Blog Tour & ARC Review: Any Boy But You (North Pole, Minnesota #1) by Julie Hammerle (+ US Giveaway)10:00
Series: North Pole, Minnesota #1
Author: Julie Hammerle
Published February 13th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
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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.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.
Most contemporary books that are out there tend to happen during the summer, and at this time of year, I like to read more wintery stories. When I heard about this book, especially with its enemies to lovers trope, I knew it would be for me, and I was right.
In Any Boy But You, our main character, Elena, is struggling to come to terms with the fact that her families business is in trouble, and she may have to move away. It doesn't help that her arch enemies, the Prince family, have a similar business that's thriving. They even create an app, similar to Pokemon Go, where users walk around their town of North Pole, Minnesota, looking for sports questions to answer, and the person with the most at the end of the game would win big prizes from the Prince store. Elena, initially, wants nothing to do wit the game, but soon starts playing just to see what the hype is all about. When she discovers a chat feature in the game, she finds herself talking to another player nearly all the time, and slowly falls for them. The problem, she doesn't know who it is, and when she discovers that it's in fact Oliver Prince, she can't reconcile his in life persona, to his online one.
Oliver, on the other hand, feels very the same. He knows Elena as a snobby Latin tutor, his arch enemy, and she's nothing like the funny girl he's been talking to online. However, he soon builds up the courage to ask her to the Valentine's dance, even though it could cause more problems than it'll fix.
This book was so cute! I read it in one day, and flew through it. It had just the right about of feels and angst, and both Elena and Oliver were characters I could understand and relate to. I love books with an enemy to lovers trope, and this book fit all requirements I could have. Even the secondary characters, like Oliver's sister, and both their parents had really good story lines, running along in tandem to the main part of the story.
I can't wait to read more in this series, which I'm expecting will be a companion series, rather than a proper sequel, but I hope to find out more about Elena and Oliver in future books.
ABOUT 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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