Hot British Boyfriend
By Andrea Beach,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Light, fun travel romance encourages being yourself.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A little insight into UK culture and food. A few brief mentions of Jane Austen books and characters. Some landmarks and places of interest in Venice, and a little bit of art history.
Be yourself. Don't change or try to make yourself different, especially not to get someone to like you. People who like or love you for your genuine self are the only worthwhile friends. If you apply yourself and work hard, you can do a lot better than you think you're capapble of. Don't be afraid to follow your true interests and passions. They can take you in unexpected directions, and you'll never be truly happy doing what others think you should be doing.
Positive Role Models
Ellie is a good role model for perseverance. She learns new study skills, works hard, and starts to really apply herself. She learns that she's capable of doing much better than she thought she could, and she learns that the better she does in school, she'll more and better opportunities to pursue after high school. For most of the book, Ellie is trying to be the kind of person she thinks her boyfriend wants her to be. She's afraid that if he new the "real" her, he wouldn't like her anymore. But she learns that that's not a good foundation for a relationship and determines to be herself. She has a close and loving relationship with her mother. Friends Dev and Sage are supportive and push Ellie to be her best self and to work hard at her classes. There are no villains, but Will is very self-centered and squanders his priviledged advantages.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses briefly described. Mention of a photo of kissing on social media. Romantic feelings of physical and emotional attraction. Ellie's friend Huan is in a same-sex relationship that mentions closeness, holding hands, and staying in the same hotel room together.
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"S--t," "hell," "asshole," "dammit," "poop," "arse," "crap," "Christ," "Jesus," and "prick."
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Products & Purchases
One or two brand names (cars, food and beverage) to establish location or character.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens of legal age in the UK have beer at a party that also has many bottles of alcohol. Ellie tries beer and doesn't like it. Teens drink beer with a meal in a pub. Ellie jokingly asks her mom if there's vodka in her tea.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot British Boyfriend is a romance about a girl who spends her first semester of senior year in a study-abroad program in the UK. Sexy stuff is pretty light, with a few kisses briefly described and a same-sex romance that mentions holding hands and staying in the same hotel room together. Strong language includes "s--t," "asshole," and "prick." Older teens of legal age in the UK drink beer and alcohol at a party, and narrator Ellie, 17, tries beer and doesn't like it. Ellie is estranged from her father but it's not explored as an issue and doesn't seem to affect her. She has a very close and loving relationship with her mother. All important characters model high academic achievement, loyalty, teamwork, and aren't afraid to push Ellie to do better.
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What's the Story?
HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND tells how Ellie, a senior in high school, grabs an opportunity to study abroad for a semester after a humiliating video of her goes viral on social media. Relieved that she doesn't have to face her schoolmates until the whole thing blows over, Ellie decides to make the most of her time in the UK by experiencing all things British first hand, and at the top of her to-do list is a confidence-building romance with a hot British guy. Early on she meets Will, who checks all the boxes for a perfect boyfriend and, even better, is clearly interested in Ellie, too. As the two get to know each other, it's clear to Ellie that they don't have much in common, but Will's got so many boxes checked that Ellie decides to become the kind of person she thinks Will would like. As the little white lies and pretending get harder and harder to keep up, Ellie starts to wonder what she really wants from a relationship, and what she really wants for herself.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun, light, fast read that romance fans are sure to enjoy. Hot British Boyfriend has plenty of humor, glamour, and travel to exciting new places. It's well paced, not spending too much time setting everything up but quickly jumping into Ellie's semester abroad. Ellie can be frustrating at times in her inability to see what's really going on, but it also makes her relatable to anyone who's ever discovered their own blind spots. It's a refreshing example of how travel can lead to personal growth, especially in boosting self esteem and discovering things about yourself you didn't even know. It's also nice to have positive models of strong, supportive friendships and no bullying or "queen bee" behavior.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what Ellie learns in Hot British Boyfriend. Have you ever tried to act like a different kind of person so that someone would like you? What happened? How does Ellie figure that out?
Romances are always popular. Why do we love them so much? What are some of your favorites?
If you had the chance to study abroad for a semester, would you take it? Where would you like to go? Why? If you wouldn't want to go, why not?
- Author: Kristy Boyce
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, High School
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication date: February 9, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
- Number of pages: 336
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: February 26, 2021
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