Tour the World in 30 Books: Highlighting Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Tour the World in 30 Books: Highlighting Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Hello mersquad coven!

I know, I know. You’re seeing maybe three or more posts from me today. It’s a lot, right? But I know you missed me writing things other than reviews, and this is one of those other types of posts! This one is even more special because this is part of my friend / elder sister role model Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den ‘s Diverse Book Blog Tour, part of her initiative to bring more diverse novels to her local library. I am so honored to be the first post on her one month tour, and I can’t wait to share with you some other creative content on why you should add Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn to your shelves – public library and home library!

This is a blog tour hosted by Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den in support of her local public library’s Diverse Book Drive. The CCPL—a small, rural library in an area with a high poverty rate and a very homogeneous population, where people rarely have the means to travel or experience new perspectives. However, the library doesn’t believe that should stop people from learning more about the world around them, so they’re running a Diverse Book Drive through the month of September in an attempt to bring the rest of the world to the county instead. With a focus on MG and YA books, the CCPL aims to expose especially its young patrons to new and diverse perspectives and cultures.

You probably have heard of Dating Makes Perfect because I was posting about it earlier in August. Here’s the link to my review in case you missed it (which also has a playlist and journal spread as bonus creative content). Now, I chose this novel as my pick for the Diverse Book Blog Tour not only because Pintip Dunn is one of my all time favorite authors, but because this is a young adult contemporary romance novel that I really connected with on a cultural and emotional level. You’ll see more about that in my review, but on this post, I want to share with you the top 3 reasons why this is considered one of my favorite books of 2020, and why you should read it.

If you’ve ever read any of Pintip’s earlier books, you’ll see that she usually has at least one main character that is Thai. This is very intentional as she is Thai and has mentioned that she wants to make sure that her culture is represented in the books that she writes. What makes Dating Makes Perfect even more special is that both main characters, and almost the entire cast, is Thai-American, and the culture of Thailand is very clearly represented throughout this novel. There is no hiding the fact that the characters are proud to be Thai, even in an environment that may not always appreciate them being different from everyone else.

You can see it in the food that the Tech family makes for parties, and just because. Every week, they have family breakfast where they eat really great Thai food because hello? That’s what they love to eat! Even when there are times in the past where the other kids may have looked down on the Tech sisters for their “weird looking/smelling food” that they would bring to school, they didn’t care and it didn’t stop them from bringing that food to school. They loved their food. They loved their culture. They were proud to be Thai, and I loved that so much about this novel.

Oh my gosh, one of my all time favorite things about this novel was the family aspect. The Tech family was extremely close, even though sometimes the sisters were irritated with how protective their parents could be about dating and whatnot. It’s typical! Asian culture may not be a monolith – and I totally agree with that – but seeing a lot of people on the tour who read it saying that they could totally relate to how the Tech parents acted because their parents are the same way just made me smile. Because it’s totally true! Again, we may not be a monolith but there are aspects and similarities that can span across all different kinds of cultures. It’s also nice to see that even if someone isn’t the same ethnicity as you, even if they don’t come from the exact same culture as you, you can still find things to bond over and relate to one another.

Now I could totally separate out the family aspect from the sisterhood aspect, but I’m going to keep that here because I feel they go well together. Do you know how freaking happy I was to see that even though Ari and Bunny (the twins that are older than our main character Winnie) had their own relationship being twins and being in college, they still were very much involved with Winnie’s life and she felt like she could go to them about whatever she was dealing with. I absolutely loved that because too often I’ve seen elder siblings not have time anymore for their younger siblings and then there’s a feeling of disconnect and loss there. That wasn’t the case in this novel, and Ari and Bunny actually did something towards the end of the novel that I was super freaking shocked and happy about! It actually blew my mind, and I was so glad that Pintip included that in the novel.

“I will never be insulted by a compliment to my sisters. The competition among us has never amounted to a grain of rice. Their wins are mine and vice versa.”

Winnie Tech

Do you know how freaking happy I was with this dialogue and other comments that Winnie made about being compared to her elder sisters? And how she did not fall into that trap of allowing people to compliment them by insulting her? I was just so freaking happy with this! I feel like Pintip really did a great job with showing this kind of dynamic and it was great to see that reflected in a YA novel. I was also just extremely proud of all the Tech sisters, and the majority of the characters in this novel being very adamant about feminism and the right for them to make their own decisions and having their own agency.

I also don’t think that I’m going to do this for everyone, but I was listening to a song that reminded me of our main character Winnie, and I figured that I’d share it here!

The Spotify widget isn’t working – again – but you can find this song on Spotify! I’m currently listening to it on the Dalkom Cafe playlist. I absolutely adore it so much and it’s been keeping me calm and collected at work with everything happening. I hope you listen to it and enjoy it!

Library Wish List Links:

Hardcover books are preferred, but not required, if anyone asks.

Blog tour book wishlists:

Please add a note that if someone orders a wish list book from Bookshop, please send a message to sammie@thebookwyrmsden.com so the book can be removed to avoid duplicate purchases, as I do not believe the site automatically removes the book from the list.

Other ways to donate:

Please mention that book donations are used at the discretion of the library.

