Title: Trade Me
Author: Courtney Milan
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published: January 20, 2015
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 cups ( A great twist on the Prince and the Pauper plotline straggling both cultural and class divide. Witty and zippy dialogues with wonderful characters)
Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.
To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.
But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.
Trade Me is Courtney Milan's first contemporary new adult romance and is also my first Courtney Milan book. As a whole, it has the basic tenets of new adult, characters dealing with the first basic steps into adulthood, young woman meets young man, an auspicious first encounter, a very devious twist into the prince and the pauper plot and of course the falling into love bit. What is the difference? The class and cultural divide was so simply discussed and yet so multilayered. Tina Chen was someone I can actually relate to in a whole personal level. Her background, her family, her choices in her path in life. It will definitely resonate with most Asians whether Asian American or not. Blake's situation on the other hand is again so common in today's young generation. The expectations, the weight of responsibility, not so much on the financial aspects but more so on what their purpose in life truly is. There simply nothing I didn't love or get about this book. The writing was just superb, the dialogues spot on, the simmering almost boiling attraction between Tina and Blake that was for the most part just there but not overtly displayed in anyway was sexier and hotter when it did culminate. The vivid and visceral details of the story was enough to actually get the readers to believe that they actually know this (and those tech gadgets sounds amazing). In many ways Trade Me isn't just a love story or a coming of age one, its also story of the world. Gearing myself to reading Maria's story next, now that one is definitely going to be really interesting.