Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: The Boyfriend Bet

Author Chris Cannon
Format e- ARC
Print Length 240 pages
Publisher Entangled: Crush
Published August 22, 2016

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.

Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. 

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line. 

My Opinion

Thank you to Entangled and Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel. This in no way influenced my review.

Zoe is a “hick” who transfers into Wilton, a nearby private school, there she mets Grant a “snob”. Grant has an ex who wants him back and an archenemy at the school who happens to be Zoe’s brother, Jack. When Grant and Zoe meet she mistakenly gets labeled a “ringer” local girl falls for a snob only to have them break her heart. This is the story about how a label can sometimes turn into so much more.

If being unique, feisty and bold were an Olympic sport than Zoe would have a gold medal or at least a silver. This girl had spunk, likes to prove that she is independent and had no problem telling it like it is. She has no desire to fall for a snob, or be a doormat to one. She is a tad bit interested in how Grant thinks though. I wish though that she was a bit tougher on Grant when he would screw up, I felt that he got away with some stuff a little bit too easily.

Grant is an entitled and affluent rich kid. His parents are his example of how love looks at right now it looks frigid. That coupled with a clingy ex, who can’t seem to understand go away it is no surprise that he wants to play the field. He just can’t seem to forget about Zoe, the hick girl with a kicking personality. There were times I wanted to Gibbs slap him (Gibbs from NCIS). Most of those times had to do with when other girls were around. Boy has got some major swag going on. Can he truly give up the game, for a hick?

The secondary characters help bring this story full circle. Zoe’s grandma is a Betty for sure. Delia is about as intriguing as they come. Aiden the intelligent yet socially awkward guy who wants to figure Delia out. Jack the protective brother who has no idea how to protect. This fabulous cast makes the story of The Boyfriend Bet.

The Boyfriend Bet is a book that brings all the feels. Not only does it center around budding love, it also deals with how life can interfere with life. Both teens have emotional family stuff that they are going through. How they deal with has a direct relationship with how they deal with each other. Navigating love can be difficult, The Boyfriend Bet embraces those difficulties.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “If you’re still here when I look out that window again, I will shoot your sorry ass and bury your body behind the barn where no one will ever find you.”

Other People

Delia- Zoe’s bestie
Aiden- Grant’s bestie
Amber- girl who wants Grant
Lena- Grant's ex
Jack- Zoe’s big brother

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