Hey all, Dani here.
So I finished this book back in July, and I meant to write a review back then, but I guess I got distracted and never actually wrote it up. Considering the fact that this was also a NetGalley read for me, getting the review up will help my feedback ratio. Sadly I’ve been a little lax on my NetGalley reviews this year, so I’m going to try to work on that for the rest of the year.
Anyway, let’s just jump into the review.
In this contemporary YA, a teenager’s favorite literary heroes woo her in real life
The first of two books in an intended paperback original series about a girl whose classic literary crushes manifest in real life. Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences.
Rating: 3.5 stars
After reading the first 30% of this book, I was ready to give up on it, but I pushed on in the hopes that it would stop being so immature. Many of the characters followed the same immature whims that can also be seen in the story of Romeo & Juliet. It honestly made reading it feel so tedious.
But somewhere around 45% or so, Merri started to really mature and start figuring things out, and as she stopped obsessing over R&J and started diving into Pride and Prejudice, I started to find myself really drawn into the story a lot more, and I started flying through it. That was really nice because the book wasn’t really feeling like a YA to me. It definitely fits more into the younger side of YA. It was almost trying too hard to be a cutesy romance with a focus on book boyfriends versus real boyfriends, and I don’t think it quite hit the mark for me.
The second half of this book probably raised my rating up from the 2 or 2.5 stars that I was starting to think this book would get. Overall this book has a 3.6 star rating on Goodreads, so I guess I’m not alone in feeling underwhelmed by this book, but there are some people who still see themselves in a character who fantasizes about the guys in books and gets that romantic feeling over what they see as a swoon-worthy person.
Apparently there is a second book coming in May 2019, and it will follow Merri’s little sister Rory, and the main book focus is supposed to be Little Women. So I will probably give it a try, and hope that it gets a little better.