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After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is m After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend. When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his. But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.


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After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is m After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend. When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his. But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.

30 review for Hot British Boyfriend

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    That was actually...cute?!?! But Will here was nowhere near as perfect as Will Herondale. *swoooon* im weird, i know But wow, I wasn't actually expecting to like HBB. After being warned, I went into this with very low expectations, so maybe that's why I ended up really liking it? ahaha who knows. ═════ °• ♔ •° ═════ After being publicly humiliated due to a *ahem* misunderstanding at a high school party, Ellie wants nothing more than to disappear. And what better way to do that then to run away to That was actually...cute?!?! But Will here was nowhere near as perfect as Will Herondale. *swoooon* im weird, i know But wow, I wasn't actually expecting to like HBB. After being warned, I went into this with very low expectations, so maybe that's why I ended up really liking it? ahaha who knows. ═════ °• ♔ •° ═════ After being publicly humiliated due to a *ahem* misunderstanding at a high school party, Ellie wants nothing more than to disappear. And what better way to do that then to run away to England? I mean, I'd totally do the same. But really, there was just another spot open to study abroad, and so Ellie took that chance. There, she meets with three others from her school, and our charming hot British mate, Will. Of course, she automatically has a huge obsession crush on him. And the other way around. Ahhh ✨insta-love✨. Or is it really? I guess obsessing over him isn't the same as love. Anyways, from the blurb alone it sounded like any typical contemporary romance novel but oh how more complicated and amazing it was. I admit, I wasn't really a huge fan of Ellie -- like she was pretty cool, and her hobbies were really cute bUT HER OBSESSION WITH BOYS- Now she's what you call boy-crazy. But Ellie did (kinda?) tone it down on the boys. Definitely a difference when you compare her from the beginning and the end. Still, there were so many moments that made me cringe ahaha and secondhand embarrassment asdsadfs poor Ellie. And ohmygod her friends were adorkable. (they were a very diverse cast too😏) One played Quidditch, one could beat-box, and the other was such a nerd -- I loved it. They're such dorks, and that's what makes them so lovable. I could not get enough of the places they visited in Europe. sdfdsfds I've always wanted to travel to England. The accents especially omg it's amazing. All the places to visit ughh my school should really have a study abroad in England smh I'm going to petition for one. The ending was very satisfying as well. Loved the way the author handled it. All in all, if you're looking for super cute read, looking for some diversity, and can handle the MC's obsession with ~de boys~ I think you'll enjoy this too!! I still want a hot British boyfriend tho- Buddy read with the amazing Alex @ The Scribe Owl. Loved buddy reading with you! <3 ═════ °• ♔ •° ═════ Thank you Harper Teen for sending me an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!! Pre-read Review: I saw British and the name 'Will' and thought of the Will Herondale. I need this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    rayne ♥ [ IG: rayne.reads ]

    This book is irredeemable. It was boring, bland, and everything I don't want in a book. The writing style was so amateur it did not read like a published book and the characters were not developed, they were just given names and bodies and the reader is magically supposed to like them even though they are not memorable. The main character ONLY thinks about boys. BOYS BOYS BOYS. That's all that runs through her mind and it was so bothersome to read. This book was repetitive and brought nothing ne This book is irredeemable. It was boring, bland, and everything I don't want in a book. The writing style was so amateur it did not read like a published book and the characters were not developed, they were just given names and bodies and the reader is magically supposed to like them even though they are not memorable. The main character ONLY thinks about boys. BOYS BOYS BOYS. That's all that runs through her mind and it was so bothersome to read. This book was repetitive and brought nothing new to the table and it wasn't even semi-enjoyable, I hated every moment of it. I DNFed it because I knew that nothing could possible change my opinion of it unless a new writing style is magically adapted and the plot/characters just happens to magically gain more substance. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own. instagram | blog | goodreads - But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her. instagram | blog | goodreads

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    um this sounds absolutely adorable and THE COVER!!! Too cute, I can't stand it um this sounds absolutely adorable and THE COVER!!! Too cute, I can't stand it

