Goal #1 - Get an A in Chemistry. Check.
Goal #2 - Get accepted into MIT. Check.
Goal #3 - Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with Me.
17-year-old Oliver Holmes loves lists. He has a step-by-step procedure for everything. His classmates think he's weird, and he's okay with that because he's got his eye on the prize: Ainsley Bishop.
She's smart. She's gorgeous. She's the girl of his dreams. But she's unavailable and way out of his league.
Her approaching birthday gives Oliver a prime opportunity to demonstrate everything he has to offer. But what do you get a girl who seems to have everything?
If Oliver wants to win her heart, he's going to need a perfect plan. But first, he must solve a mystery: What does Ainsley Bishop truly want?
And does he have what it takes to give it to her?
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First I have to say that this is the second book by TM Franklin that I have read. I read More for another review group and I loved it so much that it made my blog’s top ten list of favorite reads for 2013. How To Get Ainsley Bishop To Fall In Love With You did not disappoint either. The title alone draws the reader in. Then to see the story through a self-proclaimed geeky, eccentric, slightly…well…obsessive compulsive teenage boy named Oliver Holmes was perfection. In this story, we are seeing Oliver compile lists and facts about his crush, Ainsley Bishop. His main purpose is make perfect grades in order to get into MIT and to get Ainsley to fall in love with him . He goes to several amazing characters in the book to help with his mission: his best friend Viney, another friend Hank, his parents, and even his little brother, Sherlock Holmes (indubitably) gives him interesting entertainment. I loved every minute of this book and all the personalities were the best for a young adult read. I literally stayed up to 3AM, eyes burning and watering, just to read the outcome of Oliver and Ainsley. No spoilers…but the book was amazing. TM Franklin is the best in this field. Hands down!
High Schooler Oliver is a nerd. He's a list-maker and a straight-A student. And he wants to win over the lovely Ainsley. Using advice from his family and friends as well as his sure-to-succeed list, Oliver attempts to win Ainsley over. The only problem is that she already has a boyfriend! Boys will be boys… Wrong! Oliver broke that mold completely. He is sensitive and thoughtful and adorably awkward. Girls won't always be girls either because Ainsley appears to be shallow at first, but as Oliver gets to know her so do we and everyone can see why Oliver has a crush to end all crushes on her. This novel featured realistic characters, even the 'bad' boyfriend. Ainsley isn't an airhead, she has substance to her, even if she is dating the 'bad' boyfriend. The dialogue is absolutely clever and Oliver's awkwardness and inner thoughts are hilarious. This book shows such a great, and what I think of as accurate, insight into young men and women in high school. I love how Oliver received a lot of good dating advice… from mothers and fathers and friends and siblings. Make her feel important. Listen to her. Find what's meaningful to her. All good advice! And Oliver actually puts it to use!
I hate referring to a book as "cute." I just do. I don't want the author to think I'm demeaning their work or dismissing them in any way and cute just has that connotation in my mind. I could look up a thousand synonyms to use to describe How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love With You, but the fact is, it's a cute book... and I mean that in an entirely positive way. The characters were charming. I just wanted to squeeze Oliver's nerdy, ridiculously adorable self. I could gush endlessly over Oliver. He was such a rich character. I love his lists! He was so thoughtful and the lengths he went to for Ainsley were sweet – and they didn't go unnoticed. Popular girl Ainsley could have easily been a jerk, but she wasn't, regardless of whether she was with Oliver or her other, more popular friends. The usual stereotypes don't apply. Even though Oliver thought he knew Ainsley and had been crushing on her from afar, it was still fun for me to read about how they slowly built a friendship that started to have hints of something more. There was no instalove here, just a sweet and believable story about two people coming together, finding their similarities and looking past the fact they're from two completely different circles. How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love With You has a ton of heart. There's also a healthy dose of humor – and some high school drama. But it isn't angsty drama. This book has a great message about taking the time to look past the stereotypes and outward appearances and get to know the person underneath and it tells it in a completely realistic and engaging way that isn't preachy. Anyone who ever roots for the underdog – or has been one themselves – will love this book. It's a great read that should definitely be on your summer reading list. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.