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The Practice Boyfriend

(Boyfriend #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  995 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Practice makes perfect...or so she thought.

Nobody likes Cody Matthews, including Cody Matthews. And why should they? He got his high school girlfriend pregnant and then almost killed them both while driving drunk. That’s why he’s perfect for Hannah. She’d never fall for someone like him.

Hannah Stark is a high school senior with a resume of straight
ebook, 219 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Crown Atlantic
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
So so. For YA book, it can be better. This book is a remake of Cruel Intention. The heroine is a A type goody two shoes character. Annoying. For someone who is so clever, she is so slow catching up with social situation.

Cody is more confusing. His character is stiff and 1 dimensional. The author does not explore the emotional impact of the car accident on Cody. I feel like Cody just feeling sorry for himself most of the time. Weepingnlike a lost puppy.

Overall this is a safe read for YA. But a
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not the worst book Ive read, but definitely not the best either. ...more
☆ Naomi ☆
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I just need a warm and cute stand alone romance novel to warm my insides and to help me through these snowy days. This one worked just fine. It was a very nice read, it wasn't too long and it wasn't too short. When I read something from my kindle app it sometimes happens that the stories are very enjoyable, but they're so small and short that I'm not really able to get into it and I'm not really able to understand the characters. Somehow I always try to get inside of their heads and I ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, high-school, nerdy
2.5 Stars

This could have been a great story, but I missed a real connection to the characters.
The book is very short (200 pages on my reader) and so there's not enough room for any depth.
The storyline is like a mashup of every teenager series which has ever aired on TV. It was ooookay but the drama was over the top. The big bang at the end was very predictable and so it was no surprise at all.

I liked Cody a lot more than Hannah. Her need to fit in, to be friends with the popular b
Isabeau Delaunay
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, mf
A 2.5. I really liked the first half of this book, but the second half is a ridiculous over the top soap opera.

The book starts off strong: Hannah has devoted her whole high school career to academic and sports success, and realizes in the month before she's about to graduate valedictorian that she hasn't really enjoyed herself or made friends. So, in an adorably type-A way, she sets herself a plan to get these boxes checked, and it involves a student she formerly tutored: Cody, a former Golden
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Practice Boyfriend will have you glued to your kindle until you finish the story. One thing I really miss about high school life is the drama and I definitely got my share with these characters. I love that Hannah is one of those students who cares about succeeding in school—I wish I was more like that at her age. Cody is such a sweet guy, and I kept rooting for him throughout the story. It was nice to see both Hannah and Cody evolve as characters. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I loved ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God the practice boyfriend was really good it was dark at some points but I loved the aspect of it having Mental Health in it
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Jennifer G
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Practice Boyfriend is the perfect story of high school drama. It reminded me of a John Hughes film. Set in a privileged private school the story focuses on Hannah, Class Valedictorian, and State Tennis Champion. With a full scholarship to Brown waiting for her, she has accomplished everything she set out to do in high school. However, while trying to write her commencement speech, she realizes that she forgot to live along the way. She's not experienced any of normal high school life; no dat ...more
Catheryn Bolick
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first contemporary read from Christina, since I have read the first three books in the Geneva Project series, and I am absolutely blown away by how talented she is. The depth of each individual character and the way she so expertly holds off major plot twists until the perfect moment kept me hooked on this book. A more in depth review is to come on my blog.

I received this Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review
Laura Henderson
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My heart is swooning right now! I absolutely loved Christina Benjamin's writing. This book is so cute. It is a wonderful, past paced book that will have you racing to the end to see what happens. I absolutely loved Hannah! She was sweet, charismatic, intelligent, and witty. The plot is this book was fun and fast paced. It has a great story idea and Christina follows through with a dynamite ending. She keeps you interested through the whole book and keeps the reader engaged in her realistic plot ...more
Gracie K
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing! I was immediately immersed in this story. I am in love with Cody and Hannah's story and I think this story and their characters is a perfect example of perceptions of people and not judging people based off of rumors and if they're "popular" or not. This book was beyond amazing and oh my god, the ending?!?! This is the first book I've read of Christina's and I am in love with her writing! I can't wait to read more of her writing. The way the story played out was ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh. Probably 2 stars, but I didn't finish it and I hope that there are some redeeming qualities before the end, but I didn't find it worth continuing. I read to the start of chapter 32 and was just done. I felt like there were too many inconsistencies. Some of the actions seemed way to mature for high school with very little reaction, like it's normal and ok. The guy seemed way to extreme hot/cold without enough buildup or insight to explain. I didn't care for all the catty, snotty behavior. Ev ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you liked cruel intentions this is your book. Things you can only read about. Hannah has been all about school and no friends. Now she’s going to graduate and has nothing to show for her high school life. She asks popular golden boy Cody to help her get into the famous graduation party. But spending all that time together their feelings start to grow. But typical highschool snobs don’t want this nobody in their click. Things get out of control and Hannah doesn’t know how to take it all back. ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was the last one in the series that I needed to read. So when I was given the opportunity to review it I jumped on it. This wasn't a bad read but then only one of them actually was. In this one we have Cody and Hannah. Hannah is trying to understand how kids in her grade work. However, she tries to get into the popular group. Even with Cody's help she just isn't ready for those kind of people. While Cody tries to help her they of course become more than friends. I was also happy that in the ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It's short, but covers a lot. There were some expected things happening and some surprises as well.

