Any Boy but You (North Pole, Minnesota #1) by Julie Hammerle
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
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.
Cute YA romance. Apparently an updated version of “You’ve Got Mail.”
I was originally given a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and then I signed up with Chapter by Chapter to be part of this blog tour.
Elena Chestnut works at her family’s sporting goods store in North Pole, Minnesota. A town full of Christmas. But now Christmas is over, and her family business isn’t doing so well.
Right across the street is her family’s enemy, The Princes. This family also owns a sporting goods store, but the family have been locked in a bitter rivalry for many years since the families had a disagreement and created separate stores. The Princes and Chestnuts once had a shared store, but now the families absolutely detest each other.
Oliver Prince is working on an app for his family’s store which is definitely more successful. His life is all about the computer and video games. He’s not about being social or making friends in a new town. He’d rather be locked up with his games, leaving the socializing to his sister. He is working hard on this app because he wants it to be a hit.
So, I loved this book. I’m from Wisconsin so I know exactly what winter can be like. The only really weird thing is how they say pop. I mean, everyone knows it’s soda. So I had to wrinkle my nose at that the whole time. But this book was cute. It was one of those clean, sweet romances where you go aww the whole time. They even live in a small town with crazy locals and it has a big family vibe. So it’s kind of like Gilmore Girls and Stars Hollow. There is even a Gilmore Girls reference. So, I guess that’s what the author was going for.
I have to admit I did relate to Elena because I can be the same way to people. I can be a bit cold and hard to deal with. I mean, it’s not always. But there are times when that is just a big part of my personality so I didn’t see the problem with her attitude. But she did learn to lighten up eventually and everyone loved her in the end because she becomes nicer and it just works out well for everyone in the end mostly. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is definite character growth with her.
This was a fast and easy read for me. I did see the plot twist coming, and I kind of knew it was all going to work out in the end. These factors didn’t deter me from enjoying the book, but I would say pick this up if you are looking for a clean, fluffy romance to be read within a few hours. There was a good ending, and I do look forward to reading more from this author. I’d love to have a story about Harper! And now that I know the author has writte another book, I’ll have to read that one too.
February 13-24, 2017
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Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.
She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.
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