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The Boyfriend Bracket


Eight boys. Sixteen dates. One perfect boyfriend.

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Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother's best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she's always dreamed of—starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

Or it seems like the perfect plan...right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?


“I can’t say this enough, but I really like this new confidence of yours. And from what I hear so does half the boys in school.”

“Only half?”

“The other half are head over heels for me.”

She blew him a raspberry before she said, “It’s definitely easier without Cam and Will around.”

“Tell me you already have a date for homecoming.” Franklin’s eagerness was catching as they walked arm-in-arm toward the cafeteria.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Stella confessed.

“But homecoming is two weeks away.”

Stella had gone on more dates in the first month of school than she had in her entire high school career. A lot of them never made it past the first date, but Stella was encouraged by the fact that guys weren’t intimidated to ask her out anymore. She relished every second of her freedom. It was already the second week of September. If she didn’t narrow down her options she might end up picking the wrong guy.

She may go on dates, but it was only to find the right one. The guy she envisioned herself spending senior year with. Nothing too serious, but worth being her date to all the dances.

“Then thank goodness you’re here,” she said when they grabbed trays and got in line. “You’re going to help me choose.”

“Oh!” Franklin perked up. “Can I make a bracket like they do in sports?”

“What do you know about sports?” Stella sent him a disbelieving sidelong glance.

“Enough to know there are a lot of hot athletes.”

This time, Stella allowed the eye roll. The situation called for it. She didn’t doubt that between her and Franklin, they’d come up with the suitable candidate for her senior year boyfriend. And she wouldn’t even have to hide him anymore. Ah, freedom. Oh, how sweet.


"I loved this book! ... A fabulous first love drama between a young fashion designer and her comic-book-creating childhood crush." —NPR

"[A] light romance with a happy ending ... Will and Stella are both likable characters, and Franklin steals the scenes that he is in with his charm and protectiveness of Stella." —School Library Journal

"What adorable contemporary. ... I love that there was a Filipino main character. This book kinda reminded me of a Sarah Dessen novel which I loved." —Book Girl

"An adorable read that romcom lovers should consider picking up! ... The Boyfriend Bracket is all kinds of adorable, and I am LOVING the #ownvoices Filipina narrative." —One Way Or An Author

For the Dodge Cove trilogy:

"If you are looking for a light-hearted, funny read about second chances romance filled with grand gestures and Harry Potter obsession, look no further, you have arrived at the right destination." —Natshane, Goodreads reviewer, on No Second Chances

“Charming to the max.” —Lola, Hit or Miss Books, on No Holding Back

“It’s like a modern fairy tale.” —Camelle, Swoon Reader, on No Love Allowed

"Evangelista takes a familiar story of young love and makes it fresh." —VOYA, on No Love Allowed