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It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life. But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P. It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life. But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P.E. form puts Olivia in danger of not graduating at all, she has one week to set things straight without tipping off her very big and very nosy extended family. Volunteering to help at a local golf tournament should do it, but since Olivia's mom equipped her phone with a tracking app, there'll be no hiding the fact that she's at the golf course instead of all the graduation parties happening at the same time. Unless, that is, she can convince the Fab Four--her ride-or-die cousins and best friends Sophie, Charlie, and Wes--to trade phones with her as they go through the motions of playing Olivia for the week. Sure, certain members of the golf team are none too pleased with Olivia's sudden "passion" for the game. And sure, a very cute, very off-limits boy keeps popping up in Olivia's orbit. But she is focused! She has a schedule and a plan! Nothing can possibly go wrong . . . right?


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It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life. But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P. It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life. But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P.E. form puts Olivia in danger of not graduating at all, she has one week to set things straight without tipping off her very big and very nosy extended family. Volunteering to help at a local golf tournament should do it, but since Olivia's mom equipped her phone with a tracking app, there'll be no hiding the fact that she's at the golf course instead of all the graduation parties happening at the same time. Unless, that is, she can convince the Fab Four--her ride-or-die cousins and best friends Sophie, Charlie, and Wes--to trade phones with her as they go through the motions of playing Olivia for the week. Sure, certain members of the golf team are none too pleased with Olivia's sudden "passion" for the game. And sure, a very cute, very off-limits boy keeps popping up in Olivia's orbit. But she is focused! She has a schedule and a plan! Nothing can possibly go wrong . . . right?

30 review for 10 Truths and a Dare

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    With 10 Truths and a Dare, Ashley Elston returns her Readers to the loving, yet frenetic, Messina family. You may recall them from Elston's 2019-release, 10 Blind Dates. In this installment, we follow Olivia, one of the cousins, at the very end of her Senior year in high school. In fact, there is just one week to go until graduation. Olivia has always taken school very seriously, so it is no surprise to anyone that she will be graduating second in her class. As Salutatorian, she will be giving the With 10 Truths and a Dare, Ashley Elston returns her Readers to the loving, yet frenetic, Messina family. You may recall them from Elston's 2019-release, 10 Blind Dates. In this installment, we follow Olivia, one of the cousins, at the very end of her Senior year in high school. In fact, there is just one week to go until graduation. Olivia has always taken school very seriously, so it is no surprise to anyone that she will be graduating second in her class. As Salutatorian, she will be giving the welcome speech at the graduation ceremony. It's kind of a big deal. What does come as a surprise to Olivia, is the email she receives from the school, saying her off-campus PE teacher never filled out the paperwork needed to show she completed her golf class. Meaning, without that course officially completed, she is a half-credit short of those needed to graduate! Olivia cannot believe it. There has to be a mistake. Everything she has worked so hard for can all be taken away from her because of golf!? She needs to get in touch with her PE teacher, Coach Cantu, in order to clear this up. Otherwise, she will never be able to enjoy all the graduation parties she has to attend this week. After talking with the coach, it's clear, she needs extra credit and the only way to get it, is by helping him with the 4-day golf tournament occurring that week. Olivia needs to hide all of this from her parents, who are luckily out of town, but her Mom tracks her like a police dog. She literally has a tracking app on her phone. Making matters worse, her Mom knows her graduation party schedule and is really excited for it. How can Olivia possibly be in two places at once? She's going to have to call in reinforcements. The other members of the Fab Four, her cousins, Charlie and Sophie, as well as their other best friend, Sophie's boyfriend, Wes, agree to help and get Olivia through the week. As with 10 Blind Dates, this story is full of wacky hijinks, romance, humor and touching family moments. I laughed, cried and felt a whole host of emotions in between. I adored the dynamic of the Fab Four. They really go all in to help Olivia through, what turns out to be, the most difficult week of her life. The narrative is so fast-paced. I completed it in under 24-hours. Once I started, I could not put it down. I had to know the conclusion. While this story focused more on the Fab Four, and less on the extended family members, I didn't mind that at all. The other family was still there around the periphery, bringing that classic Messina family chaos that I grew to love in the first book. I hope Elston writes more books following this family. Could there be a book for Charlie in the works? I highly recommend this, or any other book by Ashley Elston, actually. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. Also, be sure you read the Author's Note at the end of this. Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to provide my thoughts and opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was just as fun and zany as 10 Blind Dates and I had an absolute blast returning to the Fab Four. Ashley Elston is fast becoming an all-time favorite of mine!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    Well, I absolutely loved 10 Blind Dates, so I was beside myself at the idea of getting another story with this family. I loved Olivia. She’s such a good person and so hyper focused, she doesn’t see the small things. Of course it was great to see Sophie and Wes and the rest of this crazy amazing group. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a bit of a new format I wasn’t expecting and it was a lot of fun. I especially loved seeing some of the reactions to what was happening. There’s a good amount of movi Well, I absolutely loved 10 Blind Dates, so I was beside myself at the idea of getting another story with this family. I loved Olivia. She’s such a good person and so hyper focused, she doesn’t see the small things. Of course it was great to see Sophie and Wes and the rest of this crazy amazing group. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a bit of a new format I wasn’t expecting and it was a lot of fun. I especially loved seeing some of the reactions to what was happening. There’s a good amount of moving parts here, but it was lots of fun and low drama. Overall, I could easily read more books from this family. They’re all so fun and loving and I’m ready to jump into a crazy dinner with them. **huge thanks to Ashley for letting me beta read**

