Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she’s always dreamed of—starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.
Or it seems like the perfect plan…right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?
Thank you to Ms. Kate Evangelista for sending a review copy of The Boyfriend Bracket in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book.
I feel attacked the moment I read the first page. Stella hated his brother for being overprotective of her when it comes to dating and relationship. Together with his brother’s best friend, Will, they always drive away her suitors. I could definitely relate to this book because I have a younger sister when I’m also overprotective of. But I’m not like Cam where his overprotectiveness is way beyond the borderline.
Stella is a beauty – A Filipina protagonist where Kate Evangelista write from her origin. The Philippines. I don’t know what to feel when I was reading this book since I was so familiar with some words that I just immersed in the novel and completely fell in love with the characters. Our protagonist yearns for fashion – it is her dream goal to be a fashion designer, to be accepted on her dream school, Parsons. There are a lot of things that this book presented. It was a diverse set of characters that boost up the morale of the Filipinos and introduce some bits of information to the readers to understand what kind of culture we had.
The Boyfriend Bracket is that one book that I didn’t expect to love. I completely fell in love with this book without knowing that I was going to finish the whole novel for 5 hours straight! Hello, insomnia. With its fast-paced writing style, this book displays so much compassion, patience, perseverance, friendship, drive, and inspiration to the readers. This book is not about pulling the close people away, it is pushing them to become stronger. Kate Evangelista pointed out in this book that whatever success your family, your friends have – don’t envy them – instead, make it an inspiration to reach your goal.
This book made me proud. From the diverse culture that has been implied [Filipino] to the lessons that Evangelista incorporated on the book to our traditions to the introduction of our foods like adobo and sinigang. I never knew that I would be this happy – how a simple representation could make a reader seen.
Also, I would like to applaud how Ms. Kate wrote Will’s character. It was amazing and so much understanding. Full of empathy and positivity.
Even though I’m not a fan of the title, The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista is a powerful book that represents a lot of Filipina today. I know a lot of teenagers that will relate to Stella in some ways and hopefully, they would realize the teachings that Ms. Kate included in the storyline of the defying novel. It is a wonderful book, truly. If you want some light read, you won’t regret picking up this book.
MY RATINGS: 5 STARS!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When Kate Evangelista, author of No Love Allowed and No Holding Back, was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently, she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.