Finally, a book that understands the bookworm…
I really enjoyed Bookishly Ever After, book 1 in the new Ever After Series by Isabel Bandeira. I liked this unique tale that celebrates the quirky, shy, slightly awkward, yet lovable bookworm because it reminded me so much of my oldest daughter.
Though stories that showcase an extroverted heroine; who was chosen by destiny to save the world with nothing but her handsome love interest, special abilities, and perfect hair (I believe most of us enjoy imagining ourselves as that character once in a while), aren’t bad. This book is a refreshing change. Sometimes book heroines are characterized as book-lovers, yet never seem to touch more than two books throughout the story, odd right? Thankfully, the heroine in this book is truly a bookworm and never without her paperback friends.
It is Isabel’s artistry as a writer that makes this story flow so well, from book world to real world. Her writing is quirky and easy to relate to, as well as greatly amusing. More than once I found myself laughing out loud at her witty, unique, and reference filled humor.
You could tell Isabel fully understood the life of a bookworm; the late nights, the fandoms, the swoon-worthy hunks, the obsessive reading behavior, the struggle of rationalizing your behavior to non-book lovers, and the high of completing a good story. But where she really nailed it on the head was with the introverted, book-loving Phoebe’s interactions with the real world. It was fun seeing her behave a lot like my daughter and I do when it comes to our favorite characters; thinking “what would (insert favorite book character here) do or say?” in this real life situations.
While this is a great YA book for anyone 13+, adults will find the teenage hormones, teenage drama, dating advice from pre-teens, knitting, and pure unadulterated book-fandom to be entertaining as well!