I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Ever After #1
Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary on January 19th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, YA Romance, Young Adult
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?Amazon •
Mature-Content Rating: slight LGBT
“I read the books and they weren’t that ridiculous. Hollywood messes up everything.”
Phoebe is a “late bloomer” when it comes to guys. She’s completely satisfied swooning over her book-boyfriends and leaving the real guys to her friend, Em. She’s an archer because of a book heroine, loves to knit, and quotes books in real life conversation. (*Ahem*)
When Em notices a mutual friend, Dev, might have feelings for Phoebe she makes it her personal goal to get Phoebe’s head out of the books and into the real world. Of course, that’s much harder than she thought.
Phoebe, not having any real life experiences of her own, consults her favorite book heroines on how to act in situations. Her flirting falls flat, her sexy smirks look more like a grimace, and the cheesy romance lines that work so well on paper don’t work so well out loud. It also doesn’t help that poor Dev is a bit confused at Phoebe’s behavior.
There’s huge moments where I just wanted to hide my head in embarrassment for Phoebe, mostly because I’ve been in her position before. You know, the awkward falling-over-yourself moments in front of your crush. Or when you just KNOW you said something completely cheesy or awkward. Augh. Keep it together, girl!
A few very cute moments includes the camp where Phoebe and Dev volunteer to work as councilors. A giggly little sixth grade girl read the same books as Phoebe and she has a chance to have an enthusiastic chat about the books, and the rest of the girls all giggle and swoon over Dev. It’s so cute seeing the main character’s interactions with the kids!
I also have to add a big A+ for Phoebe and her friends watching K-dramas (Korean dramas)! That did get a few fangirl squeals.
Overall, Bookishly Ever After is a good read for the geeky YA readers. If you find yourself quoting a book in real life, you might be nodding along with Phoebe and find an instant book-friend for life.