Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary on January 12th 2016
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?
‘I opened my eyes, and here was Lexie again in the wings, staring at Dev like he was an advanced reader copy of the last book in a series.’
I was approved to review this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
There is one word to describe this book. Adorable. Absolutely, completely adorable. A girl who is in love with books as much as myself and others are – It’s perfect! Pheobe was the perfect example of a book lover. Shy, quiet, and she falls in love with fictional characters shamelessly. ( Let’s face it, MOST of us fall in love with the hero, bad boy, innocent guys in the books. *Cough* Peeta *Cough* ) She brings books with her everywhere she goes and ended up reading during band. DURING BAND. This girl is my new spirit animal.
Now, onto the two things that I love THE most.
First – Dev. I absolutely LOVED Dev, his ethnic background, and his theater-loving ways. When I thought of Dev I automatically pictured Utkarsh Ambudkar in my mind. He played Rishi Lahiri on The Mindy Project, on top of many other roles in Hollywood. ( He happens to be a BIG crush of mine. ) When Dev was part of the flash mob at the homecoming dance in the beginning of the book, that is who slipped right into my mind and he didn’t leave. Dev was witty, handsome and a real gentleman. I don’t want to give too much away spoiler wise, but near the end of the book, there is this incredible sweet spot where he comes to the rescue for Pheobe during an awkward situation. He knew when she was uncomfortable and needed a knight in shining armor to step in and break things up. That makes him a great fictional guy to fall in love with.
Secondly – Grace. I LOVED Grace. I know she is not the main focus in the book but she is a great friend to Pheobe and she is GAY! I LOVE when books include more LGBT characters. We need more strong women in books who are gay. I loved her. She was fierce, real and had a passion for fashion. When she talked with Pheobe she was honest, and forward. She didn’t hold back. She reminds me of my best friend in that way. Sometimes you need that one friend who isn’t going to sugar coat the world.
Em was the best, best friend a girl could ask for. She is a lover of the theater like Dev and has an incredible singing voice. She loves Pheobe a bunch and understands her love of reading – though you can often find her teasing her about it too. She is the reason Pheobe considered Dev in the first place, and it just shows that sometimes your best friend knows things that you don’t. The same thing happens to me with my best friend. She’s the greatest and Em reminds me a lot about her. Both she and Grace do. Best friends make the world go round.
I loved having the parts of Phoebe’s favorite books throughout the story. It was great to get into the world of fiction that made her be who she is. I know she really wanted to draw strength from her favorite heroines and try to be more like them to grab the attention of Dev but in the end, she was better off just being herself. I feel that Pheobe realizing that being herself is all she needs to be is the biggest part of the book. Too many people try to be someone they are not and I just enjoyed that part.
Overall – I found Bookishly Ever After to be quite an easy read, one that is much easier than the titles I normally read but it was still fantastic. I am going to pick up a copy for my daughter to read, I think she would love it. As for me, I will read the next books that come along in the story because I want to know what adventures lie ahead!
Also – Yes Em. People DO read during lunch. 😉