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It Had to Be You (Brokemore Academy, #1) by Lizzy Charles

It Had to Be You (Brokemore Academy, #1)   

by Lizzy Charles

Date: Mary 15, 2017 

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush 

YA Contemporary

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James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains red-hot romance, all the feels, and a soul-mate bad boy.

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Edelweiss also known has Edel (Said like Adel the singer) has traveled the world with her parents. She has been to every place imaginable and has witness things others her age couldn’t even fathom. She has two more years till she has to go to college and she needs to learn how to interact with other her age. She doesn’t know the latest slang or proper dress apparel. Between her and her parents they decided together that going to Brockmore Acdemy (boarding school) will be a beneficial experiences. It will allow her to learn how to

  • Make the type of friends who will laugh with you until you cry or cry with you until you laugh
  • Stay up all night long binging Netflix with my roommate
  • Give a speech
  • Enter a debate
  • Be a math tutor
  • Fail at something and pick myself up again.

The list goes on and on. Most of the items on her list are doable and she has sometime to accomplish them. However, with her being the new girl and ever guy trying to get their claws around her curves, Edel realizes that she is in way over her head. She needs some serious guidance.

James Parson is a military brat. His father has traveled all over the world for the military and James has been left behind to have a life of normalcy. He found his joy with football and pulling practical jokes across campus. Everyone loves him and all the girls want to date him. James’s father is friends with Ambassador Lee, who has a daughter that is coming to Brockmore. James was told by his dad to show her around campus. Well, load-and-behold, James runs into Edel – literally. He becomes well acquainted with Edel by helping her get out of some sticky situations. Lets just say stuck in the boys bathroom with only her underwear kind of situations. They both come to the conclusion that they can use one another. Edel can use James as a buffer from unwanted attention and James can use Edel for that as well as maintaining a positive appearance for his dad.

The fake boyfriend and girlfriend relationship works for a period, but the longer it goes on the deeper their feelings get tangled up in their mess of lies. Soon neither of them know what is true and what is pretend.

I enjoyed the story. It took me a few times to get into it. I felt like I had to start the first few pages over and over, but once I got over the intro of the campus the story line got rather interesting. James has a few secrets that come out through the story, which throws everyone for a loop. Edel is innocent and naïve at times. It is endearing and also scary how gullible she is. You see her grow into her own person (slowly) and you learn that James has his own emotional obstacles to overcome. Once these two realize the miscommunication that occurred between them, their story comes full circle.

Some notes: Alternating POV’s

Interracial families and relationships

Discussions of foster care system and adoption

Overall for an Entagled Crush book, I give it 4 hearts. I honestly couldn’t put the book down once I got into it. I think I stayed up rather late, which totally messed up my routine the next morning. However, I think it is worth the read.

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Parental: mild/active swearing, make out scenes, drinking, bullying!

Lizzy Charles writes young adult contemporary romance. She’s a tea fanatic, guacamole expert, and sushi lover. When she’s fixing lunches, dressing kids, or wiping pizza sauce off sticky hands, she escapes to La La Land and imagines all sorts of little love stories. Lizzy loves her daily dose of fitness and is also a RN so she can triage any symptom you send her way. Her best friend from high school is also her husband. Oh and she has a little pup named Professor Lupin who is pretty much the glue to the whole writing operation.

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