November 20, 2020
Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Keilah Evans is completely undateable. The crush she has on Gage Fitch? Forget it. He has no idea she exists. But Keilah has something other girls at school don’t: She can code. Keilah decides to solve her dating woes by anonymously creating a hook-up app. Soon, her app is in demand at every high school in the state. But instead of hooking Keilah up with Gage, the app ships her best friend with him! To make matters worse, a glitch in the app exposes student data, and now, parents, school boards, and the public are demanding the creator of the app’s head on a platter. When a savvy hacker finds out Keilah is behind the app, he uses the info to blackmail her. In order to save herself and her app, Keilah must make some hard decisions, including seeking help from the last person on Earth she should trust: Ryder Coleson. With the help of some unlikely allies, Keilah will soon discover she may not be so undateable after all and when it comes to dating, there’s no app required.
Dateable by Natalie Decker is a cute YA romance about a a self-proclaimed nerd, Keilah, who thinks she’s undateable and who creates a dating app that she hopes will let her talk to her long-time crush since she’s unable to do it face-to-face. What actually happens though is that the situation gets drastically out of control and the consequences for Keilah could be life-changing.
The story is told at a breath-taking pace, which is unfortunate because some details and explanations get lost in the process. Also, it could have used a good proofing/editing.
That said, I think Dateable would very much appeal to younger readers on the YA reader spectrum who would enjoy how a bunch of code-crunching nerds can save the day as well as Keilah’s relationship drama from her interactions with boys to the dysfunctional home life she experiences. It’s a cute read, relatively low on angst.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 out of 5 butterflies