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Peek Inside It Had To Be You

James Parson’s military dad is going to pull him out of boarding school if he doesn’t shape up. What better way to prove he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of new student Edelweiss, a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Edelweiss has traveled the world, but when it comes to friends, boys, and high school life, she knows exactly nothing. She’s now on a mission to learn it all. James will help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

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James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains red-hot romance, all the feels, and a soul-mate bad boy.

Praise

An excellent book that young adults will love. It has everything a young adult romance should. I enjoyed it a lot.” –Kimberly Switzer, Librarian at County of Lennox and Addington

“This is your typical love story, but it was written so uniquely and so many twists that had me wondering if they were really going to be together in the end. I loved the writing style, the duo POVs of the two main characters, and the change you see in the end from each character.” –Milli, Miracle Milli Reads

It Had To Be You is a sweet escape! Lizzy Charles captivated me from the beginning, and I couldn't put my Kindle down.” –Sarah, Goodreads Reviewer

“Because it was an ebook, I was unsure if I would be able to sit down and actually read it. I started it while doing dishes. Needless to say, I was up all night reading it. I couldn't put it down. I was so engrossed in the romance.” –Amanda Stelter, Goodreads Reviewer

“Lizzy Charles has created a sweet cliché romance by showing the beauty in interracial relationships. It’s one of those ‘junk food’ books you read for a guilty pleasure, not because you’re trying to have some kind of an epiphany.” –Tara Sheehan, Artistic Bent

This book was exactly what I needed. Private high school, rich girls, rich boys and a new girl who has been homeschooled all her life.” –Kim, Goodreads Reviewer

“I loved the different characters, the wonderful friends, the loving families and I really loved James and Edelweiss together. The story is entertaining, captivating and well written.” –Irina Wolpers, Always Time for a Nice Cup of Tea and a Good Book!

Extraordinarily good YA romance. Interracial and very sweet.” –Tami, Queen Editing

It Had To Be You is another cute romance put out by Entangled Teen. I loved Edel. She was naive, but really strong.”–Kristi Housman, Goodreads Reviewer

Cute quick read.” –C. Bond, Goodreads Reviewer

“This book has the typical popular guy, the mean girl and mystery best friends. It's sweet, it's funny, and it's about personal growth.” –D.M. Duncan, Goodreads Reviewer

It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles is a young adult, fake boyfriend/girlfriend high school romance that is sweet with a little bit of drama. James and Edelweiss both need each other to survive a year at the Academy but got so much more than they were expecting.” –Natalie Miller, Books & Boys Book Blog

“This was a fun story filled with lovable main character and tons of humor.” –P. Loveday, Lovely Loveday Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759367
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Page Count: 259
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural, young adult
Tropes: fake relationship

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3.5 / 5 Fangs

It Had to Be You was a quick and adorable read that constantly put a smile on my face. This was a charming book that combines a sweet romance with tons of humor.

The main characters in this book, Edel and James, were precious and unique. I loved reading from their POVs because I fe... ...more

By Romie May 10, 2017

My first thought ? That was freaking adorable. So cute, so freaking damn cute. Did I say it was cute ?

Obviously I liked the book, I read it in a day, and the fake dating trope is probably my favourite ... No regrets.

#J A M E S
I especially liked James, not because it's my favourite name of all t... ...more

Let me start with this, what a stinking cute story. I have to admit that I was hooked from the beginning. I'll be honest when I started this book I had a little bit of a hard time connecting with Edel, mostly because all I could think was she was this pretentious rich girl. Thankfully as the book... ...more

By Elizabeth May 24, 2017

James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of...
...more

By Milli May 04, 2017

Coming into this book I was not expecting whole lot. Just another love story gone bad, then they end up together because of love. I barely read romance because I feel like every story is the same and nothing changes. which makes the story predictable from the beginning, but....

I was WRONG about t... ...more

By Mariam May 20, 2017

Originally posted on my blog!

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

I picked this up because I just loved the cover. It is so bright and colorful and I loved that there is a black boy on the cover. God knows we need more diversity in contemporary young adult books especia... ...more

By Heather May 17, 2017

I got this book at just the right time! Last week as part of my Top 5 Wednesday post, I talked about what kind of Summer time reads I was looking forward to and I spotlighted contemporary novels. While this book doesn't take place in the summer, I think it's just the right kind of lighthearted fa... ...more

By Hadassah May 20, 2017

New, different and great ♥

Only people who have lived the 90s will know what I mean when I say: This book kind of reminded me of that movie "My Date with the President's Daughter". Just because James starts dating the daughter of a diplomat. I don't know the connection, but that's what I thought o... ...more

By Andi May 07, 2017

I loved this book! I loved the theme of honesty prevailing and how integral their parents were. That's not something overly prevalent in YA novels. I loved the characters' story and I hope Lizzy writes more about these two characters! Lizzy writes so effortlessly and I have thoroughly enjoyed all... ...more

