Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book in advance to review from the publicist at Entangled.
You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Any-Boy-but-Julie-Hammerle-ebook/dp/B01N25EGAO/
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.
I like the concept of the feuding families, kind of Romeo and Juliet-esque with the twist of modern day technology set in a tiny winter town. Many of you know how much I love books set about hockey and skating, and so the lack of that was a little disappointing to me when I read the description because honestly it looked a little bland, I just knew that I had to give it a try because of the characters that were described. So while there wasn’t any of the actual winter sport in this book, it was still a really good book about a winter romance.
The book introduced a hella lot of characters, most of whom I’ve forgotten about. The main two characters are Oliver, the son of the own of Prince’s sporting goods, and then Elena, the daughter of the owners of Chestnuts sporting goods, which ironically are right across the street from each other. Granted, the whole population store-wise of that town is on that one street so there wasn’t many other places they could have been.
If you liked playing Pokemon Go this past summer, then you will definitely like this book because the entire concept is just a huge pokemon go game in the midst of a tiny town.
This was a well written book, I found just a few inconsistencies in the plot, but nothing too major that bothered me that much. Some of the plot logistics seemed to be a bit iffy, like something would happen and the something else contradicts that bit of history, but I’m not sure if that is due to my own mis reading or if the holes are actually there. Nonetheless, it wasn’t that big a deal and was still fun to piece together all the little bits of family history that was thrown in.
Speaking of family history, there was a lot of things that went wrong in the previous generation that creates most of the problems of why Oliver and Elena couldn’t be together in the first place between their two sporting goods stores.
I mean, the ending was pretty much predictable from the beginning. Actually the entire book for that matter was pretty much predictable but it was still fun to see how everything played out. As it is an Entangled book, the two main characters fall for each other by the end
I do wish we got to see more of Oliver’s side and his personal side such as recalling how his family was like before they moved to North Pole, Minnesota. The info that we got from him was pretty good though so I guess I can’t complain. Oliver seems like the type of straight up jerk, you know the type--athletic, tall, good looking, blond with blue or green eyes, doesn’t care about anything at all except his own popularity, etc...and while he does meet some of the physical traits, he surprised me by being the shy type, and while doesn’t care much about his other grades, coding is an integral part of his life.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10. I really like the concept of it, and can not wait to read the next one in the soon to become series. I really liked the characters by the end, and the fact that we see a whole bunch of people, actually it feels like we came across the entire population of the tiny town while Oliver and Elena were out on their chase. I highly recommend that you go and read the book because it’s amazing and you do not want to get left behind by being the only person that hasn’t read it yet. I’m kidding, but go, read the book! Now the next thing that I’m hoping for is a book about Regina Price, Oliver's sister and her relationship with Stan, the hockey player that is a big deal in this town.
I also have a guest post by the author talking about how this little town of North Pole Minnesota came to be, her inspiration for all the characters, etc… as well as the plans for the future books in the series. The post also talks a little bit about her writing process for the series, and boy can I just tell you right now, it’s an interesting one for sure. That post will come sometime next week so keep your eyes out for that!
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