  4. 5 out of 5

    human

    Thank you to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As someone who genuinely enjoyed Elston's 10 Blind Dates, I found this book to be simultaneously both enjoyable, as well as vaguely disappointing. 10 Truths and a Dare follows Olivia (a cousin of the main character from '10 Blind Dates'), and all the chaos to come when she finds out that she's missing a credit for completing PE the week before graduation, putting her position as salutatorian in jeo Thank you to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As someone who genuinely enjoyed Elston's 10 Blind Dates, I found this book to be simultaneously both enjoyable, as well as vaguely disappointing. 10 Truths and a Dare follows Olivia (a cousin of the main character from '10 Blind Dates'), and all the chaos to come when she finds out that she's missing a credit for completing PE the week before graduation, putting her position as salutatorian in jeopardy. She knows that if her parents find out, they'll never trust her again, so she recruits her cousins and friend to cover for her at graduation parties, while she completes the hours needed to earn the credit. But things seem to go wrong from the very beginning, and it's only a matter of time until everyone finds out. Just like with 10 Blind Dates, I absolutely loved reading about Olivia and the family dynamic that she has going with her cousins and other extended family. It was so adorable and wholesome to read about, and seeing as to how many of the characters have already been established, it didn't feel too info-dump-y either. That being said, the plot was a little dry at times. Yes, it was enjoyable, and yes, it was fairly unique to other YA books that I've read. There was a fair amount of character development involved with the pacing of the plot itself, but at the same time, it seemed a little repetitive, especially in the middle. The romance was... not as developed as I was hoping it would be. I kind of felt that it had sprung up out of nowhere, and there wasn't enough direct interaction between the characters for the romantic subplot to be given the importance that it was in the book. There simply wasn't enough of it, I suppose, which made it feel a tad rushed. Scratch that, it was extremely rushed. And no, it was not insta-love, but I'm not a fan of it regardless. Overall, this book is a fairly quick read, and I would probably recommend it for the familial dynamic rather than the romantic one. The plot has its ups and downs, but it's enjoyable and fairly satisfying. Apart from that, if Ashley Elston ever decided to write a book about Charlie or the Evil Joes, or both, I would definitely, 100% read it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    I was really curious of this book, because I'd really enjoyed 10 Blind Dates. Unfortunately, this one didn't quite have the same charm. I enjoyed 10 Blind Dates for three reasons: the Christmas vibe, the big family that was front and center in the book, and the plot, which was funny. This book missed all of those elements: obviously it's set in a different time of year, which would have been fine on its own, but the family also played a much smaller role, and I wasn't engaged in the plot at all. I was really curious of this book, because I'd really enjoyed 10 Blind Dates. Unfortunately, this one didn't quite have the same charm. I enjoyed 10 Blind Dates for three reasons: the Christmas vibe, the big family that was front and center in the book, and the plot, which was funny. This book missed all of those elements: obviously it's set in a different time of year, which would have been fine on its own, but the family also played a much smaller role, and I wasn't engaged in the plot at all. Especially the golf aspect just wasn't interesting to me. I also thought the MC's mother was really overbearing and controlling and it creeped me out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tijana

