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Any Boy But You
     

Any Boy But You

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by Julie Hammerle
 

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Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. Hecan’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery

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Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. Hecan’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

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ISBN-13:
9781682814246
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing
Publication date:
02/06/2017
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
274,854
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.55(d)

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Any Boy But You 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
beckymmoe 12 hours ago
A super-cute modern YA version of You've Got Mail (or technically, of the original--The Shop Around the Corner) with a bit of Romeo and Juliet feuding families-style drama added in, I really liked Any Boy But You. Both Oliver and Elena had their less-than-sympathetic moments--he was pretty judgmental at first on nothing more than his dad's say-so, and she was over-the-top nasty at times, but that just made everything all the more sweet when they realized the errors of their ways, got a clue, and went above and beyond to make things better. The ending was a bit rushed--we don't get a whole lot of satisfactory Oliver and Elena time before the final page--but it's pegged as the first in a new series, so fingers crossed that we'll see plenty of them together and being cute in the books that are to come. (Is it wrong to say I was about ready to cheer for the Chinese restaurant that insisted on calling itself "The Chinese Restaurant" instead of "Away in a Lo Mein-ger", though? Because those Christmas-themed business names got to be a bit much at times...) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Musings_of_Madjy 23 hours ago
This was such a sweet and adorable Young Adult Romance! It was basically "You've Got Mail" (with Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan), the high school Pokemon GO! version. :) Elena and Oliver are both the teenage offspring of sporting goods store competitors, whose rivalry has been strong for a few decades (despite the fact the two stores originally started as one, founded by their grandparents). They find themselves thrown together when Oliver needs tutoring, and then they just can't stop bumping into each other all over town. The small town they live in, North Pole, is very big with their Christmas theme (how could they not be with a name like North Pole?), which adds some extra fun and whimsy to this story. The town, and its inhabitants, reminded me very much of the small town on the show Gilmore Girls, which is definitely not a bad thing. Overall, I thought this was the perfect light-hearted YA romance read to curl up with during some cold weather.
book_junkee 3 days ago
2.5 stars I loved the premise of this. I adore the idea of arch enemies secretly falling for each other even though they don't know it. Sadly it fell a bit flat for me. I liked Elena and Oliver well enough. They're both standoffish and sort of bitchy, but it's mostly due to a ridiculous feud that's been going on between their families. And man, did that cause a lot of dramatics throughout the story. When Elena and Oliver started acting nicer to each other, the banter between them was cute and it was easy to root for them. Perhaps my downfall came from the Pokemon Go-like game that was the basis of the plot. I didn't get why people loved that game, and that carried over into reading this. Overall, it was cute and I was intrigued to see how it ended, but it was also a little overdramatic for me. I'm not sure if I would read any others in the series. **Huge thanks to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous 6 days ago
I really wanted to like this book. And I did. But not as much as I was hoping. The writing itself wasn't too blame. Julie Hammerle is able to pull you in and keep you there with her talent for setting up awkward scenes. It was a cute story and for those fans of You've Got Mail, it may be just what you are looking for. But I wasn't looking to read a teen version of You've got Mail mixed with a dash of Gilmore Girls. I wanted original. In most romantic comedies you know who the girl is going to end up with from the very beginning. It's a given. But you are there for the journey. You want to know how they are going to end up together. I didn't feel I was given that. It followed an already scripted story with a few differences (ex: Minnesota instead of New York, Sports stores instead of Bookstores, etc.) I also didn't connect to the main character, Elena, as much as I would have liked. She was nice with everyone but Oliver, and with him she was flat out mean. Overly so. To where you are pitying him. I liked Oliver, a lot. But then I was only able to root for one of them, which kinda sucked. So, all in all I am going to have to give it 3 out of 5 Stars.
