Top Ten Summer Read - Looking for Love in TO

July 28, 2015 | Christine

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Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen

Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen Cover ImageRaina Resnick feels like she has completely run out of luck. Expelled from her private school in Manhattan, she’s sent to live with her strict Aunt Mira in Toronto, where her parents hope she’ll be able to excel academically in a "less... distracting environment." Instead, Raina feels completely unwanted, no matter how hard she tries. Her sister, Leah, with whom she had been very close before the move, blames her entirely for her broken engagement. The principal at her new school, the hostile Mrs. Levine, seems intent on making her “the Queen of the Nobodies” at every turn. None of her classmates seem to want to be friends with her either. So what’s a sixteen-year-old girl to do?

While riding the Number 7 bus down Bathurst to school each day, Raina becomes friends with fellow commuter Tamara “Gingie-Locks” Green. After reading and laughing through several different relationship advice books together during their daily bus rides, Raina decides to try setting Tamara up with Jeremy Koenig, a single lawyer and “shameless Yankees fan” who “does volunteer legal work for [a local animal] shelter” and who has been coming to dinner at her aunt’s house for the last little while. This first match turns out to be a success, and using the anonymous name “Matchmaven,” Raina decides that she will try to use her matchmaking skills to help other hopeless singles find the One. But will she be able to use her skills to find her sister the perfect match and get back on her good side, or will her secret double life catch up with her before she can set things right?

I thought that this was a very charming novel set in present-day Toronto, and I enjoyed reading about all of Raina’s misadventures as she tries to set up possible matches. I also liked how Raina's favourite Dewey Decimal number is 796.35764 (this is where she can always find books about her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox). If you're looking for something humourous and heart-warming to read this summer, then I would highly recommend this book.

This novel is also available as an eBook.

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