The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Format: I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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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.
I was so excited to read this book when I first got it, and then I just kept pushing it off because I had other scheduled posts and I actually forgot that I had the book to review until a couple days ago while I was scrolling through the Kindle app on my phone, looking for a new book to read. I had completely forgotten what the book was about and I re-read the synopsis and I fell in love with the synopsis all over again. (Another funny anecdote, one of my classmates named Grant was sitting right across from me on the bus and so yeah… there’s that.)
So Zoe is transferring to a private school, where her brother had already been attending for the past year. Just her luck would she meet a couple of guys, who just so turn out to be her brother’s rivals. Being that type of girl that she is, she kissed one of them, Grant, to spite her brother. Then later on, we see their on again, off-again relationship/friendship (it’s complicated) as well as Zoe’s best friend, Delia and Grant’s best friend, Aiden. (Adding onto that bus story, there’s also a guy on my bus named Aiden). And their friends also has a sort of relationship...kind of. It’s hard to explain.
I had a love/hate relationship with the divide of wealth stuff. I like how it was portrayed, and was done accurately for that matter but there was just something off about it that I didn’t like as much. I also didn’t like how the ‘rich’ kids thought poorly of Zoe and the other people who switched from public to private schools just because it seemed like they were cheating the system. I feel like that’s something that shouldn’t be playing such a large part in the book. It’s just something that happens in the real world too often and people gotta do what they gotta do. (Sorry, that was a mini-rant).
I didn’t see the need to include the scene with Zoe’s cousin. There was nothing there that added to the plot, but it had the potential to. I was really hoping for something to happen during this scene that would affect Zoe and what would have happened overall.
I liked how Zoe’s brother was portrayed as. After suffering a loss, he has the right to be overprotective of his little sister and keeping her away from the ‘wrong’ guys. One thing I would have liked to see more was
As the name suggests, the book has to do with a bet, about boyfriends. To be honest, I didn’t even realize that half of the events that happened was because of the bet that Grant and his friend made. I think that it’s great that something so small was the start of everything that happened.
Oh yea, did I mention that Zoe is a total bad-a**? She is not afraid to say exactly what is on her mind and threatening people when they were in the way of her mental and physical health. I love a main character like that (although it was also fun to see her chill a little and just go with the flow). Also her friend was
Zoe and Aiden’s relationship just confused the sh*t out of me. Like it wasn’t very clear and sometimes we see their relationship from Zoe and Grant’s separate views
One scene that I think is missing is the one where Grant is at Homecoming, from his point of view. THis scene was shown from Zoe’s perspective and the thoughts were all kind of muddy, that I wish that they could’ve shown Grant’s perspective and created an irony of sorts.
Also I should mention that the book alternates points of view which got kind of confusing. I’ve caught onto the train that Entangled published stories told from 2 points of views, and while I find that a little bit annoying at times, I gotta say, these authors are really pulling that off.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). I think the book was great but some of the smaller storylines could have been expanded on, giving us more information. As much as I think this book was well-written, I think it didn’t reach it’s full potential. With a couple more re-writes, I feel like this book could have been ever better than it was. Nonetheless, I still loved it and know that I only give this criticism because I would love to see this amazing book become even better. Again, I just have to say that i absolutely love books from Entangled Press. :)
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