    3.5 stars Messina family deserves endless book series about them. After adoring 10 Blind Dates and having it restore my faith in Contemporary YA, reading 10 Truths and a Dare felt like a reunion with a best friend I haven't seen in a while. Truth to be told, it wasn't as exciting or original as the first book, but I still binge read it and found it unique and heart-warming. And now I'm patiently waiting to find out if we're getting another sequel and which out of the 749305738292 cousins is going to 3.5 stars Messina family deserves endless book series about them. After adoring 10 Blind Dates and having it restore my faith in Contemporary YA, reading 10 Truths and a Dare felt like a reunion with a best friend I haven't seen in a while. Truth to be told, it wasn't as exciting or original as the first book, but I still binge read it and found it unique and heart-warming. And now I'm patiently waiting to find out if we're getting another sequel and which out of the 749305738292 cousins is going to be about!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    10 Truths and a Dare was impossible not to devour in one sitting! Charm, humor, family, friendship and romance were laced throughout the pages and I loved every minute of it. If you’re looking for a beachy read or a feel good, heart-warming story then this is the book for you! It became an instant favorite and I have a feeling fans of YA romance will fall in love with 10 Truths and a Dare too. Truth #1: If something happens but your nonna doesn’t find out about it and tell the whole famil 10 Truths and a Dare was impossible not to devour in one sitting! Charm, humor, family, friendship and romance were laced throughout the pages and I loved every minute of it. If you’re looking for a beachy read or a feel good, heart-warming story then this is the book for you! It became an instant favorite and I have a feeling fans of YA romance will fall in love with 10 Truths and a Dare too. Truth #1: If something happens but your nonna doesn’t find out about it and tell the whole family, then it didn’t really happen I had already fallen madly in love with these characters in 10 Blind Dates. Oh how I have missed this huge family and their dynamics, I love them so much! In this story, it’s senior week and Olivia is ready to celebrate with all of her classmates before she gives her speech as their salutatorian. Yet there’s one tiny problem. Olivia is short a half credit, from her off campus PE class, and can’t graduate without it. With the help of her best friends, surely she can make it up. Yet what unfolds is definitely more challenging than she ever thought it would be! Remember that time Olivia almost didn’t graduate because she screwed up golf ? Four years whittled down to one sentence. This will not be my legacy. I loved Olivia with my whole heart. She was kind, thoughtful, loved her family and was so relatable. She sometimes stacked too much on her plate, but she always had her best friends at her side to cheer her on. With her mom out of town, and constantly tracking Olivia’s every move on her phone, she needed help babysitting her phone while she made up her credit at the golf course. Her cousins Charlie and Sophie, along with Sophie’s boyfriend/Charlie’s best friend Wes stepped in to help Olivia with her problem. “This is a bad idea,” I say, when Sophie’s car pulls away from the curb. “We’re full of bad ideas. So what’s one more?” Olivia, Charlie, Sophie and Wes were the Fab Four and I loved their connection. Their moments together reminded me of the comfort I get watching my favorite show Friends. They just felt like home to me and were so real. Their love and friendship for each other ran so deep; they always had each other’s backs. Their moments together had me laughing out loud and I couldn’t stop smiling. This group was SO much fun and each one of them easily captured my heart! “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t driving me nuts that I’m keeping your secret but I don’t know why.” His voice is a near whisper. My eyes stay glued to my phone. “I’m okay with you lying.” I have a smirk. I can feel it. I cannot make it go away. And then there was Leo. He was a family friend to Olivia's evil twin cousins. So even though I was intrigued by him, he willingly associated with them. If you’ve read 10 Blind Dates you’ll understand my animosity towards her twin cousins, the drive-in….I just can’t even lol. So Leo should feel tainted, right?! But oh my goodness you guys, I loved Leo. He captured my heart so easily. He gave me butterflies and I couldn’t help smiling anytime he was near. That’s all I’m saying, but I dare you not to fall for Leo! Dare #1: Tell the truth 10 Truths and a Dare touched a piece of my heart. This story was filled with warmth and love, but I also had tears too. I loved how this story unfolded, I loved all of the emotions it pulled from me and I loved watching Olivia grow. I finished this book in one sitting and it easily sailed onto my favorites list. I can’t recommend it enough! L: Maybe I’ll see you when he’s not around She’s probably going to kill me for this. ME:Come find me later - Charlie with Olivia's phone haha PS I would love for Charlie to have his own story! I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters. And the moments we got to spend with Charlie, like when he was watching over Olivia’s phone, he leaped from the pages! Keeping my fingers crossed! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I loved the first book in this companion series, 10 Blind Dates, and so I was so curious to see what the Messina family had in store for us this time. Even though this huge family played a much smaller role in this new YA book, I still enjoyed the story quite a lot. Olivia was a likable character and I understood her frustration, especially after all her work and effort for the last four years. Seeing the Fab Four in action was adorable, they are truly the best of friends and they are so suppor I loved the first book in this companion series, 10 Blind Dates, and so I was so curious to see what the Messina family had in store for us this time. Even though this huge family played a much smaller role in this new YA book, I still enjoyed the story quite a lot. Olivia was a likable character and I understood her frustration, especially after all her work and effort for the last four years. Seeing the Fab Four in action was adorable, they are truly the best of friends and they are so supportive of each other. Reading about Charlie having to fend off messages from aunt Lisa was so much fun! I wouldn't recommend this book as a romance since this part definitely has a minor role in the story. But other than that, this was a quick read and a fun YA that you will totally love if you liked 10 Blind Dates!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anu

    omg omg!!! we get another book with the amazing sophie and her family?! i'm sooooo excited!! i can't wait!!!!! <3 ahh this was amazing!! (i preferred the first book though, but i loved this one, too!) omg omg!!! we get another book with the amazing sophie and her family?! i'm sooooo excited!! i can't wait!!!!! <3 ahh this was amazing!! (i preferred the first book though, but i loved this one, too!)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. . . In this companion book to '10 Blind Dates,' the Messina family is back with cousin Olivia as the focus. It is graduation time for Olivia, Sophie, Marcus, Wes, and the 'Evil Jo's.' Olivia has a full week of grad parties to attend until she gets a note from the Assistant Principal telling her she is half a credit short due to an unfinished PE class. Thus begins a mad scramble for Olivia to do what the coach needs her to do to m Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. . . In this companion book to '10 Blind Dates,' the Messina family is back with cousin Olivia as the focus. It is graduation time for Olivia, Sophie, Marcus, Wes, and the 'Evil Jo's.' Olivia has a full week of grad parties to attend until she gets a note from the Assistant Principal telling her she is half a credit short due to an unfinished PE class. Thus begins a mad scramble for Olivia to do what the coach needs her to do to make up that credit. Even though Olivia herself can't attend all the parties, her phone has to so that Oliva's parents do not find out about the graduation snafu before all is fixed. Having Marcus, Sophie, and Wes help watch her phone and text with her mom sets the group up for some humorous exchanges. How long can they keep up the masquerade? At what point do they realize that coming clean will be easier in the end? Like '10 Blind Dates' this book includes a clean, slow-burning romance with a sweet ending. Would be a great read while relaxing in a hammock after the rush of the school year. Thank you to Disney Audiobooks and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. P.S. This is my second book set in Louisiana this week. Here is the other one: Summer of Stolen Secrets. Love how my books connect without my advance planning.

