Release date: May 1st 2018
The first of two books in an intended paperback original series about a girl whose classic literary crushes manifest in real life. Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences.
This turned into a really cute, quick read that ended up surprising me a little bit. I wasn’t sure about it going in and, at first I wasn’t connecting with it, but as it went on, I found myself being drawn into the story. It was an easy read, had some pretty interesting characters, and I really liked the family dynamics. The way the sisters fought but still always had each other’s backs was so familiar, coming from someone with siblings.
Merrilee was a huge bookworm, often lost in thought thinking about books, and that was easy to relate to. Her parents often referred to her as their little dreamer and her friends were used to her zoning out. It was just part of who she was. She dreamed of a romance like in her books and when one of the most popular guys in school wanted her, it was like a dream come true. I could understand her ignoring her unease, even when it frustrated me. I enjoyed seeing her journey as she became more confident in herself and stood up for what she wanted.
The supporting characters really shone in this book for me. From Merrilee’s best friends, Eliza and Toby, to new friends Sera and Hannah, her sisters, her older sister’s fiance and his mother, Merrilee’s parents, and her English teacher. They all added to the plot in some way. I also enjoyed the snark that Fielding brought, though at times he could go too far with it. He and Merrilee definitely had that Darcy/Elizabeth vibe that the cover seemed to promise.
The plot was cute, made for a quick and easy read, and it left itself open for the possibility of companion novels, which I wouldn’t mind seeing. I like the idea of the characters destined to find ‘their book’ by basically living it out in their real lives. I’m already curious to know which book would chose certain characters.
*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.