By the Book
Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing ...more
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Mary Porter-Malcolm knows two things:
1) You can literally find any and all answers within the pages of a good book.
2) Any book published in the last century just isn't worth reading.
Mary spent her entire life deep within the pages of old tomes and classic works...but then the unthinkable happens.
She has to go to public school.
Mary's charter/experimental school at th ...more
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 at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly deb ...more
This book is terrible. I find it incredibly unrelatable, wordy, just straight-up boring. I’m sorry, but it’s true. I wish I never picked it up.
Let’s start with the characters. Our main character is the blandest character I have ever had the displeasure of meeting. She is most definitely not like other girls. Why? Because she reads. Not only that, but she only reads classics. And she only talks as if she’s stuck in the 1800s. That’s her personality, right there. She is so annoying, ...more
A personal anecdote for you that, I swear, relates to this book: I work with a lot of ivy league graduates of the scholarly nature and our main character, Mary’s parents are so painfully, triggeringly, pin-point-perfectly depictive of those types of people.
I truly wondered if I would make it through this book with all the eye-twitching I had going on any time her parents spoke.
Mary’s parents have the uncanny ability to overcomplicate w ...more
For me, most YA contemporary romance books are either just okay or end up being a huge miss; most of the time I don’t bother to read any unless the premise piques my interest quite a bit. By the Book definitely caught it the moment I read the synopsis. It appeared to be a fun read but I wasn’t expecting it to be absolutely hilarious and heartwarming.
The most pleasant surprise is how much focus is put on the female friendships. I went in thinking I was only getting a cute romance, but t ...more
And yet I’m left feeling underwhelmed.
I read this book but still feel like I didn’t “read” it...
I know. That makes no sense.
Let me try to explain.
Do you ever find yourself going through the motions with a book? That for some reason you remain forever detached from the characters and the storyline? Because that’s how I feel with this book. I never found my feet.
Case in poin ...more
The plot of this story is freaking adorable, and I loved the friends she made--particularly the sweet, quiet, and be ...more
Title: By the Book
Author: Amanda Sellet
Release date: May 12, 2020
Genre: young adult
I was desperate to read this book the minute I saw it. I'm a sucker for bookish heroines so it seemed like this story had my name written all over it. Undoubtedly, Mary's love for books was her most admirable trait for me. She seemed to have an encyclopedic knowledge of classic literature characters, which is rare for someone her age. Though it's not beyond the realm of possibilit ...more
Happy reading! ...more
A fun book with intelligent humour and wonderful literary references. Readers will either find Mary Porter-Malcom insufferable or they will find her quirky and charming. I fall into the latter group of Readers. I loved the witty banter between many of the different characters. It reminded me a little bit of the Gilmour Girls in that respect. It's predictable and fluffy and safe. It has made me want to reread some of my favourite classics. An enjoyable read. ...more
I knew I would enjoy this book as soon as I heard about it last year, but my god, I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. I couldn't put it down as soon as I had started, and it's my favourite book of 2020 so far this year! Mary is in love with books, but especially classics. She is definitely of the What Would Lizzy Bennet Do? camp, and uses what she has learnt in her reading to help ...more
So this book was really cute but it read a lot younger than I had initially expected. I for some reason thought it was end of high school so I had to adjust when I found out the MC is a sophomore.
This story follows Mary as she transitions to a new school and realizes her only friend wants nothing to do with her. Without meaning to, Mary injects herself into a conversation that ultimately leads to friendship with three other girls. To them, Mary is a wealth of knowledge. Having read eve ...more
i re-did the review for this book and i got mad about it all over again. how are you going to require readers have a thesaurus beside them while they have to relive their middle school trauma?
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↠ once upon a book hardback
↠ 06.09.20 — 06.23.20
↠ annotated? no
↠ readathon? no ...more
This is me forcing myself to overcome a writing slump because I NEED to review this book. It's definitely one of my favorite 2020 releases and now one of my inspirations for my work in progress. Also, I must say that reading this novel was a breath of fresh air after I endured a particularly bad retelling of Anna Karenina. The main character's disdain for Vronsky was so on poin ...more
I really, really, wanted to love it. I didn't.
This book had been on my radar for so long, I can't remember. Wait, I'll check.
This book, has been on my shelves, since June 24th. I want some kind of compensation for the expectations that this book dashed to pieces.
On the whole, it's not a bad book. It's just not what I wanted it to be.
Let's start off with the problems in this book. The first one, is that no one, you hear me, no one , draws a ...more
The first issue I feared when diving into this book is content. Predictable, I know, but looking at a lot of the mainstream/secular contemporary books out there, I think I have a point. At any rate, I am so so happy that By the Book was freeeee of all the unnecessary icky stuff!
DNF at 12%
Do not want to read another book about a bunch of judgmental chicks - one of them literally treats her supposedly best friend like shit for no apparent reason. This book goes for smart and sassy bit it is just immature and dull. Sad though, because the cover is super cute.
By the Book has to be one of my favorite YA books of all-time! It reminded me of Kasie West's earlier books as well as Emma Mills' stories. It's one of those books that had me grinning, swooning, and left me on cloud nine.
As a bookworm, it always delights me to read stories about bookish heroines. Mary was the definition of a book lover with her love for the classics. She's learned a lot from them and her latest attempt to apply what she's learned of literary men into real life, she finds h ...more
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU HAVENT READ IT YET!
Okay, let me just start by saying that I didn’t understand half of the 19th-century mumbo jumbo the main character said. I’ll begin by rehashing that I was a bit hesitant to start this book because of the classic feel of it. I have like 20 classics in my bookshelves and I haven’t read any of them. Let me explain, I like stories to be relatable and feel human to me. Mea ...more
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