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It Had to Be You

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  61 reviews
James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

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ebook, 184 pages
Published May 15th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
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May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5 Fangs

It Had to Be You was a quick and adorable read that constantly put a smile on my face. This was a charming book that combines a sweet romance with tons of humor.

The main characters in this book, Edel and James, were precious and unique. I loved reading from their POVs because I felt like the author did a great job at creating distinctive voices and personalities for them. I loved the development Edel and James went through, however, I did think Edel's development near the end of
May 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
Edelweiss is a rich girl who has finally convinced her parents to allow her to school instead of being home schooled. James is the son of her father's best friend, and he is also attending the same school as Edel. He causes some havoc and his father wants him to leave the school and go to the military, but he and Edel spin the lie that they are dating. Is all a stunt really. Only both of them begin to get attracted to each other.
Couldn't "feel" the book. The characters were too typical for me: h
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first thought ? That was freaking adorable. So cute, so freaking damn cute. Did I say it was cute ?

Obviously I liked the book, I read it in a day, and the fake dating trope is probably my favourite ... No regrets.

#J A M E S
I especially liked James, not because it's my favourite name of all time - because it is - but because this boy was something special.
He's trying his best to make his father proud, to be the best son ever, and he's trying so hard he's ready to fake date his dad's friend
Sigh. Sterotypical mean girl and just . . . James had the making of an interesting character, but there wasn't enough there.

Also, the main female character is named Edelweiss and is often called "Edel" and male character asked her, "Like the singer Adele?" I know the nicknames can be weird, but THAT'S NOT HOW THE "EDEL" IN "EDELWEISS" IS PRONOUNCED.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2017
Let me start with this, what a stinking cute story. I have to admit that I was hooked from the beginning. I'll be honest when I started this book I had a little bit of a hard time connecting with Edel, mostly because all I could think was she was this pretentious rich girl. Thankfully as the book went on I came to realize she was just a normal teen, and I also realized that I was judging her just like a normal teenager and I felt kind of bad for that. She's starting a brand new school, which she ...more
Elizabeth Mathis
James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boar
Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was the usual tale of boy meets girl. Boy and girl pretend to date but end up falling for each other. And that’s when shit gets complicated.
The girl was Edelweiss, a junior who has been homeschooled her entire life but wants a true high school experience before going to college. Edelweiss is amazingly beautiful and all the boys hit on her but she doesn’t know how beautiful she is.
The boy was James. James is a football play
Guess I'm too old for this book. It just felt so juvenile and simple and I felt absolutely no connection between James and Edel. ...more
Milli (MiracleMilliReads)
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
Coming into this book I was not expecting whole lot. Just another love story gone bad, then they end up together because of love. I barely read romance because I feel like every story is the same and nothing changes. which makes the story predictable from the beginning, but....

I was WRONG about this story! This is your typical love story, but it was written so uniquely and so many twist that had me wondering if they were really going to be together in the end. I loved the writing style, the duo
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on my blog!

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

I picked this up because I just loved the cover. It is so bright and colorful and I loved that there is a black boy on the cover. God knows we need more diversity in contemporary young adult books especially ones with healthy relationships.

The book has dual point of views which is lovely because we get to see what goes on in Edel and James’ minds concerning the little romance they have. I always enjoy ro
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this book at just the right time! Last week as part of my Top 5 Wednesday post, I talked about what kind of Summer time reads I was looking forward to and I spotlighted contemporary novels. While this book doesn't take place in the summer, I think it's just the right kind of lighthearted fare to read during the hot months ahead (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere like me, though you should totally still read this if it isn't summer).

Edelweiss and James are two students at Brockmore Acade
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, arc, romance, contemporary
Received an ARC from Entangled Publishing, LLC via Netgalley for a fair review.

It Had to be You has all the ingredients that make that feel-good romantic teen story.
-inexperienced girl
-super popular guy
-inexperienced girl and popular guy have a spectacular meet cute
-inexperienced girl inspires popular guy to be a better guy
-super popular guy sweeps inexperienced girl off her feet
-miscommunication causes a rift between the two
-they fix their problems at the end
With all the cliché elements
Heather Eagar
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are very few books that keep me up hours past my self-imposed bed-time. (I admit that i go to bed early. With 2 kids, I never know when they'll get up)

If you are judging this book by the synopsis and the cover...don't. Based on those two things I was expecting a cheesy teenage rom-com that would be cute, but not necessarily original or life-altering. The synopsis doesn't seem to get to the heart of the story, and I wish there weren't people on the cover, because my image of what Edel and J
Esther Haddie's Haven
New, different and great ♥

Only people who have lived the 90s will know what I mean when I say: This book kind of reminded me of that movie "My Date with the President's Daughter". Just because James starts dating the daughter of a diplomat. I don't know the connection, but that's what I thought of. This is a quick, light-hearted read. I was able to read it in a few hours (in between life and watching rowdy brothers). Lizzy Charles has done a great job to bring a new, different story to the world
Daphnee (daphneereads)
It Had to Be You by Lizzy Charles was a very cute bu very predictable book. Nothing really original but the characters were well-thought of. Some annoying "we're not talking enough" parts but I guess it might just be me who always shares too much of my feelings haha! Quick and cute read. Thank you NetGalley for the free ebook copy. ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I loved the theme of honesty prevailing and how integral their parents were. That's not something overly prevalent in YA novels. I loved the characters' story and I hope Lizzy writes more about these two characters! Lizzy writes so effortlessly and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her books! ...more
Sophiesticated ✨
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
My initial thoughts after finishing this book were that it was such a cute and adorable read! It definitely picked me up and I read most of it in ONE GO. Of course, I had to make some breaks, but even during those moments I missed going back to this story and the characters! This was 100% a light, fluffy and beautiful story that brightened my day!