BookPrincessBlog 8 days ago
I have had a drought of adorable, cheesy books in my life. That’s right – this Book Princess has been reading serious books. Books full of non-cliches, not as much funnies for no reason, and a ton of originality. Don’t worry, I’m cringing for myself. When I saw this book on Netgalley, I knew that I instantly had to request it and feel the cheesiness and adorableness fill my book life.And that’s surely what I got. This book was pretty adorable. I loved the whole idea of North Pole, Minnesota. I’m not sure this town actually exists, but I kind of want to go there. It’s a super small town where everyone knows everyone, and it’s Christmas themed all year round. There’s Santabucks instead of Starbucks. Like, how cute is that?? Okay, not so cute if you’re not a Christmas dork. However, I really appreciated all the creativity that Hammerle put in to creating this town and how it added to her overall concept. I felt like this town was truly another character in the book. Another huge part that I loved was the addition of Harper. Harper is Elena’s best friend, and of course, I assumed she would be the stereotypical contemporary best friend. She would be witty, sassy, only there to wake the main character up when they were being stupid, and provide the funnies. However, Harper became so much more than that as she struggled her way through identity issues. I guessed her secret from the beginning, but it was super interesting to go through the journey with her. I loved how the author took this usual throwaway character and added a lot to her and didn’t just become the cliche best friend that Elena would have some big fight and lose. The plot was super cool as well. Feuding families is nothing new, but I loved the whole addition of the Pokemon Go-esque app that was driving this town mad and how Elena and Oliver started talking due to it. It was a super cute way for them to connect, and I thought the app was such a cool and unique addition. Now, you’re probably reading this going, “Mandy, you’re fangirling hard right now. Why the four stars?” The issue for me came in the romance. Don’t get me wrong – I did enjoy Elena and Oliver together, and I thought they were adorable. I totally shipped them. However, the issue lies in the love-hate relationship. I think the hate part went on far longer than it should have to be realistic. It kind of just switched one day, and I wasn’t completely sold due to the fact that Elena was just so mean to him and then did a complete 180. I would have liked a bit more of a slower turn, and it ruined a bit of the middle half for me. Overall, though, this book was exactly what I needed. It was adorable, cheesiness, and so much fun. It was more than that, though, and it truly added some originality to the fluffy contemporary genre. There were some issues with it with the love/hate relationship, but it didn’t deter too much from my reading. Four crowns for this snowy book, and a visit from Ariel!
Ambur 9 days ago
Oh boy, oh boy!!! I'm pretty sure this book was made for me! I'm a HUGE fan of You've Got Mail (I couldn't even tell you how many times I've seen that movie, but I've always loved it!!!), and I absolutely adore Gilmore Girls! Add in a star-crossed lovers/dueling families element and you get Any Boy But You! This book was adorable and I really, really didn't want to put it down...the morning after finishing it, I was suffering from some serious sleep deprivation because I actually refused to put it down until I was done, but I absolutely loved every moment of it! Oliver and Elena were fantastic characters, and I loved that the book showed both of their POVs, and I really loved seeing all of the quirky elements of their town, North Pole! Sometimes you just need to read a great feel-good story that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and that's exactly what Any Boy But You does! I loved how Oliver and Elena's relationship built, and I really loved how the game that Oliver designed, which was very Pokemon Go-esque, tied in with their budding relationship. It was believable, but also soooooo picturesque and so perfect for their charcters! And the town of North Pole gave me serious Stars Hollow feels which I absolutely loved, too. There were just so many moments in this book that I just could not stop smiling, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading it again! Overall, I absolutely loved Any Boy But You! It's perfect for rom-com fans, especially if like me you love both You've Got Mail and Gilmore Girls! *I received an egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
BooksDirect 10 days ago
In North Pole, Minnesota, a town where it's Christmas every day of the year, the Chestnuts and the Princes have been feuding ever since 1969, when their sporting goods store split and they went their separate ways. They now own two competing stores across the road from each other. Oliver Prince recently moved to North Pole from Miami so that his father could take over the family business. He develops a mobile app to help promote the store - Stash Grab, based on the popular Pokémon Go game. Meanwhile, across the road, Elena Chestnut spends most of her junior year working in her family's store, but it's rapidly losing business to its competitor. Elena nevertheless starts playing Stash Grab in an effort to win plane tickets she can use for spring break. She begins an online relationship with one of the other players - who happens to be none other than Oliver. What will happen when they each find out who their online crush is? And what secret is Elena's mother and Oliver's father hiding from everyone? Will these two feuding families ever be able to resolve their differences? I absolutely love the setting for this series, a small town that lives Christmas 24/7. The shops all have cute Christmassy names, like Santabucks (coffee shop), Santa's Worksop (hardware store), and Pie-lent Night (pizzeria). Told in the third person from the points-of-view of both Elena and Oliver, we get to see their developing relationship from the two different perspectives. This is a true feel-good romance and family drama that will leave you with a smile on your face. I look forward to sharing the romantic misadventures of more of the residents of North Pole, Minnesota, in upcoming books in this series. Warnings: coarse language, LGBT themes. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (15 February): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/02/any-boy-but-you-by-julie-hammerle.html
Arys 11 days ago
Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle is a sweet mix of a Romeo and Juliet tale with You’ve Got Mail. It shows that romances in small towns may be more complicated due to family history, but are just that much sweeter. Elena Chestnut and Oliver Prince hate each other, because they are supposed to. Their families own rival sporting good stores, and like Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, their families have been in a feud for as long as they’ve known, but neither Elena or Oliver know all the reasons why. Falling for each other, in disguise, was definitely not part of the plan. Elena is driven by her commitment to her family but rankles at what she has to give up. Oliver is driven by his passion for computers, but loses it because of bad grades. The game Oliver creates to drive business for his family’s store gives Elena an opportunity to, surreptitiously, win something for herself. Little do they know the person they are chatting with in the game, and opening up to is their mortal enemy. One of the great things about this book are the ebbs and flows of their relationship, the effect that finding out separately that they were chatting with a hated enemy but still having some of that bond with the formerly anonymous person they were talking to. As it turns out their families histories with each other is even more complicated than they ever knew, which adds to the dynamic and richness of the story. In the end the future of their families businesses and their future together depends on putting the past where it belongs and moving together into a new future. Overall, Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle was a good novel filled with humor, romance, and a bit of mystery (in regards to the family feud). I happily recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review.)
