The Oracle of Dating by Allison van Diepen

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Title: The Oracle of Dating (The Oracle of Dating #1)
Author: Allison van Diepen
Release Date: May 1, 2010 (paperback)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 256
Source: Bought

Overall: 5 Stars

Summary:
For five bucks, the Oracle of Dating will tell you:
* How to flirt
* If that cute guy you're crushing on likes you, too
* Whether your new romance will last through lunch period
* And much more
 
What she won't tell you? Who she is.
 
No one at Kayla's school knows she's the famous Oracle of Dating— the anonymous queen of dating advice. She doesn't even have a boyfriend. Two relationship disasters were enough to make Kayla focus on everyone else's love life.
 
But then her advice backfires on her own best friend. And Kayla starts to seriously obsess about Jared Stewart—the very cute, very mysterious new guy in school. Suddenly, the teen queen of advice needs her own oracle of dating—and she knows just where to find one…. 

My Thoughts: 
I’ve read all of Allison van Diepen's novels, with the exception of Street Pharm, and so far I’ve enjoyed all of them… with The Oracle of Dating being no exception! Her novels are usually more serious and hard-hitting such as Snitch, which deals with gangs in high schools, but it was great to see Diepen stretch her writing skills and write something so completely different!

Kayla has always been good at giving relationship advice, always offering tips to her older sister and her friends. It's what makes her so successful as the elusive Oracle of Dating. Her own two failed past relationships might have put her off dating in high school, but she can still help those who are in need of a little advice. But when Kayla's advice falls through for her own best friend, she begins to question herself if the Oracle is hurting others more than helping. And it doesn't help that thoughts of a certain hot boy in her art class, Jared Stewart, keep popping in her head.... what's a girl to do?  

The Oracle of Dating was a pure joy to read. It’s one of those cute, feel-good novels that will leave you smiling from the very first page until the very end. I was having a bit of a down day when I began reading, and in a heartbeat, my mood was already lightened! Allison van Diepen has created a great cast of likable characters, from the main characters like Kayla and Jared, to the side character's such as Kayla's best friends and her older sister. Kayla is sweet and funny, and although she does make a small amount of income with her Oracle of Dating services, she genuinely cares about helping others.

The chemistry between Kayla and Jared flowed easily off the page, and from the very beginning I was eager to see them finally admit their feelings for each other. Plus, the sarcasm the two shared with each other was just another aspect I loved!

I finished the novel all too quickly and I’m almost nervous to read the second novel The Oracle Rebounds, which is in stores now, because I don’t know how Allison van Diepen can top this one! The Oracle of Dating is a light, easy and entertaining read for anyone looking for a novel that will pass the time with a smile.

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4 comments

  1. I love this series and I know you'll like the second book even though Kayla and Jared break up in it. I really hope that Allison might write a third one.

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  2. Aww! sounds good. I like feel good books :D

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  3. Jenny- That's why I'm afraid to read it. Kayla and Jared make such a cute couple! I don't want to see them break up! lol

    AnimeGirl- Yes! It's such a cute, fun read! I'm sure you would like it! :)

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  4. Lovely review, this sounds like such a cute read! And I'm a huge fan of sarcasm, so the Kayla and Jared relationship sounds like it would really appeal to me. Thanks so much for sharing this one, I'll be adding it to my list!

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