The Boyfriend Thief is by Shana Norris. Here's another Goodreads description:
Avery James has her life planned out: this summer she'll work with a humanitarian program in Costa Rica, next year she'll graduate at the top of her class, and after that, college and medical school. Perfect, planned, total order.
The only problem: getting the rest of the money she needs for the trip before the deadline. Hannah Cohen, her biggest competition for the valedictorian title, makes an unexpected offer: If Avery can win over Zac Greeley and make him break up with Hannah before the end of the school year, a check for five hundred dollars is all hers. Faced with the prospect of spending yet another summer working as a giant hot dog, it's an offer Avery can't refuse.
Zac is nothing like Avery expected. Within his chaotic world of midnight slushie runs and spontaneous dance parties, her total order is quickly falling apart while Hannah seems poised to get everything she wants. But just how much is Avery willing to give up for the perfect, planned life?
I'm honestly surprised at how much I loved this book. It was purely wonderful, showing the pains and joys of real life. I cringed and laughed and cried, just like real life. This story is fantastic, flowing well. You are so invested, wanting everything to turn out alright.
Avery was another obsessive control freak, but not as bad as Lissa from Shut Out was in the beginning of that book. Again, she has her reasons for being who she was, and as the book goes on, the layers are peeled back and she develops so well, becoming this great character you want to pull through. Zac, damn that boy is sweet and sexy. Funny, smart and wonderful. Can I live in Contemporary YA land? That would be wonderful, thank you :). Molly was hilarious and awesome, another funny/snarky best friend who got great development. Characters like Hannah and Elliot also got development and didn't languish in one-dimensional land.
Wow, Ms. Norris is a kick-ass author. She creates these characters who are so real and so wonderful to read about. She handles everything with verve and grace. I can't wait to read more from her.
I'll next be reviewing The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
Until next time, viva la literature!