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Synopsis: The only way to get over a hopeless crush is to find someone new…Enter: The Boyfriend Bracket! Putting a new spin on a classic trope, Kate Evangelista explores family bonds, changing relationships, and senior year as our heroine tries to get over her brother’s best friend.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 of―starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket. Or it seems like the perfect plan . . . right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have? The Boyfriend Bracket puts a new spin on a classic genre in a fun, unforgettable way.
Published June 19, 2018 by Swoon Reads
Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Themes: childhood crush, brother’s best friend, brother, fashion, bullying, mean girls, high school dances, college applications, the bro code, best friends, dating
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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 just shooting for something good enough. She’s shooting for the big things. As Trump said, As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.
- Franklin! I think I enjoyed Stella’s interactions with Franklin the most – their friendship is #GOALS. I love the Rapunzel scene at the tree house the best.
Franklin: Oh, Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb thy golden stair.
Stella: Ah, handsome prince, sadly I have cut my hair. You must make do with the rickety stairs.
About the author
When Kate Evangelista 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 of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines.
Have you read or are you planning to read The Boyfriend Bracket?
How would you feel about dating your brother’s best friend?