sunshine, and it quenched my need for a light and cute story. I will say I found the plot to be a little implausible, but I didn’t mind it too much. 10 Blind Dates was a solid 4 star read for me, and I would say this one is the same. The characters get a little annoying but I still found them adorable and wanted to see them win. I am not sure if the author plans to continue this series, but I would definitely read more! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Olivia is looking forward to her high school graduation ceremony, where she is salutatorian and will give the welcome speech. When she finds out that she might not graduate because of her off-campus golf class, Olivia takes it into her own hands to fix it. In true Mr. Hand fashion (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) the teacher decides that Olivia must make up all the time she wasted during the semester. During senior week: the dead week between high school and graduation, when all of her friends are Olivia is looking forward to her high school graduation ceremony, where she is salutatorian and will give the welcome speech. When she finds out that she might not graduate because of her off-campus golf class, Olivia takes it into her own hands to fix it. In true Mr. Hand fashion (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) the teacher decides that Olivia must make up all the time she wasted during the semester. During senior week: the dead week between high school and graduation, when all of her friends are throwing parties. Teens will enjoy this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    classic case of expectations being too high, I think. 10 blind dates was so charming, and I just didn't gel with this one as much. classic case of expectations being too high, I think. 10 blind dates was so charming, and I just didn't gel with this one as much.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars Olivia was ready to celebrate the fruits of her labor. She worked tirelessly during high school and was ready to collect her rewards. Daily Senior Week parties - check. Locking down the salutatorian spot - check. Scholarship money for LSU - check. It was all going according to plan until she learned she never earned that final PE credit. Now it was a race against the clock to make up the class time she missed, while keeping it a secret from her family. Fingers crossed she and th Rating: 4.5 Stars Olivia was ready to celebrate the fruits of her labor. She worked tirelessly during high school and was ready to collect her rewards. Daily Senior Week parties - check. Locking down the salutatorian spot - check. Scholarship money for LSU - check. It was all going according to plan until she learned she never earned that final PE credit. Now it was a race against the clock to make up the class time she missed, while keeping it a secret from her family. Fingers crossed she and the Fab Four can pull this off! My love for 10 Blind Dates is no secret. That was the book where I first met Olivia and her big and boisterous family. I fell in love with this meddlesome but loving clan and was excited to get back into their world. Once again, Elston crafted a sweet and charming story featuring family and friendship with a dash of romance, and I enjoyed every second of it. It was shocking to see Olivia fall from grace. She was the one with everything meticulously planned, but by putting PE low on her list of priorities, her entire academic future was in jeopardy. Though it was easy to understand why Olivia didn't want people to discover her situation, it was exhausting for her, and eventually took its toll. Lots of lessons were learned, and I really appreciated how it all shook out. In-between the hard lesson-learning parts of this story were these amazing parties. Graduating from high school was not celebrated with such grandeur where I grew up, but I loved the idea of these parties. They were all a bit over the top, and many had some fantastic themes. I don't know if Elston based these on her own experiences, but there were a few I would definitely love to attend. Though I enjoyed spending more time with the rest of the Fab Four as they helped Olivia carry out her plan, I did wish there were more big family gatherings. My love for the Messina family runs deep, and I will take as much time with them as I can get. There were some great family gatherings in this book with the concert being especially amusing. There was also a bit of an adorable romance woven into the story. It was an interesting pairing, and I adored them so much, that I wanted more page time with them. Alas, I can get never get enough romance, but I was delighted that there was an epilogue to give me a peek into their future. This book had a lot to live up to, and I must say, it did a good job. It was wonderful being back with the Messina family, and though I didn't get to spend as much time with them as I had liked, the book still had the same warmth and charm of its predecessor, and it won my heart. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    This was meh not bad, just meh.

