Avery James doesn’t believe in romance—she’s studied enough biology to know that love is nothing more than hormones and chemicals. Besides, she has more practical goals in mind, namely saving up for a summer humanitarian program in Costa Rica. But when her Diggity Dog House supervisor denies her a raise and Avery finds herself $500 dollars short for the trip of a lifetime, Avery has no choice but to accept an unexpected offer. The deal? She must steal her arch nemesis Hannah’s boyfriend before prom, giving Avery eleven days to seduce Zac Greeley.
Avery is sure the job will be easy. But a few midnight comedy shows and spontaneous dance parties (not to mention one particularly intimate carwash) later, Avery finds herself questioning everything she’s ever thought about love. Could Zac’s signature cherry-lime Slurpees be causing brain freeze, or is Avery actually starting to fall for him?
Will Avery be able to steal Zac away from Hannah before he steals Avery’s heart?
Re-released March 24, 2014 by The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit Imprint. Click here for more information!
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About the Idea
The original idea for The Boyfriend Thief was very different from the current book. Avery was a lot more….mean. She was very bossy and very difficult to like. It took a lot of time to figure out her story and why she acted the way she did. One of the plotlines came from a story I had been trying to write since I was sixteen, about a girl dealing with the aftermath of her mom walking out on the family. As I worked on The Boyfriend Thief over four years, I came to realize that the story wasn’t so much about the mom leaving (as it had been at first) but more about how that event changed Avery and how she now has to change herself to find happiness.
When people ask why I write YA, I always say that it’s because I love exploring this time of life when you’re making those first connections with people that can completely change who you are or how you see the world. That is very true in this book with the relationship between Avery and Zac, but also with the relationships Avery has with the other people around her. There isn’t always a right or wrong answer or reaction, but many different ways of seeing the same thing.
- All-Consuming Books
- Me, My Shelf and I
- Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
- Reading Vacation
- The YA Curator
- I Heart YA Books
- Danyelle Leafty
German edition, published by cbj
Look for a prequel short story to The Boyfriend Thief in the anthology Love, Me. The story is titled “One Week” and is narrated by Avery’s best friend, Molly!
Holiday Madness: A Boyfriend Thief Christmas Story is now available!
Avery James wants to save the world–or at least her little community of Willowbrook. But her latest project–a holiday canned food drive–isn’t going so well, until her boyfriend Zac Greeley steps in with a crazy idea to save the day.
HOLIDAY MADNESS is a 7,000 word/28 page short story companion to the young adult novel THE BOYFRIEND THIEF.
These are the songs I listened to while working on Avery’s story. There was a definite theme I was going for in the songs I chose to express Avery’s feelings throughout the book. Click here to read more about the music I chose.
- “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb
- “Fall to Pieces” by Avril Lavigne
- “Over My Head (Cable Car)” by The Fray
- “When You Come Back Down” by Nickel Creek
- “Collide” by Howie Day
- “Best of Me” by Sum 41
- “Somewhere In Between” by Lifehouse
- “Not Myself” by John Mayer
- “Go” by Hanson
- “Here is Gone” by The Goo Goo Dolls
- “Come Back Down” by Lifehouse
- “Wonderful” by Everclear
- “Name” by The Goo Goo Dolls
- “That’s When I Love You” by Aslyn
- “Trouble Sleeping” by The Perishers
- “Someday” by Rob Thomas
- “Sway” by The Perishers
- “Perfect” by Smashing Pumpkins