It has a bit of mean girls feel to it and some parts are high on drama, but it all worked. Wished there was more at the end.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Oh my gosh I loved this YA! It was exactly they type of book I needed to read right now!
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This wasn't the worst book I have ever read but it also wasn't amazing. It is perfect you are looking for a quick romance read. It covered some topics that could have brought it depth but breezed over them. The ending was also a little abrupt. I wanted a little more from the ending. It had a lot of potential but I don't regret reading it.
Catherine Piske
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book

This book was super great. Loved it from the beginning to the end. :) I would highly highly recommend. Bye.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult



What a cute YA. When I got to the end, I was actually sad it was over. I was looking forward to more of an epilogue, or a part 2 to Hannah and Cody’s story. I think Hannah is a different type of female protagonist, because she is way smart. Think of Diana from Say Anything. Valedictorian with no social life and it’s just her and her father. Cody though isn’t really a Loyd Dobler. He has a bad boy persona, but deep down he is all round good kid. He just doesn’t understand the reasons no one
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. The plot was different and not cheesy. The characters came out of the pages and were relatable. I felt their emotions. I liked how the author blended mystery with romance. The POV of the other characters were an added bonus knowing their emotions. Recommend this book totally. More please...
Mellissa Monteforte
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what a cruel world we live in

This truly is one of the most insanely accurate description of socialite world in high school. During this story one of the movies Cody and Hannah watch is the darker side of money in the classic Cruel Intentions. This story is more in-depth then the movie but hits all the major flaws teens deal with in high school. Fitting in, acceptance, jealousy and pure evilness found in todays society. This is a great read, not your average plot and filled with highs and
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I regret starting this book. How does this one have 3.73 stars? And how is it that this author has almost a dozen more books in this series with just as high ratings? I'm currently at 36% on this book. It's hard to get through. The writing is awful. Not the worst I've read, but very boring stilted, and oh-so-predictable. I honestly feel like I'm reading an amateur fanfiction post written by a high school sophomore with cliched notions of romantic angst and Cinderella-pipe dreams. I hate not fini ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I'm a sucker for fake relationship stories. I love YA novels. So a fake relationship YA novel would seemingly be a book I'd love ... and The Practice Boyfriend truly did have some enjoyable moments. (The tennis practice scene was probably my favorite, and I loved the mentions of classic romance movies.) But Hannah, the main character, is basically insufferable. She has zero friends—not a one, not even among the other smart kids—basically because she has never tried to befriend anyone. And her im ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio
The Practice Boyfriend is a solid contemporary YA romance with the appropriate amount of sweetness and innocence, teen angst, and drama. I immediately connected with the main character. Outside of Hannah's tennis playing, I'm so not sporty, I identified with her academic pursuits at the sacrifice of a social life and her desire to make up for that.
Her innocence and naivete also struck a chord with me and as events unfold, I can't say I wouldn't have done the same thing at that age (although at
✨ Husnah ✨
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads
2 Stars

This book was so bad and childish that I don't even know how to review it.

Hannah, your typical Miss perfect with perfect A's, the best tennis player in the state want a taste of how the popular lived their lives before she graduated so that she'd be able to prepare her valedictorian speech. And what better ways to infiltrate their circle that blackmailing the outcast of the Golden.

Hannah was like a real bitch, really fitting for the Golden circle. I hated her and
Amy Hannagan
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When good-girl, Hannah, decides she wants to spend her last month in high school as a 'normal' teen; she blackmails disgraced, former golden boy, Cody, into being her Practice Boyfriend. Hannah has no friends, no experiences and worst of all, no money yet goes to a ritzy private school with all the local elite. Cody agrees to help her make all the changes she needs to infiltrate the elite. This book captures the essence of some of the greatest movies without feeling forced or like an imitation. ...more
Jessica Mercado
DNF'd at 26%

I love contemporary's, I really do.
I just couldn't with this main character.
Hannah was your typical nerd who wanted a piece of the "Golden" life before she graduated.
So she black mails the outcasted golden to assist.
1st off she kept throwing Cody's past with his dead girlfriend in his face, Then every time he actually tries to help her AS SHE FREAKING BLACKMAILED HIM TO she throws a little fit, slaps him and is like "is this really necessary?" Like
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Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This was not a really special book. I think that some things could have been better for example the lacking chemistry between the two main characters, but I guess not every book can be the same. I will probably have forgotten about this book in 2 or 3 days, but I think it is good to read something that is not really good so you can be more open for other things and genres of books.
Heavenleigh peterson
Everything happened way too fast in my opinion.. but other than that I enjoyed this book.
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Award-Winning author, Christina Benjamin, lives in Florida with her husband, and character inspiring pets, where she spends her free time working on her books and speaking to inspire fellow writers.

Christina is best known for her wildly popular Young Adult romance novels, The Boyfriend series.

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