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3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,633 ratings  ·  364 reviews
A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keat
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is strange. Really strange. And, at times, it feels strange in a good way, but Literally ultimately falls short.

Annabelle realizes she's a character in a book, and not just in any book, but in Lucy Keating's latest YA romance. How does she discover this? Because Lucy Keating comes to her high school creative writing class and tells her. In fact, Annabelle's life isn't her own at all, and never was. Her family, her friends, her home, her town: it's all a creation of Ms. Keating. Even h
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Annabelle,” she says, “I’m not writing about you. I am writing you.”

This was a YA story about a girl who discovered she was really a character in a book.

Annabelle was quite an organised person who always liked to have things planned out, that being said she liked to be the one in control of her life, and the idea of someone else holding all the cards bothered her, which was pretty understandable.

The st
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
How do I put this delicately? This book was not great. Even though it was only 250ish pages, it was pretty hard to get through. The concept behind the book was amazing. The actual thing = amazingly mediocre.

My main problem is how unlikable the main character is. She's one of those "perfect bitches" that I can't stand. The two main love interests were okay. Elliot was moderately cool. Will was an idiot, but he did grow on me towards the end.

There were a few logic flaws sprinkled here and there.
Kei • fiction court •
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-copy, 2017
2 for the meta stars!

Well, well, well. This has to me the most meta book I've ever read. Or is it?

The book is about Annabelle, a high school student who discovers she's a fictional character and someone else - Lucy Keating - is writing her story. The author herself appears in the book and that's, really meta.

The one element that could have made this book THE BOOK, - the meta - was buried under all the cliche YA tropes. In her effort to make this a little bit sarcastic and a nod to all the YA cli
✨ A ✨
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
The premise of this book seemed promising, alas my expectations were sorely crushed.

The main character was so annoying, I felt like DNF-ing this book so many times, but powered through in the hopes it would get better.
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Gosh, why did I learn about this book only now? I loved Dreamology, and this seems like another story that will claim a spot in my bookish heart. And so the dreadful wait begins. :3
Lauren R.
4.25 stars because I'm nitpicking. I really enjoyed this so much. I love Keating's books so far because the premises are incredibly unique and so fun. This made it onto my TBR ASAP because of her name, first of all, and also because of the Stranger Than Fiction premise - one of my favorite movies. I don't think she took the idea too far, where it felt like that was the only thing happening. Annabelle didn't have a lot of personality though, which is probably my biggest issue with the story. The ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and I can't believe it has such a low rating here on goodreads. I'm a big fan of the litrpg genre where just about every story the character gets trapped in a VR game world and usually has to win the game to get released and save his life or something similar. Once I got a few chapters in and the author showed up that's all I could think of this is a rom-com litRPG without stats.
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alice (arctic books)
This review and others can be found at arctic books!

This novel started off well; I related a lot with our main character—I'm super organized, aim high, and I enjoy writing—it was something I love to see in contemporaries like these. However, towards the first quarter of the book, I felt sluggish reading through this book. I was curious about the incorporation of Lucy Keating in the actual novel, but it just felt so... picture perfect. Which is fine, in retrospect, but the main character (I forge
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute, cute, cute!!
Jul 15, 2017 added it
1.5 stars

Review forthcoming on Happy Indulgence!

I really enjoyed Lucy Keating’s debut novel Dreamology, and Literally follows the fantasy-like concepts that she puts into a Young Adult contemporary. While the concept sounds very cute and sweet, the execution left much to be desired. Literally had literally the chance to break through common stereotypes, tropes, and commonly used clichés, but instead falls into the category of just another contemporary that seizes on these things – albeit with a
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally on Little Lillie Reads!!

Lucy Keating immediately impressed me with her debut novel Dreamology, coming onto the scene with a fresh voice, creative storytelling, and immersive writing. With Dreamology being one of my favorite contemporary novels ever, I knew I was in for a treat when she announced Literally. This book is so unlike anything I have ever read before. Lucy Keating has a unique writing style that I adore. It is simplistic, but commands the page. She has an excellent w
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book! Loved having an author write their character, and the character fight back! I know it happens when authors write fiction, but this makes that the story! So awesome and meta!
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really quite good. I liked all the characters, the plot was crazy weird but really enjoyable and everything rocketed along nicely. The plot borroewd a lot from the film Stranger Than Fiction but still managed to be a decent read.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
What. Did. I. Just. Read?
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads

Lucy Keating’s sophomore novel may have the exact same premise as Stranger Than Fiction, but trust me, it’s no Stranger Than Fiction. The story revolves around Annabelle, a teenager with a perfect life who realizes she’s trapped inside a novel written by author Lucy Keating. It could work, but it doesn’t. Super contrived and over the top, there’s nothing worse than Lucy Keating writing about how great Lucy Keating is.
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
When I first saw the synopsis for Literally, I was excited. I think a bookworm would be immediately attracted to what the story is about, because after all, it's about a main character in an author's story. However, it wasn't like I imagined it to be, and I felt like there were too much ambiguities.

