Young Adult

The Love Interest

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Cale Dietrich with The Love Interest.

by Cale Dietrich

Quick take

The genius of this book is how it blatantly mocks clichéd tropes while you are being sucked into a story about the very thing being mocked.

Why I love it

An action-packed, sci-fi / romance / YA book that takes the standard love triangle plot and shatters it with a modern-day twist'”I loved this book!

Two boys compete for the affection of a girl. One is the gorgeous, smart, aw-shucks boy next door (I am picturing Scott Eastwood) and the other is the moody, quintessential bad boy (complete with leather jacket and motorcycle). The girl must choose onl...


There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is valuable to the organization, and each bo...

Member thoughts

25% Love
45% Like
27% Dislike
  • Annie R.

    Niskayuna, NY

    "I absolutely love how this book played out. I called the love interest part a little bit before it became glaringly obvious, but I LOVED that this book turned that way. Loved it."

  • Shelbi L.

    Bryan, TX

    "This reminded me of so many great YA I read in high school and it was nice to revisit the genre with a fresh and engaging book."

  • Amanda B.

    Tampa, FL

    "Did not know what to expect and was not disappointed. Great book about how human nature can sometimes prevail over conditioning."

  • Ashley R.

    Spring, TX

    "Loved the characters, and great ending! "

  • Laura F.

    Wellfleet, MA

    "This book was so interesting ,I read it in a weekend. This futuristic society trying to control people and information through who they fall in love with. *****"

  • Janine H.

    Seaford, NY

    "The concept of this YA novel was refreshing and in the end didn't disappoint. One of my favorite of the year so far!"

  • Jo L.

    Chicago, IL

    "Great writing, compelling character journeys, and just delightful."

  • Kylee D.

    Rancho Cordova, CA

    "This was a super fun read. I couldn't put it down - in fact, I read it in about half my normal time!"

  • Katelyn L.

    Bloomington , IN

    "I couldn't put this book down since I read it in less than five days. I loved it and it was such an interesting concept. My only thing I couldn't get past was the word "friggin" used often. Overall :)"

  • Kristin B.

    Vienna, WV

    "Excellent work of fiction AND a page turner"

  • Emily T.

    Indianapolis, IN

    "Loved all the characters. It was a great twist on the mechanism of a love triangle. Lots of turns you don't see coming. Fascinating read!"