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Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes is kind of a peculiar person. When it comes to setting goals for himself; he likes making list. He is very fastidious when it comes to his list no matter what he sets out to do. Whether he is trying to make good grades or trying to get into a good college. He has his own way of getting things done and he likes it just fine.
So when he decides to get Ainsley Bishop to fall in love with him he has to have a list. He makes a list that he will follow up to the last detail. It is the only way Oliver knows. Oliver gets a lot of help from his friend Viney and an older gentleman from the center where he works fixing computers and where he also just hangs out with Hank and some of the other residents at the center.
Oliver has a hard time with other people in his school as he is not part of the popular crowd. But Oliver is ok with this and yes he gets picked on sometimes but he has learned to live with it and go on with his life. By ignoring it makes him the better person and besides neither the person nor the comments are worth the time or trouble that fighting back may cause to himself or anyone else. But there are times when you have to stand up for yourself, times when you are right in doing so.
Oliver has a little brother named Sherlock who like Oliver has his own thing to do. Sherlock is like his name sake. He likes investigating crimes or whatever happens to be going on at the time whether it is at school or at home. He likes taking out his little notebook and writing down all of the clues he runs across until finds the answer or what he thinks is the answer which is not always the case. Sherlock has a long ways to go before he can be an investigator like his name sake but he is only a child and has a long time yet to learn from his nemeses.
When I first realized that I signed up to review How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love With You I was like; "oh no you didn't. I couldn't believe it. I am more of a horror or paranormal kind of person. But on occasion I do dabble in other genres and I always find out that I do like the books after all and am glad that I read them and How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love With You was no different. After I started reading it I was like if this was a movie I would love it. The more I read the more I wanted to read. Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. I read it way faster than I ever thought I would. I read it in a few hours so hey, I must have liked it very much.
I'm going to urge my girls to read this one, too--ages 11 & 14--because it's right for them and their ages as well as someone older.
The synopsis describes the book pretty well, so I'll just get right to my review.
What I loved:
I really loved the concept of Oliver's lists. He had a list for everything with a step-by-step checklist to help him accomplish his goals. And they work for him. I've gotta say that even his list for Ainsley was pretty spot-on. With great advice like "Make her feel secure and important," "Pay attention" and "Admit when you're wrong," he's got a solid foundation for a good relationship. I mean, what girl doesn't want someone to treat them like they're important and pay attention to them? I was really glad that his list wasn't all silly little things to get her attention (though there were a couple of those too!).
The best thing about this book was the many gifts that Oliver bought for Ainsley while he was trying to come up with the perfect birthday present. In order to come up with gift ideas, he had to get to know her better (and write another list!) - this prompted him to really try to understand Ainsley in a way that no one had understood her before. Ainsley spent her life pleasing other people and Oliver was the first person to really put effort into finding out what she wanted. Because of this, a really sweet friendship developed between the two, and I was completely rooting for them as a couple!
Part of the book revolves around a play that Ainsley has written for her drama class. It's horrible - so horrible that it's hilarious. I loved the concept of the play (a girl joins the football team to get the attention of the quarterback) and how they adjusted it to make it into something great!
The male perspective.
You don't see too many YA romances written from a male POV. I think Franklin did a great job at writing a somewhat geeky teen boy's perspective!
This isn't the type of book that you read if you're looking for something completely unique or incredibly impacting. It's just not that sort of book. We've all read something similar to this before, but Franklin does manage to give the story her own fun twist and make it stand out from the crowd.
How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You is the perfect summer YA read. Pick it up if you're looking for something funny and sweet. You won't be disappointed! I give it 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***
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I looked at it this afternoon, read the cover material, and expected it to be light and fun.
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