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Bookishly Ever After

(Ever After #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,727 ratings  ·  569 reviews
In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for a
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Published January 19th 2016 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
You can also find this review on my blog, Aimee, Always.

I tried so hard to like this, but it got on every. Single. Nerve. I wanted to strangle everyone; the book was so predictable; there's nothing here that you haven't read in other cheesy YA romances. I'm actually just proud of myself for finishing this.

I've been waiting for this book to come out since it was announced in 2014. The synopsis promised a book for book addicts to love and to be able to relate to. Unfor
Paula M

 "Fiction is the best kind of reality.

Nothing truer has been said in the history of truths. Bookishly Ever After is one of my most anticipated release for this year. I remember the agonizing wait for it and it just intensified when the book cover came out. I didn't know it before but the cover is as adorable as the story. It's an amazing feeling when the book you have been waiting for so long didn't disappoint you. Sure, there are some things I expected that I thoug
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

“Too bad real boyfriends aren't as awesome as book boyfriends.”

This started out okay, but I lost interest.

Phoebe was a person who obviously liked reading books, but thankfully she wasn’t irritating with it. I didn’t see the problem with her taking flirting advice from books either, especially as she was a fan romance novels.

The storyline in this was about Ph
Phoebe Andamo
Feb 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
This is really interesting because
1) my name.
2) I love books.
3) description
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
“Life is really good,” I said, not even caring if I sounded incredibly goofy. “Like, burst-into-song, movie musical good.”

This book… AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! I don’t think I’ve ever read a cuter book!! I just absolutely LOVED it!! *happy wiggle*

“Once upon a time, there was a geeky book nerd… This nerd also happened to be a knitter who taught knitting classes to pay for her yarn and book addictions. She was very happy crushing on cute guys who looked like book characters, until her best fr
Aimal (The Devils We Find)
My sincerest thanks to Netgalley for approving my request to review this eARC. I was approved for this in exchange for an honest review. This review is my honest opinion, nothing else. As always, I don't mean to offend anyone by this review.

A book about a character who loves books potentially as much as all of us? Isn't that a book lover's greatest dream? It is mine. It's funny because not many books with this premise exist, even though you'd expect authors to jump on the opportunity to write so
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

This book was sheer perfection! Honestly, I think I should apologise now, in advance, for how rambly this review is likely to be. Bookishly Ever After is about a nerdy, book lover, called Phoebe, who always has her head in a book. She doesn't really care much for gossip and other high school activities, but hand her the newest YA best-seller, and she is sorted. She's also a prolific knitter, an
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Thank you to NetGalley & Spencer Hill Contemporary for providing me with a copy of this book to review! As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to request it. I mean, it's every YA booklover's dream! A book about a main character obsessed with books? SIGN ME UP!
Okay so before I say anything else, I'm just going to say that this book is SO relatable and adorable - from the book signings, to the ignoring the world through reading, to the crushing on fictional characters! It was just
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it

Because its my method of dating.

*runs around in tiny circles*
*circles and ponies and stars everywhere!*
1.5 Stars, Completed January 17, 2016

I think I'm the black sheep with this one. I hate to confess that this book was just very awkward to read.

Bookishly Ever After is a story about a girl named Phoebe that loves all things bookish. She's an avid reader of ya romance, cosplays to her book signings, and even has a line of book boyfriends. She also happens to be a profound archer and enjoys knitting for those she deems knitworthy. Then her best friend convinces her that she should give real guys a
4 stars

With a title and premise so perfect, as a self-proclaimed book nerd, there was no way I could resist this book. And MAN am I glad it exists. So fluffy, cute, and funny - it cheered me straight up and delighted me for hours.

I will say it took me a little bit to get into Bookishly Ever After. Though the premise is perfection and I should have instantly been like OMG PHOEBE IS ME, I was nervous. The constant bookish references and little cute book nerd habits almost seemed kind of like they
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 - 3.75
You can find this review on Happy Indulgence!

This was hands-down the most adorable book I’ve read this year. Not going to lie, Spencer Hill has some amazing contemporaries out there, and Bookishly Ever After was no exception. What drew me to this book at first was the fact that the main character is a total bookworm and the love interest plays clarinet. (Both aspects of me!) Not to mention the cover is absolutely lovely, too. However, you’ll find that this book’s simple yet realistic plot will d
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young teens who like to fangirl about book crushes?

Arc provided by Spencer Hill Press through Netgalley

Release Date: January 12 th

Okay, time for the truth: Did I or did I not enjoy this book?
Well, I did.
Most of it.

First of all, the synopsis does not lie. This really is a book for bookworms. Young bookworms

Bookworms that love when they get an arc.

Bookworms that anxiously anticipate the release for a next book in a series...

Bookworms that say things like :"nothing compares to book boyfriends.."
Well... I have.

Bookworms that dress up li
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
Nothing channels my inner rage more than having wasted my precious reading time on a BLEH book.


Seriously, reading this was the equivalent of watching someone knit a sweater for 4 excruciatingly long hours (no offence to any knitters out there--keep doin' yo thang.)

