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The Boyfriend Bracket

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3.08  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother's best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she's always dreamed ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Swoon Reads
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Zoe
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute, charming, and sweetly romantic!

The Boyfriend Bracket is an engaging, heartwarming tale that takes us into the life of Stella, a young, Filipino senior who is determined that with the help of her best friend Franklin this is the year she will get over her longtime crush on her brother's best friend, Will and find herself the perfect boyfriend.

The writing is witty and light. The characters are diverse, supportive, loyal, and endearing. And the plot told from differing perspectives is a uniqu
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Vicky Who Reads
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I've been really working through my romcom mood, and I was definitely looking forward to this being a fluffy, fun, lighthearted, cliché read. And in some ways, this lived up to the expectations, but in others, this really did not cut it.

I guess my biggest peeve is that the whole cutesy premise of a "Boyfriend Bracket" was basically abandoned by something like the 30% mark. The book is titled The Boyfriend Bracket and that's supposedly the big, overarching premise, but instead of fun sh
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♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
3.5*

I genuinely enjoyed this much more than I thought I would! The Boyfriend Bracket provoked just as many cheesy grins as it did eye rolls.

It's full to brimming with the typical teen angst but I still found it easy to read, I could have easily finished it in one sitting. It was the sort of read that would stop me from falling into a deep slump after a particularly long or heavy read.

The main character was also a lot more fierce than I thought she would be. From what I remember of ya romance
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✨ elsa ✨
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lately I’ve been rating rather low compared to before, but I can’t seem to find a good book yet 😞

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*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for approving an advanced reader's copy of The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista. All opinions are my own and as honest as they can be.*

I don't think this was the type of book for me. The writing style was so undeveloped and incoherent, nothing made sense and it felt like a real mess. I didn't feel empathy for any
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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
HELL YES BROTHER'S BEST FRIEND TROPE!!! Also Filipino MC!!! Fashion and comics!!!
Shorouk Abd Elhamed
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Three and half stars,,
This book is unique not in its idea but it left everything expected.It had the well known tropes but acted differently to them.

The characters were so nice. I liked Franklin from the beginning. His glitering options were wonderful =D.I loved the rating system of the guys,too 😂. I liked how strong Stella was.Will and his grandmother , they melted my heart ❤.(view spoiler). I really loved ho
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Colleen's Conclusions
This is more of a strong 3.5. A review will be coming soon!
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
This is a cute contemporary about a girl who just wanted to have a boyfriend but her overprotective big brother made it difficult for her to do so. When her brother finally graduated from high school, the main character, Stella finally felt free. Stella along with her best friend used the boyfriend bracket as a method to find Stella the perfect boyfriend. While the premise of the story sounded interesting, I'm afraid the story sets up a relationship between Stella with her long-time crush and it ...more
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I am a super fan of brother’s best friend trope and probably my favorite trope in YA. You know, when the younger sister has a crush on her brother’s best friend but the brother has a number one rule that she is off-limits to his friends so, the hero fights his feelings out of respect for his best friend. The rest is history and the ending has always been the same.

Okay! that sounds like a negative way to start this review but I promise I didn’t mean it to be tha
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JM Cabral
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed reading this sweet, cute, and very light-hearted contemporary, but full review to come. For now, here's a short blurb:

"Incredibly sweet and cute, fast-paced, and filled with characters that remind me so much of Filipino culture and traditions, Kate Evangelista's The Boyfriend Bracket is a young adult contemporary that I would no doubt recommend to my friends, especially for those who are on the lookout for short, light-hearted, but impactful reads. Kate undoubtedly took my b
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Michelle (Firstbooklove)
(I received a free review copy from Xpresso book tours in exchange for an honest review)

“We don’t always see who we are, it’s only when those closest to us reflect who we are do we understand the truth.”



The boyfriend bracket by Kate Evangelista

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4.5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Stella has had a crush on her older brother’s best friend, Will, for years. When both her older brother and Will are graduating this year, she ca
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Erika (The Nocturnal Fey)
3.5/5 stars

Love the touch of Filipino-American culture. It's totally like what I see in every Filipino-American family vlog on YouTube. It feels very homey for some reasons. :)

Read my full review HERE.
utterlyanintrovert
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the most lovable and flattering read I’ve read of any YA next to Jenny Han’s TTBILB!!!
Elley Murray
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Rating 2.5 stars; DNF at 51%

I wanted to like this book, but it needs some major polishing. It reads like an author debut and I was really surprised to see how many other published works the author has. Still, the characters are so fun, and I love the idea of setting up a tournament style bracket to figure out which boy is most worthy of being Stella's date to the senior dances.

The rough spots come with the transitions between scenes, and how abrupt some of them are. This book reads more like wa
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Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Intial Impressions 3/31/18: To be 100% honest, I made it about 30% - 35% of the way through and then skimmed the rest of the book because once it hit a certain point, there was no point in reading the rest.

