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Why You Shouldn't Lend a Bad Boy Your Clothes

A Young Adult Romance Novel
Narrated by: Maxwell Zener
Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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“Sorry, but could I maybe get my hoodie back? I actually really like it.” 

Between having a girlfriend, a job, and pretty decent grades, 17-year-old Jules Hatcher is living a perfectly normal life. That is, until he stumbles into Hunter Adams, who is not only openly bisexual, but also notorious for being a player and always getting what he wants. And what he wants happens to be nothing less than Jules.  

What starts with Jules spilling coffee over Hunter and in turn lending him his hoodie quickly spirals into something much more complicated. Trapped in a struggle with himself and confined by the rules of society, Jules’ entire world is turned upside down, until the one thing he knows for sure is this: Getting his favorite hoodie back is by far the smallest of his problems.

©2018 BLVNP Incorporated (P)2019 Philline Harms

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  • Paignton Devon
  • 24-08-19

ok book

Between having a girlfriend, a job, and pretty decent grades, 17-year-old Jules Hatcher is living a perfectly normal life. That is, until he stumbles into Hunter Adams, who is not only openly bisexual, but also notorious for being a player and always getting what he wants. And what he wants happens to be nothing less than Jules.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-19

A good light listen

I started this book with the hope that it would have a good ending (most of these don't)and I was not disappointed. I will not say more due to not wanting to spoil it but if your reading this you should deffinitly listen to it. At times it does have the feel of being written by a teenager and reminded me of some stories I have read off of Wattpad. Its not very realistic in that there is almost no adult presence and all the characters with the exception of the main character (who are all teenagers) have almost no adults are just run off doing whatever they want. Also it contain every plot twist you can think of in a teen movie and was very predictable. Thus, I say it reads like it was written by an idealistic teenager BUT is still a good book if you dont take it to seriously. I received my copy free of charge in return for an honest review.

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  • dfl1854
  • 23-09-19

Good Story Overall - Need a better Editor

Generally this was a solid story with a good amount of meat to keep a person interested. It had some good twists but some were just obvious. I felt some parts could have been condensed with a good editor. I also felt that especially with the males in the story, some parts felt unrealistic, like the author was just guessing how a boy would react. As a gay man who went through something similar the intimate scenes felt lacking and unrealistic as well. The author got many sports references and some of the car references wrong as well. As I said, all things a good editor should have caught. The ideas and story were very good and well worth the read. I hope this author continues to write as I want to see what they come up with next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-19

Overall this was good; narrator is talented

A complimentary audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Review contains a lot of spoilers, and they are major. Continue reading at your own risk.

I am conflicted about this story. Overall I enjoyed it. There are parts though that are beyond ridiculous and dramatic. Lets start with the good/fun stuff first. :)

The meeting aka hot coffee meets strangers shirt. When Jules bumps in to Hunter and spills his coffee on him, in an effort to appease the (good looking) stranger he gives Hunter his favorite sweatshirt. Hunter is of course a jerk and Jules fears his sweatshirt is lost forever.

When Jules sees Hunter in school, wearing his sweatshirt like he owns it (the nerve!), Jules marches over and asks for his sweatshirt back. Of course Hunter says no, and a few other choice words besides, and Jules is left staring after him and wondering what he should do.

Their relationship gets off to a rocky start. Hunter is an out and proud bi-sexual, and has someone locking lips with him at every turn. For whatever reason, Jules - despite thinking Hunter is a jerk - can't stop thinking about him. He doesn't recognize his feelings for what they are until much later and after a few events take place.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story approaching the 50% mark. Seeing Hunter and Jules argue and tease each other, and at times touching each other for various reasons, I couldn't help but smile and think they were simply adorable. I don't want to spoil the story. I'll just reiterate that things happen between Jules and Hunter, between Jules and his girlfriend, and Jules and his friends that helps Jules see what his feelings for Hunter are all about.

