Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

January 1, 2016 Review 36

Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 350
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Series: Ever After #1
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Friendship, Girls & Women, Romance, School & Education, Young Adult
In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably one filled with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

Everything changes when Phoebe learns that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her. So, Phoebe turns to the heroines in her favorite books for advice on a personality overhaul. Becoming as awesome as her book characters isn’t as easy as it sounds and when another girl nets Dev for herself right from under Phoebe’s nose, she’s crushed.

Then, to up the suckage, she gets assigned as his co-counselor at a sixth grade camp and has to spend an entire week tied to the hip with the one guy on the planet she wanted to avoid. Can she make it through the potential danger of romantic bonfires and nature walks without Dev figuring out she’s still not over him, or will her counseling career end in emotional disaster? Can she ever go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?


I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


“I loved new books. The crisp pages, the smell, and the sense of potential
as I carefully broke in the spine made getting them
one of the best feelings in the world.”

When I first heard of BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER the title alone drew me in because hello, we are the bookish. Phoebe is one of us. This is a fun contemporary read that we all can relate to for one reason or another.

Although it’s 350 pages, this novel reads pretty fast. It’s a fluffy, entertaining read about a girl named Phoebe who absolutely adores the bookish world and spends most of her time fantasizing about her many book-boyfriends. When she realizes she might have an admirer in reality, she turns to the pages of her favorite reads for advice-and courage.

Phoebe’s chapters are interspersed with snippets of the books she has been reading, and they are a fun addition to the book. We get to see where she is drawing her behavior from on how to act in reality.

However, taking out the bookish aspects, I found the plot to be lacking. It revolved heavily on does he like me or does he like her? Do I even like him? So there was a lot of angst and dramatics surrounding the romance for a good portion of the book. Things really picked up when Phoebe gets assigned to be a camp counselor, where humor and adorable-ness ensued, I wish we had seen more of that.

BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER, also known as “The Story of the Shy Knitter and the Mini Sock Boy,” is truly a gem. While it’s not the most action-packed or feels-inducing book I’ve ever read, it sure is cute.

“I had a to-be-read pile about as tall as me back home,
but I’d never say no to a bookstore.”

Rating Report
Overall: 3.4

36 Responses to “Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira”

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’m tempted to check this one out based on the title alone – oh, and that cover! Is it ever gorgeous?!

    Beyond the superficial (LOL), I do really like the sound of the premise! I need a nice fluffy read from time to time and tbh, even though I don’t read tons of contemporaries, I could see really having fun with this one as well :)
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…2015 End of the Year Survey

    • Alise

      It is really pretty! And I have to admit the title is why I wanted to read it too :) If anything it is easy to relate to :)

    • Alise

      It really is! Yeah, I know what you mean, it’s hard to avoid drama in a YA contemporary that takes place in high school. Thank you!

    • Alise

      Yeah, I have to say if the main character wasn’t bookish I’m not sure this one would have been for me. A lot of what I enjoyed was directly tied to the bookish aspects.

  2. Nova @ Out of Time

    the title seems extremely juvenile, like a mg but i’m assuming that’s what the novel feels like. i’m not usually one for cute and fluffy as a first choice but i can’t just read action and sci-fi, you know? i’m sure there will be a day i’m going to need a book like this. and it’s a book that has a sort of bookish pun in the title? sign me up!
    Nova @ Out of Time recently posted…Dear 2015 [An Open Letter]

    • Alise

      You would be correct, it really does have sort of a MG feel to it, except for the somewhat random sexual jokes. This one is definitely worth checking out for the bookish aspects :)

  3. Kelly

    ‘The Story of the Shy Knitter and the Mini Sock Boy’, that statement alone makes me want to read this one now. I love light and fluffy contemporaries, especially when I’ve hit a bit of a slump with my latest reads. Although predictable, they’re comforting and this sounds absolutely adorable too. Pity it seemed to lag until the comedy aspects kicked in though. Wonderful review Alise, really enjoyed it <3
    Kelly recently posted…Departure… Brace Yourself For Impact

    • Alise

      It’s from a really cute moment in the book :) I know what you mean, sometimes you just need a book like this. Thank you!

  4. peach @ rebelle reads

    I just finished this, too! Dev is super cute. I actually thought the girl on the cover was a mermaid, at first. smh. For REAL THO with that “Does he like me? Does he not?” drama. Like, calm yourself. Phoebe is one of us, so I think she deserves a break. Fab review, Alise!

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge