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The Starter Boyfriend [Kindle Edition]

Tina Ferraro
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a tuxedo mannequin gets stolen in a senior prank, 17 year-old Courtney Walsh finds herself in a midnight pursuit along southern California beach boulevards, trying to save more than the mannequin, but the after-school job at the tux shop she’s come to love, too. She turns to the unlikeliest of people for help--a surfer boy who is as resourceful as he is good-looking--and her load begins to lighten. If she’s lucky, she might find not only what she needs, but what she wants, too.


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About the Author

I am the author of three young adult novels with Random House: Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, How to Hook a Hottie, and The ABC's of Kissing Boys.  Recently I released a fourth YA novel, The Starter Boyfriend, available on Kindle.


I've been writing since I learned to hold a pencil, and sold upwards of a hundred short stories to national magazines before turning to novels. I share a home in the L.A. area with my rocket scientist husband, some demanding cats, and whichever of our grown kids is in town.


A two-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award and the National Reader's Choice award for best young adult novels, my interests include Facebook Scrabble, the color orange, and chasing coyotes out of our neighborhood.

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  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2AHSAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary YA with depth January 27, 2013
By Margie
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After reading and loving Tina Ferraro's previous books, I knew I had to have The Starter Boyfriend. She has a wonderful way of writing heroines you want as your best friend and heroes to die for. In this book, there are not one but two heroes. Kind of. "Hero" number one is a guy Courtney Walsh can count on to always be there. He's a solid, stand-up guy with chiseled good looks. Oh, and he's a mannequin in the tuxedo rental store where Courtney works. If he were real, he would make the ideal first boyfriend. She christens him Tux, and tells him her problems.

And, boy, does she have problems. Her friends on the softball team are increasingly becoming party girls and encourage Courtney to join in. For Courtney, it's a constant struggle to stay on the right path. She's determined not to follow in her absentee mother's footsteps, who's a recovering alcoholic. Add to that, the pressure of trying to keep her household together for the sake of her dad while maintaining her grades and part-time job.

Enter hero number two -- talented surfer Adam. Courtney has known him for years. He's everything Tux is, only he's made of real flesh and blood. But he's never really paid any attention to her. Mainly because surfing is his life. Courtney tries to fight her attraction for him, and she's almost relieved when her friend Saffron makes a move on him. Almost. Can Courtney be content to have Tux as her starter boyfriend, or will she fight for real love?

This is a wonderful book about loyalty, family ties, and finding your way in the world. It's funny (there's a hilarious scene involving one of our two heroes and a midnight road-trip) and light-hearted, but it also has emotional depth. I loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Y.A. story January 25, 2013
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This book was a nice surprise. It was a fun, cute, fairly typical YA story about a girl navigating the confusing world of being a teenager. I'll keep this one for my daughter. It was clean and also delved lightly into navigating peer pressure (in this book's case regarding alcohol), making good choices and staying true to yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Memorable! January 4, 2013
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THE STARTER BOYFRIEND is a page-turning read that makes you feel good until the very end--with characters who jump off the page, entertaining family dynamics, and one cool mannequin! Check out Tina Ferraro's latest teen adventure as she uses skill to introduce Courtney's unique world weaved in with her hopes and dreams. THE STARTER BOYFRIEND is one memorable story that will stay with me as one of my favorites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Funny Romance December 28, 2012
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It was absolutely adorable. The main character, Courtney, was hilarious with her quirky thoughts and comebacks. Her boyfriend to be, Adam was cute and cared for her but I didn't really get his personality or I was angry with him like Courtney was. I would've liked more buildup and romantic tension and no real flirting. But I still loved it, the plot was amazing with a really good ending. I'm giving this 4 stars out of 5. (Teen book reviewer guest on my blog)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Read! November 27, 2012
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This is a cute read.Courtney has a job at a tux rental place that she loves and a certain Mannequin who is the strong and silent type.Courtney has alot going on..school,college,friends and her dad remarrying.I enjoyed the story.Although I feel at times it could have slowed down a bit and had a bit more romance.I loved the part when Courtney goes riding in the car with Tux and He is taken.Hilarious.All in all a cute read..If your looking for a good,lighthearted story then this is your story,Babycakes.Oh and the Cover is beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars cute story August 13, 2013
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I enjoyed the story. I thought the idea of the shy girl having a starter boyfriend being the manaquine at the tuxedo store she works at was really interesting. Knowing that in Tux she had someone to listen to her when she had no one else to talk to was endearing and because of this and the connection she feels to Tux many things happen and wrong time wrong place and her world goes a little wild. In the process of sorting these things out she finds that her family and friends are there for her and she realizes that she has people other than an inanimate object to confide in. Courtney does some quick growing up and realizes that its time to let go and take chances. The story is more about Courtney realizing her potential and her connections to her family and friends and growing up more than it is about finding the boyfriend she thinks she needs.
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I am the author of several young adult novels and novellas, as well as upwards of a hundred romantic short stories for teens and adults.

I share a home in the L.A. area with my rocket scientist husband, some demanding cats, and whichever of our grown kids is in town.

A two-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award and the National Reader's Choice award for my young adult novels, my interests include Facebook Scrabble, the color orange, and chasing coyotes out of our neighborhood.

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