The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris

the boyfriend thief

1 ill-fated hot dog costume. 2 former BFFs. 11 days to seduce a boy.

Avery James doesn’t believe in romance—she’s studied enough biology to know that love is nothing more than hormones and chemicals. Besides, she has more practical goals in mind, namely saving up for a summer humanitarian program in Costa Rica. But when her Diggity Dog House supervisor denies her a raise and Avery finds herself $500 dollars short for the trip of a lifetime, Avery has no choice but to accept an unexpected offer. The deal? She must steal her arch nemesis Hannah’s boyfriend before prom, giving Avery eleven days to seduce Zac Greeley.

Avery is sure the job will be easy. But a few midnight comedy shows and spontaneous dance parties (not to mention one particularly intimate carwash) later, Avery finds herself questioning everything she’s ever thought about love. Could Zac’s signature cherry-lime Slurpees be causing brain freeze, or is Avery actually starting to fall for him?

Will Avery be able to steal Zac away from Hannah before he steals Avery’s heart? (Goodreads)

I actually found this book after wanting to read the second in the series – I obviously had to read the first and then go on to the second. This was one of those quick, feel good summer reads – one with those typical cliches in. It was almost like watching 10 Things I Hate About You.

Avery was a character that I could easily sympathise and empathise with. Whilst I don’t want to go too much into it, I understood how she felt about her mother on a much deeper level and I could understand her actions as well – even if they were wrong.

I really liked Zac as a character – he is one of those people who get along with everyone and is just a generally fun person to be around. He is the sort of person I could imagine easily being friends with. I thought that Zac and Avery had some sort of chemistry together right from the very beginning – it was just a matter of waiting till the end of the book to see them finally getting together.

It was fun watching the story unfold – pretty much like watching one of those teen chick flicks. It was cliched and extremely predictable but at the same time it was summer fun. We have all had jobs that we absolutely hate and goals that seem unattainable. Friendships, summer romances and arguments seem to all belong to fictional teens in general. Whilst I enjoyed the story as a whole, it is probably not something I would read again. I gave this book 3/5 stars.

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