Storyline Rating : 4/5 stars
Brief Summary from Goodreads :
Date, Mate, Fate. The reality show like no other.
Eight men and eight women thrown together in paradise, their every move filmed.
Thorough compatibility testing says everyone’s soul mate is here, in the house with them…but would you know “the one” if you saw them?
One thing a computer can’t do is manufacture love. But in this house, anything’s possible.
My Point of View :
Have you ever watched The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? No? Then how about reading The Selection by Kiera Cass? Matched’s concept is somewhat resembles those reality-dating shows, only the contestants come in pairs (celebrity + one) and they are playing to find their “soulmate”, as well as winning money that will be donated to the contestants’ selected charity. I wasn’t sure who was the main character in the beginning since there’s no mention of characters’ name in the synopsis. There’s a list of casts (contestants) provided before the story begins, but at that point, I still have no idea whose story I’m reading. Long story short, it’s Harlow’s.
It begins with Oakley, Harlow’s first love, asking Harlow to join a reality show with him. One would think they are dating, but really…they have broken up for a few years due to Oakley’s career as a footballer. Harlow is still in love with Oakley and so she join the reality show to help Oakley – his reason of joining the show is for publicity purposes. Throughout the entire show, Harlow learn a lot about herself and gain new friends, but with the drama that comes along with any reality shows….do you think Harlow and Oakley’s relationship is going to last?
Can’t say I didn’t see the ending coming, though I was surprise the computer matched Harlow and Court together. I thought she and Cruz suit each other pretty well. Overall, the story is interesting – which is obvious since I finished it even though the infidelity thing (e.g. one contestant flirt with another, and then sleep with another, end up with an entirely different contestant) is so not normally what I will read when it comes to romance.
Favorite Quote : None from this book.