I could not very well quote The Love Interest in my previous Five Reasons to Read post without giving it its own, so here are five reasons to read The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich!
1. It turns YA tropes on their head
- The Love Interest take common tropes, turning them around and inside out – without shitting on other books mind you –
- Bad boys, boy next door, love triangles
- “You haven’t read any YA books recently, have you?”
2. It has, quite possibly, the best line ever written
“I’m the protagonist, fucker!”
- *clutches chest* my heart
- Though it’s getting better and there are more and more brilliant books coming out, we still often see queer kids being relegated to the role of sidekick or best friend
- So a big middle finger to that trope
3. Caden and Dylan will melt your heart
- Anyway now that that is out of the way, Caden & Dylan are just the best
- Caden is categorised as a ‘Nice’ but pretty much is (ง ͠° ͟ل͜ ͡°)ง, meanwhile Dylan is a ‘Bad’ but is really just a smol with Feelings™
4. It’s such a great read
- It’s fun and intense and sexy and has you biting your nails and is so good
- IT’S JUST SO GOOD *sobs*
5. It’s queer #LoveOzYA
- I’m always a sucker for home-grown stories!
- Queer Aussies represent!
Bonus ~ It’s so ridiculously pretty and Cale is the nicest person ever!
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.