Title: Blackmail Boyfriend
Author: Chris Cannon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humor
Series or Standalone: Standalone
No matter where I go genre wise with my reading, there is always one place I always come back to. A place that feels like home. Familiar and safe. And that is the Young Adult genre. Whether it be paranormal, contemporary, horror. You name it and I’m usually all over it if I can find the time.
Blackmail Boyfriend was the book that I found in yet another return to the young adult realm and one that now, having finished reading it and not just basing my excitement on a synopsis, I’m so glad that I found.
I’ve never read this author before. And as much as it pains me to admit, until I came across this story on NetGalley and requested it, I’d never even heard of the author, so I had no idea what to expect going in. Other than getting a YA read.
This author pleasantly surprised me. The writing style was ripe with humor, fast paced and to the point and just plain fun. I think she captured the teenage brain quite nicely and I found myself engaged the whole way through.
I would like to be able to say that this book falls into a niche, like there is one particular plot device that is used here, (think like Cinderella…poor girl, rich guy, magical happy ending) but that would be doing the book a disservice. There are a lot of different things going on here that come together beautifully in the telling of how Bryce and Haley came to be.
Rich boy, working class girl. Guy who plays the field and the virgin. Sports star and the girl who volunteers. So many different things came together here to create a really great young adult, first love romance.
It all starts with a rumor. Yep, you guessed it. Haley happens to share the first name of the girl that this rumor happened with. A girl that also has a boyfriend. So in an effort to combat the rumor and the resulting judgments that the rest of the teenage populace make, as well as save Bryce’s butt from getting taken out by said boyfriend of the girl he was actually with, Haley blackmails him into being her boyfriend.
Negotiations ensue, friends are thrown into the mix and eventually, as time moves on, real feelings develop and the pace at which all of this happens was brilliant. It wasn’t like “Oh, I’m gonna blackmail you today and fall in love for real tomorrow.” It took quite a while for these two to admit there was more going on and I think that’s what I liked most. If it drags on too long, I’d get irritated, but this happened at just the right speed.
Now I would hate myself if I didn’t talk about the best part of this book. The humor. I knew there was going to have to be, given the story line, but the levels this author and characters took it was amazing! I haven’t laughed so much, smiled like a goober so much in so very long that I almost forgot what it felt like. It was such a refreshing change from what I’m used to reading and executed perfectly.
The other characters in the story, the best friends, normally you would expect them to stick to the background as the real focus was on Haley and Bryce but that’s not what happened here at all. I found myself loving them just as much as I did the main characters and well all I can say about Jane is, I need her in my life so I can get some cupcakes too. Fantastic addition.
If you’re a fan of young adult, contemporary romance or just plain humorous, realistic style writing in general, this book is for you. I only hope that you see the beauty in it that I did and enjoy just as much, if not more.
Thank you so much Entangled Publishing, the author and NetGalley for letting me get the chance to read this book. I loved every second of it. Outstanding!