UndercoverBookReviews 11 days ago
Can't get enough of this book as I am currently reading this book again! But you'll have to read to see just for yourself why you too would read it again. Well written! Amazing story plot! And crazy characters! What other way to spend the afternoon but reading this book!
Rhondaz 11 days ago
Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle.....What a sweet heartfelt story that keeps you flipping pages. The characters are very likeable and relatable, Elena and Oliver were fun to see their stories unfold. I am enjoying Julie Hammerle she definitely know how to tell a story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
Natshane 11 days ago
A modern tale of Romeo and Juliet. I haven't read a cute, clean YA romance in a while and I just couldn't pass up on the blurb, so this book seemed like the perfect read at that time. Besides Entangled Teen never fail to surprise me with their array of books and Any Boy But You was no exception. It takes some warming up to the story but I find myself driven to uncover the mystery behind the family feud and also to find out how Oliver and Elena relationship would turn out. I personally appreciated the fact that Oliver is not your typical athletic kind of character that seemed to populate most romantic novels these days, instead, he is an introverted character who seeks solace from his computer. I have to say, Oliver's lack of social confidence is refreshing for a male lead! Although at some parts the story seemed a bit too rushed, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
BetwixtthePages 11 days ago
Rating: 4.25/5 Penguins Quick Reasons: spontaneous moments of cute coupled with a realistic relationship = me in a penguin puddle; I'm such a sucker for enemies-to-lovers; star-crossed love meets Pride and Prejudice; some small geek/nerd culture references; complex characters and a plot with a TON of drama, angst, and resolution Okay penguins, I have GOT to know: how do you all feel about enemies-to-lovers romance tropes? Because honestly, this is one of my personal FAVORITES! I've always been a sucker for star-crossed loves, and this book bridges the gap between the dramatic angst of Romeo and Juliet and the snarky tingles of Pride and Prejudice. Seriously, I'm not even dramatizing that--that's just EXACTLY what this book does, except in modern day...with cell phones, computers, and all that awesome delicious. The romance is entirely realistic. There's no "love at first sight" to be found here, unless you want to count the opposite--hate at first sight. Instead, this romance goes to the chatroom...and anonymous profiles. I seriously ADORED how cute that made this entire thing--while we, the readers, knew exactly who was whom, our poor unfortunate star-crossed pair had no idea until it was too late. There was a sense of...innocence, maybe? in the ways their relationship started that had me flashing back to my own high school romance--in a good way, swear! The plot is not necessarily "action-packed" because, hullo, contemporary romance...BUT. There are a ton of delicious snark fests between our main characters/the rest of the cast. There are also a ton of nerd/geek culture references that I found myself giggling and fawning over. And while the plot isn't action-filled, it moves along at a decent clip regardless; I read this in a matter of a few hours, NEEDING to know how things worked out for Oliver and Elena. This was well-worth the read, penguins. The roMESS is adorable and endearing; the read is fast and entertaining; and the characters are bound to steal your heart from your chest and run away with it (I know they did mine!) I recommend this title to lovers of cutesy contemporaries, star-crossed lovers, and the mysteries surrounding small-town family feuds. Put down the Pokemon Go! and pick up this book; this is one Stash Grab you won't want to miss!
