Series: Boyfriend Chronicles #3
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 11, 2017 by Entangled Crush
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Working with her best friend’s brother at Betty’s Burgers, free-spirited Delia starts to see Jack in a new light. Not only has Jack-the-Jerk turned into a hottie, he’s even acting like a nice guy, who rescues dogs and knows how she likes her coffee. But if Jack is into her, then why is he keeping her a secret? Of course, if her best friend doesn’t approve, Delia could lose the only family she’s ever known.
Seeing Delia in her retro waitress uniform throws Jack’s world out of whack. She’s always been just another pain in the butt little sister…not a datable female. But she’s rockin’ the Pie Princess tiara, and even her hot-pink striped hair is sexy. What’s that about? He needs to get his head on straight, because artsy, funky Delia and her nonconformist ways don’t fit in his safe and ordered world.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains kisses that make the world fall away and snarky humor that may cause you to LOL in public places.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I really thought I was going to enjoy this book. The synopsis sounded fun, I love the “girl falling for her best friend’s brother” trope. This sounded like one of the fluffy books I enjoy reading when I need to relax or get out of a reading slump, but it ended up not being very good.
First, the writing is too wordy, and most of the story was telling not showing. It also felt very rushed. The story kept jumping from scene to scene, which confused me because there was nothing indicating the scene ended, it just abruptly moved from one to the next. Everything felt very surface level in this book. I don’t know if Delia and Jack are a cute couple, I don’t know very much about them.
I couldn’t even enjoy any of the characters, they are all one dimensional. Delia is described as this artsy, nonconformist girl, but the only thing “different” about her is that she has pink in her hair, sometimes wears different colored lipstick, and sometimes talks about art. Her best friend Zoe is only there to talk about boys with her, and add to the drama because Delia likes her brother. The characters also felt very juvenile at times. They’re supposed to be juniors and seniors in high school, but they were acting like middle schoolers.
I didn’t even like the main character. She was okay at first, but I immediately disliked her when she reacted to the news that the guy she was interested is gay. This guy, Aiden, tells her he’s gay but can’t come out because his parents will disown him, and she immediately feels bad for herself because she doesn’t know who she’s going to date instead…I’m not kidding, this actually happened.
The thing that pissed me off the most was that there was a gay character who was literally only there to push the plot forward. The only purpose he served was to make Jack jealous, and cause him and Delia to fight. He’s supposed to be her friend, but she’s still bitter that he doesn’t like her, and doesn’t talk to him until it’s convenient for the plot. Don’t even get me started on the guy that thought it was hot that his cousin is a lesbian. Ugh.
This book is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. I don’t know how the other books in the series are compared to this one, but I don’t think I’m interested in continuing.