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?
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
I wanted to love this book so badly, but I couldn’t connect with it at all. The narrative was weak and I didn’t know Phoebe at all outside of her bookish life. I enjoyed getting to know her as a reader, as someone who understands what a book hangover is and someone who participates in book sniffing, but at the same time, she struck me as someone who only really reads paranormal YA. She wasn’t anyone outside of her reading life.
Most of what contributed to that was the premise of the book itself, so I did think about whether or not the book could actually be blamed for it considering Phoebe spends most of the book acting like people in books.
Pretty much the only good parts of this book were the supporting characters. Phoebe had a few great friends, and of course, there was Dev. He was very sweet and I ended up really enjoying him and Phoebe together.
Overall, the story was cute and amusing. It was well-paced, and I enjoyed the ending. If Phoebe had been a little less of a blank slate without her books (not unlike Bella in Twilight), I would’ve liked the story a lot more. If you’re an avid reader, this is great for a quick, cute, one-time read. 2.5 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 350
Series: Ever After #1