Summary

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.

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Review

My rating:

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Hi, everybody! I just finished reading Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle and, to be honest, I’m glad that it’s over… Maybe at the beginning, when it was full of promise, I was intrigued by it. But by the end, I was ready to move on to the next novel, which was really sad since I liked the author’s debut novel, The Sound of Us.

It wasn’t all bad, though. What I loved most about this novel was the IM correspondence between Elena and Oliver. As you might have seen from a recent post of mine, I really like it when people get to know each other out of the context of their day-to-day lives. It just proves how much people can get along without all that extra baggage weighing them down. Especially in terms of that ridiculous family feud that doesn’t even concern them at all.

Speaking of the feud, I’m glad that I read this novel, because now I know just how much I hate feuds. Particularly the ones that extend beyond generations and divide everyone’s loyalties. I was so upset every time Elena and Oliver acted like jerks to each other, and not even for a logical reason. I like drama and tension just as much as the next person, but when it doesn’t even feel real or draw out any emotions of relating to characters, I can’t really get behind it. I mean, yeah, they can hate each other, but it has to be understandable. But maybe that was just me…

As for the novel’s development plot-wise, I didn’t really like it as it got near the end. The resolution wasn’t really believable and I thought it was too fast to not be questionable. Plus, in my opinion, the parents’ drama was more deserving of a book than their kids (like a prequel NA novel or something). It made much more sense of why they didn’t get along, while also portraying some seriously good drama that would have interesting to read about!

Well, that’s all I have to say about Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle. While I was really in love with her debut novel, her second novel didn’t live up to the hype I built in my head. If you have any thoughts about this book, let me know in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

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