Camilla dreams of the day she can leave her life behind. Saying goodbye to the mother she’s never been good enough for, to the bottles there’s always money for, to the bills there’s never money for—and most of all, to being the help in someone else’s dream home.
But the scholarship to her new private school that gives her a real chance at a future comes with one big catch—Hunter Beck.
It’s his home her mother cleans. His little brother that Camilla babysits. It’s his face that she dreams of at night, and his cruel voice that taunts her every day. Hunter is the most popular boy in school, and she’s his favorite target. She hates him, but even more, she hates how drawn she is to him. Becoming his debate partner seems destined to end in disaster.
As she’s drawn further into his world, he alternately pulls her close and pushes her away. But behind the roller coaster, Camilla senses true emotion. A man she wants to know hiding inside the boy.
She’s so close to getting everything she wants. Getting into college. Leaving this town forever. She’s let nothing get in her way so far.
So why does it feel like Hunter Beck might be the boy who ruins it all?
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This Boy is a high school bully romance. It is not as dark as some that I have read, but it still had some bullying. One thing I want to say upfront that I know can be deal-breakers. This book does end in a cliffhanger, so if you will have issues waiting, I recommend waiting until the full series is released before you start on this one.
I really loved Camilla, but Hunter left me wanting more. Hunter did not have a lot of character growth in this book, and while I expect that he will end the series as a different person, he has a bit to go before he starts to grow on me. This Boy is mostly told from Camilla’s point of view, which is another reason I may not have seen much of Hunter’s character growth. I did enjoy the few chapters we did get, and I hope that we get more in the next book.
The bullying in this is relatively tame, though there are a few scenes where Hunter uses other girls to make Camilla jealous – not one of my favorites. But there is bullying so if that is a trigger for you, skip this one. Camilla also has many issues with her mother, who honestly was more of a bully than Hunter. I will certainly read the next book, and sincerely hope that Camilla gets her happy ending!