- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Swoon Reads (June 19, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250185386
- ISBN-13: 978-1250185389
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boyfriend Bracket Hardcover – June 19, 2018
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When Kate Evangelista, author of No Love Allowed, No Holding Back, and No Second Chances, was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University―Manila with a bachelor of arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. She now writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.
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So the book is called The Boyfriend Bracket and… we do away with the bracket after 30% when Stella gets together with her longtime crush (and surprise surprise, he’s had a crush on her forever), Will, who is her brother Cam’s best friend. So there really was no point to the bracket other than to get a gimmick to get Will to confess his feelings on the page because “he couldn’t stand to see her with another guy”. Thankfully for him, uber protective big brother Cam has shooed away every boyfriend up until that point (ew). And thankfully for him, he gets together with Stella post-makeover (in fairness, he liked her before but UGH. Now she’s sexy! And irresistible)!
I looove friends to more stories but this was not exciting and all tension was lost when the two get together basically right away. The rest of the book was hiding their relationship from Cam, which was annoying. Throw in some typical teen things like dances and college and that’s the rest of the book. It was just so cliche that I had a hard time wanting to read it, so yes, I did skim the rest. I picked up on the major points and I’m glad I didn’t actually spend the time to read each and every word.
Things COULD have been cute if we went through the bracket and found that all of the guys weren’t the right fit and voila! There’s Will! The old brother thing was creepy, kind of? And just flat out annoying because it was way too much forced interference. Not to say this doesn’t actually happen to teens because oh lord, I did some immature stuff back in my teen years, but I enjoy the books that make it more into a story than just recounting teen moments that we’ve all lived through because who wants to live/re-live those cringe-worthy decisions?
Anyway. I’m just really disappointed with this one because it really had potential but it was way too immature for me and the writing was a little cringe-worthy. There wasn’t much that I enjoyed here, other than broad concepts. This was pretty much the definition of “fluff” with not much substance there.
Stella has been in crush with her older brother Cam's friend Will for years, but knows he will never think of her as anything but an annoyance. But now that both boys are away at school, Stella is embracing her freedom from her overbearing brother and jumping into the dating pool. Her bestie Franklin fully supports this idea and comes up with a system of rating her dates and how to determine who moves on. Now with a plan and plenty of options, Stella is ready to take on her mission of finding "the One"- aka her senior year boyfriend. But Will has other plans...
I absolutely love the older brother's best friend romance trope (ok, I love anything that can kinda sorta be considered a forbidden love situation, and this certainly fits in there!) so I was interested in reading The Boyfriend Bracket when I discovered it. Let's be honest here, the ending is not a surprise, I knew right from the start who Stella was going to be with, the surprising part was the journey that it took to get there. There was some humor, some heart, personal reflection, a little bit of overreacting, a big dollop of angst and an overall happy ending. Kate's words made the perfect balance to keep me engaging and speeding through the pages.
Let's just talk a minute about the two hobbies turned career choices for the two main character. Will has been creating a webcomic for years about a super cool and kickass witch hunter and Stella creates all her own clothes from ideas she comes up with. I love how both are so dedicated regardless of their age and are willing to sacrifice and work hard to make their dreams come to life. Neither is really a traditional career but they have the passion to succeed and their families support to help back them and I thought it was really inspiring to see...Also, I really needed images of the outfits and dresses that Stella made because I pictures them in my head but I really wanted to experience it as well. And I wish that the comic had been included, at least a little snippet, because it was super hard to picture and such a huge part of the book. But that is just me and I am a super visual person and I am pretty sure my imagination did not do justice to the creations.
This was a very character driven book, where not a lot of action happened but we got to know the people very well. I love dual narrated romances and this fit the bill since it was through Will and Stella's perspectives. Both character had personal demons to conquer before they could fully be invested in the relationship but I absolutely loved them together. I can understand Stella's hostility towards Cam at the start of the book because his attitude and commands made me want to smack him (repeatedly) and the fact he expected Stella to jump at his ridiculous orders was insane. Franklin and his personality and flamboyant outfits stole the book for me, I loved his outlook and loyalty- everyone needs a friend like him.
Overall this was a cute, very fast read- something you can easily sit down and read in one sitting. Kate makes realistic approachable characters with flaws and issues just like anyone has. This was a perfect read for any lover of contemporary romance, age teen all the way on up.