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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets You’ve Got Mail in this charming and hilarious rom-com following two teen booksellers whose rivalry is taken to the next level as they compete for the top bookseller bonus.

Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of deat
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Heather
Overall this was a cute read. I didn't love it and I didn't really connect with it, mostly because of my age. I'm 32 and the main character was 16. I do read alot of YA Contemporary and some of the characters I read I connect with but I did feel like Shoshanna was a little to juvenile for me. So please take my review with a grain of salt. It was overall cute, had amazing family and friendships as well! ...more
Jessica
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
I have super mixed feelings about this book. For one, Shoshanna is not that much of a likable characters. She's judgmental and meddles in everyone's business because she thinks she knows what's best. In the beginning, I was pretty annoyed with Shoshanna and how juvenile she acted. She was extremely judgmental when it came to Jake and how he wasn't a reader but was the new hire in the bookstore. However, as the book went on, I had to remember Shoshanna was just a teen and she was going
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Bibi
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 stars*

I just wanna hug Shoshanna and Jake and smother them in love. FRTC
Fanna
October 04, 2020: I loved reading this so much!

↦ an adorable and cute dislike-to-love romance that makes me cry at being single af.
↦ the setting of a bookstore is perfect for those who love to read stories unfold in the midst of bookshelves, and the not-so-perks of working as a bookseller as well as struggles that arise due to the growing online retailers.
↦ aligns to the themes of faith, culture, family, friendship, and diversity.
↦ a humorous narration that conveys the above aspects in the bes
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Abbie | nerdyabbie
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m fairly certain if you meshed together You’ve Got Mail & To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you’d get this book.

“Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of death, the store has become a welcome escape.

When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna sees an opportunity to at least fix her car, if none of her other problems. The only perso
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♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Nov 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
A book about a teen bookseller?? SOLD!
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm abandoning this at about halfway. Most of that is that I don't like or appreciate Shoshanna. She's pretty immature for someone who has been working at this bookstore for years and I hate more than a little her need to "fix" everything. Her parents are fighting and she's all "if I can do the shopping and fix my car they'll stop fighting" so that's pretty much her entire motivation. And she's judgmental about Jake, and about the books others read even when she's so careful to say to herself th ...more
Vicky Again
Recommended for You is a very fluffy, perfect for lower-YA lovers story. Full of fluff, silly rivalry fun, and a dose of family dynamics, Silverman's next book just brings a light and cozy story to the YA genre.

It’s not meant for everyone, but I would wholeheartedly recommend this to middle schoolers and anyone else who loves lower-YA! It might seem silly and shallow at times, but Shoshanna is just a big adorable character you can’t help loving. She’s the embodiment of puppy dog eyes and the ple
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vangmayee
this was a cute christmas-y short read, i feel like it would make a great hallmark christmas special!

i loved the diverse characters with different religions, races, and sexualities, and ofc the bookstore theme was awesome to read about. the romance was also sweet and wholesome!

the writing was super cheesy and at times i felt the main character was a little annoying, but the author did a good job of writing the voices of high schoolers and not trying to make them too edgy or mature.

read this ar
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Cheryl
It's a cute book - at face value it is a rom-com about two Jewish teens who work in a bookstore at Christmas time. However, in addition to the light and fluffy (and wholesome) romance between our main characters (Shoshanna and Jake), there was A LOT going on. Some of it worked and some of it didn't. I definitely felt like some of it detracted from the main plot. At some point, I just wanted it to be a rom-com about two teens in a bookstore.

On the positive side, this book does a great job with di
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Marie
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)
Diversity: Jewish main character and side characters, f/f relationship, queer side characters, Black side character.

I love Laura Silverman's books very much okay. This was the perfect mix of swoon, fun and dealt with deeper themes as well, the secondary characters were as fleshed out as the main characters, I loved the romance and loved seeing the main character grow, too. It has books and baking
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Camryn
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, sweet read although I don’t know if I connected fully to it. Shoshanna felt really young, just because of her actions and her voice and the things she worried about. I guess she was supposed to be immature, because other people point it out, but whenever she’d have any sort of sexual thought it felt weird because of that. I also just didn’t feel the romance. There weren’t any sparks for me. I was like.... what is the big deal here.

That being said, I really loved all the snuggly,
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sil ♡ the book voyagers
I'm so glad I read this book! It was so cute and soft and perfect for the holiday season. A YA romance was what I needed right now and I'm sure searching for more like this. I want more rivals to lovers books or hate to love. They just give me so much happiness!