  11. 5 out of 5

    steph

    A solid 3.5 stars I think I liked 10 Blind Dates better, just simply because there was more family shenanigans and drama plus it took place around Christmastime and I am a sucker for a good romcom holiday story. That said, this story is pretty cute as well. I really liked Olivia and her close relationship with her two cousin's and their next door neighbor(the Fab Four!) was very well explored. It made me really happy to see Sophie and Wes from book 1 being all cute and lovey dovey. I wasn't too f A solid 3.5 stars I think I liked 10 Blind Dates better, just simply because there was more family shenanigans and drama plus it took place around Christmastime and I am a sucker for a good romcom holiday story. That said, this story is pretty cute as well. I really liked Olivia and her close relationship with her two cousin's and their next door neighbor(the Fab Four!) was very well explored. It made me really happy to see Sophie and Wes from book 1 being all cute and lovey dovey. I wasn't too fond of Olivia's mother (she is really is too heavily involved in her daughter's life) but I understand that in order for the plot of this book to occur (changing phones, trying to keep her location a secret, etc), Olivia had to have a helicopter mom so I let that particular grievance all away. Olivia and Leo's relationship was super cute if super fast (this whole story took place in like a week) but I was more intrigued by Charlie and Bianca (book three please!) as well as the relationship between the Fab Four and their twin cousins who are the same age that the Fab Four refer to them as the "Evil Joes". It seemed like all six teens had assumptions about the others that may or may not be true (I mean Leo wouldn't be friends with them all if they were horrible) so I am really hoping that later books explore that particular family dynamic. Because she can't just write about Sophie and Olivia and not about the rest of the cousins. That would be rude.

  12. 5 out of 5

    KTReads

    Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 I really enjoyed this book! Going in I didn't know much about the plot but I knew I wanted to read it because I loved 10 blind dates by the same author, so I was very happy to find out that it is a companion novel to 10 blind dates! It does spoil an event and the couple of 10 blind dates so if you want to read both read 10 blind dates first. I liked seeing the golf tournament as it wasn't Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 I really enjoyed this book! Going in I didn't know much about the plot but I knew I wanted to read it because I loved 10 blind dates by the same author, so I was very happy to find out that it is a companion novel to 10 blind dates! It does spoil an event and the couple of 10 blind dates so if you want to read both read 10 blind dates first. I liked seeing the golf tournament as it wasn't something I was familiar with, but I was glad that it wasn't too heavy on golf terms. I loved seeing more of the family especially since they remind me a lot of my family. I did feel like the romance was a little rushed and didn't have much chemistry but that was really my only complaint. This was a very fun contemporary book that I would definitely recommend as a great summer read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Raquel Fig

    I liked this. It was light, fluffy, a bit predictable, but definitely enjoyable. I really loved Olivia's close family and how they all looked out for each other. 4/5 stars would recommend. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc via netgalley. I liked this. It was light, fluffy, a bit predictable, but definitely enjoyable. I really loved Olivia's close family and how they all looked out for each other. 4/5 stars would recommend. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc via netgalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    This was a really cute romance with layers of family, friendship and high school shenanigans. 10 Truths and a Dare is a companion novel to 10 Blind Dates, Ashley Elston’s debut novel, which I absolutely loved. I really enjoyed the big family aspect in the first book and I was so happy to be back with this large and loving family again. This book follows Olivia as she enters Senior Party Week, the magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, when families go all-out to This was a really cute romance with layers of family, friendship and high school shenanigans. 10 Truths and a Dare is a companion novel to 10 Blind Dates, Ashley Elston’s debut novel, which I absolutely loved. I really enjoyed the big family aspect in the first book and I was so happy to be back with this large and loving family again. This book follows Olivia as she enters Senior Party Week, the magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, when families go all-out to celebrate their high school seniors before they head off to college. As class Salutatorian, Olivia is looking forward going to LSU in the fall after all of the hard work she put into her classes. But when she learns that an unsigned off-campus P.E. form puts her graduation in jeopardy, she has one week to set everything straight. The only catch? Making sure her very big and very nosy extended family doesn’t find out. 10 Truths and a Dare follows in the footsteps of Elston’s debut novel where meddling family members create a lot of the drama. They’re such a fun group and I love how much they care for one another. Even through their obtrusive ways, you can tell they’re doing it because they care. Friendship and family played a large role in the book and I loved those added elements on top of the romance storyline. I really enjoyed the characters and the various antics and hijinks they were apart of. It definitely made for a fun and entertaining read, even if some of the situations seemed unrealistic. I wish the actual game of truth or dare was used more throughout the book. Based on the title, I thought that it would’ve played a more integral part of the story but it was really only referenced once for use in the plot. I definitely know a lot more about the game of golf after reading this book than I ever thought I would. I didn’t know the majority of the book would take place on a golf course but it was an interesting setting and I learned something from it which is always a great outcome from reading. This was a really quick and easy story that’s perfect for readers looking for a light and cute summery book. Thank you so much to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)

