Hot British Boyfriend Review

About the Book:

Title: Hot British Boyfriend

Author: Kristy Boyce

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Pages: 336

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance


After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.

When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.

But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.


*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This was such an adorable, fluffy story! I truly enjoyed this book. Travel, England, tea and scones, fairy gardens, shopping, and hot British boys? Yes, please!

Ellie has an awful public rejection by the boy she’s been crushing on, and it gets posted to Instagram for the whole world to see. She feels utterly humiliated, and doesn’t know how she’s going to face everyone at school. She finds out that there’s a last minute opening in her high school’s study abroad program, and she and her mom figure out a way to make it happen. Ellie heads to England and stays at a gorgeous English Manor that’s been turned into a school. It’s what she and her Mom always dreamed about as Austen fans, being able to see England. She soon discovers that her classmates are all there to take honors courses and and beef up their college applications. She is hoping to salvage her reputation and build up her confidence again. She befriends a small group of students that includes Sage, Dev, and Huan. They have some classes together and study together, eat together, and do some traveling together.

Elle meets Will at an outdoor market not long after their arrival in England, and he’s a gorgeous and charming guy who she’s immediately drawn to. She vows that she’s not going to make the same mistakes with a guy again, and enlists the help of Dev. He seems to know a lot about the things that Will is interested in, and he agrees to help her, and in return she agrees to help him win over his crush.

Ellie gets swept up in the romance, and gets to see some beautiful places in England along the way. As the story progresses, she begins to wonder if this relationship is the answer to all of her problems, and if this perfect boyfriend really is the perfect boy for her?

If you like rom coms, travel, and all things British, I think you will want to pick this one up.

About the Author:

Kristy Boyce lives in Columbus, OH and teaches psychology as a senior lecturer at The Ohio State University.

When she’s not spending time with her husband and son, she’s usually writing, reading, putting together fairy gardens, or watching happy reality TV (The Great British Bake-Off and So You Think You Can Dance are perennial favorites).

Kristy is the social media coordinator for Central and Southern Ohio SCBWI.

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