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What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar

(Gem City #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Courtney Ross has lived her whole life doing everything by the book. That's gotten her good grades, the title of captain of her team, and the gift of being a nervous wreck most of the time. She will be spending the summer before her senior year with her best friend, Vanessa, in her tiny hometown of Gem City, Ohio. Courtney’s hoping for a chance to breathe and maybe to get ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 19th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 17th 2015)
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Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-faves
Holy confetti and 5 sprinkle covered doughnuts !!!
Cover : Eye candy.
Story : Brain Candy.
Over all : Delicious.
Spoiler Alert : I loved it.

The first thing I'd like to say is : Sweetness! This book made me blush, and I never ever ever do that. Here, I got all pink in the face. Not only that : this book gave me a plethora of feels. Courtney was a very congenial protagonist, and I found her immensely relatable.
A person will only cry/laugh along with a character when s/he gets attached to that characte
Courtney has always followed the rules, toed the line and it has gotten her great grades, the head of the cheerleading squad and a feeling of always being under the gun to good, make her family proud. It’s time for a little “Courtney-be-a-kid and enjoy life time!” Little did she know that going back to her Ohio hometown to spend the summer with her best friend would become the starting point of love and dreams of a life with Ethan Fisher, musician, ladies’ man and from first glance, his own bigg ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, cover-love, romance
This was gorgeous, so sweet and absolute perfection for YA Contemporary Romance fans!

First off let me just confess my total love of the title: What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy who Plays Guitar.. Seriously? Could this be anymore amazing and I also adore the cover. This book perfectly captured what it’s like to be 17 again and experiencing your first love.

After coming off reading An Ember in the Ashes I’d say I wasn’t exactly depressed but was in serious need of a pick me up, this book di
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Who could forget their first loves? I did for a time actually, I chose to forget him because of the pain that came in the end, but fortunately, it's all water under the bridge now.

Until I read What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar. I loved this book so much. Can I just say that the title itself played a really big role in my younger heart?

In this YA novel by Nicole Campbell, I was transported back to my younger years when I first fell for a guy who played the guitar. Heave
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
4.5 stars!

This was the first book I have read by Nicole and it was an amazing surprise! I thought the dialogue was a little too hyper at the beginning but once the story started progressing I didn't mind it at all. It's just how the characters are and I grew to appreciate their long dialogue. They were victims of the 'like' syndrome but to be fair, that's how teens talk so I let it go too. I loved how there were song titles at the beginning of each
Ashley Daviau
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I want to start this review by stating that I won a copy of this book in a giveaway hosted by the author on Instagram and this in no way affects my review.

I enjoyed this book so much! The main character Courtney, reminds me so much if myself at 17-18, it's crazy! There were times I was reading and it's like the author had plucked the thoughts right from my head! I felt such a range of emotions while reading this. I laughed out loud (the pillow case story on page 53 is hilarious lol), I cried, I
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A.M. Nestler MSW
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Campbell is a beautiful author. First of all, I absolutely loved the title of this book even though it is quite long. It just added a unique spice to the story that she created, and I felt that her writing transported me back to my high school days and the childlike wonder that comes with being a young adult. I enjoyed how her novel followed a girl who is trying to come out of her shell and ends up falling in love. I am a strong believer that young love can mold and shape you, and Campbel ...more
Alice Rachel
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG I loved this book!!!!

It made me want to be a teenager again, back when things were fun. Ahah

I loved Ethan, all the while wanting to hit him on the head.
I loved how Courtney stood up for herself.
I loved how respectful the relationship was.
I loved how Ashley reacted to Ethan.
I loved the fun dialogues.
I loved how warm this made my heart feel.
I was deeply entertained and then sad, and Ben was so cute!

Read this for a sweet, heartwarming YA read!

Thank goodness I already own the sequel!

I know the
Dahabo Wacays
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5/5 contemporary romance stars! <3 or should I say doughnuts seeing ad it's more fitting!