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    DNF 9% I should have known by the title that this was not going to hold my attention. If I travelled across the world to an amazing country, I would not be fixated on snogging a hot guy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    Let it be stated for the record that I am not this book's target audience, and I am aware of that. This is a YA contemporary romance about a teenage high school student. I am a 24 years old adult. I graduated high school seven years ago. Maybe I would have liked this book seven year ago. Then again, a good and enjoyable book should be good and enjoyable at any age. Unfortunately, I didn't very much enjoy this one the way I'd hoped. As the title might imply, this book a girl (Ellie) and her hot Br Let it be stated for the record that I am not this book's target audience, and I am aware of that. This is a YA contemporary romance about a teenage high school student. I am a 24 years old adult. I graduated high school seven years ago. Maybe I would have liked this book seven year ago. Then again, a good and enjoyable book should be good and enjoyable at any age. Unfortunately, I didn't very much enjoy this one the way I'd hoped. As the title might imply, this book a girl (Ellie) and her hot British boyfriend (Will). She got into an exclusive study abroad program for high achieving and intelligent students, despite being neither high achieving or academically intelligent, and spends the entire trip chasing after Will, a  British guy she lied to about everything, from her name to the fact that she's not a college student. Ellie  then spends a good portion of the book failing classes because instead of studying, she's pretending to be interested in Will's hobbies.  She then spends the other part of the book wondering if maybe she like her friend, Dev, instead. Basically, this book is about a young girl who only thinks about boys.  I can't really tell you much about Ellie's personality. She liked making fairy gardens, which is cute and I like that she had a hobby she's passionate about. Other than that, I can't tell you much. She was willing to hide everything about herself so a hot British guy would like her. Ellie's boy focused mentality didn't change or grow until the very end of the book. And even then, she she was still technically thinking about boys. And I just wasn't feeling it.  Another issue I had was that this book felt long. Physically, it's a fairly short to average length novel, only 336 pages. But reading it felt eternal. And there's nothing worse than when a book you aren't loving feels like it goes on forever. Every time I put it down I almost forgot to pick it back up. In the end, I didn't really enjoy this one. I don't have much else to say. **I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  6. 4 out of 5

    ;3

    day 37283 of reading yet another ya contemporary that literally cannot stfu about harry potter

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    Reading Hot British Boyfriend is like injecting pure joy directly into your veins. This is a sweet, swoony book about finding love and, more importantly, yourself. Perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tabatha (tab.talks.books)

    Let me start off by saying—I am not a huge YA fan what so ever. I’m more into the steam and angst. However, this book was sugary sweet. It had a great ending and though not 100% predictable you kinda knew what was going to happen. It’s a great coming of age story and Ellie really growing up into the person she wants to be versus what she thinks everyone else wants her to be. She has cute and quirky hobbies that she hides to seem “cooler” but realizes if someone loves you (friend or romantic inte Let me start off by saying—I am not a huge YA fan what so ever. I’m more into the steam and angst. However, this book was sugary sweet. It had a great ending and though not 100% predictable you kinda knew what was going to happen. It’s a great coming of age story and Ellie really growing up into the person she wants to be versus what she thinks everyone else wants her to be. She has cute and quirky hobbies that she hides to seem “cooler” but realizes if someone loves you (friend or romantic interest) they will love you for all of you and what you stand for. It was a really great debut novel from this author! Also, it’s set in England so—bonus points!

  9. 4 out of 5

    ❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)