    10 Truths and a Dare is an entertaining, fluffy YA novel about family, repairing mistakes, and finding oneself outside of their familial identity (especially in a large family). Just like its companion title 10 Blind Dates, this book delivers on the fun and humor, but don’t expect any heavy topics or serious issues to be explored. If you love cozy YA stories with a hint of high school antics and a dash of humor. Read my review on my blog. Thanks to the publisher for an audio ARC of this book in ex 10 Truths and a Dare is an entertaining, fluffy YA novel about family, repairing mistakes, and finding oneself outside of their familial identity (especially in a large family). Just like its companion title 10 Blind Dates, this book delivers on the fun and humor, but don’t expect any heavy topics or serious issues to be explored. If you love cozy YA stories with a hint of high school antics and a dash of humor. Read my review on my blog. Thanks to the publisher for an audio ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    I had such high expectations for this one after how much I adored 10 Blind Dates, but it just didn't measure up. It was still a cute and fluffy YA story, but it was missing the magic of 10 Blind Dates. It was nice to see everyone again though. 3 stars I had such high expectations for this one after how much I adored 10 Blind Dates, but it just didn't measure up. It was still a cute and fluffy YA story, but it was missing the magic of 10 Blind Dates. It was nice to see everyone again though. 3 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    I LOVED 10 Blind Dates and am sad that I didn't enjoy this as much. 10 Truths and a Dare features different members of the Messinas, the same large, lively extended Italian family as 10 Blind Dates. I think the structure that the 10 dates had was missing in this for me. I thought the plot dragged at times and the romance, while fine, wasn't nearly as cute. Olivia, the book's main character, is Sophie's cousin (Sophie was the main character in book one) and can't be the salutatorian because of so I LOVED 10 Blind Dates and am sad that I didn't enjoy this as much. 10 Truths and a Dare features different members of the Messinas, the same large, lively extended Italian family as 10 Blind Dates. I think the structure that the 10 dates had was missing in this for me. I thought the plot dragged at times and the romance, while fine, wasn't nearly as cute. Olivia, the book's main character, is Sophie's cousin (Sophie was the main character in book one) and can't be the salutatorian because of some mix-up with a gym class. So she has to work at a golf tournament instead. For me just okay, but missing the magic of the first book. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This was a nice companion novel to 10 BLIND DATES. I enjoyed getting to jump back into this crazy family and getting to reunite with the Fab Four. Right off the bat, we get to say hello to our favorite family of rugrats and weirdos. This time, however, we get to see things through Olivia's POV (mostly). I love that the same shenanigans from book 1 are seen here. We have some family meddling, some Fab Four scheming, and some wonderful misunderstandings to bring it all together. For me though, it w This was a nice companion novel to 10 BLIND DATES. I enjoyed getting to jump back into this crazy family and getting to reunite with the Fab Four. Right off the bat, we get to say hello to our favorite family of rugrats and weirdos. This time, however, we get to see things through Olivia's POV (mostly). I love that the same shenanigans from book 1 are seen here. We have some family meddling, some Fab Four scheming, and some wonderful misunderstandings to bring it all together. For me though, it was getting to join this family once more that really did it for me. I also really liked that this book had multiple POVs. While the book is focused on Olivia and it's her story, there are a few times when we get to switch to the POV of someone in the Fab Four. I especially loved seeing Wes and Charlie try to figure out how to be Olivia when texting her mom. It was hilarious to hear their thoughts as they tried to navigate girl talk. As an added bonus, I loved hearing Wes' thoughts when he was around Sophie, his girlfriend. It was so great to see my OTP still thriving. The book started out a little slow. Even though things were happening, I wasn't super invested until about 1/4 of the way through. That's when the "plot" really began. In the beginning, all it did was show that the goal of the book was for Olivia to get her PE credit, but it didn't really focus on that. There was a small focus on Olivia's romance, but even that wasn't amazing. Just kinda there. Honestly, I think my biggest problem with the book, and the reason I debated between a 3.5 or 4 for the rating, was the plot. In theory, this story was fun and exciting, but some reason, that didn't translate on paper most of the time. I was lowkey bored through most of the book. I enjoyed the characters and wanted to see Olivia get her HEA so I stuck around, but I wasn't particularly motivated to finish this book based on the plot. Overall, this was a fun companion novel to 10 BLIND DATES, but I think I would have been okay without it. I won't be actively recommending this book, but I think if you're already a fan of book 1 then you won't regret reading this one. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    This is not marked on Goodreads as a follow-up to 10 Blind Dates but it's definitely a companion book. And while it may not be absolutely necessary to have read that book first, it would help a great deal as most of the characters re-appear in this one. I read this yesterday afternoon while lounging in the sun for three hours, I flew through this and it was the perfect book to read. I just love the Messina family so much, I would happily read another 5 books about them and different members of t This is not marked on Goodreads as a follow-up to 10 Blind Dates but it's definitely a companion book. And while it may not be absolutely necessary to have read that book first, it would help a great deal as most of the characters re-appear in this one. I read this yesterday afternoon while lounging in the sun for three hours, I flew through this and it was the perfect book to read. I just love the Messina family so much, I would happily read another 5 books about them and different members of the family. I am hoping Charlie will get a book, too! So while there's not much depth to these books at all, they are just a great way to spend a couple of hours. It's funny, it's heartwarming, it's slightly (or a lot) ridiculous but I have such a good time when I read these. There are definite flaws, too - like Olivia's overbearing mother, she drove me bonkers - but they don't carry any weight compared to my enjoyment. I think I liked 10 blind dates a little better, because it was set around Christmastime and the family features a little more heavily, but I still really liked this. It made me laugh out loud on several occasions.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caryn - iam.caryn