I adored this book! It had the right amount of cuteness, sarcasm from every character, hot dudes galore and most importantly it was great to read after my fantasy high!
First of all...ETHAN! Oh. My. God. I'm in love. He plays guitar, he's smoking hot, his smirks have me giggling like a school girl (which I am actually!) and he is one smooth flirtatious guy! I fell in love the moment we met him and I
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

If you're looking for a book that will make you laugh, cry and make you feel all the feels then you should definitely read this.

I just want to say that I love this book and I think that this is the perfect contemporary read. The reason that I gave this book 4 stars is because I think there's something missing. I know the story flowed really well but I want more! I want more Courtney and Ethan, I want more romance and action. I feel
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book a 4.5. While I couldn't find anything I disliked about the book it just lacked that wow factor. This book was a sweet, fun, fast, YA appropriate read. I laughed and cried with the characters.
Meet some of the characters:
Courtney is shy, smart, usually covered in sparkles and always second guessing herself. However, as the story goes on, and with a lot of help from her friends, she begins to open up and becomes more outgoing
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar is such an adorable story that I really enjoyed reading. I absolutely can't wait for the next book to come out now.

Reasons why you should pick up this book.

1) Courtney. This story was such an eye-opening and crazy adventure for her and I loved seeing her do things outside of her comfort zone. Also, her transformation from the beginning of the story to the end was such a beautiful thing to expe
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review!

This novel is the perfect summer contemporary! It had me hooked from page one and I could not put it down! I fell in love with every single character, they became my friends and the love interest had me head over heels. The author took me back to my high school summer days, when I would go out with all my friend and falling in love for the first time oh, those were the days. I loved the authors writing, especially whe
Doug Simpson
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Sweet Teen Romance
Courtney’s family moved her from Ohio to Arizona after she completed the sixth grade but she stayed in touch with her best, grade school friend, Vanessa. Before going into their senior year of high school, Courtney spent a month at Vanessa’s home during summer vacation. Vanessa introduced her to a good friend of hers, Ethan, and over the month they fell in love. Courtney accepted Ethan’s ring and they agreed they would be true to each other in a long-distance relationship, wi
Kristian Robert Vino
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of the book in exchange for honest review.
A light read that'll make you swoon like it's your first time falling in love.
"What Comes of Eating Doughnuts with Boy who Plays Guitar" will appeal the readers of Jennifer E. Smith and Stephanie Perkins.
I didn't expect much from the book. Well, I actually don't really expect anything from romantic novels, I just let the story suck me in and wait for that single moment where the author will throw all the heartwarming and even heart-wre
Silver Marie
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Aaah the awkwardness of teen romance. This book does take me back... Some moments sweet.. Others cringey/cringy ... All the impressionistic views of youth
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was in desperate need of contemporary YA book and I got what I asked for.
It's pretty predictable (hence no 5 stars - HENCE, you see what I did here, wink wink) but very cute and enjoyable read.
Ethan will make your heart melt, he will make you swoon and drool a bit. He will make you crave... ummm.. doughnuts, of course ;-) Let's be honest, who doesn't love a boy who plays guitar!? I know, I do.


Courtney is a likable protagonist and I liked her. All of the drama could be avoided if she wasn't t
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

It is not very often that I find a contemporary that I really love. I usually find it hard to stomach the insta-love that comes with so many contemporaries. However, I found myself in need of a change from my normal reads. Something with a bit more sunshine, and a little less melancholy.

What drew me to choose this one was honestly the title. It was just so quirky and I just had to see what exactly came from eating doughnuts with a boy wh
Kaylin Beach
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Waaaaiiiiit a minute. Did you seriously just refer to me as a hobbit? Like a small hairy-footed creature from the Shire? That's the first tiny fantastical being to come to mind... you couldn't have gone with like a fairy or a pixie or something else that sparkles?"

