Dramatically Ever After
To turn this Shakespearean tragedy into the Academy Award-winning dream Em has written for herself, she enters a speech c ...more
So sometime in 2017 while perusing NetGalley I saw that it had a sequel called Dramatically Ever After but I was either too late ...more
"I became a character, bur the character was actually me. I'd been so busy pigeonholding myself into characters everyone else believed I was this week that I almost let go of full, three-dimensional Em who had dreams and potential. The Em who could be pretty amazing, in her own way."
The kids from PCHS are back, and this time we are following Em, one of Phoebe from Bookishly Ever After's friends. Super confident and flirty Em has her chance at a scholarshi ...more
One thing that I didn't like as much as I was hoping I would, was the main character. The main character, Em, was just a little too dramatic for my tastes. I know that she was into theater and the title literally has the word "dramatic" in it, but her dramatic antics were a little m ...more
First of all: her clinginess to Wil and inability to realize that she'd been broken up with. It took her 75% of the book to realize that the break-up was for real, and before that, every time she sent him an email updatin ...more
Although I admit it took me a couple of pages before I realised we'd switched narrators from book one... it's been a while in between, okay?!
I loved the narrator-switch, it makes the story feel fresher as now it's not just a sequel, it's a completely different story and it wouldn't matter if you hadn't read the first book.
I lov ...more
My delightful rambling could probably ...more
I loved the first book in this series, Bookishly Ever After, and I was super excited to receive a copy of Dramatically Ever After that follows Em's story this time! Unfortunately, I didn't fall in love with this book like I did the last and it had a lot to do with the fact that I just didn't connect with Em. She's the definition of dramatic (it is in t ...more
This series is just the cutest! I admit that Em annoyed the hell out of me with her pushiness in Bookishly Ever After, but after reading her story I like her as much as I liked Phoebe :) We don't exactly see character growth, because by the end of the book Em is basically the same crazy Em everyone loves, but we get to know why she acts the way she acts and who she is. I loved to see how her insecurities and nerves played ...more
Damn this book is so cute!!! I was a bit worried because it didn't sound as much like my thing as the first book. But. This has hate to love done in the best way? I couldn't put it down.
Em is amazing. She is so smart and confident. I loved seeing her with her family but also interacting with her friends. She is also a history buff which was delightful to see. I learn a lot of history trivia in this book. I wasn't expecting it but I didn't mind. It made some of the flirting excellent to be hon ...more
I am the kind of reader who prefers to start a series at the beginning so I read the first in the series before starting this one. I thought it would give me a better understanding of the author's writing style and give me a better feel for the series.
In the past I have enjoyed romance series books that started in highschool and progressed and matured with the characters, however this series started out feeling like ...more
An e-galley was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for review consideration.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: As much as you might think I'd relate to Isabel Bandeira's prior heroine, Phoebe Martins, I actually liked Em Katsaros more.
The synopsis for Dramatically Ever After actually had me expecting money and poverty to play a bigger role in the story, and I was kind of disappointed they didn't. I did like how Em had a plan and a goal that drove this book; it isn't just ...more
I was super excited to read this, because I loved book one! Bookishly Ever After was one of my favorite contemporary romances that I received through Netgalley, but book two completely ruined everything for me. I could not get over how self-centered and pompous and... annoying the main character was.
I'm still very upset about this, please pray for me.
Dramatically Ever After was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. To be honest, I was slightly disappointed with this book. It dragged on, and I found the main character, Em, quite annoying. Sure, there were a few cute scenes, but not enough to satisfy me. Em is excessively dramatic, and is not very logical. It was very cliche and lacked the cute, ...more
I think it's high time I give up on this one because I am just done. I've been reading this on and off for over two months now (getting scarily close to three), and no matter how hard I try, I just struggle to want to keep reading every time I pick it up.
I loved Bookishly Ever After, and I really wanted to love this one too, but I'm just not feeling it. I mean, it is only a companion sequel and doesn't even follow the same main character, so that could be part of the reason why. But it' ...more
I really, really, really liked this.
I didn't expect this! The first book (Bookishly Ever After) is mediocre at best. I didn't expect too much on this book when I first read it, but judging from my previous statements...I did really like it.
So, where do we start?
I'll first go on to the bad stuff. Sounds preposterous to start, but in my philosophy, I always go to the flaws first, then to the good stuff.
The bad stuff starts with the cliched word itself: cliche. This is not the best literary work ...more
Em is the flirty, dramatic woman in the trio. She loves acting more than anything, she is a chatty extrovert and she doesn’t like Kris Lambert. Unfortunately, both of them were finalists in a speech competit ...more
1. Em is a lot like me. I'm pretty competitive. I really like performing/public speaking (though I don't really do drama but whatever). It's hard for me to accept constructive criticism. I'm smart and ambitious. I'm biracial. She is also all of those things, and trying to figure out what tha ...more
In the first book, I thought Em was a really crappy friend and was way too melodramatic, and I actually never grew to really like her so much in this book. She's self-centered, a freakish catastrophizer, and absolutely delusional (all those messages to her ex-boyfriend, thinking they were getting back together. *shudder*) Her weirdly disproportionate ...more
If you have read Bookishly Ever After (sorry, but Phoebe was too weird for me) it's fun to meet the other characters again, though since the book is set in a different city entirely, they don't play a big role in this book.
Em is an actress and has dreams of not just ...more
First expressions don’t always last long but Memories do
Em has loved acting ever since she was young. Now that she’s a senior, she would like to continue her dreams but her father seems to have other plans.
The only way for her to be able to continue her dreams is for her to find a scholarship. Lucky for her, she got accepted into the national round of the US Youth Change council competition. Everything was great until she learned that Kris, a boy she seems to hate, would be joining to.
This was a cute little love-to-hate romcom that took place at a speech competition. The characters overlap from Bookishly Ever After, with a focus on a different pair.
This book is framed in a much tighter timeline, almost entirely on an academic trip. This meant that the queer characters from the first book were less present here, which is disappointing for readers who want to see more queer rep.
Although the leading lady is d ...more
While it's solidly YA contemporary romance and packed full of fun cliches, there's something about each of these books that has felt new, in its own way.
In this book, Em is entering into a speech competition for a scholarship she desperately needs to prove to her parents that the arts are what she wants to study--not getting a safety job in accounting or business or whatever other idea they come up with. She's dramatic and confident on stage. But o ...more
Actual rating: 3.5/5
I read the first book in the series, Bookishly Ever After , when it first came out, and fell completely in love with the characters. I was really happy to get a chance to get to know Em's character a little better and I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one.
Dramatically Ever After delivers exactly what it promises: a fluffy ...more
I loved Phoebe and Dev from the first book, but Em wasn't my favorite and I wasn't sure what to make of Kris from his limited appearances.
Getting to see things from Em's point of view as she prepares for college and the speech competition was a lot more enjoyable then I thought it would be. She is definitely over dramatic and a little selfish at times, but no more than any teenage girl who is still growing up. The author did a fabulous job of making her relat ...more
In her free time between wr ...more