Any Boy but You (North Pole, Minnesota #1)
by Julie Hammerle
Published By: Entangled: Crush
Publication Date: February 13th, 2017
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.
About the Author:
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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Quick Reasons: spontaneous moments of cute coupled with a realistic relationship = me in a penguin puddle; I’m such a sucker for enemies-to-lovers; star-crossed love meets Pride and Prejudice; some small geek/nerd culture references; complex characters and a plot with a TON of drama, angst, and resolution
Huge thanks to Julie Hammerle, Entangled: Crush, Chapter-by-Chapter, and Netgalley for sending me a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
Okay penguins, I have GOT to know: how do you all feel about enemies-to-lovers romance tropes? Because honestly, this is one of my personal FAVORITES! I’ve always been a sucker for star-crossed loves, and this book bridges the gap between the dramatic angst ofRomeo and Juliet and the snarky tingles of Pride and Prejudice. Seriously, I’m not even dramatizing that–that’s just EXACTLY what this book does, except in modern day…with cell phones, computers, and all that awesome delicious.
The romance is entirely realistic. There’s no “love at first sight” to be found here, unless you want to count the opposite–hate at first sight. Instead, this romance goes to the chatroom…and anonymous profiles. I seriously ADORED how cute that made this entire thing–while we, the readers, knew exactly who was whom, our poor unfortunate star-crossed pair had no idea until it was too late. There was a sense of…innocence, maybe? in the ways their relationship started that had me flashing back to my own high school romance–in a good way, swear!
The plot is not necessarily “action-packed” because, hullo, contemporary romance…BUT. There are a ton of delicious snark fests between our main characters/the rest of the cast. There are also a ton of nerd/geek culture references that I found myself giggling and fawning over. And while the plot isn’t action-filled, it moves along at a decent clip regardless; I read this in a matter of a few hours, NEEDING to know how things worked out for Oliver and Elena.
This was well-worth the read, penguins. The roMESS is adorable and endearing; the read is fast and entertaining; and the characters are bound to steal your heart from your chest and run away with it (I know they did mine!) I recommend this title to lovers of cutesy contemporaries, star-crossed lovers, and the mysteries surrounding small-town family feuds. Put down the Pokemon Go! and pick up this book; this is one Stash Grab you won’t want to miss!