    See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! Buddy read with Lia @ Chain of Novels! Thank you for being such a good buddy read partner! <3 Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 4/5 stars! This book was just straight up adorable. That's it. That's the review. Just kidding. But seriously! I know I read a lot of darker, heavier books, but I would not be able to get through them if I didn't have something like this book to break them up. Sometimes you just need some See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! Buddy read with Lia @ Chain of Novels! Thank you for being such a good buddy read partner! <3 Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 4/5 stars! This book was just straight up adorable. That's it. That's the review. Just kidding. But seriously! I know I read a lot of darker, heavier books, but I would not be able to get through them if I didn't have something like this book to break them up. Sometimes you just need some fluff, you know? After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his. But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her. Hot British Boyfriend wasn't perfect. But the charm of it is that it doesn't need to be! Sure, the main character got a little bit annoying, but I liked her overall. She seemed just a little too fixated on boysboysboysboys, but that calmed down around the middle of the novel. I did like her path to accepting herself and learning that others can accept her for the way she is. Mixed bag of feelings on Ellie, I guess. But DEV! I love Dev. Can I have a Dev? He's a nerd and a Potterhead. Must I go on? He's just so sweet...I don't know if I can say any more without going on a full-blown rant, so I'll just cut myself off here. The writing style matched the type of book perfectly, but it was a little obvious in places. It said that Dev looked at Ellie with longing, and then she completely brushed it off. But the readers know now! Ellie can angst, but we know we can't suffer with her. Which I guess might not be such a bad thing, but NOT THE POINT. I loved the setting! I've only been to England once, but it was magical. London is absolutely beautiful! I loved reading about it. It almost made me feel like I was across the pond again! May I just take a moment to fangirl over all the Jane Austen and Harry Potter references? It made my day. I love JA's books and Harry Potter was literally my childhood! (Shoutout to all the other Huffles reading this review!) I had such a blast with this book! It was so much fun. Just think--this is only the author's debut novel! I can't wait to see what else she has in store!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    What a cute YA romance. The setting was amazing. What a charming book! Hot British Boyfriend is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance. The narrator is high school student Ellie/Elle (1st person POV). The story starts in Washington, DC. Something happens to Ellie that changes things in her life. Her school is doing a study abroad trip to England. But it's only for honor students. There was so much to like about this book. I just loved the friend group that Ellie made (Dev, Sage and Huan). And the whole What a cute YA romance. The setting was amazing. What a charming book! Hot British Boyfriend is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance. The narrator is high school student Ellie/Elle (1st person POV). The story starts in Washington, DC. Something happens to Ellie that changes things in her life. Her school is doing a study abroad trip to England. But it's only for honor students. There was so much to like about this book. I just loved the friend group that Ellie made (Dev, Sage and Huan). And the whole idea of a hot British boyfriend was such a fun thing. I loved the whole greenhouse/gardening/fairy garden aspect of the book. I don't see this in too many books. And it was just such a fun thing to read about. But my favorite thing was definitely the setting. I loved getting to see different parts of England. And I absolutely loved the extra trip that they took. Overall, this was an enjoyable book. I liked the romance. And it was such a quick cute read. Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    June 23, 2020: This cover is TOO cute. Too cute.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ahaana ☽

    You can find the top 5 reasons to read this book either by clicking over here, or going directly to my blog You can find the top 5 reasons to read this book either by clicking over here, or going directly to my blog

