The Love Interest

The Love Interest

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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 valuable 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 important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be - whoever the girl doesn't choose will die.

What the boys don't expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is a gay YA thriller that is non-stop action from start to finish.
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Product details

  • 13+
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 148 x 211 x 32mm | 459g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 125010713X
  • 9781250107138
  • 77,348

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-Nice-guy Caden is just that: raised by a secret spy organization to be a Nice, carefully sculpted to nonthreatening physical perfection and full of boyish, bashful charm. Caden is a Love Interest, trained to make a target chosen by the organization--in this case, high-school science wiz Juliet--fall in love with him so he can steal her secrets. But there's a catch: competition in the form of Dylan, a Bad, trained to appear tough, brooding, and a little bit dangerous. Whoever doesn't get the girl dies. Caden, not as Nice as he should be, hopes that his will to survive will help him win, even though this means another boy's death. But Juliet turns out to be smart, capable, and kind, and Caden hates betraying her. Worse, Dyl has started showing up at his window in the middle of the night, and even though they're supposed to be enemies, Caden feels first camaraderie, then something deeper for him. For Caden, love was never supposed to be a factor, but it's starting to make all the difference. There's a Hunger Games vibe here to be sure--a deadly teen-on-teen competition--and this is packed with similar questions of morality. High stakes, well-developed characters, and an LGBTQ slant on the classic spy story make it all the more intriguing. Stock up--this one has something for everyone.--- Booklist, starred review

-In this subversive take on the quintessential YA love triangle, two guys--the clean-cut boy next door and the brooding bad boy--compete for a girl's affections. But nothing is as it seems: the guys are actually secret agents, trained to follow a script and fulfill specific romantic roles, and whoever doesn't win his target's love will be killed by his ruthless employer. ... Dietrich's debut is impressive, provocative, and a clever take on well-worn romantic tropes. ... while the thriller elements add tension and numerous surprises.---Publishers Weekly

-Caden is a spy. He's spent most of his life so far in an underground facility being groomed physically and mentally to become a Love Interest for someone influential. Now he's finally been chosen. Caden's been pegged as a Nice, the nerdy-boy-next-door type with perfect abs and ocean blue eyes. His competition is Dylan, a dark-souled Bad who's the dreamiest boy Caden's ever seen. Each of them must pursue Juliet, a girl destined to be the next great scientific mind. Whoever wins will share Juliet's secrets with the Love Interest Compound, which will then sell them to the highest bidder. Whoever loses dies. Caden doesn't intend to lose--but no one prepared him for the way Dyl makes him feel. of spy fiction and LGBTQ titles will find the novel worth reading.--- School Library Journal
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About Cale Dietrich

Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.
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3,916 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 13% (502)
4 25% (988)
3 35% (1,369)
2 19% (759)
1 8% (298)
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