Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bookishly Ever After is adorable in every way, and it truly captures all the feelings of falling in love for the very first time!
I really enjoyed this story. It reminded me of Fangirl with all of the book references throughout the book, but it stood out on it's own in my mind. Phoebe was a true book lover, and it was hard not to like her. She's a complete bookworm, and she represented that from her forever growing TBR pile and how she can read a book multiple times and still love it. Like many book lovers she has multiple book boyfriends (who doesn't?), but after her best friend alerts her of a new crush she starts to realize that maybe real love is better.
I was rooting for Phoebe to fall in love from the very first moment Dev was introduced! This story is full of fun and diverse characters, and I love how Dev was a swoon-worthy guy who didn't fit the description of many other books. Phoebe and Dev are awkward but adorable at the same time. It was hard for me not to remember how sweet and innocent a first love truly is, and this book was able to capture all of those nervous and weird feelings we all have felt when you interacted with a first crush.
There were many excerpts from the books that Phoebe was reading, particularly to help her "to get the guy" - and I loved this. Isabel Bandeira's writing is great, I loved how she was able to capture so much through this story. Phoebe develops into her own person outside of the books she reads, but what I enjoyed most was seeing how she was a part of all of the characters she loved. I've always thought that we learn and grow from the books we read, but in the end it's who we are as an individual, mixed in with all of the things we learn from the books we read that make us great people on our own. I appreciate how Bandeira was able to send that message through this book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was fun, cute, and held the perfect ingredients of capturing a first love! If you are a book lover then you will appreciate how real Phoebe is, even how she would rather dress up as her favorite book heroine than anything else. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporaries!