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?
When I first heard about Bookishly Ever After, I knew it was a novel that I'd have to read. What book lover wouldn't be intrigued by that premise? It proved to be an entertaining story that was full of funny moments!
The main character, Phoebe, is obsessed with reading- to the point where she almost exclusively relies on it for advice on how to act around guys and in general, life. She was such a quirky and hilarious character.
As a character, although I just wanted Phoebe to be herself, I could understand why she took most of her inspiration from books. There were so many awesome bookish scenes throughout the novel. My favorite quotes (some of which are included below) are just a few of the numerous funny moments in the novel. I loved how realistic everything was, and the idea that developed of romance not always going perfectly in real life.
There was a unique cast of characters, and I found Phoebe's best friend Em especially funny. Dev was hilarious at times (in particular his involvement in a certain Bollywood flash mob scene ;) and definitely swoonworthy as well. I felt like the book was a bit too long for the story it told, but I still definitely enjoyed it! It's a really cute novel with a great story. I'd give Bookishly Ever After 3.5 out of 5 flowers.
"Will someone please tell me why no one in dystopian or apocalyptic novels has bad vision? I'm so blind without my contacts that, if we ever have a nuclear or zombie apocalypse, I'm screwed."
"Sorry for dragging you out like that, but the line needed a redhead. I figured you wouldn't kill me. Or fall in love with my heartfelt but swoonworthy acting."
"I tried raising one of my eyebrows, like Maeve would at a moment like this, but I had to settle for a twitch that probably made me look like I'd escaped from an insane asylum."
Good Life by One Republic (Ending Scene)
Bollywood Flash Mob (Alternate Song):
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Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own.
In her free time between writing and her day job as a Mechanical Engineer who designs and develops medical devices, she reads, dances, figure skates, and knits.
Isabel lives in New Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olson. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is her debut novel.