Bookishly Ever After
By: Isabel Bandeira
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Format: Print ARC
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?
I was drawn to this book because of that beautiful cover and summary- a bookish main character? Yes, please. This was a quick and fun read that I enjoyed though it read a bit too young for my taste. Admittedly, at 35 years old, I’m probably not the target audience.
The book was from the main character, Phoebe’s, point of view. She’s a junior in high school and hasn’t had much experience dating. Really she had zero experience even liking a guy that’s not found in a book. Her best friend, Em, gets her to realize this and so launches Phoebe’s crush on Dev, a boy she’s been friends with. Using her bookish inspirations she tries to figure out a way to get the guy.
This was a super cute read and had sweet relationships and some very nice moments between the characters. It was a lot different than my usual reads and had a very uplifting, innocent vibe to it. As you can guess the setting and story rely heavily on the character’s (lack) of experience in high school so some of the elements sort of grated on me. Such as, the lack of communication and understanding between the characters. I felt a tad frustrated here and there but I think others won’t find it the same way.
There are many, many book references that some will probably feel are a tip of the hat to them personally. I felt that these references veered on the cliché but it was still very cute and did tie into the story well.
The relationship was very cute and you can feel the chemistry between all the characters. I enjoyed that the friendships were also focused on and truly, this was such a sweet read that proved to be highly entertaining.
I think that Bookishly Ever After will easily find an audience of readers that will adore the fast pacing, enjoyable characters and overall sweet vibe of this book. For me, personally, it was a bit too young though I did find it to be fun and engaging.