Featured Review: My High School Valentine Boyfriend (Kylie Key)

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About This Book:

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Out of all of the boys

Why am I stuck with you

Finn

I didn’t mean to volunteer for the Valentine’s Day Planning Committee.

I was just reaching out to pass Shay Munroe her folder when Mrs. Darcy thought I’d raised my hand.

Seems I’m now on the Planning Committee…

Shay

I didn’t mean to volunteer for the Valentine’s Day Planning Committee.

I was about to swipe at Finn Davidson’s hand as he tapped me on the back.

But Mrs. Darcy took it as an affirmation.

Now I’m on the Planning Committee with the most obnoxious boy I’ve ever met!

Finn Davidson’s mantra could well be

Roses are red

Romance is dead

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about romance and love and all things sweet

But its hard to work with someone who isn’t putting his heart into the project

And then I find there’s a reason for that…

Finn Davidson doesn’t have a heart…

 

 

*Review Contributed by Cindy Ray Hale, Staff Reviewer*

My High School Valentine Boyfriend is a swoony, sweet teen romance. Shay and Finn are matched to work together on the school’s Valentine’s Day committee. Finn is a bit of a grinch about Valentine’s Day and makes his opinions heard openly, saying it’s a day of commercialism. His parents are divorced, and it’s contributed to his bitterness about the holiday. The committee decides to bake heart shaped cookies for the holiday.

Shay comes from a big, happy, healthy family. Her dad works for a bakery and helps Shay plan the logistics of how to get the cookies baked. As Shay and Finn work together, they get to know each other better and their attraction grows.

What worked:
Finn’s situation bouncing between households of his divorced parents felt very realistic. A lot of kids struggle with the same thing, and it was good to see it portrayed in a YA novel. I think a lot of teens would be able to identify with what he was going through. The contrast of Shay’s big happy family made my heart ache for Finn. I wanted to watch her family embrace him, and was happy to see it happen.

What left me wanting more:
I would have loved to see a bit more of Shay’s family taking Finn under their wing, especially when things get worse with his family situation.

Finn was so grumpy in this book. It was a bit hard to read at times, and it was difficult to like him. I could understand why Shay didn’t like him for so much of the book. A big chunk of the story was spent with them hating each other, and that wasn’t really resolved until near the end. I would have liked to see them soften toward each other a bit sooner.

The Final Verdict:
This sweet teen holiday novel is perfect to curl up and read on a rainy afternoon. It was fun to watch the characters grow to like each other. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a lighthearted, quick clean romance.

 

 

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