Title: Bookishly Ever After
I suppose I get the appeal of this book. It's cute, has fairly realistic characters and a few clever little lines and anecdotes.
Here's the thing, the true bookish girl wouldn't ever have a makeover and suddenly be appealing and popular. Sorry but this just doesn't happen in real life. Nor would she, before the makeover, be left alone (no bullying) as she appears to be. What I wouldn't have given to be invisible like that in high school.
It's a cute book about a girl who loves books and uses them to become more popular, outgoing and get some boys. But let's be honest, the Hunger Games and Divergent are probably not giving our teens the kind of advice that is easily translated to their real life, technology driven lives.
Now, if I was 13 or 14 (and not mid-30a) and reading Bookishly Ever After, I could see myself becoming obsessed with the other stories besides the main one. There are snippets of the books our lead gal loves throughout. As they are in no real order I could see myself figuring out the order, how many books are "quoted" and putting those together.
In fact I'd have rather read any of fictional books that are referenced than the book I was reading!
Maybe Isabel Bandiera will write those books instead of more in this series.
Overall I'm going to read second book because I have it already and maybe the story and characters improve...?
Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.