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The Boy in the Bookshop: A Short Story

(The Meet Cute Series)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  32 reviews

‘Sweet, romantic, perfectly formed coffee break reads. I loved them.’ – Best-selling author, Carmel Harrington

A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.

Kindle Edition, 19 pages
Published October 29th 2015 by HarperImpulse
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monica ♪
4 Stars

"There’s only one thing more attractive than a gorgeous boy, and that’s a gorgeous boy with books."

Aww this is the cutest short story I've ever read!
I think all bookworms would love this ❤

Who doesn't fall in love with a cute nerdy boy who always so excited when he's talking about books? Not only that, he also a very good boy who sacrifices himself to put his dreams on hold to look after his family. Nothing better than a boy who loves books and his family.

The biggest BUT though, THIS
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is only a very short read but Katey packs so much into it by way of characterisation and description. Its really well done and I'm looking forward to the other Meet Cute stories being released. ...more
Suze Lavender
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jade has a Saturday job in a bookshop and there she meets an intriguing customer. A boy who immediately catches her eye...

The Boy in the Bookshop is a short story, perfect for waiting room reading. for with a cup of coffee in the morning, for when you need cheering up, for breakfast reading before you go to work, for when your train is late, etc. I love Katey Lovell's writing style. She enchants her readers with her wonderful words. For me it's like she's giving them a dream, something to think
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“I mean, there’s only one thing more attractive than a gorgeous boy, and that’s a gorgeous boy with books.” Yes, a thousand times. I absolutely adore this book. Although only 20 pages, Katey's writing style had me completely engrossed. Marwan (the gorgeous boy) is perfect. ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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Ahhh – how could you not love this dreamy little short story? Katey Lovell’s The Boy in the Bookshop appealed to all my bookish senses. We had the gorgeous bookshop itself, Beautiful Books, and if that didn’t sound heavenly enough, we had the cute boy inside – the cute boy with a stack full of books. How close to perfect can you get? I was swooning all the way through!

It’s only a few pages long – the ideal coffee break read – and it’s such
Lynn Marie Hulsman
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"I'm sorry I wrote you a long letter, I didn't have time to write you a short one" is a quote attributed to both Blaise Pascal and Samuel Johnson. Regardless of who said it, I get the meaning. It is HARD to be succinct and economical when writing. Katey Lovell does a marvelous job of offering up art in a tiny bite with the romantic short "The Boy in the Bookshop."

I have read all three of her current pieces from "The Meet Cute Series," and am left wanting more.

The Boy in the Bookshop grabbed me
Jo Hughes
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank author Katey Lovell for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I loved the idea of this series from the off, the meet cute idea is fantastic. Katey really drags you into the story within a few lines and her descriptions are so vivid.

The fact that the first one is set in a bookshop really piqued my interested and Katey didn't let me down. I really liked both characters and wanted to know how this meet cute would go. Jade the main female chara
As lovely and sweet as the cup of tea I had to accompany it. I absolutely adore this modern wave of commuter/bite size reading - perfect for a modern world; gorgeous little palate cleansers between meatier novels, but standing up on their own. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of three lovely Meet Cute stories, and I hope you won't mind that my review is of all three!

I'm really not an enthusiastic short story reader - they usually leave me wanting more - but these three stories were quite lovely. Katey has a real talent for drawing her characters in a few deft strokes - in the first, The Boy In The Bookshop, I immediately loved both Jade and Marwan, and was enchanted to watch their unfolding story. The setting was perfect - what reader doesn't love a
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, read-2015
The Boy in the Bookshop is the first in a new series of short stories. I don’t normally buy single short stories but I just couldn’t resist giving this one a try; I’m utterly powerless to resist a book or short story set in a book shop and I’m so glad I picked this up, it’s gorgeous!

This is a very short read and is absolutely perfect for a coffee break. Katey has packed so much into this story, it’s wonderful. The Beautiful Books bookshop sounds amazing and I really want to go there. Jade works
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Books provided by the author in exchange for on honest review*

Meet Cute is actually the perfect title for this little series. Since the stories are relatively short I decided to put them all into one review. The are all only a few pages long and perfect for quick lunchtime read or a short train journey. I read them at home though ;)

The Boy in the Bookshop follows Jade, a very lovely and sweet girl. Of course I adored the setting of the bookshop and I just loved the way the two characters met. S
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Katey Lovells The Meet Cute Series has caught my eye on Twitter. Bloggers kept talking about it and I have read lovely reviews about the series. No wonder why I wanted to see what the fuss is about :) The Boy in the Bookshop is a very short story about 20 pages long, which is ideal to fill your lunchbreak. This read was no different in the scheme of enjoyable, but it was uber short, which left me wanting more from it. I'm sure there is much more to say about Jade and Marwan than this. I hope we' ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is lovely short and sweet read that as Carmel Harrington has quoted is perfect coffee break reading.

