Title: Any Boy But You
Author: Julie Hammerle
Series: North Pole, Minnesota, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 201 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: February 13th, 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was sooo sweet! I loved it so much! Though it did have its ups and down but overall, I really enjoyed reading this book.
The Chesnuts and the Princes have been rivals for decades. It’s natural for Elena Chestnut and Oliver Prince to hate each other as well. But both of their family business are suffering. To spice things up, Oliver codes a game and in between all these Elena and Oliver starts talking to each other without knowing the truth that whom they are actually talking to. What will happen when the truth comes out in the open?
The concept of this book was really interesting, I love these kinds of books where the characters at first don’t know the real identity of one another, then they realize they have known each other for ages. And also hate to love is my second favourite romantic trope. For Elena and Oliver, it was hate at first sight. Their families have been rivals due to a certain feud that happened ages ago but the rivalry continued. I would have been enjoyed this book more if the first half wasn’t so monotonous but things really took a different turn (for the good) in the second half which I absolutely loved.
I enjoyed the characters but Elena was a complete jerk and I liked Harper, Elena’s best friend more than her. I feared I wouldn’t like her all, but thank god that changed throughout the 2nd part of this book. Both of them didn’t have any idea was the feud was about yet they thought it was okay to just hate each other without trying to find the actual reason. Nonetheless, Oliver still tried to be polite but Elena made it really hard.
I loved the character development in the later part of the book. The plot also took an interesting turn and it was pretty fun to read what was happening. It’s true that unless you are in that spot, you don’t really understand what the other’s person is going through, at least not 100% and that was exactly the case here. I liked the friendship between Elena and Oliver which slowly turned into a budding romance. There were specific scenes which were really really sweet and what Oliver did at the end, completely melted my heart! I definitely enjoyed how everything was executed.
Overall, Any Boy But You was a fun read. The plot was executed neatly though it was somewhat predictable. Nonetheless, I loved the romance between Elena and Oliver and wish I could have seen more of them. The writing was smooth and easy to read, the pace was a little at the book beginning of the book but it picked up its pace soon enough. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
So guys, what do you think about this book? Are you interested in reading it?