  20. 5 out of 5

    nunu

    Edit: don't mind me just lowering this book's rating from a 3 to a 2.5 after some reflection I didn't enjoy this book as much as 10 Blind Dates but it wasn't too bad. It was cute and a very easy read and I love the fab four, they are so sweet and make me wish my cousins lived close by. However, there were several things that bothered me about the story. First, Olivia annoyed me so much. She is a high achiever type A but then is late practically every day to her golf class? And then when her super Edit: don't mind me just lowering this book's rating from a 3 to a 2.5 after some reflection I didn't enjoy this book as much as 10 Blind Dates but it wasn't too bad. It was cute and a very easy read and I love the fab four, they are so sweet and make me wish my cousins lived close by. However, there were several things that bothered me about the story. First, Olivia annoyed me so much. She is a high achiever type A but then is late practically every day to her golf class? And then when her super nice coach lets her work to make up for the hours, she is late to those too?? I get that she wanted to have fun during the last week of her senior year but like you got yourself into this mess how are you going to complain about it?? And was calling your parents to tell them about said mess really less of a hassle than swapping phones with your cousins and lying to almost everyone around you?? Ugh, she was just a lot to take in and a lot of the "conflict" in the book was easily avoidable. And that was so clearly seen in the end when we found out that even if she lost that 0.5 credit she would still have been able to attend LSU in the fall by making it up in the summer. I may be nitpicky but ahhhh. I also wish Olivia’s extended family was more involved because they were so funny in the first book and I found her mom a little overbearing and annoying. I understand that you would be sad that your only daughter is leaving for college and might be a little needy for attention but some of the texts were borderline invasive and weird. Finally, golf isn't super riveting to me so that part of the plot was a little boring. Overall I didn't hate this book but it wasn't super memorable. However, the acknowledgments and dedication to classes of 2020 and 2021 were very sweet.

  21. 5 out of 5

    elin

    3.5 stars. GOD olivia was annoying.. still a fun read tho!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Paschal

    **3.5 Stars** Olivia has always been the overachiever in her family and now on track to be second in her graduating class- that is until she learns she is failing her super easy golf PE class. Olivia has one week to boost her grade enough to graduate, while having her closest friends attend senior week of parties so the tracking app her mom uses won't know anything is wrong. Olivia soon finds she is in way over her head and has no idea how the week will turn out or how to tell her family the trut **3.5 Stars** Olivia has always been the overachiever in her family and now on track to be second in her graduating class- that is until she learns she is failing her super easy golf PE class. Olivia has one week to boost her grade enough to graduate, while having her closest friends attend senior week of parties so the tracking app her mom uses won't know anything is wrong. Olivia soon finds she is in way over her head and has no idea how the week will turn out or how to tell her family the truth. Overall this was cute, fun and a very fast read for a lazy summer day (I will admit I adored 10 Blind Dates while I just liked this one but totally still worth reading). Yes this is a sequel-ish, maybe more a spin off(?) of the book 10 Blind Dates with the same cast of characters but with a different romance and overall conflict to overcome and this is very much able to be read without having read the other book (but read the other book because it is super fun). This is the perfect escapist read that at times was a little over the top with the scheming level of antics -seriously, it would have been so much easier for Olivia to just tell the people close to her the truth instead of keeping up this elaborate super awkward ruse for a week. I did think the dynamic between the 4 main cousins/friends and the Evil Jo's did not resolve like I expected it to so I feel a little like this aspect of the story needed more attention, but oh well. This author writes fun charming YA contemporary romances that I enjoy and I will gladly come back for another and recommend them to anyone looking for a fun, light, clean YA romance.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Williamson

    4.25 Ahhhhh yes. This was a great follow up to 10 Blind Dates! While I didn't love this one quite as much as the first, this still gave me all of the big family love that I got from the first book. Honestly the only place I felt this was lacking was in the shenanigans. There were a lot more funny moments in the first book vs. this one. It was still a decent entry though. I loved the romance aspect and the friend group. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THE FRIEND GROUP!!! I even teared up a bit at the end with the 4.25 Ahhhhh yes. This was a great follow up to 10 Blind Dates! While I didn't love this one quite as much as the first, this still gave me all of the big family love that I got from the first book. Honestly the only place I felt this was lacking was in the shenanigans. There were a lot more funny moments in the first book vs. this one. It was still a decent entry though. I loved the romance aspect and the friend group. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THE FRIEND GROUP!!! I even teared up a bit at the end with the "future" talk of what to expect from this friend group. I hope Ashley plans to write more from this group in the future! I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jodie (Geauxgetlit)

