A Not So Happy Ending: DNF Report of Bookishly Ever After

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Bookishly Ever After

Ever After #1

Isabel Bandeira

Publication: 1/12/2016

Source: Netgalley e-ARC

*No Rating*


I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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?

**I started reading this book and then I got sick which messed everything up.  I seem to have lost my notes, so this isn’t exactly a real review.  Well, it’s not a real review anyway since I DNFed it**

I am simply too old to enjoy this book. I stopped reading at 47%.

First of all, nothing is happening plot wise.  She goes to school, work and band practice, she reads and talks with her friends. Nothing else has happened. And the romance? I like a slow burn romance, but this is taking it way too far.   Too much of them just flirting and then Phoebe freaking out and then more flirting and freaking, on and on.  And I’m not even half way through! What the hell else could happen in the next 50% to make up for the fact that I wasted so much of my time watching them flirt and Phoebe freak out over it.  Apparently they go to a camp at some point?  That isn’t even really explained because it’s winter?

I really liked Dev. He seemed extremely sweet and nerdy in the most adorable way.

I wish I had liked Phoebe.  She comes off as incredibly juvenile and naive.  I hate when I have to remind myself that a character is 16 and not 12.   And she was kind of really annoying. She is constantly jumping to conclusions and that IS SO ANNOYING.  I just wanted to shake her. In fact, when she saw Dev talking to another girl and INSTANTLY wanted to cry because of COURSE he couldn’t like Phoebe! He’s totally into this other girl! And then she runs off and cries, I was done.  Yeah, I get that sometimes when you’re 16 you may think these things.  But it is up to the ADULT writer to tell the teenager reading that THIS IS STUPID. DO NOT DO THIS. Like come on. Let us share some of the wisdom we have gained in the decade (well for me anyway) it’s been since we were 16.  God, I’ve learned so much.  Anyway.

I did like that she had some out there hobbies and interests, like archery and knitting. Those aren’t things you see is YA very often.  But I just couldn’t connect with her at all because, honestly, it felt as if she was 12 years old.

And don’t even get me started on Em. What an obnoxious, horrible friend. Ugh I could not stand her one little bit.

I’m sure this ends adorably, but I’m already behind on my reading schedule, so I’m giving up.  I’m just not that interested.  From what I’ve read, I would still totally recommend it, but probably to the younger set of YA readers.

Also…where could this series possibly be going?? Are there going to be 2 other books focused on Phoebe? Or are they going to follow around 2 other equally naive girls?

4 thoughts on “A Not So Happy Ending: DNF Report of Bookishly Ever After

  1. Aw, sorry to hear you didn’t love it. I can definitely understand the age thing being an issue. Phoebe did seem young. But I liked the cuteness of the story and especially the bookishness. I wasn’t going into it with expectations that it would be a very serious or older YA-targeted contemp, so I did enjoy it. But I can see how it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Great report! 😉


  2. This is actually one of the books I was looking forward to read this year and I’m sorry it didn’t work well for you. The same thing happen to some readings that I do – I just can’t relate to the characters and maybe it really is becasue of the age thing. However, thanks for the heads up about this book. I think I will still pick it up and see if this one will work for me. 🙂


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