In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.
But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?
Note: This review is spoiler-free!
Why did I pick it?
From reading the synopsis I could just tell that the author was clearly a massive YA fan. With a protagonist who’s obsessed with YA fiction, loved knitting and hot paranormal love interests it was a must… it was basically me minus a few years!
What I loved about it
It’s like a YA fan fic. I loved all the references to YA. Reading about some of the things book obsessed Phoebe did sometimes made me think, yep BEEN THERE! The author really does get what it’s like to be a YA book obsessed teenager and I loved reliving the experience through Phoebe.
What I loathed about it
My only dislike was the jump to novels, it did add some context, I get that, but a third of the way through I started to skip them, it pulled me away from the main plot which I cared more about. That’s not to say they weren’t interesting, if they ever became novels in themselves I might even read some of them, I just didn’t want to read snippets every now and then.
Bookishly Ever After is one of those books which always puzzles me. You know the books, the ones you pickup and realise 20% of the way through that nothing is happening outside of the mundane… but you can’t put it down, you’re hooked on something you just can’t put your finger on, and you keep reading goddammit!
For some reason, despite a “will they won’t they” plot that could have easily come to a finale within a few chapters, the author managed to turn a short story into an entire book. I think this was partly down to the character development, most of whom were strong stereotypes but rather lovable, I actually cared what happened so I continued to read their story.
I probably won’t read the second book, I mean I did enjoy this one, but I’ve had my fill I think.
When and where can you get it
You can purchase Bookishly Ever After on Amazon today
* Book provided FOC in exchange for an honest and fair review