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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Breaking the Bro Code by B.B. Swann is a teenage romance set in the 1980s about the choices that can change everything. Molly has the chance of a lifetime at a cross country scholarship and also has a dreamy boyfriend that knows just how to charm her so her life should be perfect. Except her dreamy boyfriend is cold and manipulative, creating constant friction with her best friend that hates him. Hayden has been in love with Molly since he met her. Too bad she’s dating his best friend. When Molly’s relationship hits some rough waters, Hayden takes a bold chance to show Molly that he could be the better guy for her and to prove to her that her boyfriend isn’t who she thinks he is. Just as Molly and Hayden seem to be stepping towards a relationship, her boyfriend throws them a curveball that could destroy everything between them.
B.B. Swann captures the emotional struggle Molly faces through an honest voice that allows you to see inside a manipulative relationship. The story splits between the perspectives of Molly and Hayden so you’re able to see both sides of their feelings and fully understand each of them. The romance has a fun mix of drama and sweetness as the two navigate going from friendship to something more. The story has plenty of drama throughout as Molly’s boyfriend constantly lies, manipulates, and works to sabotage anything she could have for herself. Molly’s best friend Cindy is a delight, completely overprotective and the kind of friend you’d want to have your back. She’s scrappy and adds to the lighter moments in the story while also being both a driving force behind Molly and an obstacle in Molly’s relationships. The story will appeal to young adults that love romance and drama as Breaking the Bro Code explores scholarships, fights, unhealthy relationships, friendships, and dating through the perspective of teenagers in the 1980s.