Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.
Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.
Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.
Title: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
Expected Publication: July 21, 2020
Date Read (finished): June 15, 2020
Rating: ⭐ 5/5
Pinky and Samir are definitely one of my favorite enemies-to-lovers couples. Or is it more accurate to say frenemies-to-lovers?
With her mother’s constant disapproval, Pinky decides to prove that she can make at least one good decision her lawyer parents will approve – having a perfect boyfriend. Meanwhile, Samir’s summer internship plans fall through, and the last thing he wants is to spend his summer bottled up at home. He never thought, however, that his summer would be saved by posing as a fake boyfriend for his frenemy.
I loved the development of Pinky and Samir’s relationship. Although their first judgements of one another make things a little rocky, the two soon realize there is more to the other than first glance. This means lots of deep conversations and cute moments to squeal about. Oh, and don’t forget: lighthouse, boat, rooftop, butterflies. That’s all I’m saying!
Aside from the romance, I also liked the book’s realistic portrayal of Pinky’s relationship with her mother. They seem to always be on opposite ends of every argument, but Pinky still wishes her mother would be proud of her. Their mother-daughter relationship has many layers, and I like that the book doesn’t simplify them. I consider myself lucky for getting along well with my parents, but I also understand that not everyone has that same connection with theirs. In that sense, I feel this aspect of the book can be relatable to many.
Another thing that I liked was how the book handled Samir’s “quirks.” In reality, mental health and healing requires time. Without giving any big spoilers, I like that the book ends with a realistic (and hopeful) stance on where Samir is at on his own journey.
10 Things I Hate About Pinky is such a cute read! I highly recommend adding it to your summer tbr, especially if you like the enemies/frenemies-to-lovers trope.
Until next time, happy reading! ♡