ainsleyHow To Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You is about Oliver Holmes, a high school student who is a bit different than everyone else.  He likes to make lists – all kinds of lists.  But the most important list currently is the one that he made called “How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You”.  Each item on his list is a chapter, which explains what he needs to do and how he tries to do it.  He has a process for his lists – which so far have worked.  He’s got his eye on the prize – Ainsley – and isn’t going to let anything stop him with reaching his goal.

The character of Oliver reminded me a lot of myself back when I was in high school – minus the whole lists thing. (Although I make lists now!) He is determined to win her over with a great birthday present. Throughout the book he tries to find out more about her and get closer with her so that he can find out what the perfect gift is.  Of course, Ainsley also has a boyfriend that makes things difficult as well!

The story is very cute and a quick and easy read.  I won’t let you know if Oliver’s process ends up working on this particular list or not – because you’ll need to read it for yourself to find out!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

1. Join the Drama Club

2. Do Your Research

3. Provide Something She Needs

4. Make Her Feel Secure and Important

5. Pay Attention!

6. Be a Good Friend

7. Be More Attractive

8. Be Complimentary, But Not Obsequious

9. Establish Rapport

10. Be Encouraging and Supportive

11. Give Her Space

12. Admit When You’re Wrong and Apologize

13. Find the Perfect Birthday Gift

14. Tell Her How You Feel

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists—meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list—a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

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