The Compulsive Reader: The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris

Ever since I read and reviewed Helper12 by Jack Blaine, I've been working on being a bit more open to self-published books. This one caught my eye one day, and I am glad I downloaded it to my Kindle!
Avery may only be a high school junior, but she's got her heart set on becoming a doctor one day, and she is determined to go to Costa Rica during the upcoming summer to work alongside doctors helping patients in need. That is, if she can come up with the money in time. Working at Hot Diggity Dog won't quite cut it, but Avery is desperate to go. So when her ex-best friend Hannah unexpectedly offers Avery $500 to steal her boyfriend Zac, Avery is reluctant, but she accepts. Zac is unlike anyone Avery knows--he's impulsive, energetic, and hilarious. He hardly ever sleeps. It's going to be quite a feat to steal him from Hannah, much less keep up with him, yet as she spends more and more time with him, Avery finds herself actually enjoying his company...and maybe falling for him.

If you're in the mood for a lighthearted, amusing, happy romance with just enough seriousness to keep it realistic, The Boyfriend Thief is a great read. Avery is a strong, determined, and hard-working heroine. She's very protective of the people she loves and loyal, but she has a hard time with change. Zac, for the most part, is a really funny, sweet male lead whose crazy antics and funny quips will charm readers. Avery's best friend Molly, her ex-friends, her family, and her employer all provide some good background drama to the story, and are generally pretty interesting characters. The essential structure of this novel is good, but there are a few occasions when the characters say something that sounds awkward or unbelievable, and it would have been awesome if there were more details and dialogue in certain areas. At its heart, The Boyfriend Thief is about a girl who has never gotten over her mother abandoning her family, and who is just trying to deal with her inner insecurities, a tough but affecting issue. Despite this somber issue, this novel is, for the most part, a very funny and sweet pick-me-up book, and worth the $2.99 if this is the sort of book you're in the mood for.

Cover Comments: I think this cover is cute! I like the feet and how they are positioned. Very nicely done!

E-book purchased on Kindle! Get your copy of The Boyfriend Thief here!


Karin Perry said...

Hmmm. I'm surprised this one is self-published. She has two other books traditionally published and has appeared at national conferences before. I'm not surprised it was good.

I'd really like to read Helper12 based on what you said in your review.

The Compulsive Reader said...

I found out about her traditionally published books after I read this one! I really took a chance on this book, but if I had known she had published traditionally before, I definitely would have purchased it. It's easier for me to buy a book from an author that I know has been through the publishing process and has had that professional experience.

And I really recommend Helper12! That one is by a YA author who has two traditionally published books from a very big house, so same story--author knows what's what.

sunnynikki said...

I too have a tendency of avoiding self published books, I'm trying to be more open minded but so far it isn't working. I read Helper12 after reading about it here and while it was somewhat enjoyable I felt a little cheated by the storyline, like it wasn't complete or something. This one looks like something I'd pick up in stores. In fact the cover reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Scott's Perfect You. Maybe I'll give it a shot, 2.99 isn't a lot to invest into an ebook.

Liss Martz said...

Sounds good. If I had found it on goodreads, I wouldn't think it's self-published! I love the cover too, and her shoes! =)