Book Review: ‘The Boyfriend Thief’ by Shana Norris

November 10, 2015     Holly     Reviews

Book Review: ‘The Boyfriend Thief’ by Shana NorrisThe Boyfriend Thief (Stolen Kisses #1) by Shana Norris
Series: Stolen Kiss #1
on March 21, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 210
Format: eBook, Kindle Edition
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

1 ill-fated hot dog costume. 2 former BFFs. 11 days to seduce a boy.

Avery James doesn’t believe in romance—she’s studied enough biology to know that love is nothing more than hormones and chemicals. Besides, she has more practical goals in mind, namely saving up for a summer humanitarian program in Costa Rica. But when her Diggity Dog House supervisor denies her a raise and Avery finds herself $500 dollars short for the trip of a lifetime, Avery has no choice but to accept an unexpected offer. The deal? She must steal her arch nemesis Hannah’s boyfriend before prom, giving Avery eleven days to seduce Zac Greeley.

Avery is sure the job will be easy. But a few midnight comedy shows and spontaneous dance parties (not to mention one particularly intimate carwash) later, Avery finds herself questioning everything she’s ever thought about love. Could Zac’s signature cherry-lime Slurpees be causing brain freeze, or is Avery actually starting to fall for him?

Will Avery be able to steal Zac away from Hannah before he steals Avery’s heart?

Okay, so I’d be lying if I said The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris didn’t have its fair share of issues. But I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t absolutely love it anyways.

The Boyfriend Thief is the perfect beach read, or snowy day read…or pretty much any read that you’re looking for more relaxation than enlightenment. And yes, the outcome is predictable and you know what’s going to happen before you even turn the first page, but that’s all part of the fun. It’s like watching any Meg Ryan movie from the ’90s. You’re in it for the happy ending.

Avery was a character that took a bit of getting used to. She’s harsh and a little judgy and all together too focused on things way outside of her control, but she’s still likable in her own way. Especially as she spends more and more time with Zac. Because where Avery is serious and hyper-focused, Zac is more relaxed. And while these two characters balance each other out, they are also very stereotypical. Avery’s the stick in the mud that gets drawn out of her shell by the goofy, fun-loving Zac. They’re so wrong for each other that of course they’re right, and in a “highly unforeseen turn of events” these two end up together because of a mean girl. It’s all very been there, done that.

What The Boyfriend Thief does right is give fun dialogue and situational humor to the novel that make the stereotypical situations and characters have their own voices. It makes the story more fun and interesting, even though we’re well aware as readers how it’s going to turn out. The Boyfriend Thief is a quick read, and it’s worth the time.


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