Publisher: Hyperion (2011)
Format: Hardcover | 409 pages
Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance
Description (Goodreads): "Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents' marriages hadn't fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy.
Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick had only been on a few dates, but they'd felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history... Or so she'd thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways.
Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc."
Love, Inc is a contemporary YA romance and a perfect beach/ summer read. It was just the light, fluffy read I was looking for after "A Dance with Dragons".
Zahra, Kali and Syd have two things in common: their broken families and... their boyfriend! After meeting at a support group for teenagers with divorced or separated parents, the three girls realize that they have all been dating the same boy. He has three different names and leads three separate lives... so Zahra, Kali and Syd decide to teach him a lesson by taking revenge on his car.
Afterwards they decide they should help lost couples everywhere and thus 'Love, Inc' is born.
Love, Inc is a standard love comedy. Three fifteen year girls are disillusioned with love and relationships after being cheated by one guy and decide to create a 'service' to help other teens with similar problems; they'll spy, mediate and match-make... for a price.
There wasn't anything that original about this book and therefore there is little to say. It was a nice read, with tons of romance and some funny situations. The characters are pretty standard for this kind of book (hot guys, cute girls, some bullying jocks, the usual) with Zahra presenting a very lukewarm and sometimes boring version of events. Her romance story was as cliché as they come and I didn't understand why the boy was interested since Zahra was very one-dimensional and not nearly as interesting as Sydney or Kalista, her "partners in crime".
The story was predictable (it was pretty easy to figure out who Zahra would end up with). The premise is slightly unrealistic but if you don't think about it, "Love, Inc" is an agreeable read.
So, overall: this is another fluffy summer read, perfect for when you want something that will make you smile and can be read quickly. Its story and characters don't exactly stand out but the writing is engaging and well... I suppose it has a cute dog too.