Thursday, August 11, 2011

Boyfriend From Hell by E. Van Lowe (67 of 111)

Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.

“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…”

The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago.

Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships.

But neither of the handsome pair is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.

Expected pub: September 10th 2011 by White Whisker Book (from 

 **this review is of an ARC won in a contest held by the author**

Boyfriend From Hell was a great surprise. I didn't know what to expect before reading it but it was a fast and fun read that made me laugh more than once. 
The story is told from Megan's point of view and unlike some YA heroines, she's not always noble, or even very nice, but she's still really likable. You'll have fun following Megan along as she figures out just what is going on.
When Megan's mom decides to start dating, she's not very happy about it. She's had her mom to herself for a long time (her dad left them years ago). Megan is a drama queen, she isn't perfect but it's easy to root for her because she's believable in her own crazy way. One of my favourite details of the book was how Megan reacts to finding out *someone* is the devil. She acts pretty crazy (i.e. homemade cardboard crosses all over her room) -and even better - her friends notice and comment on it. There were times while I was reading when I wondered if Megan really was having some sort of psychotic episode. It was a nice change from lead characters who react calmly and logically to an invasion of supernatural characters.
There were also some really fun twists and turns that will keep you guessing just how it will all end (and the ending was a surprise.)
What made Boyfriend from Hell unique to me was the sometimes tongue-in-cheek tone it had. It's a great YA that's also poking fun at some of the predictable Young Adult cliches. If you like paranormal YA but sometimes find yourself rolling your eyes at the way the characters are acting, you'll love this book too.

funny with a unique tone

romance is secondary to friendship &family


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