This enchanting debut teen romance novel, which follows one girl across the Atlantic in a quest to find adventure, love (preferably with a guy with a cute accent), and maybe even herself, is perfect for fans of Kasie West and Stephanie Perkins. After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend. When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in: If he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his. But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems . . . and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her. Don't miss this paperback original teen romance book, for girls 13-16 and up as well as adult readers who enjoy a well-written and fun teen romance novel.
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Something about Will set off ALL of my warning bells, and I spent the entire book on the edge of my seat thinking he was a creeper like David in the film An Education! I suppose that feeling adds to the frisson of excitement that Ellie finds with him, but as a mother whose daughter studied in Ireland for a while, it just made me nervous!
I'm always looking for teen romances that are appropriate for middle school readers, and this was good in several regards. There was the phrase "having sex" and a discussion of a mother giving her daughter condoms, but nothing graphic. This was an interesting depiction of a girl learning to be on her own and navigate life, and I think this will resonate with my readers who have moved on to high school books and topics. Definitely purchasing, and was tickled to find out that the author lives in my area!
Ellie's luck starts to look up at an outside market when she meets the adorable and sweet Will. He is the definition of a hot British boyfriend and Ellie is over the moon at the fact that he's interested in her. Not wanting to mess things up this time, she enlists the help of Dev, one of her classmates from America.
Dev and Will can't be more different, but Dev is still willing to help anyway. Will has a job, is older, well-mannered, likes to spend time with Ellie, and is pretty my the perfect boyfriend. Dev is nerdy, supports Ellie's interests, and is quick to help when she needs it. Ellie is sucked up into the world of romance and is enjoying the adventure while waiting to see where her path takes her.
HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND is a perfect read for those romance readers out there. You will get sucked into Ellie's world with her and swoon with each page you turn. I love both Dev and Will and the ending of the book left me satisfied! Ellie is an innocent character who just wants to find love and I enjoy that about her. She's nerdy which is just another reason to love her.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this adorable read to fans of romance, friendship, nerds, and British boys!