*CW: Death of a parent
Find The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park here.
What it’s about:
Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers Nate a ridiculous amount of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family, but is compromising his integrity worth it?Luck comes in the form of Kate Anderson, Nate’s colleague at the zombie-themed escape room where he works. She approaches Nate with a plan: a local tech company is hosting a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize. It could solve all of Nate’s problems, and she needs the money too.If the two of them team up, Nate has a real shot of winning the grand prize. But the real challenge? Making through the weekend with his heart intact…
What I loved:
–The zombie competition. The competition itself was such an interesting and unique idea. It was definitely entertaining.
–Nate & Kate’s family. I loved the development of their family dynamics and how it shaped each of them personally. Especially with Nate, I really enjoyed reading his interactions with his family (his little sister was the cutest!). Although Kate’s relationship with her dad was hard to read at times (it’s really troubled after her mom’s death), I enjoyed the contrast of her family relationship versus Nate’s.
Why I didn’t give it five stars:
–I wish we got more of the escape room. With the title of the book, the cover and the synopsis, I was hoping for more of the escape part of the story, but it was only a very small part of it. And it was a little jarring because I thought the competition would read more romantic, but really the competition ended up being more Hunger Games-like.
–The romance. Although I enjoyed reading about Nate and Kate individually, I wasn’t huge on their romance. It was a slow burn romance that felt a little under developed.
–In the end, I just wished we got a little more: more buildup from the romance, more time with the escape room, and more from the overall family relationships.