Bookish Boyfriends

Bookish Boyfriends

Paperback - 2018
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781419728600
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 21 cm


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This book was an absolute page turner, I enjoyed every minute of it! Although it was full of mindless cliches, the writers witty quips and quirky humour eclipsed those aspects. For a novel that I was slightly embarrassed to read out in public it was surprisingly good and recommendable

Merrilee, a hopeless romantic, lives her romantic adventures and hijinx vicariously through the characters in books. She’s under the assumption that boys are simply better in books, but she's proven wrong when she begins reliving the storylines of the books she’s reading in English class.

I loved this book because it fed the hopeless romantic side of myself, It was absolutely relatable and fun to read. The characters were interesting, funny and although not very complex, a good representation of how I imagine other teenagers are like.

I could rant on and on about the things I loved about this novel but I think it would take to much time so here are the things I disliked about this novel. Although it was all the things I previously stated it was also mind numbingly predictable and absolutely cliche. The plot could have been much more substantial, being called bookish boyfriends I would guess that she would date a whole spectrum of dudes but SPOILER she doesn’t, in fact she only dates two, those two being romeo (from romeo and juliet) and darcy (from pride and prejudice). Although the two she did date and the storyline that played out between that was exasperatingly well thought out and I don’t think it should be changed… I wouldn’t mind if there was a sequel.

This book showcased loveable quirky humour, interesting characterization ( although that may or may not be attributed to the works of jane austen and shakespeare), the setting was easy to imagine and well explained. While reading this book I found myself laughing out loud more than once. The characterization was lovely and I enjoyed the way she took these characters based on great works of literature and made them come to life, even though they were based on previous works they were still interesting, surprising, and original. The setting was well explained and easy to place, the imagery was spot on and I could picture everything that happened as though it almost jumped off the page at me.

I personally give this book 4 stars and I recommend it whole-heartedly.
(Review by Erin M. for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project)

LiztheLibrarian Dec 13, 2018

Pride and Prejudice retellings have a special place in my heart always, but this one is not good for the following reasons:
-It attempts a whole romeo and Juliet retelling in the beginning which is totally and wholly unnecessary
-The English teacher is setting up her students with magical book suggestions that are supposed to be like their lives which is equal parts ridiculous and kinda gross
-This amazing, advanced, voracious reader has never read Pride and Prejudice and/or has zero knowledge of an insanely popular plot.
-This book was written with an analogy generator at the ready and is misused much in the same way a person can misuse a thesaurus.
-The main character is essentially stalked and harassed by an ex and nobody seems all that concerned about it in a way that is actually meaningful
-Her sister's soon to be MOA is a monster of a person, but suddenly at the end its explained away and we are supposed to understand her awful behavior is totally justified and understandable.
It gets two stars only because the main character does realize that Romeo and Juliet has some really troubling bits for a supposed romance between two people which i think is accurate.

In the book Bookish Boyfriends I really enjoyed the creativity and incorporation of how it's as if the main character Merrilee is living real life like how it is in classic books. That, added with Merilee's personality, made the book very interesting to read.
When Merri, her bestie: Eliza, and her younger sister Rory transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep its like they stepped into Merri's favourite romance novels, particularly Romeo and Juliet. When she meets the mysterious and complicated Monroe Stratford she thinks she might be the modern Juliet. But as she works through her English course with the guidance of her bewildering teacher Ms. Gregoire, her life unfurls down a path she never would've expected. Merri realizes not everything is as it seems and only she can choose what really happens and that, definitely, first impressions are really quite deceiving.
I really liked the parts of the book where you read the character reading a classic book and then discovering what they think it means to them whilst yourself learn about the book too. I also enjoyed reading about the little details of her life like when she joined the cross country club team, when she met her group of friends, and when Merri finally found her 'thing'. What I wish could change slightly was the ending. It felt as if the story wasn't quite finished or at the right place to end, like it was ended in a rush. Maybe if there were some foreshadowing of what might happen next it'll be more satisfying to the audience. Like what happens to Toby? Or Lilly? What does Eliza think? What about her parents? Otherwise I had fun reading this book.
(Reviewed by Vivian Y. for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject.)

Jess_library Apr 25, 2018

Let's be honest, we've all experienced heroes and heroines who grab you by the throat and just won't let go. Heroes and heroines we wish were real. Heroes and heroines that, if you found in real life, you'd grab onto and never let go. For Merrilee, it's about to become very real.

When Merri starts at a new school, she's not expecting to find a boyfriend. After all, who could measure up to the heroes in her favourite novels? But from the moment she starts reading Romeo and Juliet for her English lit class, her own life begins to reflect the text. There is something just a bit magical about her English teacher and suddenly Romeo is becoming a less and less romantic hero and more a deranged stalker. What's Merrilee to do but switch books and watch her life unfold in a new direction.

I love this book. Merrilee is an interesting heroine. Her reputation for being a dreamer hides a sharp mind and I love how much she cares about her family and friends. The unfolding of the story was just this side of magical and I loved the literary references. I look forward to the second book.


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