Bookishly Ever After
Release date: January 12th 2016
Phoebe Martin loves to read. She’d much rather have a book in her hand, losing herself in a fantasy world with a book boyfriend, than navigating the confusion that is the high school dating scene. When her best friend insists that Dev, a cute guy in the school band with them, has a crush on her, Phoebe takes to her books for inspiration on how to handle it. If it works, she might get her happily ever after. If it doesn’t, will she be able to enjoy her favourite books without being reminded of her heartbreak?
This was one of those books that surprised me with how much it snuck up on me. I was expecting a light and cute story about a bookworm, and I did get that, but I also got some great friendships, so many relatable moments, quirky characters, and ended with a book I couldn’t put down.
Phoebe was extremely easy to relate to as a fellow bookworm. She was so passionate about reading in general and her favourite series, her favourite books, her favourite characters. She always wanted a book in her hands. She was perfectly happy with her book boys and crushing on real-life lookalikes in silence until her best friend pulled her into reality with the possibility that a boy might like her. Her shy personality and social ineptness was endearing and made for both moments of laughter and moments of embarrassment. I loved the way she threw herself into the project of researching her favourite heroines so she could channel them and give herself confidence when she talked to Dev. I also enjoyed her growth through the book, from shy bookworm to someone who had to find confidence in herself
The relationships in the book were so much fun to read. Everything from the four friends(Phoebe, Alex, Grace, and Em) who are the core of their lunch table(that I would so definitely join), to the flirting between Phoebe and Dev, to the wonderful interactions between Phoebe and her family. There was also the relationship between Phoebe and her books, of course. Even in Phoebe’s POV, we still saw the relationships between other characters as well. Grace and her girlfriend seemed perfect together, Dev and Alex were fun, and there was a sibling-like bond between Em and Alex. I enjoyed them all.
The plot was pretty simple and straightforward but entertaining. There were quotes or excerpts from some of Phoebe’s favourite books intertwined with the main plot, mostly for her research purposes and all the books she was reading also sounded interesting. I may have freaked out a little(just a little) when one of the books she was reading was set on PEI. A fictional character in the fictional book I was reading was reading a fictional book set in the place I was born. Bit of a mind trip.
It was just an all-around enjoyable read and I’m glad to find out it’s a series and eager to know if the next book will follow Phoebe or if we’ll get to see the story of one of the lunch table friends.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.