Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
The only way to get over a hopeless crush is to find someone new…Enter: The Boyfriend Bracket!
Putting a new spin on a classic trope, Kate Evangelista explores family bonds, changing relationships, and senior year as our heroine tries to get over her brother’s best friend.
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?
The Boyfriend Bracket puts a new spin on a classic genre in a fun, unforgettable way.
Guest by by Kate Evangelista
Protective older brothers aren’t just found in Philippine culture. In fact, I believe older brothers are born to be protective of their younger siblings. Brothers who are not protective are more of a fluke in my experience. They are like the second dads of the family. It’s their prerogative to annoy their younger siblings.
Some brothers are overtly protective, like Camron. Other brothers are subtler. Camron intimidates, psyches out any guy who comes sniffing around Stella. Some might not get what it means to have protective older brothers (even older sisters), but those who do have older siblings may understand.
I am an older sister, myself. I am just as protective of my younger brother as Cam is with Stella. I make sure girlfriends who do come along deserve my brother.
My experience with protective older brothers comes from observing my friends. I have a friend who hid all her boyfriends, not from her parents, but from her three older brothers. Another friend of mine didn’t have a boyfriend until she reached her twenties. She says it wasn’t because of her brother, but we all knew it was because of him. Why? Because when a boyfriend did come along it had to be big brother approved.
Sometimes big brothers are protective because they are thrust into the father figure role. Maybe they were the ones who had to raise their younger sibs. Maybe a father wasn’t in the picture. There can be so many reasons. You’ll have to read The Boyfriend Bracket to find out what Cam’s reason is for being overprotective of Stella.
One of the things I love about this book is the sense of family the Patterson’s and the Montgomery’s have. At the end of the day, no matter how annoyed Stella is of Camron, she knows that he is her brother and still loves him. She might not admit that out loud in a million years, but family is family.
Because of writing this book, I’ve become curious about other people’s big brother stories. If you’ve read The Boyfriend Bracket and you have a story to share, hit me up on Twitter. What is your protective big brother/sister story?
When Kate Evangelista 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 of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an 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. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista
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