Just as their relationship is taking off and they are really becoming a couple, dramaville arrives in the form of a spiteful, vindictive, teenage horror known as Valerie, Vanessa? Crap, Veronica? Ugh, okay, I am blanking on her name - lets just call her V. Anyway, V is NOT a nice person and outs Jules to his family. In essence doing a sort of reverse blackmail to keep Jules and Hunter apart. She is Jules's parents spy and will report any contact between Jules and Hunter to Jules's parents. See, V was with Hunter very briefly and when he stopped wanting to hang out with her and be with Jules, she couldn't handle it. In an effort to get Hunter back (which is a stupid way to go about it), she thinks forcing them apart and being mean will win Hunter over.

I couldn't stand this turn of events. The plot here didn't make sense; it was added for what felt like drama for dramas sake. As if being a teenager in high school isn't hard enough, lets add negligent parents and a real vindictive B to the mix, and toss in being gay and only just realizing it.

In the mix of all this drama, Jules learns <spoiler>that his father is cheating on his mother, but is too dense to know that's what it means. One night (before dramaville arrived) Hunter and Jules are hiding in an empty movie theater room and resting, literally, when who should walk in but Jules's father and two women and another man. Jules is so worried about being seen that he completely misses the fact that his father is out on the town without his mother, and another woman, when he should be working (that's what he said he was doing). And then later, when Jules finally figures out what his dad is really up to, instead of using that information to allow him to see Hunter again (after being forced apart because of V), as in blackmailing his father, Jules shows his evidence to his father AND mother, and says she has to decide what she is going to do. REALLY? Jules's mother is a doormat- extremely wishy washy and unable to stand up for herself.</spoiler>

To back up a little, V, once again in an effort to get Hunter to want her, <spoiler>says she is pregnant with Hunter's baby. He doesn't understand how it could have happened because he used a condom each time. Anyway, I don't know what sort of crazy Hunter was thinking of doing, but he should have seriously questioned the possibility the baby was his. Hunter knows this chick is seriously crazy and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Hunter and Jules apart. So why is he willing to believe anything she tells him? V is an over the top character who wasn't needed for this story to work. Again, drama for dramas sake - one of my biggest pet peeves. We later learn (duh!) the baby isn't Hunter's.</spoiler>

There is more drama to this story, but I don't feel like going in to all of it. The good news is these two finally get their heads on straight and manage to be together. Despite all their troubles in getting together, they are finally a couple living together with no more barriers between them. It's not clear what happens to V, she just disappears. We do know what happens with Jules's parents (broadly) and it's good.

I did leave out a very large detail of this story and I debated mentioning it, but I decided to after all because it is a possible trigger for some readers. <spoiler>Jules has an older brother - a fact we don't learn until about the 50% mark. The reason we don't know about him is because he committed suicide about 3-4 years ago. There is so much history surrounding the brother that ends up playing a big role in this story between Jules's parents, and Jules's relationship with Hunter.</spoiler> I was shocked when I learned this fact and was not pleased to see it had deliberately been kept hidden.

Despite the drama surrounding this story (and there is a lot I didn't mention), there are several light moments to between Jules and Hunter's friends. They all hook up! :D It's sweet to see Nate and Alexis get together. Nate is Jules's best friend and Jules enjoyed watching Nate blush and stutter. Me too! :) Then there is Red who works at the coffee shop with Jules and she is involved with I think the owner. So much romance floating around it felt like it was Valentines.

Would I recommend this? Depends on the reader. Overall, yes, I would recommend this because it had a lot of good things going for it. The drama didn't really ruin the story for me - it just made me mad when it happened. This book won't be for every though, so I would suggest people use their best judgement and know their tastes.

Narration: The voice is not that of a teenage boy and that I didn't like. Aside from that, the narrator did an excellent job and really acted out these scenes very VERY well. I love when a narrator can make me forget I am listening to a book and not watching a movie or something. I would listen to this narrator again. And despite his voice not matching the age of the characters, I would highly recommend the audio because it was well produced and I believe greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the story.

Story 3 stars
Narration 4.5 stars.

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  • rachel pohler
  • 25-04-19

Omg such a great story!!!

