The Wrong Bachelor was not a terrible book. It was actually quite cute in some parts. And I found myself entertained for the majority of the book.
The premise of the book is that Madison (Madi) is unwillingly chosen to be a contestant in a dating competition for her high school. The competition is designed to raise money for charity, which is a plus. However, the prize is the arrogant Cole Kingston; Madison’s enemy.
Although the competition was interesting, it was very unrealistic. I’m not quite sure what high school would encourage their students to participate in The Bachelor style dating competition. Especially one that is going to televised on the school’s website. It seemed very farfetched, but it didn’t cloud my judgement of the book. Some of the activities involved in the competition were cute.
I did have a few issues with the book. One being the disclosure of a secret in the competition. It felt unnecessary, and I get that the author included it so that it did eliminate another love interest, but I would have rather it not be in the book.
Another problem I had was the characterization of the “mean girl.” It felt very stereotypically and predictable. And also, her apology in the end did not feel authentic at all.
The Wrong Bachelor did lean too far in to instalove lane for me. Although, I wanted Cole and Madi to end up together, I would have liked a little more character development intertwined before the “I love you.” Nevertheless, I thought their banter was cute and funny. And I wouldn’t mind reading another book about the two.
I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it had dived a little deeper and was a little more descriptive and also a little meaty. What I mean is, I wished that it had included more character development and also more depth with all the characters. I didn’t necessarily have a problem with Madi as a main character, but she felt like an average YA female main character to me. Same with Cole.
The Wrong Bachelor is not a terrible read. It does have its cute and fluffy moments, but it does not feel memorable.