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    “Do something you don’t care about that makes you lots of money. You can do everything you love on the side.” I can understand this and currently am doing this. I still have pride in my job but it doesn’t stress me out as much I used to. I definitely most things on the side. This is a definite YA romance to read in Feb 2021! I love the traveling I wish I could travel and I understand why people don’t want to read this due to the current world climate. My favorite parts about this book were the si “Do something you don’t care about that makes you lots of money. You can do everything you love on the side.” I can understand this and currently am doing this. I still have pride in my job but it doesn’t stress me out as much I used to. I definitely most things on the side. This is a definite YA romance to read in Feb 2021! I love the traveling I wish I could travel and I understand why people don’t want to read this due to the current world climate. My favorite parts about this book were the side characters and their different hobbies!!! Fairy gardens! Quidditch! This ended on such a high note I loved it! Thank you so much Harper Collins for this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    DNF @ 50% I was so excited for this one, so it hurts me to have to DNF it. The characters are all so bland and there’s not enough character development to keep me interested. Will is literally just a hot British boyfriend--that’s it. I also don’t like Ellie enough to care about how she might learn from her mistakes later on in the book. This book feels very MG to me, and I just wish there was more depth to it. Unfortunately, this one is a miss for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    Adorable! Loved the whole friend group, especially Sage.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. After embarrassing herself in epic proportions at her crush's birthday party, Ellie Nichols will do anything to get away from the whole incident, and forget that the person she thought was her friend, is now dating the guy she fancied. Because Crystal dropped out of the prestigious study abroad trip to England, there's a free space, and she begs her mam to let her join up. Okay, the trip is rea I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. After embarrassing herself in epic proportions at her crush's birthday party, Ellie Nichols will do anything to get away from the whole incident, and forget that the person she thought was her friend, is now dating the guy she fancied. Because Crystal dropped out of the prestigious study abroad trip to England, there's a free space, and she begs her mam to let her join up. Okay, the trip is really for AP students, ready to take college level course to look good on their applications, and she's more of a C/D student, but she can't believe her luck to be accepted. Now in Northampton, she wants to redefine herself as someone different, and, if possible, find herself a hot British boyfriend. Meeting Will is amazing, but they're very different people, with different likes. Luckily though, her classmate, and newfound friend, Dev, knows a lot about things Will is interested in, and they form an agreement to help each other out. But will Ellie be able to reveal her true self to Will, or will she realise that her perfect partner may be right in front of her? As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I needed to read it, and learning that it would be published in the UK by Harper360, I immediately requested a copy. For Ellie, she's crushed on Andy from the moment she moved schools, and is expecting him to ask her out at his birthday party after overhearing a conversation he had. However, it was about her new friend, Crystal, not her, and she embarrassed herself so much, that she's become a meme and internet sensation. As the school year is due to restart, she can't imagine going back, but heading to England, to live and learn in a historical mansion house, surrounded by British culture, is a dream come true. I fully can understand the appeal - even as a Brit myself, if I had had the chance to do something just like this, I would've jumped at it. When she arrives in England, she finds herself a bit out of her depth, later than all of her school mates, and not as academically gifted either, but with her roommate Sage, and new friends, Dev and Huan, she quickly finds her feet. When they are all allowed out to Northampton, she meets Will, who's 19 and wondering what to do with himself after not doing well on his A Levels, and he is perfect. However, he's more into cricket and not doing what his wealthy father wants, whereas Ellie loves Austen, and creating fairy gardens, etc. If I'm being completely honest, I never really liked Will. He has such a good family, and prospects, but just wastes it all. I didn't like how Ellie changed with him either. She would drop Sage, Dev, and Huan to spend time with him, even when she knew it was important to them, and was willing to give up a trip to Venice over Thanksgiving to stay in England with him. If we ignore Will, then the rest of the book is perfect. I adored how close the four of them got at the school, and seeing Ellie improve her grades, and become more comfortable in herself was wonderful. Sage was a bit much at times, with how focused she was, but she was so endearing and lovable, it didn't really mind. Huan was a good friend, but Ellie didn't spend too much time with him, as he was busy with his new boyfriend, Frank, or his own school work. Dev, though, was amazing. He and Ellie clicked from the get go, when he helped her carry her bags up to her room, and their newfound friendship soon blossomed into something more. Ellie was blind to it all, but it was clear as day that he wasn't crushing on Sage, but on Ellie instead. He was always pleasant, and kind to others, except for Will, so it was obvious to everyone that he was jealous, even if Ellie still was oblivious. As a Brit, I was a bit apprehensive there would be loads of stereotypes and inaccuracies, as I've been burned by books by non-British authors before, but other than a few references to HP sauce, and things like that, it wasn't full of cliches at all. I really fell in love with this book, and as soon as I started it, I was hooked. I can't wait to read what's next from this debut author!

  17. 5 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you even see my progress in reading this book, you'll know I whined a lot and I will continue to do so here. The MC really be hitting the nerves. She talks and thinks about boys a lot and it happens mostly throughout the book, you can guess how annoyed I am. Since this is from Ellie's POV, I don't have the chance to cool it down. The reading is insufferable. I planned to give this book two stars but ended up with three (almost four and I'll tell why but I can't disregard the annoyance I had t If you even see my progress in reading this book, you'll know I whined a lot and I will continue to do so here. The MC really be hitting the nerves. She talks and thinks about boys a lot and it happens mostly throughout the book, you can guess how annoyed I am. Since this is from Ellie's POV, I don't have the chance to cool it down. The reading is insufferable. I planned to give this book two stars but ended up with three (almost four and I'll tell why but I can't disregard the annoyance I had to sit through reading this, so three stars it is). Honestly, that was all that made this book less enjoyable but other than that, it wasn't a bad reading at all. I love all the side characters for most. I love Sage, Dev, Huan, even Frank and Miriam. I feel like they're all lovable and warm characters to Ellie. I feel delighted reading about their friendship, who befriended and saw Ellie for who she is, without being judgemental. I always wanted to understand a character and acknowledge that they're all different. But Ellie is what? Seventeen years old. I know we don't figure things out immediately at this age but I feel like Ellie is so damn clueless that all she thinks about were boys. I have no judgement on that, as long as they know their worths and what's best for them. I think, having to see Ellie figuring that part is the most infuriating one. All those things aside, there's nothing to not like about Ellie. She's fun, joyful, and sweet . I love seeing her with her friends. I love seeing her hyping people up doing what they love. Most times, I am the one who was hurt and felt like crying (and maybe I did cry) for seeing her getting underestimated, for having that one person who supposed to understand her, not understand her, to have insincere friend, to hide and care more about what people think and not stand for herself. But Ellie is not a wimp and I admired her for that. Instead of pitying herself, she knows she has the loveliest and supportive mother, friends who finally understand and accept her. She proves to people what they were wrong about her and that she can be the smart girl people never expected her to be. She just doesn't have the entire things figured out yet and that's honestly okay. I love her obsession with fairy garden or unicorn. I love seeing her do what she loves, so I hate when she had to be pretentious for boys, is all. Not everything has to be about them or what they think. Then there's Dev. I love Dev so much (hands down my favourite in this book) and I enjoy reading all the time he spent with Ellie. The study group, the Quidditch, buying her some fairy figurines because he knows she loves them or collecting acorn for her, the secret hiding place. I think that what makes this book bearable (plus all her cute friends). I still think it's a scam not to have Dev on that cover though, but I get it. I also love the setting as it makes the book more enjoyable. London is a lovely place and I love how the author makes me thrill to read the characters exploring the city as well. And I definitely enjoyed the book more towards the end! Therefore, ✰✰✰ it is!

