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Summer may be over, but she’s ready to bring the heat. 

When her boyfriend shattered her universe last spring, Addy convinced herself that if only she were a little hotter, then she could have kept him. Which is why her senior year goal is to get revenge. 

Step one: Join the swim team and get seriously fit.

Step two: Find some gorgeous new arm candy to take to ex’s big Halloween party and make him crazy with jealousy.

Step three: Try not to fall super hard for said arm candy.

Gray Turner is a California transplant with goals of his own: Get the swim team to regionals, get the scholarship he needs, and get out of this town. Too bad some girl with zero swim skills just joined the team. Private lessons seem like a good idea...until lessons start to feel like something more. 

Addy and Gray started the season with specific plans, but falling for one another wasn’t one of them.

©2019 Jennifer Costley (P)2019 Jennifer Costley

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Terrific, G-rated, YA, sports romance

Just before the beginning of her senior year, Addy Altman participates in an annual ritual with the “squad,” a coterie of herself and her two best friends, Nora and Lucy. They each set a goal for the year. This time around, Addy’s goal is to become so hot by Halloween, that her ex-boyfriend Mitch will rue the day that he dumped her last spring for another girl, after two whole years of dating. Addy’s plan doesn’t include a complete makeover. She already knows how to do her hair and makeup and dress well, and she doesn’t need to lose weight. But she wants to become more healthy, with a toned, fit body, and she decides the best way to do that is to join the school swim team. The second part of her plan is to find a gorgeous boy to date, because she is positive that would drive Mitch crazy with jealousy.

Gray Turner was forced to leave behind all his friends and a championship swim team in California, where he had an excellent chance of earning an athletic scholarship to his first-choice school, the University of California at Berkeley. He had to move because his recently divorced mother received a job offer as a nurse at a rural hospital in a town in Minnesota so small, its swim team is a farce. Anyone who wants to can join the team, even if they can barely swim. A major case in point is a girl his age named Addy. She is an utter novice who is hopelessly clueless as to what is required to swim competitively.

If Gray can’t get to regionals, he has zero chance of being seen by a university scout and winning a sports scholarship, which is his only chance to pay for college and get out of this dumpy town and back to his real home, in sunny California. But since the coach refuses to cut anyone from the team, realistically Gray is left with only two options: Convince Addy to voluntarily drop out of the team, or give her lessons so she can greatly improve her performance.

Unfortunately, it becomes immediately apparent that there is no way that Addy will quit the team. She may be a dud at swimming, but she is stubborn as a mule and absolutely refuses to give up. Lessons it will have to be.

This is a delightful, G-rated version of a classic romance plot, “enemies to lovers.” The premise initially sounds like this story will involve another tried-and-true romance formula, the makeover plot. I was delighted to discover, however, that the makeover in this book is not the classic one, which involves going to a salon and getting a fancy hairdo and makeup tips and buying a bunch of stylish clothes. Instead, the makeover in this story is approached from a health angle, eating a better diet and getting fit. Since anything to do with a healthy lifestyle is virtually never a focus of YA novels, I found it a delightful change to encounter it in this story.

Poor Gray has had a very rough row to hoe, with a bum of a father and seemingly losing all he holds dear when transplanted to Minnesota. However, he has a wonderful, loving and supportive mother, whom he is very close with. And it is a pleasure to read how he and Addy slowly progress from adversaries to friends as he helps her improve her swimming skills. Addy’s sunny disposition brings Gray out of the doldrums, and Gray’s expertise in swimming allows Addy to gain a great sense of confidence and competence as she drastically improves her swimming skills.

I love a romantic relationship where the two partners amplify each other, inspiring each other to grow and change in really positive ways. This couple is all of that and more. The fact that in personality they are opposites provides many humorous and also many poignant moments in this extremely appealing story.

I love the swim team plot, both Addy’s dedication to becoming a better swimmer, and her emotional support of Gray, which helps him to achieve a vital, personal goal of his own as a swimmer.

I also enjoyed the subcharacters, including especially Addy’s quirky younger brother, her two friends, and Gray’s mother.

I particularly appreciated that, in the long-time tradition of adult romance novels, this book alternates between the point of view of both protagonists. This approach allows the reader to deeply get to know Gray, who is a very sympathetic hero.

My only slight complaint with this novel is that I wish the epilogue had been set farther in the future, rather than only a few weeks after the end of the story. I would have liked to find out what happened to Addy and Gray after they graduated from high school.

