“A heartwarming, sparkling romantic comedy about what happens when what your heart wants and what your parents want don’t match…Melissa de la Cruz enchants and delights in her usual style. Completely unputdownable!” —Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi
“A refreshingly modern love story, 29 Dates serves up a funny and heartfelt rom-com about finding love and figuring out life on your own terms.” —Maurene Goo, author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel
How many dates will it take to find The One?
Jisu’s traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul’s premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Jisu’s success, and going on the recommended dates is Jisu’s compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private school in San Francisco. Where she’ll have the opportunity to shine academically—and be set up on more dates!
Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Jisu finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Jisu into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One isn’t parent and matchmaker approved?
Ji-Su's being an average student at a highly prestigious Seoul high school isn't good enough for her South Korean parents. They're also pushing her to get into a top college and go on a series of seons (blind dates arranged by a matchmaker). Much to Ji-Su's dismay and without much warning, they send her to San Francisco to attend a slightly less competitive school for her senior year, where they hope she can raise her grades enough to stand out among college applicants. Ji-Su enjoys more freedom in America, but in matters of the heart, her parents continue to hold the reins: her seons mostly prove as disappointing as her ill-fated fling with a fickle boy from her new school. The story is interspersed with dialogue from Ji-Su's 29 dates, adding structure to the tale and conveying the awkwardness of early relationships. De la Cruz (Someone to Love) offers a lighthearted romance about a heroine struggling to please her parents and be true to herself. Ages 12 up.)