By Sophie May 24, 2017

My initial thoughts after finishing this book were that it was such a cute and adorable read! It definitely picked me up and I read most of it in ONE GO. Of course, I had to make some breaks, but even during those moments I missed going back to this story and the characters! This was 100% a light... ...more

By Lenore May 11, 2017

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4 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

I will wholeheartedly admit that there were a few things in this book that on another book would probably have bothered me more, but I just couldn't he... ...more

By Robin May 16, 2017

I was given an ARC of It Had To Be You by Lizzie Charles in exchange for an unbiased review. 3.5 Stars
It Had To Be You is a fun, lighthearted “fake relationship” teen romance. Our hero, James, is the son of a military officer who is friends with the diplomat parents of our heroine, Edelweiss (E... ...more

By Ted May 24, 2017

** ARC provided in exchange for honest review **

“It Had to Be You” is a sweet YA Romance, which turned into out to be a fairly good read. Charles wrote an intelligent portrayal of teenager characters, both with complexity and depth rather than being stereotyped.

Edelweiss (Admittedly, I had the so... ...more

By Heather May 15, 2017

There are very few books that keep me up hours past my self-imposed bed-time. (I admit that i go to bed early. With 2 kids, I never know when they'll get up)

If you are judging this book by the synopsis and the cover...don't. Based on those two things I was expecting a cheesy teenage rom-com that... ...more

** ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review **

It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles is a young adult, fake boyfriend/girlfriend high school romance that is sweet with a little bit of drama. James and Edelweiss both need each other to survive a year at the Academy but got so much more than... ...more

By Maddy May 17, 2017

I would first like to thank Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for including me in the blog tour for this novel and providing me with a copy of the novel in exchange for a review! Every book that I have read that has been published by Entangled Teen Crush has been so good and so cute, and this book wa... ...more

By Rose May 23, 2017

I have loved all of Lizzy Charles’ previous books but there was something special and refreshing about “It Had to Be You”. From the very beginning, I was drawn in by James’s charm and confidence and I related to Edelweiss’s innocence and optimism about her unfamiliar environment. Lizzy added so m... ...more

By Mandy (I Read Indie) May 20, 2017

Edel wants the whole high school experience after being home schooled all her life. James just wants to make it to graduation without his father ripping him out of school for another prank gone wrong. Together they team up to help the other out. What neither expected was for feelings to develop a... ...more

By Hayli May 12, 2017

*I received this book as an arc from NetGalley and all thoughts are my own!*

I actually really liked this book. The premise is really cute and the two main characters, James and Edelweiss, were so cute together. Plus, I just love the fake dating trope. It's my favorite. (And I feel like it made... ...more

By ☘Tara May 08, 2017

Lizzy Charles has created a sweet cliché romance by showing the beauty in interracial relationships. It’s one of those ‘junk food’ books you read for a guilty pleasure, not because you’re trying to have some kind of an epiphany.

Charles developed her characters well within her story but not to th... ...more

By Chrsitina May 11, 2017

I received this book via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book, it was super cute.

I loved both characters. Edelweisse is experiencing school for the first time and it a bit native towards dealing with friends and school, but I think she handled herself well. Jam... ...more

By Laura May 15, 2017

I love seeing that this is the first in a series! I love reading stories set at boarding schools. Edelweiss was a name I had to get use to. It tripped up my reading flow because it's an unusual name. I loved her backstory as an ambassador's child. The friends to lovers story line was filled with... ...more

By Kristi May 06, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen through Netgalley for review.

It Had To Be You is another cute romance put out by Entangled Teen. I loved Edel. She was naive, but really strong. She fit in quickly without being around kids her own age much before going to her boarding school. Ja... ...more

By Sarah May 15, 2017

4.5*

It Had To Be You is a sweet escape! Lizzy Charles captivated me from the beginning, and I couldn't put my Kindle down. I loved the little glimpses we received of the supporting characters, and can't wait to devour their books. My only complaint is that I felt the story wrapped too quickly.

If... ...more

By Ira May 15, 2017

This book was a highly enjoyable to read. Going from a fake relationship to a real one is not exactly a new concept for a story but it is absolutely well done and reading their story you just get it. They belong together and they have to get there for real.

James and Edelweiss just wanted to preve... ...more

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Lizzy Charles

About the author

Lizzy Charles

Lizzy Charles writes young adult contemporary romance. She’s a tea fanatic, guacamole expert, and sushi lover. When she’s fixing lunches, dressing kids, or wiping pizza sauce off sticky hands, she escapes to La La Land and imagines all sorts of little love stories. Lizzy loves her daily dose of fitness and is also a RN so she can triage any symptom you send her way. Her best friend from high school is also her husband. Oh and she has a little pup named Professor Lupin who is pretty much the glue to the whole writing operation.

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