  18. 4 out of 5

    ✫erin✫

    Unfortunately had to DNF this one. Going into it, I was so excited because I was in the mood to read something like this. But the writing was almost middle-grade level, and the characters have absolutely NO DEPTH. It isn't worth anyone's time. Unfortunately had to DNF this one. Going into it, I was so excited because I was in the mood to read something like this. But the writing was almost middle-grade level, and the characters have absolutely NO DEPTH. It isn't worth anyone's time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate (Reading Through Infinity)

    Thanks to Harper 360 for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars This is a light-hearted coming-of-age story about young girl who, after a mild social faux pas at a party, decides to go to the UK for a semester of school to escape her friends and embarrassment. Harper 360 were kind enough to send me an e-ARC of this so I read some of it on ebook and some on audio. The audio was enjoyable but I found the narrator's accents distracting at times, which took my out of the story. Thanks to Harper 360 for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars This is a light-hearted coming-of-age story about young girl who, after a mild social faux pas at a party, decides to go to the UK for a semester of school to escape her friends and embarrassment. Harper 360 were kind enough to send me an e-ARC of this so I read some of it on ebook and some on audio. The audio was enjoyable but I found the narrator's accents distracting at times, which took my out of the story. Ellie is a fun, caring person who loves the UK and dreams of visiting. She begins the novel with her priorities slightly out of order, caring more about social status and getting a boyfriend than her school work or making genuine friendships. But when an embarrassing video of her goes viral, she decided to join study abroad programme last minute to get away from the harassment. I didn't mind Ellie has a character, but there were times when she took her friends for granted and acted selfishly, which was frustrating. She seemed more interested in finding a boyfriend than studying, and I wanted to sit down and have an intervention with her on multiple occasions. I didn't particularly warm to Will, the love interest, as something felt off about him from the start. The further we get into the novel, the more we realise that Will's only interested in his own life and takes his privileges for granted. It was frustrating to watch Ellie put all her faith in Will and hide her personality just to please him when they weren't well matched at all. Dev was probably my favourite character and I wish we'd got a more in-depth look into his backstory. We learn a little about his family, career goals, and hobbies, but I just wanted ~more~ of all these aspects. There's a great scene where he gives Ellie the intervention/wake up call that she needs (and the one I'd been wanting to give her), so I liked him even more after that. The romance didn't really do anything for me because I didn't trust Will for a lot of the novel, so I wasn't invested in his and Ellie's relationship. But there's a nice shake up (although not a surprising one) in the final few chapters and I did like the happy ending. I would have liked the third-act conflict to come a little earlier so we could have more time for the resolution to play out, but that's just personal preference. Content warnings for cyber bullying, harassment, and controlling parents.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    Rating: 3.5 stars This book got off to a bit of a slow start for me with a very teen rom-com embarrassment moment and an ill-advised flight from the country. But dang, haven't we all wished at some point during high school that we could just run away and escape some embarrassing situation? I shudder to think of what high school is like in today's highly digital world where your embarrassment can be captured and then go viral. Which is exactly what happens to Ellie. If you've ever read a romance Rating: 3.5 stars This book got off to a bit of a slow start for me with a very teen rom-com embarrassment moment and an ill-advised flight from the country. But dang, haven't we all wished at some point during high school that we could just run away and escape some embarrassing situation? I shudder to think of what high school is like in today's highly digital world where your embarrassment can be captured and then go viral. Which is exactly what happens to Ellie. If you've ever read a romance novel, especially a YA romance novel, you'll be able to see where this is going from a mile away - and that's okay. I love that this book is as much about Ellie finding her own way and really growing into herself as it is about her relationships with boys. For me, this was more about her building some real friendships with Sage, Dev, and Huan and learning more about herself than it was about the romance (though in the end I did get a bit swoony over the romance). If you're reading this for the romance plot, you're probably not going to enjoy it (and I can't really say more because spoilers?). If you're reading it for a YA coming of age story about forging real friendships, learning to be comfortable with your true self, and a little romance sprinkled in, then you'll like this one a lot more. A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own. Like this review? Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    Cute book! I loved the fact that it featured a main character with low confidence in herself who learns to recognize her own worth! I could have use even more British atmosphere (she spends most of her time with fellow American students) and a little more plot (most of the plot was the romance which was eh for a while but did get better) but all in all this is a very cute and feel good book that is perfect for Anglophiles! