93 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2011
I love story lines with the main character falling for their best friends brother or brothers best friend, so the name alone made me download the sample. Then the sample peaked my curiosity enough to go ahead and buy the book.
It was a cute fun read that focuses on the relationship of Libby and her best friend Mel's older brother Tony. The whole book spans about 15 years as we get to see them interact at different ages starting with the first time they meet when Libby is seven. The best part was the great chemistry and sexual tension between Libby and Tony throughout the book. However, imo, there were maybe one too many "misunderstandings" between them for why, on multiple occasions, they did not end up together.
I rely heavily on reviews when choosing a book, so I know how many people cannot stand bad editing. If this is you, I hate to say it, but you might want to skip this book. I read A LOT of self published stories and normally could care less about proper editing, grammar and punctuation but this book was definitely the exception. It was impossible to overlook with constant words missing, or extra words added and the mixing up of he and she. There was even one or two times when a sentence was so out of whack I never did figure out what it was supposed to say. I am in no way an expert on proper grammar (huge fan of spell check right here!) but it was too much even for me.
Overall I did enjoy the read and do not feel I wasted my time. I'll give the author another try but hopefully the next one is cleaned up.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2011
This book was a realistic love story with characters you feel connected to. It was a long book for this genre and had me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I would say there were almost too many plot twists or I could say 'star crossed lovers' incidents. It took a long time for the characters to finally get together, but it sure was fantastic and funny dialogue throughout, making the wait worth it. Worth every penny and more!
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
NOTE: I am only halfway through the book.
My first thought is: THE GRAMMAR! WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE GRAMMAR?!? Okay, I'm in the ninth grade, and I use better punctuation than this book/the author of this book. I know I'm not great, and it's actually one of my weak points, but.... I can't even express how frustrating it is. The commas, quotation marks and periods are completely out of whack and make the book harder to understand. Note to author: You put commas between two complete sentences that are combined by a conjunction. It goes before the conjunction.
I have also noticed that the characters do not talk like normal teenagers. They do not use contractions as often as the normal person. <-- written like that. It is not always that bad, I have just noted it a few times.
For the first third of the book, the plot was decent. It kept you wondering what would happen, and it conveyed the emotions rather well.
I'm in the second third of the book, and the plot is getting a bit too jumpy. It vaguely goes to focusing more on Tony's emotions to focusing on Libby's emotions. It will go from eating pizza vaguely from Libby's point of view to Tony becoming a sex-craved animal back to eating pizza and then playing Ski-ball.
As I mentioned, I haven't finished the book. I want to because the storyline is good, but I might not because ... *sobs* it's just so frustrating!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2014
Phew, Her Best Friends Brother was a frustrating read. If Tony and Libby could have just talked there wouldn't be a story. If Tony wouldn't be so stupid there wouldn't be a story. It was just a bit much at times and you just are like oh come on! Just say something already! What is wrong with you two?!?!?!
Libby has been in love with Tony since she was seven. Tony is her best friends brother and she doesn't think there is a chance there. Tony has always liked Libby, but at first it is all she is too young (he is a few years older than her). Then once she is of age he is all now she needs some life experience before I make my move. Yeah...then it is she is going away to school for a year so he is all okay...then something else and something else and many misunderstandings and both of them being idiots until finally they figure it out and end up together. It was just so frustrating. The whole book is just the two of them not actually talking, though they keep saying how it is so easy for them to talk about everything! Ahh! I just wanted Tony to step up and actually say something! Then Libby does make a move Tony is so stupid and pushes her away! Then it is forever he doesn't like me, she doesn't like me, I like him, I like her, they don't like me, angst, drama, lame, lame, lame. It just got to be a bit much for me.
This book spans a number of years, which if the story would have been a bot different wouldn't have been too bad. If Libby actually had other relationships with guys instead of just obsessing over Tony, who she is sure doesn't like her. If Tony wouldn't have been so idiotic and finding reason after reason not to say anything to Libby. If they would have lives their lives, but still had each other there I could have dealt with it. As it was the constant will they, won't they got tiresome. By the time they actually did get together I didn't really care that much. It was more a finally, now I don't have to continue reading this annoying story.
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
I usually don't leave customer feedback or reviews, but because I read other reviews to determine if a product is worthwhile, I felt that leaving feedback about this purchase was important.
