Operation Prom Date, from Cindi Madsen (Tactics in Dating #1)


Good afternoon, beautiful peeps! Welcome to my review for a delicious romantic YA book: Operation Prom Date, from Cindi Madsen! I received my copy from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review and here we go! Thank you, guys!

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Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains stargazing, accidental swimming, and poker swindling. This kissing practice will melt your ereader…and give you a new couple to ship.  

Me after finishing this book:

miley cyrus hannah montana hugging stuffed animal


Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader =)

Operation Prom Date is one of those cozy and lovely YA romances full of all the things we all love: love for geekiness, TV shows, books, ships and, in my case, the water. Cooper was so awesome as a guy and Kate was so real as a girl that I wanted to scream and hug my e-reader in crisis of pure fangirling, haha! I totally ship Coote ❤ ❤ Operation Prom Date is full of the greatest challenges we face in high school and it’s here to prove that, sometimes, the answers aren’t just simple: they literally hang out with you every day. FIVE FULL STARS.


The narrative style is first person with switching points of view between Kate and Cooper. Yet again, I must compliment an author for the narrative choice, even not being my standard favorite. Cindi rocked Kate and Cooper, creating two people so different, with voices of their own in all the little things, that I didn’t need the labels in the chapters anymore after a certain time. Her writing style is also out of this world, because she makes the story flows so easily! I’ve particularly read Operation Prom Date (OPD from now on) in one sitting, as I didn’t feel time passing at all! =O


As you’d expect from a YA light romance, we have the main problem (aka. drag Mick Pecker to Prom), but it’s nothing out of this world. Don’t go to this book expecting big twists, surprises or anything, because OPD is not about that. It’s a contemporary teen romance full of everyday problems and those, for me, are the hardest to solve.


The character construction, in my humble opinion, is the biiiig highlight in OPD. Kate and Cooper are so solid and real in their imperfections that I can picture walking along those two in a school hallway. The secondary characters weren’t left behind and I found myself biased with Kate’s mother and with Cooper’s rowing mate, Jaden. They were just brilliant, haha!


Another point I must highlight is how well-done the fangirling is on OPD. Cindi didn’t push it, but all our favorite shows are there: Arrow, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Once Upon a Time… I particularly love ALL THOSE SHOWS. I don’t particularly ship the same couples, as I have an awful tendencies to ship majorly homosexual couples for a reason my therapist never found out why and I gave up hope too, but it was so nice to see a “real” girl out there, with all the binge watching, the reading, the funkos and the passion for the lake. Kate and I could have been soul mates if it wasn’t for Klaus – I’m dead scared of any kind of lizard, unfortunately 😦

afraid of lizards? HAHAHAHAHAHA

And now, the most expected moment of the review nope: QUOTES TIME! Because nothing quite sells the book as itself, right? 😉

I was a bit of a math nerd, but I tried to keep it on the down low. I was actually pretty proud Cooper didn’t know that about me already. Although, like Oliver Queen on Arrow, people found out my secret at an alarming rate. Pretty soon all of Starling City – er, Auburun – would know. – Kate’s thoughts


I’d never lived cliffhangers, not on my TV shows, not in books – especially when the sequel’s release date was months to years away – and definitely not in my real-world conversations. – Kate’s thoughts


I was staring to hate myself for thinking this would work – I mean, it had worked. So I guess I mostly hated myself for being successful. – Cooper’s thoughts


Cooper might act like knitting wasn’t cool, but just wait until he had a warm hat to put on after a cold day of rowing next fall. Then he’d be thanking me. – Kate’s thoughts


And those killer dialogues:

Cooper: I’m down for a movie. But I get to choose it.

Kate: Giving out movie choosing privileges isn’t something I do lightly.

Cooper: Well, I don’t hang out with the Mother of Dragons lightly. Especially when the dragon’s been giving me dirty looks for the past five minutes.


Kate: Hey! Have I ever told you that you have boundary issues?

Cooper: You are in my room, wearing my clothes, making me stalk a guy on my laptop. Let’s not get into boundary issues.


The cover is delightfully beautiful and do illustrate well the theme of the book, bring out all the lightness of the story with the bright and happy candy colors, combined with the informal fonts chosen for the writings. All is perfect, but for one thing: this pink dress has nothing to do with Kate – the dress she chose is essentially nude colored. Just saying.


Overall, if you love well written YA, funny characters, light romances and fangirling, Operation Prom Date MUST BE your next read ❤



Thank you so much for reading and, once again, thank you to Chapter by Chapter for my review copy ❤ Bellow, you can find more information about the book and the author, an excerpt and an awesome giveaway =D


Operation Prom Date

by Cindi Madsen

Tactics in Dating #1

Publication Date: March 13th, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush


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“That’s Klaus,” Kate said. “Don’t worry, he’s got a much better temperament than his namesake.”

“Oh? And who is he named after?”

“An original vampire. From the show The Originals? Technically he was on The Vampire Diaries first, but they did a spin off, and anyway…” She scooped up the creature as she sat on her bed. “Klaus kills for fun—the vampire. This Klaus is too lazy to do much of anything.”

I sat next to her on the bed, still taking in her collection of figurines.

“That’s my Funko Pop collection. I paired them up the way they should be on the shows.” She gestured at one in a green hood and the blonde figure next to him with the glasses. I realized it was from Arrow.

“I ship Olicity the hardest.”

“Ship’ them?”

“I want them in a relationship. Like I’d put them in a ship together so they’d be forced to see they’re perfect for each other, bribe the writers to get them together, ship them. Partnership, friendship, please-God-put-them-in-a-relationship-already ship them.”


“It’s a common phrase. Oliver and Felicity are totally my OTP, which means one true pairing, if you haven’t somehow heard of that, either. I also ship Alexa and Clarke on The 100 a crazy amount, and I was pretty mad at the writers for a while, but something happened and…well, I won’t spoil it, but I might’ve teared up. Then of course there’s Stydia and Captain Swan”—she pointed at a blond figure wearing a red jacket and a goateed dude with a hook for a hand—“I used to be all about Damon and Elena, but there toward the end, I shipped her and a coffin. Which sounds mean, I know, but vampires don’t technically die, so a bit nicer?”

“I’m still judging you too much for saying ‘ship them the hardest’ to judge you for the vampire stuff.”

She smacked my arm and I laughed. Honestly, I was also trying to keep up with all the words she’d spouted, trying to make sense of them. We’d spent the past few afternoons on the boat, and the more time I spent with her, the more amused I was by her, even though I only understood about half of what she said.

Klaus crawled higher on her lap and she rubbed his chin. I never knew a lizard could smile, but damned if the thing didn’t grin. Kate caught my eye. “Just call me Khaleesi, mother of dragons. Or dragon, as it were. Please tell me you at least get that reference.”

“Game of Thrones. I’ve only read the first book, though. Okay, half of the first book, but I meant to pick it back up. But then I sort of just watched the show instead.”

She glanced around like someone might be listening and then leaned in. “Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve never read the books.”

I leaned a few inches closer, until I could see the different shades of green in her eyes. “Your secret is safe with me.”

“You’re starting to have a lot of my secrets, so I certainly hope so.”

Unexpected warmth swirled through my chest. I’d never thought I would want to be a secret keeper, but there was something about having Kate’s trust that made me proud to be one.


Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes GIVEAWAY!it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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