Howdy booklovers and welcome to my stop on the tour for Falling for the Competition by Jen Smith. Thank you to Rachel for hosting and having me!
It’s going to be the best summer ever for ambitious, overachieving Quinn. A huge history buff, not only has she landed her dream job interning in the archives department of the local castle, but her best friend will be working there too.
However, Quinn isn’t the only one to be working in Archives this summer; Quinn’s academic rival, Patrick, is sharing her office in Muniments. They’re competing for the Letter of Recommendation (singular) from the research historian that Quinn needs to get her dream future placement.
Their emotionally-loaded and competitive rivalry turns into a reluctant friendship, as they spend every day working together in silence (and sharing the occasional Twix). Until the Re-Enactors arrive. Between Patrick and Harry – the Golden Knight of the jousting team – Quinn’s carefully planned summer is thrown into complete disarray. Meanwhile, her best friend’s relationship may look perfect on the outside, but Quinn is starting to realise that there’s more going on than there seems.
Although Quinn is determined and single minded about planning every detail of her sparkling future, she comes to discover that the best things in life are the spontaneous ones – and that some people are more important than any Letter of Recommendation (singular) could ever be.
I really love this book. It’s light and fun yet grips you. I became so invested in Quinn and Patrick Stevenson. We’ve all been there, had that one person who is our equal that we MUST win against. The tension is there from the start and builds nicely throughout. The characters are multi dynamic. I love Quinns drive and her tenacity, she goes after what she wants and I think we could all learn a lesson from her. The book was wonderfully paced which had me speeding through as i became more and more engrossed. I’d really love to read more from this author!