Annabelle discovers that she is a character in Lucy Keating's newest romance book because the author visited her school. When the plot of her new book sounded similar to Annabelle's life, Annabelle co
Kate Willis
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meta, meta, meta--to the MAX! This book was so, sooo cliche from the very first pages, and I chortled to myself when the characters themselves began to realize that. (Sorry, Ava. I feel ya on getting to be the “emotional support pony” supportive best friend. XD ) Like seriously, the protagonist Annabelle doesn’t know how beautiful she is and the love interest was ridiculously perfect and soooo obvious. XD

It got even better as author and characters went to battle. I really loved the mystery aspe
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok

This time, my 2-star rating is completely guided by Goodreads' guide: It Was Okay.

On the surface, the premise sounded promising. It sounded great, in fact. A teenage girl discovers she is a character in an author's novel. Bam. Endless possibilities!

However, I found that I had more problems with it than not. First, I found it so....cringey how the author wrote herself into the novel. Either she was depicted in such an ego-stroking way (describing herself as a New York Times Bestseller, commen
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Maybe 3.5. Cute though
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very cute book! It was funny and swoony <3 you guys can see my full review on April 7th :D
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at:

Lucy Keating's latest book is about a girl trying to stop the story that she's been written into. The best way to put it is probably Stranger Than Fiction meets a young adult contemporary novel. And the best part? I really, really enjoyed it. This is a book I didn't know I needed, let alone wanted. I love meta stories and breaking the fourth wall, and Stranger Than Fiction is one of my favourite films–I could watch it over and over ag
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
I've never read such a meta book but I really enjoyed this one! Also, the romance is A+ and I loved the banter plus the character growth. ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not great, not terrible. The whole idea of the Author being in the book and writing the story while in the book was a little too weird for me. It distracted me from the actual story. And once I was paying attention to the story I wasn't really invested. I did enjoy some parts though! Overall probably not something I'd want to reread unless I wanted a quick easy read for traveling. ...more
Kelly Hager
Annabelle has just learned she's not real. Instead, she's actually a character in YA author Lucy Keating's newest novel. On the plus side, she writes love stories. On the downside, SHE ISN'T REAL; SHE IS ACTUALLY A FICTIONAL CHARACTER.

This is such a fun concept. I love the Stranger Than Fiction-esque idea and Annabelle is incredibly fun. (I also love that she's good at a lot of things but actually awful at creative writing; I feel like a lot of times YA characters are almost ridiculously good a
Tracy Banghart
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute and trippy book that came along just when I needed it. I've been under a lot of stress lately and really needed something fun and light to distract me, and this was perfect. It put me in a good mood, it was short and sweet, and I appreciated the message of claiming one's agency in a world that's out of your control. ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-read
This book was...really weird. It was basically a statement about all the tropes authors tend to use in their stories, but it just wasn't done very well. The premise was super cool, but the execution was lacking and I feel like it would've been a better story had someone else written it.

For starters, the self-insertion of the author into the story was really bizarre and didn't really work. It just felt so forced and weird and didn't really make much sense. She actually interacted with the charac
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
I recieved an eARC of this book via Edelweiss from the publisher. This doesn't affect my thoughts.

Okay this book was pretty okay. I had read Keating's debut and really enjoyed it, so I was optimistic about this book. I thought the concept was super interesting and definitely something that was going to be fun to read about. The main character basically figures out that she is being written about, which is something I have never see in a book, so of course I was going to be interested in readin
Dec 29, 2016 rated it did not like it

Good thing this was short. I didn't want to dnf the last "read" book of this year's challenge.
Kayla K. (Kayla's Book Nook)
Ever since I devoured Lucy Keating’s debut book Dreamology, this new book of hers had been very high up on my TBR. I loved the super unique premise that her debut had, so being impatient for more of her creativity, I requested an ARC of this book from the Indigo newsletter.

I did end up liking this book just fine, but it did not blow me away like Dreamology did. I absolutely loved the idea revolving this book’s storyline, but I don’t think it 100% worked.

To briefly summarize, Literally focuses on
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Lucy lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and scruffy dog.

When she's not writing, Lucy can usually be found anxiety-baking, bingeing TV shows, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.

You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucy.keating, and Ernie The Dog @ernsboberns

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