Friday, February 24, 2017

REVIEW: "Any Boy But You" by Julie Hammerle (Young Adult, Romance)

by Julie Hammerle

Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Teen Crush
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: February 13th 2017

Series: North Pole, Minnesota, #1
Standalone: Yes

Enemies to Lovers, Small town, Alter Ego
Other Books by Julie Hammerle

Description from Publisher:
Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.
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My Musings:
This was such a sweet and adorable Young Adult Romance! It was basically "You've Got Mail" (with Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan), the high school Pokemon GO! version. :)

Elena and Oliver are both the teenage offspring of sporting goods store competitors, whose rivalry has been strong for a few decades (despite the fact the two stores originally started as one, founded by their grandparents). They find themselves thrown together when Oliver needs tutoring, and then they just can't stop bumping into each other all over town.

The small town they live in, North Pole, is very big with their Christmas theme (how could they not be with a name like North Pole?), which adds some extra fun and whimsy to this story. The town, and its inhabitants, reminded me very much of the small town on the show Gilmore Girls, which is definitely not a bad thing.

Overall, I thought this was the perfect light-hearted YA romance read to curl up with during some cold weather.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Julie Hammerle
Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.
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