Tour schedule:

September 1: Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den – Introduction, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears || Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn ReadsDating Makes Perfect

September 2: Lauren @ Always MeThe Epic Crush of Genie Lo

September 3: Toya @ The Reading ChemistFelix Ever After

September 4: Michelle @ Carry A Big BookSharks in the Time of Saviors

September 5: Shenwei @ READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICAThe Astonishing Color of After

September 6: Maria @ A Daughter of Parchment and PaperPatron Saints of Nothing

September 7: Bri @ Bri’s Book Nook – True Friends (Carmen Browne)

September 8: Bec @ bec&booksLobizona || Jorie @ Jorie Loves A Story – diverse TTT

September 9: Sienna @ Daydreaming Book LoverLoveless

September 10: Kerri @ Kerri McBookNerdRaybearer

September 11: Noly @ The Artsy ReaderThe Name Jar

September 12: Jacob @ The Writer’s AlleyForest of Souls

September 13: Keri @ Are You My BookThe Tea Dragon Society

September 14: Shannon @ It Starts at MidnightThe Space Between Worlds

September 15: Melissa @ Ramblings of a Jedi LibrarianGirl in Translation

September 16: Livy @ Shelves of StarlightClap When You Land

September 17: Crystal @ Lost in StorylandAmerican Born Chinese

September 18: Lili @ Lili’s Blissful PagesA Wish in the Dark

September 19: Leslie @ Books Are The New BlackThe Poppy War

September 20: Noura @ The Perks of Being NouraLove From A to Z

September 21: Crini @ Crini’sA Pale Light in the Black

September 22: Rachelle @ Rae’s Reads and ReviewsDear Haiti, Love Alaine

September 23: Dini @ DiniPandaReadsWicked As You Wish

September 24: Madeline @ Mad’s BooksSpin the Dawn

September 25: Tessa @ NarratessBrace Yourself

September 26: Kimberly @ My Bookish BlissTruly Madly Royally

September 27: Rena @ Bookflirting 101Anna K: A Love Story

September 28: Susan @ Novel LivesBurn the Dark

September 29: Arina @ The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the GalaxyA Song of Wraiths and Ruin

September 30: Maya @ http://mybookishbliss.com/Jackpot

And there you have it! Remember that there’s going to be a book a day during the month of September, and if you want to donate towards this initiative, I’ve put the information before the schedule.

8 thoughts on “Tour the World in 30 Books: Highlighting Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

  1. Great post, Leelynn! I’ve been seeing so much about Dating Makes Perfect over the last few weeks so I was already convinced I needed to get my hands on it asap! But this tour post has me even more eager to read it (and I’m definitely going to check out that song now)! Thanks for sharing 💜

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  2. Hallo, Hallo Leelynn,

    As you know, I was talking about this post/book via Twitter, however now that my life has calmed down a bit from the chaos of last week & the weekend, I can finally give a proper note for you! I am enjoying this lovely blog tour so much because its helping all of us find #newreads whilst hopefully all the books we’re showcasing will eventually make their way into Sammie’s library as well.

    Just by the topics of Culture, Family and Feminism I was won over to read this myself! You truly tapped into 3x areas of what I would love to find in more stories and which of those would appeal to me most to be reading now!! I’ve had Thai friends in the past when I was younger and I never understood why anyone would criticise someone for their cultural heritage? My friends lived in Thailand and we exchanged letters – as we were letter writers (have many memories of writing friends around the world as I was a fierce correspondent for most of my life) – I saw bits of their lives through their letters and one of the things all my friends and I loved to share were our everyday moments – like our favourite foods or things that we enjoyed doing. Oft times we found that we liked doing the same things and other times, they did things a bit differently than I did or celebrated different holidays which was beautiful because we also found a way to exchange our culture whilst corresponding.

    I love learning about new foods and culture, getting to know others who live a different life from us is part of the joy of being in a global society. We all can learn from each other and we can all celebrate the things that are important to us. I do agree – people are outwardly cruel-hearted and they show their ignorance so quickly it makes me cringe!

    Yeah, what gives with that about elder / younger siblings!? I’ve seen this happen myself in stories and I’m always flummoxed but it because the presentation of the family’s dynamic would always be close-knit and then, bam! everyone is off on their ownsome or the younger/elder siblings no longer talk as closely as beforehand. I know sometimes families shift apart but its like you said – why the sudden disconnect if it is not necessary? I love family stories – this is why I read so much Harlequin Heartwarming — but I seek out stories about families all the way round – which is why the first book on my list (for this tour) is a celebrating of a non-conventional foster/adoptive family from the POV of a married lesbian couple.

    You nailed it. Every reason why I need to see if I can get a copy of this!! I know my libraries don’t have a print copy but I think you said its on Scribd for audio? I definitely will have to make a note to follow-up with you after I’ve had the chance to read this myself! I’ll do that on your review.

    Wow. Thanks for such wicked insight into these characters you’ve brought them to life so well!

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  3. Looks like this has all the reasons, right reasons, for me to read it. Seriously, I’m so glad for this tour not only because obviously, it’s for a good cause, but I knew I’d be discovering books I wouldn’t have discovered ever. Like this one. Great post, by the way. 🙂

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