    I typically don’t read many YA books, but I knew I had to read this one as the Seniors in this story, are set on going to my alma mater LSU!! Geaux Tigers!! Olivia, has a week before she becomes class Salutatorian when she discovers that an off campus PE class has her failing. She is afraid to tell her parents, so she decides to take care of matters in her own hands, plus some help of friends, so she can earn enough credit for the PE class and help with a Golf Tournament. This was a blast from th I typically don’t read many YA books, but I knew I had to read this one as the Seniors in this story, are set on going to my alma mater LSU!! Geaux Tigers!! Olivia, has a week before she becomes class Salutatorian when she discovers that an off campus PE class has her failing. She is afraid to tell her parents, so she decides to take care of matters in her own hands, plus some help of friends, so she can earn enough credit for the PE class and help with a Golf Tournament. This was a blast from the past book for me, as that final week she had tons of Senior parties and activities scheduled. Plus, her not being open and honest with her parents is a tough lesson we all have learned as a teen. Recommend to anyone who wants to reminisce on those final Senior high school days and teaches a great coming of age lesson!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    This was cute. 🥺

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amélie Boucher

    This was such a fun read! The concept is a little bit sketchy, and Olivia's mom was kind of creepy and overbearing, but I did enjoy the reading experience. I was super glad to be reunited with the Messina family and their ~chaotic~ vibes that will always guarantee an entertaining story. As usual, Ashley Elston's writing style is super engaging. I couldn't put the book down! I loved the various plot twists and the drama they added to the story. I'll be completely honest, I did prefer 10 Blind Date This was such a fun read! The concept is a little bit sketchy, and Olivia's mom was kind of creepy and overbearing, but I did enjoy the reading experience. I was super glad to be reunited with the Messina family and their ~chaotic~ vibes that will always guarantee an entertaining story. As usual, Ashley Elston's writing style is super engaging. I couldn't put the book down! I loved the various plot twists and the drama they added to the story. I'll be completely honest, I did prefer 10 Blind Dates, but this one was still super fun and I would absolutely recommend it if you're looking for a fun new YA contemporary!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)

    I tried, I really did. To start, 10 Blind Dates was one of the best books I read last year. I read and reread. It was a perfect blend of humor and family. This book however... Like I said, I tried. Overall, this book was just too over the top for me to believe anything that happened. I am not trying to brag but to say my qualifications, I am in the top ten graduates of my class. Sophie is in the top of the top, meaning first or second in her class. I can assure you that if she actually is that high, I tried, I really did. To start, 10 Blind Dates was one of the best books I read last year. I read and reread. It was a perfect blend of humor and family. This book however... Like I said, I tried. Overall, this book was just too over the top for me to believe anything that happened. I am not trying to brag but to say my qualifications, I am in the top ten graduates of my class. Sophie is in the top of the top, meaning first or second in her class. I can assure you that if she actually is that high, she will not be skipping classes. She will be in every class, every single day, working her behind off to get the best grades possible. She will not be showing up late or ditching. She will not not turn in her work. She will be the model student that every teacher adores. That is my first issue with the book. The second is her mom. Now, Sophie is 18. She is about to head off to college. Her mom seems to think that she is a 10-year-old kid left home alone. I know that some parents are over the top, but this was just too much. You would think that with her being 18, her mom would not be sitting on her phone ALL DAY STALKING every move she makes. Seriously, her mom even had to text her what clothes to wear. Ugh. This one just missed the mark for me by a lot. I will not be returning to try and finish the book. (Oh, can I mention that the cover is in a very different style than the companion novel?) 1/5 *I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not requried.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Clar

    I loved the first book so much and I definitely can’t wait to grab a copy of this as soon as it comes out on 2021. I have an idea on who this book is going to be about and it just makes me more excited! Can’t wait for the cover!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    YES! PLEASE!

  30. 5 out of 5

    laur gluchie

    I have received a digital Advance Reader’s Copy of this book through NetGalley. This has not affected my rating in any way.

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