    I absolutely loved being back with the Messina family! 10 Blind Dates is, in my opinion, one of the best contemporary novels in the YA genre. So, needless to say, I was completely giddy that Elston decided to tell another story featuring this family. We get Olivia as a main character this time. There’s still the wacky Three’s Company type shenanigans I was hoping for but we get a bit of Caddyshack mixed in with it. Elston knows how to play with your emotions. I got so stressed out when Olivia was s I absolutely loved being back with the Messina family! 10 Blind Dates is, in my opinion, one of the best contemporary novels in the YA genre. So, needless to say, I was completely giddy that Elston decided to tell another story featuring this family. We get Olivia as a main character this time. There’s still the wacky Three’s Company type shenanigans I was hoping for but we get a bit of Caddyshack mixed in with it. Elston knows how to play with your emotions. I got so stressed out when Olivia was stressed out. I cried no less than three times. I laughed A LOT. I love Elston’s way of storytelling and I’ll just sit here hoping we can get a Charlie book next. *fingers crossed* *Disclaimer* I received an eARC from Disney Publishing Worldwide on NetGalley. An honest review was provided.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from #netgalley. This book was so much fun! My only drawback was the vast number of characters, but since the book was about our heroine's massive family, it was an important addition. It was hard to keep track of them, which I'm sure was intentional. So when they were all together it would make my head spin some. Anyway, our heroine is the salutatorian for her high school. She has worked so hard for this coveted spot (although the val I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from #netgalley. This book was so much fun! My only drawback was the vast number of characters, but since the book was about our heroine's massive family, it was an important addition. It was hard to keep track of them, which I'm sure was intentional. So when they were all together it would make my head spin some. Anyway, our heroine is the salutatorian for her high school. She has worked so hard for this coveted spot (although the valedictorian would have made her happier). But then the unthinkable happens. She is a half a credit short! And PE, no less. (Ugh. Stupid PE.) She had hoped to slip through it by taking a golf class, but soon found it was more time consuming than she had time for. While trying to make up the credit so she can graduate on time she learns some valuable lessons. Apparently golf relies on integrity. (Who knew? I never equated integrity with politicians, and golf is their sport of choice.) She tries to keep the mistake from her parents and the rest of the family, but realizes she will need the help of her posse if she is to be in two places at once. Especially with her mother tracking her every move. She calls on her cousins and friend to help out with hilarious results. An excellent book that is fun to read with wonderful lessons for young adults.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brinley

    This book was cute, but it didn't hold my attention all too well. I found parts of it way too unrealistic, and I struggled to connect with our main character, or the conflict. I will admit that upon starting this, I hadn't realized that it was a sequel to 10 Blind Dates, which I have downloaded, but I haven't read. I don't feel like I missed much because of this, but it might've helped me understand the family dynamic a bit better. My main problem with this would have to be how unrealistic it wa This book was cute, but it didn't hold my attention all too well. I found parts of it way too unrealistic, and I struggled to connect with our main character, or the conflict. I will admit that upon starting this, I hadn't realized that it was a sequel to 10 Blind Dates, which I have downloaded, but I haven't read. I don't feel like I missed much because of this, but it might've helped me understand the family dynamic a bit better. My main problem with this would have to be how unrealistic it was. Olivia planned out her future so well, and took so many AP classes, but failed to fulfill a semester of PE? How does one miss out on a PE requirement, out of all things? And, I personally found it a bit alarming how closely the mother followed Olivia's life. It seemed like it was only there to add drama, which is something I hate in books. I also wasn't a huge fan of the ending, it felt way too convenient. I can't say too much without spoilers, but everything fell into place so nicely. This was a super cute book, but it wasn't right for me. Maybe if I hadn't read this directly after A Court of Silver Flames (which was absolutely amazing) I might've enjoyed this more. I can definitely see why this book would be loved! Thanks to Netgalley and Ashley Elston for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Olivia is looking forward to her high school graduation ceremony, where she is salutatorian and will give the welcome speech. When she finds out that she might not graduate because of her off-campus golf class, Olivia takes it into her own hands to fix it. In true Mr. Hand fashion (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) the teacher decides that Olivia must make up all the time she wasted during the semester. During senior week: the dead week between high school and graduation, when all of her friends are Olivia is looking forward to her high school graduation ceremony, where she is salutatorian and will give the welcome speech. When she finds out that she might not graduate because of her off-campus golf class, Olivia takes it into her own hands to fix it. In true Mr. Hand fashion (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) the teacher decides that Olivia must make up all the time she wasted during the semester. During senior week: the dead week between high school and graduation, when all of her friends are throwing parties. Teens will enjoy this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morgan- Nothing Better Than a Book

