Hot British Boyfriend
Author: Kristy Boyce
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 9, 2021)
Paperback, 336 pages
Romance, YA Contemporary Romance
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 as 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, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, 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.
This book got off to a bit of a slow start for me with a very teen rom-com embarrassment moment and an ill-advised flight from the country. But dang, haven’t we all wished at some point during high school that we could just run away and escape some embarrassing situation? I shudder to think of what high school is like in today’s highly digital world where your embarrassment can be captured and then go viral. Which is exactly what happens to Ellie.
If you’ve ever read a romance novel, especially a YA romance novel, you’ll be able to see where this is going from a mile away – and that’s okay. I love that this book is as much about Ellie finding her own way and really growing into herself as it is about her relationships with boys. For me, this was more about her building some real friendships with Sage, Dev, and Huan and learning more about herself than it was about the romance (though in the end I did get a bit swoony over the romance). If you’re reading this for the romance plot, you’re probably not going to enjoy it (and I can’t really say more because spoilers?). If you’re reading it for a YA coming of age story about forging real friendships, learning to be comfortable with your true self, and a little romance sprinkled in, then you’ll like this one a lot more.
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.