Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Enchanting Review: Miss Match

YA Romance
Simon Pulse
ISBN# 978-1-4169-6413-1
275 pages
Paperback—Available February 2009

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Sasha Finnegan is just your ordinary teen girl with a knack for matchmaking. She’s been setting up couples for as long as she can remember because seeing others in love makes her happy. Now sixteen, she’s put her Cupid-like talents to work through an online business where she goes by the pseudonym Miss Match.

Derek Urban is the new guy in school, not to mention a total hottie. With Homecoming approaching, there’s a certain cheerleader who’s caught his eye. But Derek doesn’t know how to get close to her, so he goes to Miss Match for help.

Sasha is more than willing to offer her services, because she’s saving up to buy a car, but it makes her uncomfortable that her work is now so close to home, literally. Derek has his sights set on Sasha’s more beautiful and popular older sister Maddie to be his Homecoming date. This’ll be possibly the hardest match Sasha’s ever made, not because Maddie isn’t interested—but because Sasha might be falling for Derek herself.

Flirty, cute, and fun, MISS MATCH is an enjoyable romantic read. There is definitely a lot of predictability to the plot, but Sasha’s character is unique and refreshing. Her can-do attitude makes her lovable and her insecurities over her physical appearance make her realistic and easy to relate to. It’s sweet how even thought Sasha feels overshadowed in many ways by Maddie and looked over by her father, she still loves her family and will do almost anything to help them. There are a couple of aspects I feel Toliver could’ve expanded on, such as Sasha’s friendship with Yasmin and her parents’ divorce. Nevertheless, MISS MATCH is still a quick and satisfying romantic read with lots of humor that goes to show that love can happen even in the most unexpected circumstances. MISS MATCH will be enjoyed by fans of the other Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies.

Wendy Toliver has written one other fun novel for the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies, THE SECRET LIFE OF A TEENAGE SIREN. She can be visited online at

Rachael Stein
Enchanting Reviews
February 2009

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