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The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris
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May 28, 12

Read in May, 2012

Without reading the synopsis first, I had formed a pre-conceived notion of the story framework because of the title – thought it would be light-hearted, funny and entertaining. I thought wrong, actually, but thankfully not far from it. While the book was still entertaining, it has more serious themes in it.

Basically, it’s a story with a simple yet attractive plot about Avery’s growing up and maturing process. Every teenager experiences growing pains, but Avery’s are exacerbated by her mother’s abandonment of the family four years ago. While Avery, a control freak, is far from perfect and her behavior grates on you occasionally, the author managed to make readers empathize by slowly revealing the reasons behind her aloofness and attitude problems. The most endearing character in the book has to be Zac, whose girlfriend paid Avery to steal him from her. At the beginning, Zac comes across as just a good-looking slacker, with questionable hygiene habits, but as the story progresses, he grows on you and you get to see something more. In short, Shana Norris presents you with a cast of real, imperfect teenagers, complete with flaws and problems, but ends up making the reader liking (or at least, stop disliking) every single one.

Not only is this wholesome contemporary teen novel worth reading, there are valuable lessons to be learned from it. Recommended to my goodread teen friends! Exact rating : 3.5
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