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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 a...more
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Published March 24th 2014 by The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint (first published April 30th 2011)
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Eunice
3/3.5 stars

When I first saw this I thought it would just be something sweet, light, fun read. Just something you read to feel good and swoon and grin. Well, it did make me swoon and grin but it actually discussed more deeper issues than what I had expected.

The main character, Avery, was miserable and broken. She's a control freak and wanted everything to be planned out. Since her mother had left them 4 years ago she developed that kind of attitude, thinking that if she didn't plan everything it...more
Danyelle Leafty
I'm still digesting, so review to come. But wow! I read this in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down. I loved that the characters were all human, all flawed, and all had things to learn. Hands down, best YA contemporary I've read in a very, very long time.

One of the things that Avery is dealing with is the fact that her mother abandoned the family a few years back. Ever since then, Avery has made it mission to keep the family running smoothly and make everything all right. Avery is a pers...more
Mitchii
I have this bad habit of reading books not in my currently-reading shelf. I’m quite stubborn that way. Anyways, I didn’t regret it because I ended up liking this book. It’s super cute. And in the spirit of gushing like a weird fangirl, IT IS SUPER CUTE! I really recommend it.

Avery is a very organized person and when she was paired in a project with the most hyper, easily distracted, with tons of ideas roaming inside of his head guy Zac (in short, her exact opposite)… things started to get inter...more
★Yosbe★
Un libro guilty pleasure. Pero cuando uno desea una bonita historia, para apartarse de los mundos distópicos, dramáticos, paranormales, esta es una gran opción.

Avery es una protagonista totalmente insoportable, pero lo peor, es que existen personas así. No, lo peor es que, en varias ocasiones me identifiqué con ella. Caemos en el error siempre de ver los defectos en los demás, queriendo acomodar sus vidas y meternos en ella y nunca vemos nuestros propios insoportables defectos. Hay personas que...more
Laura
Another complete surprise! I’m not sure what I expected…a cute, quick read with boys (haha)….it was all that and a warm, smart story about family loyalty and responsibility, friendship, forgiveness, and trying to open up and take chances again after getting your heart crushed.

Avery and Zac were so much fun to follow around and root for! Avery being the super everything has its place supposed “ice queen” and Zac—well he was just this grinning, bouncy ball of goodness and energy! Both of them made...more
♥Rachel♥
Sixteen-year Avery James is sort of a control freak. Heck, she labels the fridge shelves, and goes postal if someone doesn't put something back in the right place. She has her reasons, because even now she suffers the consequences of loss of control. First she had no control over her mother leaving four years ago. Second, she made a stupid mistake with her two best friends, Hannah and Elliott, and lost them. Avery is not about to lose control again. She has plans to be a doctor, and factoring hi...more
Aria
Review can also be found here.

The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris broke my heart. I have to admit that I get emotional when reading, watching and/or listening but The Boyfriend Thief is by far, the first book ever to have me in constant tears. The way Shana Norris spins this tale is really believable. It’s like she has a pull on my heartstrings! I could understand how it felt like to be trapped, that the past seemed to freeze over and time never moved on. I could also get a feeling of how desper...more
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
Would you do anything just to get something?
Would you go as far as stealing someone’s boyfriend just to get what you want?



Avery James was smart.
She was hardworking and protective of her family.
She was the president of the math club.
She was on the list of being valedictorian.
Avery was an achiever.
She was ambitious.
She wants to go to Costa Rica for the summer to volunteer for a medical mission.
She was a little short on money though despite the fact that she worked her butt off (sometimes literally...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Boyfriend thievery isn't a topic I would usually be interested in, but I'll admit that my curiosity was piqued by the premise of The Boyfriend Thief, especially because Avery doesn't sound like the type of character to commit such an atrocious act. And once it was revealed who exactly wanted to pay her to do the stealing, I was on board.

Avery is the kind of pr...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

Avery has her eyes set on her life plan: she plans to attend a summer program in Costa Rica, graduate the top of her class during senior year and then head for medical school. She wasn't going to let anything get in her way...except her dreams hang on a very critical issue: she needed more money to get into the program in Costa Rica. Then her biggest rival for the valedictorian position and ex-best friend Hannah gives her an offer: she will pay Avery five hundred do...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)

Let me kick this of with my reaction on the cover. Well, the cover is so cute cute as the story and i like the casual boy and girl shoes, its just so cute.