Heads up, because we're gonna have some spoilers here -->
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Sarah
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Stella has been head over heels for her brother's best friend Will since she was a kid and as he moves away to college she is hopeful to finally get over him and move on. A makeover and break from her older brother gives Stella the chance to engage in a whole lot of dating with a whole lot of different boys. With the help of her best friend who creates a boyfriend bracket, Stella begins a dating adventure. This adventure comes to a halt when Will catches wind of it and his jealousy flairs up for ...more
Aila
2.5 stars

I wish I liked this book more than I did! The Boyfriend Bracket is all the fluff of a marshmallow, but nothing past the sugary-sweetness. The fact that it’s a bit over 200 pages doesn’t help either, giving only glimpses of character and relationship development. Over the course of these pages, Stella goes through almost her whole senior year of high school. It’s a huge time frame that passes by really quickly, making for a hastened pace that makes the glimpses mentioned above even more
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Jenia
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KarenJo Custodio
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lighthearted, delightfully sweet and charmingly cute story

This was such a delightfully sweet, super cute, and absolutely charming book. I smiled and swooned so much reading this and had such a great time.

The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista is a wonderfully written story about love, family, friendship, and being brave enough to do what truly makes you happy. It’s fast-paced, hilarious, and entertaining. I thought the writing was really good — light and fluffy, but also genuinely heartwar
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Fay
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been excited about this book since the day I found out that Stella is Ms. Kate’s first Filipino MC. I knew that she’d be a relatable character, and I was right.

It was thrilling to follow Will and Stella’s secret relationship in the book and the consequences they had to face for choosing each other. After all, isn’t love about fighting for the people that mean the most to you?

Why I love this book:

Sibling love. Cam is not exactly the most lovable of characters, but I understand where he’s c
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CR
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Well an oops is in order because I was not paying any attention when I posted this review. So let's get the right one on here.

Check out author's other books? Yes
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions: I won a copy of this book a while ago and just got around to reading it and now I really need to check out this author's other books because this one was beyond amazing!! This one reminded me of the Kissing Booth without all the fighting and well
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Grace
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Peachy
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
A few things I liked about The Boyfriend Bracket:

Stella’s a Filipina, so that’s cool. I like the references here and there.
It’s nice seeing the different culture in play. Like how overprotective Cam is, Stella’s brother, of Stella – turned up a few more notches more than usual. And also how Stella doesn’t have to worry about paying for college because it’s common in the Philippines for parents to have planned for it.
I admire Stella’s passion for fashion. I like how she dreams big. She’s not jus
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Samantha Hastings
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More exciting than March Madness, this slam-dunk story is the perfect romantic read.

What I loved:
1. The characters. They were unique, diverse, and entirely teen. Franklin (Stella's BF) stole my heart and my sequins with his fabulous fashion and stellar support.
2. The Bracket Idea. Using a bracket to find the perfect boyfriend was original and charming.
3. The sense of family. Especially all of the Filipino words and food references, Stella's mom used.
4. The Fashion. Stella and Franklin both wa
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Felicia Mathews (Bookishly Slytherclaw)
Really cure and short story. Was a little confused at why it is titled The Boyfriend Bracket when only about a third of the book really features this bracket. Most of the story revolves around Stella and a secret relationship with her brother's best friend.

I was slightly annoyed with Stella through parts of the story. Some of the interactions with her best friend, Franklin, really rubbed me the wrong way.

I wouldn't have minded if the romance was a little more gradual. Things seemed to move rat
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Linh
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF. I got halfway through before I just couldn’t keep going. The amount of eyerolls I completed during this would have given me a headache had I not been laughing at the truly predictable parts of this. Who the hell names characters Lemon and Parsley and they are known as the salads? Come on. Will and Stella are so annoyingly oblivious of their feelings and her brother is so stupidly protective of her that i could predict what was going to happen as soon as Stella runs into Wills arms for a kis ...more
Rachel Baynard
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
While I did enjoy the story, it wasn't the story I set out to read. It had nothing to do with the Boyfriend Bracket and everything to do with her crush on Will. I disliked Cam, I didn't like Will much, Stella was so-so but annoying near the end. The only one I consistently liked was Franklin. Can I have more Franklin please?? I would have liked to see more of the actual Boyfriend Bracket and the dates to narrow the guys down. I'd also like a story about Franklin having a Boyfriend Bracket. Basic ...more
Stacia | stacialovestoread
This was a cute book, but very much predictable. As soon as they mentioned Will, I just knew how this was going to end.
I did, however, enjoy the overprotective big brother. I’m The youngest of myself and my brother, but I’m definitely the Cam of our dynamic. I was fiercely protective over my brother....I would have killed a brick and put a rock in the hospital for him.
Overall, not too bad, just saw the ending coming from a mile away.
Kristy Mauna
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I appreciated the Filipino love in this, all the references to our beautiful culture, but it wasn't enough for me to love the entire story. . . I wanted a little more from it all. The teenage angst that comes along with falling in love for the first time, finding out who you are, and all that good stuff.
Nis Kr
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a gem.
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When Kate Evangelista, author of No Love Allowed and No Holding Back, was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University - Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literat ...more