Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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 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.”