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The Boyfriend Thief (Stolen Kiss #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  12,971 Ratings  ·  584 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published March 21st 2014 by The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint (first published April 30th 2011)
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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
Danyelle Leafty
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf-2011
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
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
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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
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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 [dear darling 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
So, I had a lot of issues with this one in the beginning, almost to the point where I DNF. Meet Avery James. Avery only wants one thing in life and that's to raise enough money to go to Costa Rica for the summer in some sort of high school humanitarian trip. Problem is, Avery's family doesn't have any money. Her father is a single parent after her mother ran out, and he's struggling to support Avery and her little brother. This leaves Avery stuck working at a hot dog food place for every penny. ...more
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I did like this, though I kept feeling it was approaching being much stronger and deeper and then veering off again. The underlying premise wasn't believable at all, but that wasn't that big a problem, except that Hannah was actually a more important character than the ultra-bitchy queen bee role she played. Elliott also turned out to be a bit over-the-top-ly perfect, rather than just the good guy he clearly was. I think what frustrated me was the sliding in and out of over-simplification of the ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2016
Surprise, surprise! This quick and easy read topped my expectations. I was expecting something fluffy and light and forgettable; something following the typical YA romance formula.

OK, it does follow the typical YA romance formula and it is somewhat fluffy and light, but surprisingly it was also really good. No insta-love and no love triangle (because that is what I expect from a typical YA romance) and the dialogue was clever and spot-on. I wouldn’t go as far as saying these characters are comp
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was one of the first ebooks I bought many years ago and finally read it! It was really cute as I expected. A little unrealistic but I make exceptions if they have an out there plotline since it is one I just happen to love for some reason. When someone else hires you to get with someone. I really wonder if it has ever happened in real life!?!?! LOL But it always makes an entertaining plot. Avery James is a perfectly organized straight A student on her way to being a doctor. She wants to tak ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lecturas-2015
No ha sido una historia perfecta, en mi opinión faltaban un par de páginas mas para darle el final que se merece y no hacer que todo sea tan precipitado, pero aún así me ha gustado, nunca viene mal una lectura ligera y esta, en ese sentido, ha sido la elección perfecta.
Me gustaría poder leer el libro de Hannah, porque está claro que tiene mucho que ofrecernos.
Avery y Zac son geniales. Especialmente Zac, estará como una cabra pero es adorable y no se merece lo que le sucede.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
*Gag *eye roll *gag *eye roll
So basically this is what I kept on doing throughout this book. The main character, Avery was just too much for me. I dont even know how to describe her. It's not like I hate her or anything, but I kind of don't like her. She's a nut case. And the way this book was written was just so whiny, Avery is whiny, some aspects are whiny and just so "ugh" material. But I did like Zac, the male main character, in a way. Because from all the characters in the book he was the o
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
After borrowing Shana's first two novels--Something to Blog About and Troy High--from my cousin's wife a few years back, I desperately wanted to dive into The Boyfriend Thief, but I didn't have a Kindle or an Amazon account at the time! Fast-forward to 2018, and this novel was one of the first paid books I decided to purchase on the Kindle I got for my birthday. After finally getting to read this sweet novel, I can say it was worth the wait!

-Tons of cute quotes as shown by my Kindle h
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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When I see the title, I kinda hope that this is one of those book that have cute romance, interesting plot, and lovable character. Unfortunately, I only got cute romance. The plot is actually interesting, but its predictable. We all know that this book will end well. And the characters, well, lets just say that Avery James didn't make it to my favorite characters list.

I dislike Avery at first. She's a neat freak, and she'd do anything to make everything perfect
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.
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads

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
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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 klu
Lenore Kosinski
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, pixel-of-ink
I thought I would get annoyed by Avery's issues, but in the end I just felt empathy for her...she was really screwed up, and I don't think she really knew how much. And she didn't get off with a slap on the wrist... The chemistry with Avery and Zac was superb, adorable... *shrugs* It was deeper than I had been expecting. With not perfect characters all around. I thoroughly enjoyed it....
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-own, rc
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).
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Everyone is messed up in their own way. The funny part is no one wants anyone else to know, so we work so hard to hide it."-

This was such a cute story!! I loved that Avery was so jaded and Zac was just Sac!!
May 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
It's quite hard to enjoy a book with a protagonist so irritating and whiny, and every other character as interesting as a night spent clipping your toenails. I yawned my way through the majority of it. This book was awful. Just plain awful.
Tina *The Book Slave*
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Such a cute YA book. Loved it
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Young Adult Conte...: #41 The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris 11 16 Oct 19, 2015 01:28PM  
The YA Curator: The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris 1 24 Sep 20, 2011 08:31PM  
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I write young adult books from a tiny town in eastern North Carolina, where I live with my husband and our zoo of animals. I am the author of SOMETHING TO BLOG ABOUT and TROY HIGH, both available from Abrams/Amulet Books, and THE BOYFRIEND THIEF and SURFACING, both available in ebook format for all ereaders.
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“The only person who can make you miserable is yourself, if you hold back because
you’re too afraid of failure to take a chance.”
“Don’t steal anymore hearts,” he told me. “You’ve already got mine.” 72 likes
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