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram! Cute book! I loved the fact that it featured a main character with low confidence in herself who learns to recognize her own worth! I could have use even more British atmosphere (she spends most of her time with fellow American students) and a little more plot (most of the plot was the romance which was eh for a while but did get better) but all in all this is a very cute and feel good book that is perfect for Anglophiles! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    *I received an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was such an adorable, fluffy story! I truly enjoyed this book. Travel, England, tea and scones, fairy gardens, shopping, and hot British boys? Yes, please! Ellie has an awful public rejection by the boy she’s been crushing on, and it gets posted to Instagram for the whole world to see. She feels utterly humiliated, and doesn’t know how she’s going to face everyone at school. She finds out that there’s a la *I received an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This was such an adorable, fluffy story! I truly enjoyed this book. Travel, England, tea and scones, fairy gardens, shopping, and hot British boys? Yes, please! Ellie has an awful public rejection by the boy she’s been crushing on, and it gets posted to Instagram for the whole world to see. She feels utterly humiliated, and doesn’t know how she’s going to face everyone at school. She finds out that there’s a last minute opening in her high school’s study abroad program, and she and her mom figure out a way to make it happen. Ellie heads to England and stays at a gorgeous English Manor that’s been turned into a school. It’s what she and her Mom always dreamed about as Austen fans, being able to see England. She soon discovers that her classmates are all there to take honors courses and and beef up their college applications. She is hoping to salvage her reputation and build up her confidence again. She befriends a small group of students that includes Sage, Dev, and Huan. They have some classes together and study together, eat together, and do some traveling together. Elle meets Will at an outdoor market not long after their arrival in England, and he’s a gorgeous and charming guy who she’s immediately drawn to. She vows that she’s not going to make the same mistakes with a guy again, and enlists the help of Dev. He seems to know a lot about the things that Will is interested in, and he agrees to help her, and in return she agrees to help him win over his crush. Ellie gets swept up in the romance, and gets to see some beautiful places in England along the way. As the story progresses, she begins to wonder if this relationship is the answer to all of her problems, and if this perfect boyfriend really is the perfect boy for her? If you like rom coms, travel, and all things British, I think you will want to pick this one up.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I feel like I should preface my review by saying Hot British Boyfriend had so many of the things I love most about YA, but it also reminded me how far past my own YA days I am. I’m not the intended audience for books like this, and I’m fully aware of that, so I always try to also be aware that my thoughts and feelings could likely be very different from the book’s actual target audience. I see so many adults reading YA and getting mad that the teenagers in the book…*gasp!*...had the audacity to I feel like I should preface my review by saying Hot British Boyfriend had so many of the things I love most about YA, but it also reminded me how far past my own YA days I am. I’m not the intended audience for books like this, and I’m fully aware of that, so I always try to also be aware that my thoughts and feelings could likely be very different from the book’s actual target audience. I see so many adults reading YA and getting mad that the teenagers in the book…*gasp!*...had the audacity to act like teenagers. Like, what did you expect? If you wanted to read about people making mature decisions or not being driven by hormones, maybe you should have picked up a different book. So I always know going into a young adult book that I will likely want to shake the characters at some point (or many points), as well as sit them down and talk to them, and probably hug them really tight. I wanted to do all those things with this book and there was a lot of internal ‘Ugh, come on, Ellie, do better!’, but honestly, I feel like that’s the sign of a good YA book that will likely really speak to its intended audience of teens. Okay, that was a long preface, but I thought it should be said. I feel like Teenage Marie would have loved this book with her whole heart, so it’s Teen Me I tried to channel while reading. Hot British Boyfriend was adorable and entertaining. I enjoyed the characters, plus the setting made me go all heart-eyes on multiple occasions. Ellie didn’t have many friends before going to England, and she was stinging from the rejection of the one person she thought was her friend. Between the very public humiliation that led her to leave DC, and the fact the program she was part of was meant for honour students - which she wasn’t - she felt she had a lot to prove, both to herself and to others. She was wary of people and their motives, but quickly befriended her roommate Sage, along with two other students from back home, Dev and Huan. When I said this book had so many of the things I love most about YA, one of those things was the friend group. These four seemed like such unlikely friends, but they worked together. Their interactions were amusing and sometimes heartwarming, and I wanted to be part of their group. I also really appreciated Ellie’s growth and how she slowly found her way, figured things out, made mistakes, sorted her priorities, and learned to be herself and unashamedly love the things she loved. Teenage Marie would definitely have been friends with her and we would have rocked our matching unicorn hoodies and made some amazing faerie gardens together. If you’re looking for a light, sweet, feel-good YA book, look no further (unless you’re an adult who hates when teens act like teens - if that’s the case, maybe give this one a pass