Bookishly Ever After

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Author: Isabel Bandeira
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Pages: 378

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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?


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There were many things I liked about this story, but many others that didn’t really do much for my continued interest in it. I had so many mixed feels when it came to Bookishly Ever After. I enjoyed that this book was written with the book lover in mind, the blogger, the fandom crazed (like me lol), but it took me too long to get into it and not enough to keep me as excited as I was hoping to be.

The first few chapters moved slowly for me, as nothing seemed to really be happening. I tried to get more into the story-line and everything that Phoebe had going on, but I kept finding myself skimming through several parts. Then there were those moments the book lover can’t help but see themselves in, like waiting in line at a book signing to meet one’s favorite author, or finding your way to the book store for the newest book releases and some much needed latte’s.

Even though I loved several parts of this novel, I was again reminded why it wasn’t going to be in my favorites for this year. Aside from all the great bookish and fangirling moments, there were those where the reader just followed Phoebe around school for a considerable amount of pages. When we are finally introduced to Dev, she had already been crushing on a different character for a very long time. All of a sudden she finds herself having strong feelings for Dev when it’s brought to her attention that he likes her more than a friend.

Just like that I’m on the fence again because Dev is really great character and I much prefer him to Kris who is described as the jock without a brain and who thinks extremely highly of himself (of course she is mostly infatuated with him because he resembles a beloved character in a book she is completely obsessed with). When it comes to Dev she thinks she might like him, thinks she might find him hot, it’s all due to her knowing of his feelings so it has to happen right?

As if that weren’t plenty, there’s another factor to which includes Phoebe taking dating advice, flirting tips, how to act around a boy, all that good stuff, from fictional lead characters in the books she reads. Sometimes, I couldn’t see why she would put herself through some of those scenarios, at other times it was funny to read through, such as the moment she decides to purposely fall over herself thinking Kris would catch her and she ends up hurting herself on the way down.

So yes, I still liked several things in this novel, the most significant of them was that I could relate to Phoebe when it came to all the love she held for books and everything that’s included in the book world. Everything else left me hoping for a better story, leaving me split with its content and hoping I could have enjoyed it a lot more than I did.

***I received this copy from Spencer Hill Contemporary via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***



  1. Darque Dreamer

    July 7, 2017 at 2:44 am

    That cover is so pretty though. Too bad it wasn’t better with that title.

    1. Jen

      July 7, 2017 at 5:39 am

      Yes, I wanted to love it so much but I just couldn’t. Loved all the book talk though.

  2. Kelly

    July 11, 2017 at 4:16 am

    This is such a pretty cover and a promising story, but I thought it fell short, too. I think the main problem I had with the book was that it was just so…lackluster. I kind of felt like the conversations felt forced, maybe? It’s a bummer. Great review, though!

    1. Jen

      July 11, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      About the same for me, I felt that what kept me the most interested was all the bookish things going on. I liked certain characters, but not enough to love or care tons for any individual ones. I was just hoping for so much more, especially with that cover and title.


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