Book review | The Bro Code by Elizabeth A. Seibert
Author: Elizabeth A. Seibert
Genre: Young Adult romance, Romcom
No. of pages: 270
Published by: Wattpad Books
Published on: 1st September 2020
My rating: ★★☆☆☆
Rule number 1: leave no bro behind what happens when you have to choose between love and friendship? It's not something Nick maguire has ever had to worry about. He'd never betray his best friends, Carter and Austin, by breaking 'the bro code', and he knows they'd never do the same. They've got each others backs. That is until carter's sister, Eliza, returns from Australia. Unfortunately Eliza is, basically, incredible, and poor Nick almost immediately falls head over heels. The two begin to form a bond that just crackles with electricity... And spells a whole lot of trouble. Nick is about to find out that codes are made to be broken.
For Nick, his whole life is about playing soccer, training himself for a University scholarship, partying and hanging out with his best bros Carter and Austin. His missions are all set straight until, Carter's sister Eliza comes back from Australia after an exchange program. He wouldn't mind falling for Eliza, but the problem is 'The Bro Code'. One of the many Bro Code laws is that one cannot date another bro's sister. It's either the Bro-ship or the relationship.
Caught in a tangle of love, friendship, intense soccer training from a strict dad, and meeting expectations - will Nick break or make The Bro Code?
About the book:
The book has a very basic, predictable plot. The falling-in-love-with-best-friends-sister trope being at play here will of course lead to the only existing climax, that is, fight with the best friend. The book has a slow start as well, and it gets interesting only towards the third leg of the book.
The only reason I still kept reading the book is because it has a lot of fun moments to look forward to. And there are some serious bomb-dropping moments, that I enjoyed a lot - the reason, the last part of the book hooked me up. It has cute secret dating moments between Nick and Eliza and I really liked how the author portrayed Nick's genuine agony when it came to choosing between Carter and Eliza.
Through this book, themes of peer pressure and sexual consent are discussed. Consent is something that teens often tend to ignore, so it was good to see the author tackle these issues in a serious way through the book. All in all, read The Bro Code if you want a fun romcom and you are a sucker for this trope. It might work out well for certain readers, but it did not for me.
The book is filled with pun-ny dialogues and has an appealing narration. I liked the way the author does not go too deep into details and uses short structured lines in the narration style. The first person narration, from Nick's POV was befitting to the book, as we get to see what a teen boy's perspective about the themes discussed in the book.
I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.