and leave it to the actual teens). Pack your bags and prepare for a fun cross-Atlantic vacation with a group of friends you’ll wish you were part of. *I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This was such a cute read! I wasn't completely sure what I would think going into it because contemporaries can be hit or miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. I absolutely loved the setting and I really liked most of the characters too! I think there could have been a bit more character development, but this was still a fun read. It was sweet and I particularly loved the focus on friendships, not just on relationships. After an embarrassing moment that goes viral, Ellie flees the country This was such a cute read! I wasn't completely sure what I would think going into it because contemporaries can be hit or miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. I absolutely loved the setting and I really liked most of the characters too! I think there could have been a bit more character development, but this was still a fun read. It was sweet and I particularly loved the focus on friendships, not just on relationships. After an embarrassing moment that goes viral, Ellie flees the country on her study abroad trip, where she knows absolutely no one (she was new to her school so while she recognizes some people, she doesn't know them), and almost immediately, she finds a hot British guy who is into her and they start dating. But he's pretty busy most of the book so while we do see her pining over him at times, we really get a better look at the friendships she develops during this study abroad program, and I really loved seeing those relationships grow. The book is predictable at times, but I think most books like this can be, so that didn't really bother me, and I just enjoyed a sweet, light read. Definitely recommend if you are into sweet contemporary romances. Thank you so much to netgalley, the publisher, and TBR and Beyond Tours for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[ableist language, mention of lung cancer. (hide spoiler)] Diversity: Indian-American main character, gay main character. It's like a 3,5 stars. I'm a bit conflicted about that one. Like I expected from the synopsis, I found this entertaining and fun and very rom-com, so no disappointment there. I enjoyed the travel and friendships in this book, but I expected a bit more from the main character, she felt a little superficial to me for most of the book, unfortunately Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[ableist language, mention of lung cancer. (hide spoiler)] Diversity: Indian-American main character, gay main character. It's like a 3,5 stars. I'm a bit conflicted about that one. Like I expected from the synopsis, I found this entertaining and fun and very rom-com, so no disappointment there. I enjoyed the travel and friendships in this book, but I expected a bit more from the main character, she felt a little superficial to me for most of the book, unfortunately. Full review coming soon :) Thank you to Harper360UK for sending me an e-ARC of this book via Edelweiss. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars, rounded up This was a cutesy little read, but I still really enjoyed it. I loved the setting (I loved when they went to places I’ve also been to like London and Venice). The story wasn’t the most original (it was fairly obvious how it was going to go) but I liked watching Ellie come into her own (I totally want to make a fairy garden now). There was a lesson about being true to yourself that I also enjoyed. I really liked that she could be herself with Dev and he liked her for who she 3.5 stars, rounded up This was a cutesy little read, but I still really enjoyed it. I loved the setting (I loved when they went to places I’ve also been to like London and Venice). The story wasn’t the most original (it was fairly obvious how it was going to go) but I liked watching Ellie come into her own (I totally want to make a fairy garden now). There was a lesson about being true to yourself that I also enjoyed. I really liked that she could be herself with Dev and he liked her for who she was. Will, the Hot British Boyfriend, was somewhat flat as a character and didn’t seem terribly realistic, throwing money around (even when he bails on the trip to Venice, he still paid for everyone to stay in an expensive hotel) and he also came off a bit whiny since all he seemed to do was complain about his father. I loved Ellie’s friend group, especially Sage. She was SUCH a good friend to Ellie. Can Sage have her own book? Please and thank you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    So this month my idea was to read romance books only since you know, valentine’s day and all the upcoming releases so I had this one in my lists and I said let’s go for it, but it didn’t worked out for me. I couldn’t connect with the Ellie, the main character at all, like even from the first chapters I was like what is wrong with this story and this relationships like something is not clicking but then as you keep reading everything..just...no. I felt like it wasn’t connected and you know when y So this month my idea was to read romance books only since you know, valentine’s day and all the upcoming releases so I had this one in my lists and I said let’s go for it, but it didn’t worked out for me. I couldn’t connect with the Ellie, the main character at all, like even from the first chapters I was like what is wrong with this story and this relationships like something is not clicking but then as you keep reading everything..just...no. I felt like it wasn’t connected and you know when you simply write things but don’t connect them? That’s how I felt with this entire book like after every chapter you kept reading but made no sense and the lack of connection bothered me. Also, Ellie...this book is based entirely about her thinking about boys boys boys and finding the hot british boyfriend?? I thought this would be a cute story but nope.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julia Chrobak

