I enjoyed "The Boyfriend Bet". It was a fast, fun, mostly sweet read.
Zoe and Grant were really cute together, and I appreciated Zoe and her unwillingness to take anything lying down. Chris Cannon did a good job of writing Grant's back and forth and conflict and I thought that Zoe's blend of vulnerability and strength was very charming. I loved Aiden and Delia as the supporting besties and everything to do with them both was a complete hoot.
I did find it frustrating that, as per usual, there's the bestie who's the most wonderful friend in the world, and somehow almost every other girl in an entire school is a terrible person, out for the heroine's man, or both. That got very tiresome, fast. Surely there was someone who wasn't a complete waste of space in the school other than the main characters? But no, guess not.
There was mention of the snobs versus hicks and I thought that class warfare would go somewhere interesting, but it was never adequately resolved for my taste, and seemed like something that was just there to add conflict. Which, it does, and that's true to life, and it's probably also true to life that it never quite gets addressed and persists in being the white elephant in the room, but it would have been nice to have had some closure.
That said, I did really enjoy "The Boyfriend Bet" and I can't wait to see what's next in the Boyfriend Chronicles.
Kissing? Check. Detention? Check. A bet that might lead to love or abject humiliation? Check.
Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.
Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: Betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.