This was a fantastic book!!! I love love love it ❤️ I was listening to this in my car and I was totally crying on my way to work 🤣🤣(try explaining that lol) great love story

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 13-04-19

brilliant

such a wonderful and Brilliant story I can't call it ya story because it was much much more than that I love this I love the development of the story everything about it was brilliant

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Bette
  • 07-04-19

Outstanding! Great Story! Great Audible Listen🎧

I adored this book, it is a great young adult novel, heartfelt and entertaining. Philline Harms is a new to me author, I did not look her up until after I finished the book. I was amazed to find she is a young adult herself, well that kind of explains how she captured the essence of teenage living so well. To publish a novel at 17 years old is a great accomplishment, especially one that is so good. This book is 15 hours long and it engrossed me from start to end. The storylines and characters are interesting and well developed. I loved how she was able to bring us along side the characters, inside their heads, to learn how they felt and what they were going through. It saddens me, that to this day people shun their own kids because of their sexuality, whether it be for religious reasons or just plain homophobic hate. Hello, it is 2019, acceptance is key to living a healthy, happy life, hate only destroys. OK, off my soap box and back to the story. I really liked Jules Hatcher and his best friends Nate and Emily. I loved how Jules and Hunter 1st met and how the author came up with her title. Also loved the chemistry between them. I really felt bad for Jules and the treatment he received from his parents. I did not care for the over the top antics and bullying he received from Victoria or the power Jules’ parents gave her to hold over him and Hunter. Were his parents so blind they could not see thru her lies? I can say the three things that annoyed me in this book, Jules’ Mom, Dad and Victoria, made a great team of ignorant and narcissistic idiots. IMO. I highly recommend this book, it has lots of drama, angst, some laughs and lot of emotions. Thanks for this great story Philline Harms, I hope this is a start to a long writing career, you are gifted and have a way with words.

I listened to the Audible edition, Maxwell Zener is a wonderful narrator and voice performer. He performs the voices of all the characters bringing each to life with their own voice and personality. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thanks for this great listen🎧

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  • James
  • 06-04-19

Talented new author!

A very enjoyable and affirming story, read expertly well. The main characters and the supporting cast are well drawn and convincing. The story unfolds amid an enlightened and supportive group of school friends who band together in the face of parental and other forms of prejudice, malice and violence. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve and the conclusion befits a true romance. I’d give the story 5 stars if it hadn’t been for the rather reduced vocabulary used by the author: it’s ok for the first half but after that you get tired of the same phrases over and over (rolled eyes, shrugged, eyes widened, lips crashed (sic) on mine). It’s a pity because this is really the only weakness in the entire book. The author should by all means keep producing and stick to the same formula, but for goodness’ sake buy a thesaurus! If Hunter is so gorgeous, shouldn’t we hear more specifics as to why? Even a line or two here and there? The sexual encounters were literally devoid of any details: again, the author should be more creative! She clearly has the ability. In summary, it’s a wonderful and sweet romance, long and absorbing, but could be lifted into the truly exceptional category with a little extra work. Waiting for the next one with eager anticipation.

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  • Jon
  • 01-04-19

From Idyllic Utopia to Idealized Reality

I enjoyed this audiobook. The dialogue is interesting as is the quasi-Canadian vocabulary with a great narration voice.
It started so innocent a storyline that evolved into a much more real life with its hard challenges the best and worst of the world’s families all face.
Fortunately, it’s a story that happens in the context of a society that doesn’t imprison or kill its children for being gay, despite the threat from the types of world institutions in the story that do.
I am glad to have listened.

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  • Jedi DK
  • 06-12-19

I’m glad I got this book

I’ll be honest, the narrator wasn’t my favorite and I told myself to “power through” some of the more monotone parts. The storyline was great and I loved the character development. I related to a lot of the situations that came up.

It was a good book.

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  • ClinD2002
  • 21-10-19

Horrible

This story should be titled idiot gets verbally abused over and over again and still ends up with his abuser......which is a common topic in these books.....I’m sorry if some of the things that happened to this kid happened to me I’d seriously want to get violent.