Looking for an easy, breezy, summer read, I decided to give "Her Best Friend's Brother" a try. The concept and overall plot was a solid one...girl has crush on best friend's brother, best friend's brother has crush on girl...but beyond this, the story was disappointing. From the beginning, the text contained so many grammatical errors (beyond pronoun misuse and misspelled words) that it became distracting and difficult to follow at times. Word order was flipped, words were entirely omitted, etc... making my easy, breezy, summer read a challenging one for all the wrong reasons. The story started out strong, but around the midway point, it was difficult to determine whose perspective the story was being told from. Attempts to create tension between the two main characters (Tony and Libby) were weak at most points, and it was as if the author created subplots to support this tension. These subplots were then not well-developed. Overall, I was disappointed with the book and only finished it because I hate not finishing books!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2012
Overall, it was an okay read. At times, however, you totally forget that Tony is Libby's best friend's brother! This doesn't take away from your reading, though, as much as the spelling and grammar errors. The countless mechanical errors, at times, made me want to smash this thing into pieces. But what can we say? It's a crappy but enjoyable teenage novel... there really isn't that much else on the market.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2012
It's unfortunately becoming the norm - and exacerbated by certain overhyped books that shall remain 50 shades nameless - that books are being "published" without so much as a cursory glance over simple punctuation. One pass of this book through an editor, even a friend beta reading it, would have tightened the story up to the point that the jumpiness and SPaG errors weren't enough to pull me completely out of the story.
Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the story and was captivated by Libby and Tony (even when I wanted to smack the pair of them upside the head for jumping to conclusions!) So much so I finished reading it in a parking lot today when I got off work early because I wanted to read in peace and not be disturbed by my family. So, yes, a captivating story.
I think the author has a lot of talent and I hope she keeps writing. I will probably read her again. I've even gone back to relive a few of my favorite sections. I just wish it had been a cleaner read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2013
Ugh. I hate that I paid $2.99 on this book, when I could have spent it on something better. I read the whole thing, however, because I didn't want that money to go to waste.
Anyways, this book had so many problems that frustrated me to no end. It took forever and a freaking day for the book to really get started. The first half takes place over a course of a couple of years, which pissed me off because it just kept jumping randomly to a few months ahead with no marking or anything. This just left huge gaps in their love story, and really made it less enjoyable.
The book being in third person omniscient pissed me off, too. It kept jumping from Libby 's thoughts to Tony 's without any warning, and it became really hard to keep track of. Besides, I think any romance should be in first person, so you always know exactly what the person is thinking. This book would have been better off in first person with two view points.
Overall, the love story between Tony and Libby was just frustrating, the P.O.V. was a terrible choice, and the fact that the whole book took place over a span of about 5+ years was agonizing. Even though there was a happy ending for everyone in the story, there wasn't for me because I realized that I just wasted three days and $2.99 for this book. Definitely don't recommend it. In fact, stay away from it. Save your money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
Though the title of this book peeked my interest and I read the whole thing in hopes that it would get better, however, it did not. I try really hard to be judgemental to the characters I read about, but Libby and Tony were just not my favorite. To be frank, I didn't really enjoy any of the characters.
When I first started reading it, and I saw how Tony and Libby felt about it, I knew they would be together. The only problems were themselves. If it wasn't one misunderstanding, it was another. It started to just get annoying. With a book that spans such a long time in years, it just seemed ridiculous.
Another problem I had with this book is that it was difficult to follow who was speaking. In other books I've read, when there is more than one first person point of view, it always tells you who the character is before starting the chapter. This book did not contain that. I was able to follow it, but it was still frustrating.
I honestly don't believe this books deserves the 4 star rating it has, and being as ratings weigh heavely on me as to whether or not buy the book, I'm agitated that I spent the money on this one.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2012
I liked this author, she is able to convey emotions and the story is a real way. However, I cant get past how much this book would have benefited from an editor. After the first few chapters, Tony seems like a girl, a teenage girl. He over-thinks the littlest episodes and emotionally swings to "this is the end of the relationship". There are other minor flaws to the book. It looks like most (not all) of the grammar and spelling are corrected but I did have to re-read a couple of sentences to figure out what the author was trying to convey. There was also a picnic where Libby said she would not do something because she was wearing a white shirt, and later she was thankful she was not wearing a white shirt. Like I said, the story was cute, it just could use an experienced editor to elevate it to another level.