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By the Book: A Novel of Prose and Cons

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As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.

Unfortunately, Mary is better
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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When a cover is this beautiful, you better pray that the contents match. 😍
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I'll just be here, trying to manage my expectations between the beautiful cover and the punny tittle.
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The cover attracted me at first but after reading the synopsis and seeing this quote.

"If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself."

Yeah, bring it on girl. Count me in. Looking forward to reading this!
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a novel of PROSE and cons....

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Jun 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
"A NOVEL OF PROSE AND CONS"

This is cozy mystery levels of delightful pun.
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Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an early draft of this book and LOVED IT. I can't wait to get a finished copy in my eager hands!
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The best contemporary I have read in a really long time!
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This book was *delightful,* and I can’t even imagine how much more I would’ve enjoyed it if I were a fan of the classics. It was so much more friendship-centric than I had anticipated (think Emma Mills - when I saw in the acknowledgments that they have the same agent I was like OF COURSE) and I loved that the MC was from a big family, because you don’t see that so often and it’s such a fun dynamic. It’s so charming, the MC is so so genuinely and lovably bookish, and I love how many references th ...more
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Amanda Sellet has strong opinions about books, movies, and baked goods, which led to a previous career as a professional critic. Now she channels that saltiness into YA novels about smart girls who still have a lot to learn.
On the comedy/tragedy question, she is team comedy all the way.