Overall, this is one of the best YA books I’ve read this year. I am hoping this is the first book in a trilogy, and there will be a Squad Goals book for each of Addy’s two best girlfriends. There is a strong hint in this book that one of Addy’s friends may form a romance with Addy’s brother, who is 13 months younger than Addy. What a fun twist on the adult-romance-novel “cougar” plotline that would be!

The audiobook version of this novel is very well done. It is narrated by Tanya Dougherty, a talented Australian voice-over actress.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 5 stars
Hero: 5 stars
Subcharacters: 5 stars
Romance Plot: 5 stars
Swimming Plot: 5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Narration: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars

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Clean Enemies to Friends to Lovers YA

Addy reminds me of an older Georgia Nicolson from the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison. I'm so glad that she and her friends were just like me at that age! Silly and fun-loving instead of wanting to grow up fast, like so many of my peers at the time. Gray surprised me with how much of a momma's boy he was and being so mature with his college goals. This was a such a wholesome listen with light bullying. The chapters alternated with the POV from both the H and h. Worth listening to if you're into something light as first loves go.

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Fun listen

This was a fun listen for me. I enjoyed the characters and the banter that happens throughout the story between our main characters and her friends. The story had a lighthearted vibe to it that the narrator did a great job of bringing to life. I loved the friendship between the 3 girls and they way that they supported each other through the book. This was just a fun story.

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Cute story but I wasn’t a fan of the way the narrator read. Her inflections were all wrong in my opinion. Her voice was fine though.

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High school romance

This book is a typical, innocent, high school romance.
Addy joins the swim team to get hotter and make her ex jealous. She meets someone else in the process.

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Not bad

This ended up being a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Addy's complete lack of self worth really turned me off and I honestly hated the goals she set for herself. I mean, the wording wasn't horrid-join a sport to get fit and make her ex jealous- but in her mind it was just so she could be hot since she didn't believe she was simply due to her ex started dating someone right away. And the fact that her friends went along with it? Ugh.

However, I did enjoy that she grew out of this by the end. And the relationship growth she has with Gray was really cute. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and I thought it was written rather well.

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Cute YA story

Hot by Halloween is a fun, cute, clean young adult story. I liked the realistic high school drama/storyline. I wish more YA books were this well-written and clean. Good, sweet book. The narrator did a good job.

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HOT BY HALLOWEEN

AT FIRST THE TITLE WAS Off-putting, BUT THE STORY WAS GOOD, AND FUN !

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REST OF THE SERIES.!

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sweet, clean coming of age friends to lovers story

The cover model is exactly how I envisioned Addy in this book, and the narrator did an excellent job bringing her to life. She's bubbly, peppy, energetic - nothing can get her down. Gray is quiet, hard working, determined to win a scholarship.

In this friends to lovers story (the clean, highschool version) Addy and Gray learn a lot about themselves, each other, and the goals they set. I liked that this story was really about their relationship and personal growth and wasn't all about the physical as so many of the books in this genre are.

It is book 1 of a trilogy about three friends; the epilogue is a teaser for book 2. This book can be read as a standalone.

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An entertaining YA listen

Overall, a fun to listen to story. Chapter structure of having events told from each of the main character's point of view, with Tanya Dougherty's clear storytelling and well defined characters, provides easy access to the tale. While the main male character (Gray) at times seems a bit too good to be true, and some of the writing a bit clunky (in particular, the tech vernacular is a bit off at times in this book), the coming of age themes are dealt with in funny and endearing ways.

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  • 12-27-20

Nice and easy

The story is sweet and the narrator is doing a great job, I recommend this for anybody needing something nice and easy to listen to

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  • 10-26-20

Five stars all round!

Addy's life changes when she joins the swim team and meets a surprising new student called Gray... Sweet YA fun with a couple you can really get behind!

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 05-26-20

Awesome

This was such a seriously cute and fun book. I loved it. It’s rare that I notice other characters in the book but all the characters in this one were engaging and made me want their stories as well. This in no way detracted from the main characters they were still strong and entertaining.

Definitely a series that I want to binge and a fantastic narrator who made the characters all so unique.

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  • 04-03-20

Funny & a great narration

First of I listen to this book and I loved the narration. There was no annoyed part about narrator and the story didn’t make me cringe or anything.

I loved addy from the beginning. I thought she was wacky and funny. I loved the squad goals theory and can’t wait to hear about her friends. I loved her brother Max and how close they where. I looking forward to his story with her best friend as I think that where or heading.

Gray for me at first I wasn’t so keen at all but Tanya did a good voice for him. He just seemed too full of himself but not in a way I liked. I ended up liking him in the end and I did love what he did for his mam. The only reason 4 star was I just couldn’t get to like him from beginning and I need that!