etoile1996 11 days ago
the princes and the chestnuts have two things in common. sporting goods stores and a mutual dislike for one another and their entire families. oliver prince and elena chestnut have both been brought up in the family tradition of mutual dislike and would gladly continue it, if it were not for the fact that oliver needs some help bringing up his latin grade and elena is trying to make some extra cash by tutoring since her family's sporting goods store is failing. elena and oliver are not in the best of moods when they are forced to interact with each other. neither of them has any intention of playing oliver's app game either. oliver because his original intention was to be on the lookout for bugs, but since his electronic device ban does not include his phone, and playing the app is the only way he can interact with his baby, he gives it a whirl. it's also his way of checking on his twin sister's managing of the app while he's out of commission. meanwhile, elena gives in when the prize becomes too tempting and she figures there's no reason why she shouldn't throw her hat in the metaphorical ring. the app has a chat component, and elena finds that she enjoys trash-talking her peers. somewhat inadvertently she finds herself chatting with this one person, whom she thinks is a guy. they share a similar sense of humor, and don't give each other any slack, though they also help one another out. and even though she doesn't know who this guy is, she finds herself opening up to him. and he feels the same way. of course our secret guy is oliver, but it's some time before elena catches on to this. i love this kind of secret identity story because the characters are interacting with each other on two different levels and get to see different sides of each other. when they finally put the whole picture together it's so satisfying, because they can understand one another more fully. and that's what happens with elena and oliver over the course of the story. it actually takes them a while to figure out that they've been chatting with one another. they both react pretty strongly to realizing the truth behind their chatroom personas, in so many ways, they were the last person they were expecting to be chatting with. and this is also complicated by the fact that in their real lives, there had been a thawing of the constant tension between them, so the truth feels like a betrayal. plus they have all this other family drama to deal with given their parents and their family history. the best thing about any boy but you is seeing how elena and oliver's relationship develops and deepens. there are so many layers to their story and the novel also has a great cast of characters in this town, some of whom who will be great candidates for sequel stories in the series. i can't wait to spend more time in north pole, minnesota. and i've never said that about somewhere cold ever. **any boy but you published on february 13, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled:crush) in exchange for my honest review.
trosado 11 days ago
3.5 Stars. As they say, there’s a fine line between love and hate. As for Oliver and Elena, they're dislike of one another is the bi-product of a decades long feud between their two families. With online pseudonyms, they are able to get to know each other without the hindrance of names and faces that puts them on guard. After a slow start and tepid middle, the story picks up with some fun hi-jinks and a sweet finale. I liked Oliver from the start, but I didn't really gel with Elena's personality. She was often times quick frustrated and defensive - two traits that I didn't like. It wasn't until the last 25% of the book that her behavior improved and by then it was hard to change how I already felt towards her. I still enjoyed the sweet ending and HEA, but with the slow beginning, it felt like it took too long to get there. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book via Entangled Teen. My review is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Laura_F 11 days ago
When I read the blurb and the comparison to You've Got Mail, I was hooked. Throw in a Romeo and Juliet aspect and you have the awesome first book in the North Pole series. This was a really cute book about two teens who have no idea why they are supposed to hate each, only that that is what is expected of their families. Even the people in the town have taken sides between these two families and it has always been that way. For the most part, this was a fun, lighthearted story but it did touch on some issues that can be especially difficult to navigate during the teen years. I absolutely loved Elena. She's feisty and an amazing friend. Oliver was hilarious once he started to come out of his shell. I can't wait to see what's in store of the rest of these characters as the series continues. *This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
TheThoughtSpot 11 days ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle, which is the first book in the North Pole series! In the Minnesota town of North Pole, the town that celebrates Christmas year round, two sporting goods stores are competing for business. The two stores have been owned by the same families for fifty years and have been archenemies for decades. The families are both dealing with their own problems and difficulties among the business competition and within their families. We get to know the main characters, Elena and Oliver, well because of the alternating points of view. I enjoyed reading about the creative ideas that both businesses came up with to help gain customers, such as a North Pole version of Pokemon Go and the seasonal themes of both stores. This cute romantic story earns a 4 star rating from me for a diverse set of supporting characters and a unique setting!
ruthsic 12 days ago
A Romeo-Juliet-esque plot in a tourist town sounded like just the perfect February read (Valentine's day is so near). Before we begin, I must admit I was a bit skeptical about the book at first - romance-based plots are not really my thing, but I was in a reading slump (which is the worst) and well, anything goes at that time. I was, still, prepared to be bored or disappointed, but instead was pleasantly surprised that I went on and finished this book in one sitting. The plot kept me involved and interested right until the end of the book, and I was left with a slight buzz of euphoria (that could have also been the fact that I was able to complete a book in middle of said slump). What made this book stand out for me is that though it is predominantly a romance, it also develops the characters and their other storylines pretty well. No interaction or character feels wasted, and the fact that almost everything looped back to the central storyline kept the story coherent and cohesive. Elena and Oliver are developing this simultaneous attraction to their respective online friends (who are each other) but they are also meanwhile struggling with instability in home life - Elena's family is losing money in the shop and wants to close up and leave town, and she has to think about college funding, while Oliver is dealing with his parents' divorce, his mother's expectations for him, and his introversion. The story comes together beautifully, and interspersed with an augmented reality game that will give you Pokemon Go feels, some comic moments and the short length of the book, this is one novel that you will enjoy to finish in a day. Recommended for all feeling the love in the air!