{Story Diary} Misunderstanding Mr. Popular by Dane Luna | A Short and Sweet Enemies to Rivals to Lovers Novella

Oct 4, 2020

misunderstanding mr. popular by dane luna
Misunderstanding Mr. Popular by Dane Luna
Young Adult Contemporary Romance, Novella
August 28, 2020 

Sebastian Reed. Part of the jujitsu team. Six feet tall and a hunk and a half. Struts along the hallways of Welton Prep like he owns the place. The whole school has fallen for his charms. 

But just because everyone likes Mr. Popular doesn’t mean Oli Park can’t hate him. 

Because Oli Park hates Sebastian Reed. And there’s nothing that can change her mind.

Reasons to Read Misunderstanding Mr. Popular

♥ Enemies to rivals to lovers

♥ Opposites attract ๐Ÿ’ž

♥ While on the topic of tropes and themes, there's also a brief teaching how to play an instrument scene

♥ The MC, Oli, works at a puppy cafรฉ! The cafe's resident pup is a shiba inu named Wasabi. ๐Ÿถ☕

♥ Oli and Sebastian are competing for student council president, which turned their (more like Oli's) "hate" to a rivalry. ๐Ÿ—ณ️

♥ The characters, their banter, the wild schemes they come up with, the MCs mom's, their schoolmates... are pretty hilarious. It definitely added to the quirkiness and comedic relief that makes this novella even more sweet and wholesome. ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’•

♥ There's also a scene that takes place at a library cafรฉ that might involve a sweet old lady who owns the cafรฉ + some slow dancing ๐Ÿ“š

♥ Revenge plots, smear campaigns, evil plotting, vote rigging gone wrong and covert operations. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

♥ It sort of reads as a kdrama (imo)

♥ Fighting attraction and the will-ya'll-just-kiss-already. Just add tension to the list ok.

♥ Cult classic movie references ๐ŸŽฌ

♥ Important message about honesty, learning from your mistakes, consequences, priorities, friendship, not everything (or everyone) is as it seems, feelings and crushes.


☀ Korean MC
☀ Korean SC
☀ POC side characters
☀ Author of color (Filipino)

Content/Trigger Warnings

➤ Mention of deceased parent
➤ Humiliation
➤ A scene where a character who cannot swim gets pushed into a pool

I didn't miss the tinge of hurt in my best friend's voice. Now I have more reason to take Sebastian Reed down.

--Dane Luna, Misunderstanding Mr. Popular

And so the evil plotting begins...

"Feelings? There are no feelings involved here. I'm just here to campaign and to win."

--Dane Luna, Misunderstanding Mr. Popular

He's obnoxiously loud, hitting high notes and singing to his hearts content. It should be annoying, but somehow, I can't help but notice he has an amazing singing voice.

I hate him. Can he really do no wrong?

--Dane Luna, Misunderstanding Mr. Popular

". . .the dogs don't bother me as much as the customers do."

--Dane Luna, Misunderstanding Mr. Popular

*nods fervently* relatable

"You're the boss, Ms. Park. Tell me what I need to do."
What he needs to do is not look adorable playing with that dog.

--Dane Luna, Misunderstanding Mr. Popular

"You can't steal another kiss though. Otherwise I'll have to kiss you back."

--Dane Luna, Misunderstanding Mr. Popular

OH ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€

But the dirt you sweep under the rug always finds a way to blow up in your face somehow.

--Dane Luna, Misunderstanding Mr. Popular

Movie References

pride and prejudice you've got mail boys over flowers

sixteen candles some kind of wonderful pretty in pink

Dane Luna writes young adult and contemporary romance novels. She has a theory that if you do what you love, you’ll always love Mondays. So she tries as much as she can to spend every Monday (and every day of the week after that) in cozy cafes plotting her next story, or traveling to her favorite faraway places.

She also believes in the restorative benefits of a delightful brunch any day of the week (and you should too).

Unfortunately, I believe this is only available on Amazon/Kindle. As a kindle to Kobo convert, I had to borrow my friends kindle to read this. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคก

♥ Do you like the enemies to lovers trope? Or Opposites attract?
Is Misunderstanding Mr. Popular on your TBR shelf? ♥

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