Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents’ marriages hadn’t fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they’ve each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy.
Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Free-spirited, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick hadn’t been together long, but they’d felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history… Or so she’d thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways.
Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Are you dying to know if your crush is into you? If you need a little help to make-up, break-up or meet someone new, look no further than Love, Inc.
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“Zahra’s struggle to reconcile her Scottish American heritage with her mother’s Muslim traditions and her sarcastic quips with her Pakistani grandparents, who are ready to marry her off to the first eligible Member of the Tribe, add depth to this breezy, happy-ending romance.”
“Following her parents’ separation, Zahra is forced into group therapy, where she meets Kali and Syd. The three girls quickly find that fractured families are not all they have in common—it turns out that they are all dating the same guy. Despite their differences, they find they are all good at one thing: revenge. After trashing their boyfriend’s … reputation, they decide to offer their services to others. The specialty at Love, Inc., is initially payback, but the three jilted girls find they have a wider range of love-related services to offer. Genuinely endearing, narrator Zahra reacts authentically to betrayal, her parents’ separation and the confusion of assimilating her Pakistani and Scottish-American roots. Smart dialogue and a hip cast of characters keep the story engaging…”
“This is a breezy read with strong appeal for those looking for something ‘clean’ to enjoy.”
“While marriage breakdown and its effect on children, the complexities of relationships, teen romance, and cross-cultural conflicts join the usual teen problem issues raised in the novel, the developing relationships among the three girls remains the central focus. Well-paced prose, snappy dialogue, plenty of humorous antics, and quirky, appealing main and varied secondary characters combine to present an amusing and entertaining chic lit novel that should appeal to young adult readers.”
Hyperion, Hardcover, January 2011, ISBN: 978-1423131151