Revised Character Names:
Phoebe - Knitting Girl
Dev - Drama Dude
I don't recall the name of the girl who is obsessed with Dev (Drama Dude), so let's go with Sassy Drama Girl
Em (I liked her character so her name stays the same)
Kris - Douc
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
FACT: Bookish people are the best. So when I came across a book about a fellow bookworm who lives vicariously through her books-like many of us do-, I knew I had to read it.

Phoebe would much rather live in her fictional fantasy worlds but unfortunately her best friend is determined to reintroduce Phoebe to reality and keep her nose out of books. When Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in band likes her she can only take advice from her most loved heroines and try to integrate their actio
Molli Moran
Nov 16, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-ya-releases

Need this one now.
Penny Quotes
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Let me preface this review by saying - I thought I genuinely enjoyed this book, but it was only after an honest reflection that I realised I was poorly mistaken. Bookishly Ever After tells the story of a book-crazy girl, Phoebe, and her plight to secure her Prince Charming, Dev. She does this by studying her favourite fictional heroines from her beloved books. This is where my first disagreement with this book begins. I was excited by the prospect of Phoebe using book heroines to catch a boy’s h ...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
DNF at 25%

The writing isn't bad but it doesn't seem like there is actually a story here. I'm not hooked, so I'm choosing to walk away from it.
May 09, 2016 marked it as never-finished

This girl is giving me so much secondhand embarrassment I just can't
Mel (Epic Reading)
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
I suppose I get the appeal of this book. It's cute, has fairly realistic characters and a few clever little lines and anecdotes.
Here's the thing, the true bookish girl wouldn't ever have a makeover and suddenly be appealing and popular. Sorry but this just doesn't happen in real life. Nor would she, before the makeover, be left alone (no bullying) as she appears to be. What I wouldn't have given to be invisible like that in high school.

It's a cute book about a girl who loves books and uses the
Casey Lyall
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK! It is not just for people who read books or who love books - it is for people who live books. For those of us who connect to characters so deeply, they feel like real, live friends.

BOOKISLY EVER AFTER was a delightful read. First of all, Phoebe is super funny and SO relatable. There were whole chapters that gave me flashbacks to my own incredibly awkward history. And I loved how she was taking her cues from her favourite book heroines - sections of those books are interwoven with the
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ by: Éimhear (A Little Haze)

“Just because I like to read doesn’t mean I let fictional characters dictate my life.”

✅Or, do I?

⏩Gee.. This Phoebe-girl is just the right alter-ego of mine.

“I was quoting a line from a real poem quoted by a fictional character being quoted by another fictional character. Like book geekishness times three.”

✅That also sounds a lot like me.

“Then Dev was in front of me, dragging me away from Jon and onto the dance flo
Kelly Hager
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book for people who love books. It's probably especially a book for people who love YA and are book bloggers because you guys, the struggle is real. There are a lot of sentences I could use as support for this thesis, but this one works the best.

"...there was Lexie again...staring at Dev like he was an [ARC] of the last book in a series."

We can all totally picture that, right?

Meanwhile, I overidentified with Feebs and also fought the urge to cheer (literally, out loud) multiple times d
~2.5 stars~

I got this as a review book so I thought I would do this one a little differently than I usually do to help people know how I felt about certain aspects of the book :)

So first of all…

The Cover: 10/5 xD That was the thing that drew me in and made me want to read it honestly (Which I know I shouldn’t be so shallow to do that, but I am just telling the truth :P lol)

Romance: 3/5 I thought that Phoebe and Dev were pretty cute :) Their romance didn’t get too out of hand…but there was some c
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Imagine that you (yes you my dear reader) lived in a place in USA and you love to death to reading (obviously) and all your actions wanted to be YA fiction actions. And you start to like a boy or a girl and you try to done whatever your favorite book characters might done. Well this book was something like that.
The story was bookish. It was actually really good. Funny, clever, romantic. But it was too much. Too much pages and too much infos that there were not necessary.

I wonder what will happen
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Thank you so much for granting my wish, Netgalley! :)

When I first read that the main character of this book is a bookworm, I immediately wanted to read it because I knew I would be able to relate to the main character and I'm such a sucker for contemporary romance novels. With a bunch of bookworm references, this is a book that bookworms anywhere are sure to enjoy.

There are just so many things about this novel that appeals to me and my inner bookworm. First, I love light and fluffy contemporary
Thank the Lord in heavens! I am done with the book. I know, I could have dropped it, but I kept hoping this nitwit girl would finally get a brain... but she didn't.
What a disappointment. I thought we would get an amazing bookgirl, instead I got a girl who I couldn't connect to, and who frustrated me in almost every page. Dear Lord. :|

*sighs*This was a highly anticipated book for me, and it was just not good. It took me 9 days to finally get through this one, and I contemplated dropping it a few
"Fiction is the best kind of reality."

4.5 stars

I'm so surprised that this one doesn't have a higher rating. Sure, it's pretty cliché and corny at times, but I fucking loved every second of this!

This book was so fucking cute! I can't even say how many times this book made me smile. We need more books about bookworms damn it!

I think what made me love this book so much was that Phoebe was basically me in highschool. Shy, awkward, always has her nose in a book and the fact that she plays flute. I
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