Despite being a short read, Katey manages to make this an engrossing read. Meeting a boy in a bookshop was actually a fantasy of mine when I was a teenager, so reading a short snippet was a delight.

I was mightily impressed with Katey's writing and descriptions, it manages to be succinct, but not leave you with questions about anythi
B.R. Maycock
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really really lovely. The length really appealed as I got to sit down and fly through it so quickly and yet enjoyed so much and was so satisfied after. A beautiful, heartwarming story with some great descriptions for those of us that adore all things bookish. Loved 'the boy' and found the chemistry between them so nice(there is no other word, there was so much aww in this story.) Their interactions,and in particular the chat regarding their interests was so enjoyable. Light and easygoing. Defini ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew this was going to be a quick story but wasn't sure how it would work. I needn't have been concerned, within a few words I was drawn into the ideal setting of a bookshop, beautifully described I could almost smell & feel the books! Add in a cute boy who makes the girl’s heart flutter & you have the recipe for a fab read. Pop the kettle on & lose your self for a few minutes in this perfect world. I can’t wait for the next in the series. ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love reading about books, book stores or characters who enjoy reading. Despite this been a short read, this had all three of those things. It did leave me wanting more, but I think that's more to do with Katey's lovely writing than anything else. ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Boy in the Bookshop is a wonderful short story of the moment two kindred spirits first meet. If you're a fan of love and used books this is the story for you. It's totally gorgeous and heart warming. I can't wait for the next instalment of the Meet Cute series. ...more
Gem ~ Bee
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfect short story full of all the joy that an independent book shop brings along with a tall dark stranger. Get it for your lunch break or a quick read waiting for the bus
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A bite sized piece of writing full of warmth and description of a visit within a bookshop. Good things come in small packages! 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
such a great read as I'm a big fan of meet cutes. And seriously what is better than a guy who's into books. ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Cute, sweet, oh so romantic. Unfortunately this so short.
Hayley Thorpe
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly gorgeous lil treat. I fancied reading but I didn't want anything heavy after a crazy day so I delved into this. I was meant to read this when I was taking part of a readathon that didn't end well. So tonight I devoured this and I'm totally in love with every aspect of this short and sweet treat talk about a book works ideal love story. Have written some thoughts on Amazon which I should do more of. ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
literally the shortest story I've read but also the cutest.
I finished it in a manner of minutes but I'm tempted to look into the rest if this series!
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted more depth i gave it 3
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute story but too short. i wanted more, it ended way too soon.
Fabulous Book Fiend
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just love these short stories because each one is a full story in itself with a beginning, a middle and an end. You see things from our main character's perspective and therefore get to live out her feelings when she first spots the person she is about to meet. Sometimes she has been watching them from afar for a while, sometimes she has seen them on more than one occasion and sometimes we get to see their interaction the first time they met. This series has got variety I tell you!

The great th
Sophie (Blogger)
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Boy In The Bookshop is the first in this amazing series of short stories which are so cute and sweet. Jade is a book lover through and through, it is one of her favourite things to do but when she see Marwan looking at books in the bookshop where she works, she is pleasantly distracted from her love of books.
He is sweet and he loves books which is everything that appeals to Jade, it doesn't take long for their relationship to take form. It is such a quick yet sweet meeting and even more per
Michelle Kaye
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really think that I need to explain the rating I've given it.

This is a short story - what I didn't expect was how short!

Reading it on my Kindle it's starts at 24%!

It started OK, and the writing is fine - however there isn't anything to get into.
Girl meets boy, boy asks her out for coffee.... And you're done.

Really disappointed at the extreme shortness, just starting to learn about the characters and we're done.

I'm glad that I tried this first one before purchasing any more, as even with th
Mary Baker
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an adorable, satisfying short story, just as cute as fans of this series will have come to expect, and the perfect length for my morning commute. Loved the boy in this - a geeky lad in a bookshop, who wouldn't fall for that? Look forward to discovering more in this series. ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Attraction to a nerdy type every so often is a nice change :-):-):-)
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