Wanted: A Boyfriend Who Doesn’t Suck is a contemporary teenage looking-for-love story told from the perspective of the narrator. I received an advanced copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is a novella, about 200 pages so a quick read that’s is great for Valentine’s Day!
The world building is good. While I’ve never been to Florida, the author is able to put you in the location of the story so that you are always right there along with the characters as they have their adventures. It is very easy to visualize and to understand the back story of our main character.
The characters are good in the story. Natasha is the narrator and writes like she’s taking to the reader. It is written in her “voice” so it all feels like a conversation. This story made me feel like I was a teen listening to the stories of my best friends again, and living vicariously through their adventures. Natasha and her friends are well established, and how she interacts with other characters feels natural to her. The romantic interests in the story are also described well so that you can empathize with Natasha as she goes through her experiences with them and you find yourself loving or hating the characters alongside her. For character growth, there isn’t a lot in this part one of the story but I’m interested in seeing where the characters end up.
Relationships are what the story is all about. Romantic, family, and friend relationships are the backbone of the story. Natasha is looking for love, but is also deeply connected to her family and friends. There is nothing romantically graphic described in the story, Natasha’s Christian beliefs are strong, but there is the sweet kiss here and there. Family and friends are important to this story as well as the love, the characters have a tight knit community and without them a lot of the story couldn’t happen naturally. I really like seeing how close Natasha is to her family and seeing the role they play in supporting her.
There aren’t a ton of emotional moments for me in the story. It always keep interested by wondering what will happen or what Natasha will do next. I found it exciting or interesting and she kept me hanging on her words, like a teenager again, rather than emotional.
The pace of the story is good. There are a few time skips because the narrator going to the next moment with the potential love interest, but the scenes all seem to take place in a manner that make sense. No scene seemed too rushed or drawn out.
Overall, I give this story 4 out of 5 stars! It’s fun to read and feels like you’re listening to the story of your best friend as a teenager. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next parts of the story!