The Boyfriend thief is about Avery James, a typical teenage girl who has a very un-typical nature of being organized. She works at a hotdog stand to earn money for her dream to attend a Humanitarian Program in Costa Rica. Then her biggest rival Hannah, offered her to steal her boyfriend Zac Greeley. Since she is short in money, she accepted i...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
When I first saw the cover, then read the title and summary for The Boyfriend Thief, I said, okay, this is going to be fun and cute. Well, I definitely judged this book wrong. Shana Norris is an amazing author. She’s delivered the most heartfelt and powerful story in what I call the domino effect. When a selfish person chooses their wants or desires over love for others, just one selfish act can tip the domino, hitting the next person, and causes pain, hurt and destruction. And on and on, until...more
Stephanie
The Boyfriend Thief is what I would call a typical teen book. Good girl who's a control freak and try to project an image of perfection in every way possible. Bad girl who's actually not that different from the good girl, but a falling out between the two of them a few years back made them ennemies. Cute, Funny, oh so wrong for her type boy who may just be what she needs after all...

Will she learn to let go of her control and live a little? Will the boy learn that maybe he's more than the funny...more
GiraffeAndy
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Kdyby tu byly půlhvězdičky, dala bych i 3,5. Knížka nebyla špatná, ale přece jen to bylo odzačátku naprosto předvídatelné a žádné překvapení se nekonalo. Navíc, i když je příběh jiný, tak trochu mi to připomínalo knihu Poslouchej od Sarah Dessen. Avery mi občas připomněla Annabel a Zac zase Owena. Možná je to blbost, protože každá kniha je úplně o něčem jiném a Poslouchej se mi celkově líbilo víc, ale některé situace si tam byly hodně podobné. Pořád je ale Blbá sázka o fajn kluk...more
Milena
I loved this book! The heroine and Hero were lovely 3 dimensional people who I fell in love with. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put the book down.

The only thing I regret is not knowing how to make the lime, cherry and grape slushie that the hero of the book can make.

I read it the first day I got it. I've started reading it again now.
Zemira Warner
Zac is such a funny guy. I love him. I thought it was cute he wanted to be a comedian when he grows up. He could clearly make me laugh. I would steal him from Hanna for free. ;) Avery was an Ice Queen but surprisingly I liked her. She wanted to remain in control and Zac was her total opposite. They were a good match.

Fun summer book.
Vendea Eclee
Ach... Totální kliše a v době, kdy mi bylo 13 bych z toho byla asi hodně na větvi. Přesto se to četlo skvěle, asi díky tomu, že jsem zrovna měla období, kdy jsem potřebovala pořádnou dávku romantiky a naivity. Byla jsem hodně naměkko a knížka se mi moc moc líbila (i když asi většině přijde jako blbost).
Katie Klein
Team Zac! :)
Maegan
First off, Avery has a missing mother who wanted to travel the world. Avery, like any other child of a runaway parent, wants to travel to these destinations that her mother always talked about and try to find her. First stop, Costa Rica. Coincidentally enough, there is also a humanitarian summer program going on there. Avery has always wanted to be a doctor. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Go to Costa Rica not only to find her mother, but to study up on doctor skills.

One problem: The t...more
Lauren
Ever since reading Shana Norris' Troy High, which was hilarious as well as very sweet, I've been eagerly awaiting her next book, so when I heard about The Boyfriend Thief, her newest YA, I knew I had to read it as soon as possible, if not sooner. Thankfully, The Boyfriend Thief was exactly what I was hoping it would be and more- romantic, witty, and utterly delightful!

If Avery James had one wish for the summer lying ahead of her, it would probably go towards her dream destination: an expensive h...more
Jianne
The Boyfriend Thief left me giddy in every corners of my body. What I like the most about this book is how Avery James is like another version of Jianne (who is me!).

