Review: The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams

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WARNING: This post contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!

The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams was gifted to me by a fellow Bookstagrammer! 

I have my Amazon wishlist linked in my description on Bookstagram because (honestly) everyone else does plus that is a requirement for some giveaways. It is honestly GENIUS because I don’t feel comfortable giving my address to random people on the Internet and I know others feel that way, too. By having these wishlists, we can spoil each other that way without asking for someone’s address!

Anyhoo, I had a rough week and needed something to read that would make me smile. That was the week the evacuations in Afghanistan were going on plus wildfires in California plus hurricane Ida plus everything else that was already weighing heavily on my mind. I was feeling the heaviness of it all and posted about it on my Bookstagram.

A couple of days later, The Cheat Sheet shows up on my front porch with the sweetest note saying, “I hope this makes you smile!”

It did way more than just that.

The Synopsis:

“Is it ever too late to leave the friend-zone?

Hi, my name is Bree Camden, and I’m hopelessly in love with my best friend and star quarterback Nathan Donelson (so is half of America, judging by the tabloids and how much the guy dates). The first step is admitting, right? Except, I can never admit it to him because he clearly doesn’t see me that way, and the last thing I want is for things to get weird between us.

Nothing but good old-fashioned, no-touching-the-sexiest-man-alive, platonic friendship for us! Everything is exactly how I like it! Yes. Good. (I’m not crying, I’m just peeling an onion.)

Our friendship is going swimmingly until I accidentally spill my beans to a reporter over too much tequila, and now the world seems to think me and Nathan belong together. Oh, and did I mention we have to date publicly for three weeks until after the Super Bowl because we signed a contract with…oops, forgot I can’t tell anyone about that! 

Bottom line is, now my best friend is smudging all the lines and acting very un-platonic, and I’m just trying to keep my body from bursting into flames every time he touches me.

How am I going to make it through three weeks of fake dating Nathan without anything changing between us? Especially when it almost-sort-a-kinda seems like he’s fighting for a completely different outcome?

Send help.

XO Bree”

Read This If You Love…

  • Book-induced giggle fits
  • Literally laughing until you almost pee your pants
  • Friends to lovers trope
  • Spicy romance novels without graphic sex scenes (also depends on what you define as graphic, but I personally do not think it is graphic)
  • Tide To-Go pens

As my sober eyes focus on the bleary-eyed version of myself, a hand reaches into my chest and grabs my lungs. “Oh my gosh! NO NO NO.”


My Review

Where do I even begin?

I finished The Cheat Sheet in one day. Bree Camden is the girl that everyone wants for their girl best friend and Nathan Donelson is the guy everyone wants to either date or have for their guy best friend.

Bree is nothing short of a total goober, but in the cutest way. Nathan is an over-achiever with the kindest heart. They’ve been best friends since high school.

I love how this book switches back and forth between their two perspectives, still being told in first person every chapter. It gives the reader insight into what each character thinks about the other.

At first, I thought Bree would be alone in having feelings for her best friend and this would be a story where Nathan finally realizes at the end that they are meant to be. Then, in the first chapter narrated by Nathan, the reader learns that he has always loved her.

Thus begins a back-and-forth of “he/she loves me, he/she loves me not” for almost the entire book.

On top of that, things get even more interesting when Bree drunkingly has a conversation with a journalist about her feelings and Nathan.

The Cheat Sheet had me laughing from start to end. It makes readers swoon with how much Nathan and Bree care for each other, and the actions they take to show it. It shows that some of the most perfect relationships start as friendships.

Above all, it has ensured that I will never look at Tide To-Go pens the same again.

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