In June I got the opportunity to read the advanced reader copy for Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hil. A little before the release date, I read the book and I was so surprised by the story.
What is the book about?
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way
Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.
To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.
But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.
What did I think of it?
Let me start this of by saying: reading the first two chapters, I wasn’t sure if I loved the writing style of this book. The beginning was a little less easy for me to get through as usual, but once I got through these first 20-30 pages, I flew through the book.
Boyfriend Material got me all heart eyes. I absolutely loved it. Boyfriend Material made me laugh out loud, cry, smile, be angry,…In my opinion all characters were unique in their own way. Alex made me laugh most of the time, Luc made me smile and cry and also laugh with how witty he is, plus he’s super relatable. Oliver was such a cutie. I loved how Luc and Oliver went through this character development throughout the book.
Hall’s writing style is very quick to read (once I got through the first 2 chapters ;)). It’s clear that a lot of effort has been put in the emotional aspects of this book, the humour aspects of this book, the love aspects of this book,…
I think this might be one of my favourite books of 2020.
Have you read this book already? What did you think of it?