This book made me laugh and blush so hard until my cheeks were utterly red! The worst thing was that I read the first part of this book at school
Lenore Kosinski
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

4 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

I will wholeheartedly admit that there were a few things in this book that on another book would probably have bothered me more, but I just couldn't help but devour this book and end it with a big smile on my face. And I think that's because there were just that many things to love, and that I got enough pleasant surprises that it made me gloss over th
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of It Had To Be You by Lizzie Charles in exchange for an unbiased review. 3.5 Stars
It Had To Be You is a fun, lighthearted “fake relationship” teen romance. Our hero, James, is the son of a military officer who is friends with the diplomat parents of our heroine, Edelweiss (Edel rhymes with Adele). James, whose mother died, has been sent away to school for years while his absentee father moves from base to base. James is a good-looking, very bright, popular, precocious high
This book was so cute and fluffy, and I loved it! I needed a book like this to read during finals and get my mind off actual work.

I am a huge fan of fake romance turned true love stories. As cliched and cheesy as they are, I cannot help but enjoy their drama.

This book was adorable and a surprisingly quick read. It follows Edelweiss and James, a quiet girl going to school for the first time, and the most popular guy on campus. With that alone, I knew I was going to enjoy this novel.

Edelweiss (Ede
Ted Ryan
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
** ARC provided in exchange for honest review **

“It Had to Be You” is a sweet YA Romance, which turned into out to be a fairly good read. Charles wrote an intelligent portrayal of teenager characters, both with complexity and depth rather than being stereotyped.

Edelweiss (Admittedly, I had the song from the Sound of Music stuck in my head during the first few chapters) is a home-schooled daughter of a diplomat, what she lacks in typical high school experience, she makes up for with maturity and
Pragati Chaudhari
For full review - It Had To Be You on The Inked In Book Blog

*Review copy received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

It Had To Be You is a cute contemporary romance featuring Edelweiss and James. Edel, who is home schooled, wants to experience high school before she goes off to college. So, her parents enroll her into this one boarding school. She meets James, who is, of course, the most popular boy in school and they quickly s
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: entangled-arcs
Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Edelweiss was a Diplomat's daughter who travelled with her family and was homes schooled. She convinced her parents to let her have a normal high school experience in order to prepare herself for college. It was at Brokemore Academy that she bumped (literally) into James, the son of a family friend and parent designated s
Wit & Wonder Books
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
** ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review **

It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles is a young adult, fake boyfriend/girlfriend high school romance that is sweet with a little bit of drama. James and Edelweiss both need each other to survive a year at the Academy but got so much more than they were expecting.

Edelweiss, daughter of an Ambassador is a junior who has been homeschooled her whole life. In preparation for college her mom agrees to enroll her in Brockmore Academy a co-ed boardi
Maddy Martinelli
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would first like to thank Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for including me in the blog tour for this novel and providing me with a copy of the novel in exchange for a review! Every book that I have read that has been published by Entangled Teen Crush has been so good and so cute, and this book was no exception! I really enjoyed reading about Edel and James, and thought that their story was super adorable and interesting - the prospect of fake relationships is always a plot that ends very interes ...more
Rose Froehle
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of Lizzy Charles’ previous books but there was something special and refreshing about “It Had to Be You”. From the very beginning, I was drawn in by James’s charm and confidence and I related to Edelweiss’s innocence and optimism about her unfamiliar environment. Lizzy added so many interesting elements and details about each of the characters that kept me turning page after page. You get to see two sides to James, the popular guy that always keeps his cool in front of his frien ...more
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Edel wants the whole high school experience after being home schooled all her life. James just wants to make it to graduation without his father ripping him out of school for another prank gone wrong. Together they team up to help the other out. What neither expected was for feelings to develop and blur the lines between fictitious and reality. Will they be able to pull this relationship off? Or will one of them be sent packing?

I absolutely love reading books that revolve around a fake something
Michele Cisneros
This review is based on an ARC I received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts on this book are my own.

I tend to love stories about people who are pretending to be a couple for some reason actually end up falling for each other but I have to admit that this story wasn’t exactly my favorite. It just all felt a little flat. A lot of the characters fit into clichés. Popular guy who is also the class joker who needs a girlfriend to show that he is mature. The innocent and bea
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a charming story, it was the perfect mix of light-hearted humour and sweet romance.
Edel and James were both really charismatic and loveable, Edel took longer to warm up to because on first impressions I was convinced I was going to hate her. She seemed like a spoiled rich kid but as the story progressed, her character developed and we got to see other sides to her. The personalities of Edel & James matched either other so perfectly, her weaknesses were his strengths and vice vers
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who like cute, fluffy reads
Shelves: 2017, arc, own-kindle-read
*I received this book as an arc from NetGalley and all thoughts are my own!*

I actually really liked this book. The premise is really cute and the two main characters, James and Edelweiss, were so cute together. Plus, I just love the fake dating trope. It's my favorite. (And I feel like it made it all the more interesting that it was set at a boarding school.) This book was so cute and fluffy and would be a great short read for anybody who wants a cute little romance.

Though, the characters we
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