What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar by Nicole Campbell is such a cute read!!! I was up until 3 a.m. reading as much as I could!

This book broke my heart! I was so happy at times, and then out of no where I was e
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I saw about this book except I loved it!
It was a sweet realistic story of falling in love over the summer.
Courtney is going to stay with her bff for a month in Ohio where Vanessa decides that Ethan and her would be great together. I don't think anyone expected for their relationship to develop the way it does. When the month is up they know what they have is too deep to give up so they decide to try long distance. They knew it would be difficult but they didn't know just how hard.
I love
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Holy saccharine but in the best possible beach-read way. I sometimes don't tolerate sweetness all that well in YA fiction, but in the vain of Stephanie Perkins' series, they are a straight-forward teen romance without excessive drama, unrealistic characters and situations, or death/dying and destruction.

Courtney has moved away and gets the chance to return to her hometown to spend it with her friend Vanessa. There's a somewhat new boy in Gem City and Ethan and Courtney fall in love with realist
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This boy is trouble. Courtney knows that. And yet she she can't help falling for him. Don't we all love stories like that?

This book was very light, neat and full of love and feels and emotions. We go through Courtney's first love. She's not your typical cheerleader- blond and flirty. I really liked that about this book- there were no stereotypical characters.

I loved the characters. I loved Ethan and Vanessa. Courtney was this girl-next-door type and she was delightful.

What I loved about this bo
Sumaiya Mubeen
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh dear God! I'm so intensely, passionately, extremely in love with this book.Everything about this book is perfect. I wish it never ended but luckily there is a second book so that's not a problem. Phew!
So, what do I love about this book? First thing-the characters. I still can't decide which one is my favourite. All of the characters are realistic and relatable. Be it Ethan, Luke, Vanessa or Courtney. It is just the perfect book for coming out of a reading slump. It has got everything for a Y
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When i started this book i was afraid it was going to be too young for me! Thank Goodness I was WRONG! It is a story about first love and all the ups and downs that come with it. The characters are very engaging and the heartache will make you cry! It brought back a lot of my own memories of my first relationship with a boy! Ms. Campbell keeps you laughing, loving and crying through the whole story. I have already started the ...more
Books In Brogan
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-reviews
What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar by Nicole Campbell & Micah Sedmak is a story that is achingly real and emotionally turbulent with ups and downs that had me hooked throughout the entire book. While this is a YA novel it is probably best for 16+

 This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
Christina Bowling
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED this book, and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. I found Courtney to be very likable, and as someone who deals with a lot of nerves and anxiety, I found her to be very relatable, and it was nice to see a character I could identify with. I loved Ethan, and thought he was the perfect person to help Courtney come out of her shell.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
i received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

holy sprinkles! this book is meant to be read with a box of doughnuts. sadly i didn't get the chance to do that while reading it. this was such a fluffy fucking adorable book. i was feeling all the feelings! everything about it was so so good! i am mildly bothered by the sudden end and that's the reason of my 4.5/5 stars but the rest???? PERFECT
Kritika Manchanda
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The perfect example a new age fairy tale! A mushy YA romance that'll fill you up with happy feelings and thoughts of your first love.
The effervescent chemistry between Ethan and Courtney is so cute, you'll find yourself blushing at many places. And Venessa is the bff that we all need in life. Rock solid support system.

Hoping for more drama in part II. Although I have started to feel bad for Ben already, but keeping my fingers crossed.
♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
This book is like a Hallmark movie: sweet, enjoyable…utterly predictable, but you still like it. The writing could have done with a bit of editing, but overall while I didn’t fall head-over-heels, I did enjoy the story.

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I tell stories that make me feel like I'm not the only one who thinks the world is a crazy, scary, beautiful place. I hope that my readers feel it too. I also love doughnuts. Too much, in fact. And 90s music and my husband and my son and my feisty little dog :). Do drop me a line here or on social media- I love to talk books.

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