I’d heard about this book shortly before it’s release in October of last year, and once I heard the description, I knew I had to get my hands on it and read it. A book about a book lover falling in love? Sounds perfect to me!
Amy is a bookworm, she’s shy, enjoys books more than people, and loves a Happy Ever After. Toff is not a reader. He’s a surf god and doesn’t do girlfriends. Until one fateful evening when Toff runs into Amy after she kniffit’s a bench in their town, and in order to not get in trouble for being out past curfew, they pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Once that door is open, Amy uses it to ask Toff to help her by coaching her to be more brave and confident so she can win a contest to do an interview with her favorite author. And so, with the help of their friends Dallas and Viv, the duo become an unstoppable pair, working towards her goal of meeting her favorite author… and maybe something more.
So. Cute. Those are the two words that I would use to describe this book. I listened to this on audio and while I normally read books this way, I’m going to admit that in this case, I felt the narrator lessoned my enjoyment of the story. How she read the lines made Amy seem much much younger than she was. Amy is written to be sweet and innocent, which can lend her a more youthful air, but her words and actions wouldn’t necessarily make her young, just inexperienced. It made for embarrassing and cute moments, that, thankfully, despite my dislike of the narration, I found incredibly adorable. I think the personal stories of both Toff and Amy added to their characters and the story really well and it made their dynamic just that much more interesting.
My favorite thing about this book, is that there is a prequel, The Replacement Crush, and both can be read as standalones (there will be minor spoilers for Replacement Crush because it does take place after the fact). If you want a sweet, cute, charming read, I would consider picking this one up.