The Stand-In Boyfriend

Emma Doherty
The Stand-In Boyfriend
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Release Date
March 2019
Book 1 of Grove Valley High
Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance

Livy Chapman is in love with Jessie Stephenson. It's that simple. She has been for years but he only see's her as his best friend. His best friend who copies her homework, relies on her to bail him out of trouble and who he hooks up with other girls in front of.

Enough is enough and when Chase Mitchell, star of the soccer team, and all round Mr. Popular steps in and convinces her that they can do each other a favour by pretending to date, Livy is just crazy enough over Jessie to agree to it.

I mean, Chase is just her stand-in boyfriend. Nothing could go wrong. Right?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
May 14, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
42 people found the following review helpful
I love fake boyfriend tropes, and I love the role reversal here, where it's the guy who's first into the girl and comes up with the fake boyfriend scheme ostensibly to help her get the boy she wants, but in reality allows them to spend time together and hopefully, get her to see him in a different way.

THE STAND-IN BOYFRIEND is a fun ride, especially when Livy does these strange things that she wouldn't normally do, like land a surprise kiss on Chase in the cafeteria. Both Livy and Chase are great characters, especially Chase, who's a great guy--thoughtful, funny, selfless and so into Livy. Who wouldn't love a great hero like that? Sophie, Livy's best friend, is wonderful--I love her loyalty, and the way she's always got Livy's back.

I did have an issue with one thing toward the end. I understand Livy's confusion and understand why she'd make the decision she did, but what I couldn't understand was why she had to have things clear before she'd take the risk with Chase. Why did she need to confirm things with Rosie, Abigail and Aaron before making the decision to be with him? Shouldn't she be clear within herself with whom she'd rather be--Jessie or Chase? Why base her decision on what other people say?

Other than that, this book is a funny, feel-good read that lovers of YA contemporary romance would enjoy.
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