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The Way to Game the Walk of Shame Jenn P. Nguyen


Two trashed reputations. One love contract. Zero regrets.

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Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they're in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it's better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.


Against my better judgment, I snooped around the room, careful to crawl on my elbows and stomach like a soldier on enemy territory. Tennis shoes, video games, textbooks with crisp pages like they hadn't been used very often, an admirable collection of old school comic books…Bingo! I hit the jackpot when I tossed a dirty magazine out of the way and found a stack of pictures. I shoved my tangled, dark hair out of my face and moved a little closer to the light.

Cars and girls. Loads of them. Girls, I mean. And there was a LOT of skin in most of them. My cheeks flushed hotly at a picture of a girl and the minuscule bikini that could barely restrain her large boobs that she thrust toward the camera with a coy grin. I couldn't even tell if she was a redhead or a brunette. All I saw were teeth, lips, and boobs. Flip. A blond with boobs. Another blond with boobs. A picture of someone's legs.

"Come on. Show your face," I muttered with a quick upward glance to make sure my faceless partner was still sleeping. He was.

Finally, I found a picture with a guy in it. Only a profile of his face was showing, dipped down toward—what else?—more boobs. His nose was pretty straight aside from the teeniest bump at the very bridge of his nose. Slightly spiky dark blond hair. Laughing dark gray eyes that glanced to the side. His jaw was sort of large like it could be an overbite, but it suited him. Especially when he smiled. So very hot.

And familiar.

My head jerked back to the smooth lounging back. Now I zoomed in on the tiny glimpse of black Chinese words trailing down his left forearm. I'd seen that tattoo close up once before. Just live.

A low groan escaped my lips. No, no, no. Not him. Anybody but Evan McKinley, Nathan Wilks High School's very own legendary manwhore. Said to have screwed so many girls that he had to get a new surfboard because his old one was full of nicks in memory of each new conquest he made; never mind that Jacksonville was an hour away from the nearest beach.


I crawled around so fast, I'm pretty sure I'd have permanent carpet burn on my elbows. I didn't care. If anyone caught me within a yard of Evan, the rumor mill would explode. It was hard enough to squash the gossip that spread last year when I nearly drowned in the Harrison Parks community pool and he saved me. Since then, I steered clear of anything that had to do with him.

Which would really suck if anyone knew I spent the night in his bed.


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Paperback: $9.99
ISBN 9781250084071

E-book: $7.12
ISBN 9781250084088

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"The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is the cutest heart-swelling romance to hit the shelves in ages. Full of depth, fun, sincerity, and the typical quagmire of high school, this book will tease out a goofy grin and a burst of laughter from your lips. Not too heavy, not too shallow, this story strikes a fantastic winning balance and ultimately captures the glow of young love." —Pooled Ink

"A feel good romance with tons of laughs and flirty banter. The comedy got me from the very first page, but the chemistry kept me engaged." —Young Adult Book Madness

"I absolutely LOVE this book! I love that it's so funny, yet at the same time the characters have a lot of depth and emotional growth. Would love to have this on my book shelf one day with other YA contemporary favorites." —Ashley Maker, Swoon Reader

"I couldn't put my tablet down!! I LOVED it!!! Wanted it to go on for longer!!!" —Emily Cook, Swoon Reader

"I really loved this book! Once I started reading it I couldn't put my phone down!" —Brittany, Swoon Reader

"Read it! Love it!!! Can't wait for more!" —Xuan N., Swoon Reader

"Beautifully written, the dialogue is so captivating and feels as if I were the main character!" —Vi Tran, Swoon Reader

"I thought this was a cute and fun story to read. The bickering between Taylor and Evan is funny and their relationship is fun to watch as it grows. … Pizza and cotton candy are also the way to my heart! Overall, I think it's an adorable love story with a very satisfying ending." —Alison N., Swoon Reader

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83 comments on "The Way to Game the Walk of Shame"

Ezgi on April 12, 2017, 8:49 a.m. said:


I loved this one so so much!

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manou on Nov. 22, 2016, 12:09 a.m. said:


one of the best books iv'e readso far......................................I absolutley love books that take place in an awkward place..............plz write more like this one. overall, it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!( doing the jazz hands right now)

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Jham on Sept. 20, 2016, 2:26 a.m. said:


Hi! I just love the book so much. I like the way the author opens the story in an interesting and intriguing way which makes me read more and more of it. It's a feel good story, it makes me laugh and giggle like a teenager again. :) Both of the characters have a strong personality even if they've nothing in common but that's the best way to pair a couple, I guess. Well, I just want to read it all over again. Thanks to the author, I really enjoyed it.

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Wes Loder on Aug. 24, 2016, 12:45 p.m. said:

Wes Loder

This is the book that brought me to Swoon. Slightly formula contemporary romance, but a fun read. I enjoyed it. The characters are well-drawn. I liked the switching back and forth between Taylor and Evan so that we can understand what is happening from both sides. The setting was not clear and it took me half the book to figure out that the story was supposed to be set in North Carolina. Still doesn't read like any part of the North Carolina coast I have experienced.
Nguyen has talent and I hope she gets more stories out there.

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Keeana on July 25, 2016, 1:04 a.m. said:


The first ever Book I've read by Swoon reads and I was absolutely in love. Got it on my kindle and at the moment I'm trying to get it in paperback. Awesome read!

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Redkitty on April 21, 2016, 2:04 a.m. said:


How do I request an ARC? I just joined and don't know the protocol yet. Thanks in advance!

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Rose Renny on March 15, 2016, 4:55 p.m. said:

Rose Renny

Is it possible for me to get an ARC of the book?

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Kristy Brown on March 4, 2016, 7:42 a.m. said:

Kristy Brown

I love this cover! X

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Marlleyy Koinaki on Dec. 29, 2015, 8:02 a.m. said:

Marlleyy Koinaki

How do you get and arc of his book?

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Claire Kann on Jan. 22, 2015, 3:37 p.m. said:

Claire Kann

Hi Jenn!

The opening chapter was so dynamic – I loved it! I’m still sort of wading around the manuscripts here and yours was the first to hold my attention beyond the first few paragraphs. Your writing flows well, the MS itself is polished with very few errors, and Taylor’s voice is fantastic and realistic. The plot is rather straightforward, but there were a few surprising moments I enjoyed.

My biggest suggestion is regarding Brian- he’s mentioned, has a minor role but when the twist comes, it sort of felt left field? I understand why it felt that way due to Taylor’s obliviousness and being written in first-person, but I think he needs to be a more prominent character. One thing I’ve personally never seen in YA book is a love triangle from all three perspectives. You have a knack for dual POV, which isn’t always easy to do. It might be fun (and beneficial) to see the story from Brian’s POV too in order to learn more about his life and his feelings for Taylor (detailing all the little things he’s trying to do to get her attention because the clothing thing was too adorable). It would really give your story an edge by shaking up the common trope and make it stand out!

P.S.: If you’re really feeling adventurous, maybe add in Lauren’s POV too. That character definitely has a story to tell.

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