Contemporary, Romance (Teen), YA Fiction

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Yay to cute teen novels!!! I used to love reading cute romance novels when I was younger, and this novel is just such a throwback to those times! After all of the dark thrillers that I’ve been reading, I was quite happy to receive this book! And the best part about this novel? It has a female protagonist who LOVES to read and is super awkward! I cannot tell you how long I have waited for this moment, so thank you to the author for writing this!

Phoebe Martins’ perfect world resides in a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Now if only her life outside of the book could be the same. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section of band, might actually have a crush on her, she’s at a loss as to what to do. So … she turns to her favorite books for advice. In order to win Dev over, Phoebe decides to go through a personality change and become just like one of her favorite heroines. But will that be enough to win Dev’s heart?

Like I said before, this is one hell of a cute teen romance novel. It is exactly as what the summary says: girl likes boy but doesn’t know how to go about telling him how she feels. I really liked this book because it reminded me of my own teenage days, with those crushes and awkward moments and those little fantasies about having a guy tell you he likes you – and saying it back to him! Phoebe is a really cute character and her group of friends are really funny. The story did progress a bit too slowly at times, but it was still enjoyable! I think the one thing that began to get a little old for me were the number of “excerpts” from the books that Phoebe was reading; while I get the point of it, there were just too many of them and they sometimes hampered the speed of the already-slow story. Overall, a really cute and funny novel about love and friendship, and I would recommend this to preteens/young teens!


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