How you doin’, guys, gals, and nonbinary pals?
A couple of days ago, I shared the below tweet, asking if it was okay to comparatively review two books that handled the same trope.
Thinking of writing a comparative review of two romance books that did the fake dating trope. One did it exceedingly well. The other flopped entirely. Should I do it or is this mean? Help ya tita out!
— maligayang pask-HOE 🎄 (@yourtitakate) November 7, 2019
The consensus was that it was fine, but to avoid tagging the authors as the usual courtesy. I spent all of yesterday taking down notes, and I’m finally ready to publish this review! For today, I’ll be comparing the books Fix Her Up and A Prince on Paper, which both deal with the fake dating trope.
That’s not their only similarity, though. Both books also feature protagonists who get into the fake relationship to change people’s perceptions of who they are as sheltered and innocent. They both also handle themes of toxic family relationships.
But the difference is, while I absolutely adored A Prince on Paper, I struggled to finish Fix Her Up and was left dissatisfied and even somewhat angry at the end.
Read on to find out why!