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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle / Book Review

By: Julie Hammerle
Published by: Entangled Crush
Released on: February 13th, 2017
Series: North Pole, Minnesota #1
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Rating: 3.5 Stars
I received an e-arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

Any Boy But You is a great modern day Romeo & Juliet, meets You've Got Mail and with a Hallmark Movie Channel storyline.  An enjoyable read, this is a cute, clean cut YA romance, about two teens you despise each other in real life, but have connected with each other online. Not realizing that who they're each crushing on is in-fact the person they can't stand. Each coming from the rival family who's for a generations have allowed a family feud get in the way of friendship, and compete over the other's family owned sporting good store. 

There's something about the way Hammerle wrote this book, that instead of putting it down, because it may not have been my cup of tea, I found that this was just the read I needed. It's the slow build up kind of storyline that I was intrigued with. I got wrapped up in all Elena and Oliver's stories. I like that this book is told from both of their points of views. Each comes from a family with it's own set of problems. After all, it wouldn't be good contemporary without having realistic, small town drama. That being that the two families have an ongoing feud, despite their parents being one time close friends. 

I liked that the small town feel to the story. I enjoyed each of the characters, and what they added to the story. I felt like I understood each of them and enjoyed getting to know them more. They each of their realistic strengths and weakness, and I enjoyed seeing them grow as characters, especially Elena and Oliver. Oliver definitely surprised me the most. He's not your typical main character who's a gifted athlete and has girls swooning over him. Instead he's the introverted character who's the perfect opposite for Elena's extroverted character. 

My favorite part of the story was watching two characters who despise each other in real life, connect with each other online. Not knowing that who they're crushing, and having heart to heart conversations with, is the one person they can't stand to be around. I loved watching the two of them piece together who their online crush was in real life. This is a cute, clean cut, fast paced read. I'm hoping this is the start to a series that will include some of the other character's own stories. I'm looking forward to reading more of Hammerle's books. 

1 comment:

  1. Lovely review sweetie :D Sounds like a cute book. Maybe not for me.. but still curious :) I'm glad you enjoyed it. <3