I don’t usually read YA, Contemporary Fiction, or Romance but this book thoroughly charmed me. All the main characters are just a little unconventional. Phoebe is an avid reader, knitter, and musician and Dev is an Indian theatre and band geek, albeit a very handsome one. It’s refreshing that Bandeira strayed from the usual trope of ‘dowdy girl gets the most popular boy in school’, and that she included LGBT and ethnic diversity so naturally. The sweetness of the budding romance between Dev and Phoebe is balanced with humour and the underlying sense of normality of these characters. The intense drama that usually puts me off Romance is, thankfully, absent, as is the vicious popularity hierarchy one usually finds in novels set in USA high schools. Bookishly Ever After is a well-paced story that culminates in one of the most satisfying endings I’ve encountered in years.
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