I admit, I am a perfectionist. Totally. Very. Yes. But not as good as Avery when it comes to grades. I'm just in the top 30-40 of the best out of 130 something students in the school. So still one of the best. Just not the best. Like Avery, I like to succeed. Especially if I know I'm good at it. If I deserve it. I remember last year...more
Liliana Saquicela

I have to say The Boyfriend Thief is a gulty pleasure for me. I ended up reading this book while it wasn't in my currently-reading-shelve while i was suppose to be reading something else. Mind you i tend to do this all the time and always felt kind of guitly afterwards, but then discovered i'm not the only one...but this is all besides the point, i tend to ramble on sometimes.HeHeHe...back to the review------>The Boyfriend Thief is not one of the best YA-contemporary material i've read but i

...more
Sara
I really, really enjoyed this book. It made me smile, made me chuckle, made me cry, made me frustrated as hell and some times it was infuriating and irritating. Well, mostly Avery was irritating at times.
Zac was the most adorable, cute, sweet, weird, infuriatingly happy and hot guy ever! I've actually fallen in love with him while getting to know him as the story developed.
And although it was clear from the start that Zac and Avery didn't have much in common, there was chemistry between them. A...more
Kelley
Mar 15, 2012 Kelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who liked Along for the Ride
Recommended to Kelley by: Myself
I read the description for this book numerous times, and from the blurbs about it I thought it wasn't for me. I mean the boyfriend thief? Not my cup of tea. How did I end up reading it then? Well in a desperate search for cheap books for my nook I came across this for $2.99. Now I figured I could deal with the consequences for the price. So I bought it and I am so very glad I did.

Instead of revolving around stealing a boyfriend and what had come to my mind as slutty-like behavior in order to ac...more
Mery St. Clair
http://reviewya.blogspot.com/2011/09/...
La vida de Avery fue feliz hasta que su mamá los abandonó a los 13 años, (A ella, su padre y su hermano) después de eso perdió a sus dos mejores amigos, Hannah se volvió su enemiga, y no puede estar en la misma habitación que Elliot.

Ahora su mejor amiga, Molly está saliendo con Elliot, Hannah está pisándole los talones a su promedio, y para colmo en la clase de economía la han emparejado con Zac, él novio de su enemigo, quien no toma nada en serio.

Me encan...more
Asmaa
Rating: 3.5/5

It is always a pleasure to be surprised by a book and getting bitch-slapped for judging it beforehand. Because this was NOT the cute little book I thought it would be.

Sure enough, it had cute moments, but the characters weren't that superficial one-dimensional teenagers you expect to encounter in this kind of books.

Favorite quote:

I was a boyfriend thief, I reminded myself. A boyfriend thief couldn’t get personally attached to her work. It was a business agreement and nothing more.
...more
Lisa M
I took a long time to finish this one because I was swamped with school stuff. Final exam week is around the corner, so I haven't been reading much.

Anyways, this book is about Avery James and how her life turned upside down since her mother abandoned their family. She has been pretty broken since then, keeping much to herself and refusing to open up to others in fear of getting hurt again. She also struggles to fill in her mother's shoes as the woman of the house, keeping everything in order an...more
Morgan: Read, Eat, Dream
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Oh, the woes of high school! Can you say DRAMA?

The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris is a light, fluffy, easy read. It’s a young and fun story. It’s enjoyable, but it’s not a story that connected with me on a strong emotional level; honestly, it just skimmed the surface.

The characters are entertaining. Avery is an uptight perfectionist, in the running for valedictorian. Zac is, pretty much, the complete opposite. He’s carefree, ch...more
Alyssa
Oct 27, 2011 Alyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sarah Dessen's Fans
This review can also be found at lythebookworm-ish.blogspot.com

The Boyfriend Thief is one of those novels that you thought will just be a light, feel-good romance read but it's not. Well, not entirely. It has that feel-good romance alright, but it also has it's own depth.

The story is about Avery James, a girl who likes everything organized (to the point where I think that maybe she has OCD). She was offered by her biggest rival, Hannah, to steal her own boyfriend, Zac. Since she is short on mone...more
diana (chaotic reader)
The Boyfriend Thief is an entertaining and compelling story of realizations, imperfections, family, friendship, trust, loyalty and love.

The story is told from our heroine's POV, Avery James. Avery is one of those people who's life is all planned out. She's always in control, lives by the rules and she's got total order. And then everything changes after she takes on a bet to "steal" Zac Greeley from his current girlfriend and then, unexpectedly, Avery falls for Zac.

Zac Greeley is a carefree and...more
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