    AMAZING!!!! the LOVE TRIANGLE! the FLUFF! the ANGST! the COMEDY! amazing!! Thank you so much Kristy Boyce!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zaynah Aboobaker

    Thank you to Harper360YA and Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy! Before doing anything else I just think that Will...😍Ok hear me out, he loves cricket (my all time favourite sport to follow I'm obsessed), he went to Harrow (I live near there), and his dad wanted him to go to UCL (I studied there)! Soo to get into the review, this book came at the perfect time for me. I'm in the middle of reading an epic fantasy series, and a cute YA rom-com was exactly what I needed for a bit of a change! Th Thank you to Harper360YA and Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy! Before doing anything else I just think that Will...😍Ok hear me out, he loves cricket (my all time favourite sport to follow I'm obsessed), he went to Harrow (I live near there), and his dad wanted him to go to UCL (I studied there)! Soo to get into the review, this book came at the perfect time for me. I'm in the middle of reading an epic fantasy series, and a cute YA rom-com was exactly what I needed for a bit of a change! The story is predictable, yet unexpected? I mean it in sense that the title leads you to believe one thing, but the actual story turns out to be another (even though you can guess at it pretty early on). However, I don't mind at all that it was predictable. This is a cute, wholesome story of friendship and romance and learning to be yourself, wacky hobbies and all. I get that this is a rom-com, but the friendships Ellie built were really the stand-out feature for me! I adored Dev, Huan and Sage so so much! I also related to them so much being the type of person who was hyper-focused on studying and exams at high school 🙈 I do wonder though how they managed to afford a trip to Europe.. and why they would get in a car with a random stranger they just met, but I'm willing to look over these facts 😂 Overall, this was a short, fun, easy read that I think a lot of people are going to enjoy. It reminded me a bit of the Lizzie McGuire movie! 4/5 stars :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexis (The Book Democracy)

    4/5 Stars ** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!** I had a blast reading this book. It was fun, adventurous, and included travel! Now I will say the adult part of me wanted to caution some of the decisions of the main characters, but my teen self was was cheering her on. I had to laugh at how our main character is in love with the British accent because... well same. The beginning of the book did Kinda give me second-hand 4/5 Stars ** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!** I had a blast reading this book. It was fun, adventurous, and included travel! Now I will say the adult part of me wanted to caution some of the decisions of the main characters, but my teen self was was cheering her on. I had to laugh at how our main character is in love with the British accent because... well same. The beginning of the book did Kinda give me second-hand embarrassment, so if that happens to you then be careful. Outside of that, I had an awesome time reading this book. I would recommend it if you are looking for a fun, easy to read YA romance!

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