Title: By the Book
Author: Amanda Sellet
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4/5 paws
Goodreads Summary: As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.
Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.
“Be true to yourself and other people will see your worth.”
By the Book is one of my favorite kind of books; a book about books! (How many times will I say book in this blog? Stay tuned to find out!) In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a book about books. I love reading about other readers like me who share the same passion and feelings towards books! Mary, the main character, is definitely a kindred spirit in that regard. Her love for books is so relatable, from being annoyed by interruptions in the middle of a crucial scene to staying in bed to read all day and only getting up for food. There are so many classic book references in this story that any read is sure to enjoy!
When I first read the description of this book, I was expecting a romance-heavy book but what I actually read went so far beyond that. The romance itself is really cute, it’s definitely predictable but I still enjoyed it. While this book centers around romantic relationships and trying to find a good respectable guy, it’s also so much of a friendship and family story which I wasn’t expecting. Mary really finds herself when she falls into a group of friends who accept her for who she is. They welcome her so openly to her new school and they represent a truly wholesome and supportive girl group. I discovered in the acknowledgements that the author grew up in a big family and this completely makes sense as she writes family dynamics so well. Mary has three sisters and a brother and it’s so interesting to see how they all interact with one another and the way family roles impact each character.
By the Book is a tribute to readers and finding comfort in books. This was a really cute and fun read that reminded me of what exactly I love about books so much.
Thank you to Amanda Sellet, HMH Books and FFBC Tours for providing me with a copy of By the Book in exchange for an honest review!
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