Excellent, Young Adult, romance, teenager, high school, friendship, family, college, humor
Taylor Simmons' reputation is officially ruined. She was seen leaving a party with none other than Evan McKinley, resident playboy at their high school. When she wakes up in his bedroom the next morning, neither of them can remember what actually happened that night. Rumors abound, and Taylor has to come up with a plan, and fast, before her chances at valedictorian and a full-ride to Columbia are jeopardized. She coerces Evan into signing a contract stating that they will fake a relationship so that their leaving the party together makes sense and is not scandalous. Evan is at first loath to be complicit in such an arrangement, but agrees nonetheless. As the two get closer, they get to know each other better and realize that Taylor is more than just a smarty pants Ice Queen, and Evan is more than a bumbling surfer dude who enjoys the company of women too much. Their fake relationship slowly starts feeling more real to both Taylor and Evan. It takes a lot of soul-searching and advice from others, but eventually the two realize they are better off together, despite their seemingly different personalities and lifestyles.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Way to Game the Walk of Shame,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 96.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss5/96