My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: July 2019
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Family Drama, Friendship Dynamics, Books about Books
This book, to me, was perfection. Beautiful story, astoundingly-relatable and charming characters that I could not get enough of, lovely fairytale-esque atmosphere and elegant writing style. Sometimes authors just mention that a character is a bookworm, hoping that the reader instantly connects, but instead of simply telling us about Nina Hill’s whole life revolving around books, she actually proved it to us, thus making her ten times more real and worth befriending to me.
This is not a story for those who like fast and furious. This is a story for the patient, those who appreciate quiet wisdom and who enjoy seeing extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. It is not a particularly complex plot—pretty straight-forward to be honest—but it features small surprises that spice up the reading experience when you least expect it. This is also probably one of few books that contain content that would typically frustrate me, such as miscommunication and jealousy, but that managed to entertain me and keep me guessing instead.
I would love to see this story unfold on the big screen. I bet so many more people will be able to relate to Nina Hill. Plus it would promote reading, bookstores and book clubs tremendously. It’s interesting because sometimes when I read ‘‘books about books’’ I feel the need to roll my eyes from the cheesiness of having a main character explain how great books are when every reader already knows that. But here because there was more showing than telling, I felt comforted by the book talking. Actually, this book makes me want to go back to watching BookTube videos.
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