    This is an adorable YA book about graduation week that ALMOST lives up to the goodness of the first book (10 Blind Dates). You can definitely read this book as a standalone, but I enjoyed knowing all of the characters from the first book. Olivia is the class salutatorian, but gets an e-mail from her principal saying that he does not have her form for the off campus PE class she took. She will not be able to graduate if she does not have credit for this class. So, she finds the golf coach for the This is an adorable YA book about graduation week that ALMOST lives up to the goodness of the first book (10 Blind Dates). You can definitely read this book as a standalone, but I enjoyed knowing all of the characters from the first book. Olivia is the class salutatorian, but gets an e-mail from her principal saying that he does not have her form for the off campus PE class she took. She will not be able to graduate if she does not have credit for this class. So, she finds the golf coach for the class and asks him to sign the form. He says she missed too many classes to get credit, but she can make up that time by helping work the golf tournament this week. This is senior week where there are lots of graduation parties, and Olivia will have to miss them in order to work the golf tournament. It’s a sacrifice she is willing to make. However, her mom is out of town and made her install the Life 360 app on her phone since she is staying home alone. Her mom is obsessed with tracking her location, and Olivia doesn’t want her to know about the credit/graduation debacle. So, the fab four group takes turns switching phones with Olivia and attending these graduation parties while Olivia is at the golf course. I loved that their big family was a huge part of this book as well, and that we got to see so much of the Fab 4 cousin/friend group. The shenanigans that they get up to in this book are perfect. It felt very realistic to me while still being creative and fun. I can totally see a high school senior doing most of the things in this book to keep a secret from their mom while making sure they graduate. I loved Leo’s character, but I felt like we were missing some history with him. There is definitely history with him, but it is never explained in this book. I can’t remember him from the first book, but I assume that’s where we learn more about him. The romance between Leo and Olivia was so sweet and the perfect amount for a YA book. 4 stars I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    rebecca

    This book is a sequel to 10 Blind Dates but can also be read as a standalone! This story is centered on Olivia who has to secretly make up 1/2 a PE credit to graduate and be salutatorian without her big, nosy family finding out. This becomes even more challenging when her mom is out of town and uses her phone tracking to keep track of her and instead of being at the numerous grad parties she’s supposed to attend, she’s actually at a golf tournament to make up the hours she missed. What follows i This book is a sequel to 10 Blind Dates but can also be read as a standalone! This story is centered on Olivia who has to secretly make up 1/2 a PE credit to graduate and be salutatorian without her big, nosy family finding out. This becomes even more challenging when her mom is out of town and uses her phone tracking to keep track of her and instead of being at the numerous grad parties she’s supposed to attend, she’s actually at a golf tournament to make up the hours she missed. What follows is a grand phone-switching scheme to keep her mom clueless and keep everyone believing she has everything all together. This is a very cute follow-up to the previous book! I love this giant, crazy family, and it was nice getting to know Olivia more and also be introduced to Leo Perez, Olivia’s love interest. This is definitely a solid summer YA novel—it is filled with crazy antics, sunny golf courses, boy drama, and high school coming to a close. I read most of it sitting outside in the sunshine, and it quenched my need for a light and cute story. I will say I found the plot to be a little implausible, but I didn’t mind it too much. 10 Blind Dates was a solid 4 star read for me, and I would say this one is the same. The characters get a little annoying but I still found them adorable and wanted to see them win. I am not sure if the author plans to continue this series, but I would definitely read more! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Kelley

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Thank you to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for a chance to read and review Elston’s new novel; 10 Truths and A Dare prior to its release in May! This is the companion move to Elston’s 10 Blind Dates, which I adored! In this one we follow Sophie’s cousin Olivia. This was just as fun and witty as the first one and I loved everything about it! This follows Olivia and the gang right before high school graduation and It was fun relieving the week before commencement through our characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Thank you to Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for a chance to read and review Elston’s new novel; 10 Truths and A Dare prior to its release in May! This is the companion move to Elston’s 10 Blind Dates, which I adored! In this one we follow Sophie’s cousin Olivia. This was just as fun and witty as the first one and I loved everything about it! This follows Olivia and the gang right before high school graduation and It was fun relieving the week before commencement through our characters. Plus, we got old characters from the first book to make an appearance! Olivia was fantastic! She grew so much in this story and her love for her friends is admirable. This is a fun & short novel that everyone should pick up in May! 🎓

  27. 4 out of 5

    CozyReaderKelly

    The first book in this series, 10 Blind Dates, is one of my favorite young adult fluffy contemporaries. So I was really looking forward to this sequel that follows another cousin in this huge family. There were a couple things I didn't love about this book, but overall I still liked reading this second installment. I really enjoyed the big family aspect and the romance was really cute. The things that weren't complete wins were that I don't like when a plot line centers around someone lying to a The first book in this series, 10 Blind Dates, is one of my favorite young adult fluffy contemporaries. So I was really looking forward to this sequel that follows another cousin in this huge family. There were a couple things I didn't love about this book, but overall I still liked reading this second installment. I really enjoyed the big family aspect and the romance was really cute. The things that weren't complete wins were that I don't like when a plot line centers around someone lying to a close member of their family. In this case, Olivia, the main character, was lying to her entire family, except a couple cousins, and was actively deceiving her parents about her whereabouts. That is not something I enjoy reading and found the lying to be tedious. But I have to say that there is just something about Ashley Elston's writing that makes her books compulsively readable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cait

    classic case of expectations being too high, I think. 10 blind dates was so charming, and I just didn't gel with this one as much. classic case of expectations being too high, I think. 10 blind dates was so charming, and I just didn't gel with this one as much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars Olivia was ready to celebrate the fruits of her labor. She worked tirelessly during high school and was ready to collect her rewards. Daily Senior Week parties - check. Locking down the salutatorian spot - check. Scholarship money for LSU - check. It was all going according to plan until she learned she never earned that final PE credit. Now it was a race against the clock to make up the class time she missed, while keeping it a secret from her family. Fingers crossed she and th Rating: 4.5 Stars Olivia was ready to celebrate the fruits of her labor. She worked tirelessly during high school and was ready to collect her rewards. Daily Senior Week parties - check. Locking down the salutatorian spot - check. Scholarship money for LSU - check. It was all going according to plan until she learned she never earned that final PE credit. Now it was a race against the clock to make up the class time she missed, while keeping it a secret from her family. Fingers crossed she and the Fab Four can pull this off! My love for 10 Blind Dates is no secret. That was the book where I first met Olivia and her big and boisterous family. I fell in love with this meddlesome but loving clan and was excited to get back into their world. Once again, Elston crafted a sweet and charming story featuring family and friendship with a dash of romance, and I enjoyed every second of it. It was shocking to see Olivia fall from grace. She was the one with everything meticulously planned, but by putting PE low on her list of priorities, her entire academic future was in jeopardy. Though it was easy to understand why Olivia didn't want people to discover her situation, it was exhausting for her, and eventually took its toll. Lots of lessons were learned, and I really appreciated how it all shook out. In-between the hard lesson-learning parts of this story were these amazing parties. Graduating from high school was not celebrated with such grandeur where I grew up, but I loved the idea of these parties. They were all a bit over the top, and many had some fantastic themes. I don't know if Elston based these on her own experiences, but there were a few I would definitely love to attend. Though I enjoyed spending more time with the rest of the Fab Four as they helped Olivia carry out her plan, I did wish there were more big family gatherings. My love for the Messina family runs deep, and I will take as much time with them as I can get. There were some great family gatherings in this book with the concert being especially amusing. There was also a bit of an adorable romance woven into the story. It was an interesting pairing, and I adored them so much, that I wanted more page time with them. Alas, I can get never get enough romance, but I was delighted that there was an epilogue to give me a peek into their future. This book had a lot to live up to, and I must say, it did a good job. It was wonderful being back with the Messina family, and though I didn't get to spend as much time with them as I had liked, the book still had the same warmth and charm of its predecessor, and it won my heart. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  30. 4 out of 5

    I'm All Booked Up YA

    Rating: 4.5/5 Set five months after the events of 10 Blind Dates, 10 Truths and a Dare follows Olivia Perkins, Sophie Patrick’s cousin and best friend. It’s senior week and Olivia’s spent four years looking forward to all the parties. Then, she receives a call from her school that she did not complete her physical education requirement and if she doesn’t turn it in by the end of the week, she can’t graduate with her class. Heartbroken and terrified she’ll lose her position as salutatorian, Olivia’ Rating: 4.5/5 Set five months after the events of 10 Blind Dates, 10 Truths and a Dare follows Olivia Perkins, Sophie Patrick’s cousin and best friend. It’s senior week and Olivia’s spent four years looking forward to all the parties. Then, she receives a call from her school that she did not complete her physical education requirement and if she doesn’t turn it in by the end of the week, she can’t graduate with her class. Heartbroken and terrified she’ll lose her position as salutatorian, Olivia’s determined to track down the coach of her off campus golf credit to clear things up. Except, Olivia missed too much class and if she wants to graduate, she has to forgo senior week and spend every day at a golf tournament. The only problem: Olivia’s parents are away and she doesn’t want them to know, because then her large Italian family will know as well. Since her mom set up a GPS tracker on her phone, Olivia enlists Sophie, Charlie and Wes to pretend to be her and attend every party for her. But, hiding something from a close and large family is never easy, especially when your Nonna knows all. We had so much fun being back in this world. 10 Blind Dates was one of our favorite books of 2019. We were so excited to be back with the Messina family in time to watch the fab four (Sophie, Wes, Charlie and Olivia) graduate and head off to LSU together. Like the first book, 10 Truths and a Dare had us laughing nonstop. Olivia’s mom’s constant texting was so funny, especially when Charlie and Wes pretended to be Olivia. The fab four’s antics are amazing, especially at the crazy parties they attend over the course of a week. We can totally relate to Olivia being a perfectionist and not wanting to show any weakness. She just wants to do well and make her family proud. Plus, some of her cousins (The Evil Jos) would love to see her fall. Now, let’s get to the romance. We shipped Wes and Sophie together from the beginning, so we couldn’t wait to see who Olivia would fall for. Enter Leo Perez, someone the fab four knew as a kid before he moved away and a friend of the Evil Jos. Talk about complicating things. Since we’re huge fans of forbidden romance, Leo won use over when he started spending more time with Olivia at the golf tournament. Their instant chemistry had us swooning. However, we did wish that Elston chose a different sport besides golf. Sorry to any golf fans, but to us, it’s the most boring sport. We tend to prefer basketball, football and baseball. Still Leo won us over despite his dreams of playing college golf. 10 Truths and a Dare ended well. It felt realistic and also challenged Olivia. We hope Elston writes another book in this word so we can see the fab four go away to college together. How about a book on Charlie? He’s easily the funniest character. If you’re looking for a YA contemporary romance about a hilarious large family, pick this one up on May 4, 2021. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

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