I would have liked more romance content though? We do get a lot of interactions but nothing romantic until the end of the novel which kinda sucks because I wanted more cute moments between the protagonist and the love interest. I think t
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Anniek
I did like the bookstore aspect in this one, and that's what made me mostly enjoy this, but the book as a whole felt seriously underdeveloped for me. From the romance, some important themes like the main character's parents potentially divorcing and a fight with her friends, and especially the central romance, I just wanted more out of everything. I also just wasn't a fan of the main character and I don't think she went through enough growth. ...more
Ally
ahhhhh
soooooo cute
and closest book to tweet cute
so all them tweet cute monsters out there...it's calling you
and I'm sorry, if it dissapoints haha
also I give up on writing actual reviews so:

Recommended for you is really good. The cover may look like a middle grade, but it's actually YA. This is obviously amazing because it's based in a book shop and yeah!! So cute! So funny! Amazing characters! and oh yeah... the guy "Jake" (pretty close to jack) loves to bake and cook. So there you have it. The
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Emma
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I was expecting something more from this read, but it was enjoyable nonetheless, especially if you read it during the holidays to get into a festive mood. Books about bookstores are a weakness of mine and this was very cute in that regard. Shoshanna was kind and lovely, but I didn't particularly like some of her behaviours. Also, I would have liked to see her interact more with Jake and to see more of the romance.
I would say this is a good Christmas read for book lovers!
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Laura
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Sweet coming of age romantic enemies to lovers comedy!

Shoshanna works at the mall in a cute bookstore called Once Upon and during the Christmas holiday of all times. 🎄



We get to glimpse a week in her life when she meets a new co-worker named Jake who does not warm to her easily.  A few other disasters happen one after another due to her meddling and interfering which in turn helps her to grow and learn. 

It's hard learning some lessons the hard way but she rallies and her relationships get stronge
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Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once Upon, a local indie book store, was Shoshanna's escape. It was a place where she was received with open arms and where her talents and sparkling personality were always appreciated. At least it was until Jake, the NON-READER, started working there. He was determined to usurp Shoshanna as top salesperson, but she was willing to battle to the last book.

When I saw the cover for this book, I knew I had to read it. The cover screamed cute, sweet, adorable, merry, and bright, and I was thrilled
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
This was such a fun and quick story that would be perfect to read around holidays! Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, the local bookstore in the mall, and is finding the store a haven after her moms have started fighting and her car is on it's last legs. Shoshanna is hopeful the holiday bonus disguised as a book sale competition is the key to solving her problems, until new hire Jake Kaplan causes some complications. Sparks immediately fly as the two butt heads to win the bonus and ...more
Sanya
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say it but I found this book kind of annoying. I'm sure working at B&N vs an indie bookstore is different but please bookselling (or any retail job really) doesn't work like that at all. Also, maybe I'm just old, but the mc seemed very immature for a 16 year old.

But what really bothered me was all the h*rry p*tter references. Like wayyyy to many to ignore. Kinda sucks when this book had great rep and diversity otherwise. @ authors: your character can be a huge book nerd without being o
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I'm All Booked Up  YA
4.5/5 stars

*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Shoshana Greenburg loves three things more than anything: her family, her friends and books! Over winter break, she spends all her free time working at an independent bookstore, Once Upon.

But when Jake Kaplan starts working there, Shoshana and him clash immediately. He doesn’t read, yet he works at a bookstore and he’s totally obnoxious. To top it all off, her mom’s have been fighting more than usual and her car, Barbra Streisa
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Cassandra
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Although I enjoyed this book overall, I didn't love it entirely. It was good and cute, but there were so many times where I was cringing because it just reads as a very teen-y book. I understand this sounds dumb because it's clearly labelled as a YA book, however as someone who often reads YA and is used to a pretty age-neutral language and style of writing, this really felt like it was only meant for like 15-18 year olds.

Shoshanna is cute but seems slightly naive and I feel like her character
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gaby✿
Recommended for You is a book I would recommend (see what i did there hehe) to anyone looking for cute, fluffy, light, lower YA story about books, holidays and all around joy. The characters are absolutely adorable and dorky, and the banter and bookish atmosphere of the novel make it a really adorable and enjoyable novel.

The story was a little juvenile, and the book focused a lot more on the bookstore than their romance (which could be a pro for some, and a con for others). I felt their rela
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Mia
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Light and fluffy enemies to lovers ya book.
mina
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
buddy read with Amelia
↠2.5+

This was not for me. It felt like a Teen to YA transition book the way it was written… except in those moments when Shoshanna thinks of Jake some thoughts, and those made me feel so uncomfortable because the book was giving me more innocent vibes.

I like the Jewish representation; I don’t think I’ve read something like that so that’s new for me. The characters were alright, although Shoshanna was a bit annoying in the beginning, thankfully by the end she learned her
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USOM
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

In Recommended For You Silverman manages to balance this plot current which sweeps you away with detailed and heartfelt characters. Shoshanna is an incredibly passionate main character who loves books and may be a tad impulsive. Yet her world begins to crumble and she isn't sure how she can fix everything, while also trying to balance her family and job. Full of beautiful book Easter
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Gretal
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: yarc
I enjoyed that this book was mostly set in a bookstore, but I think it's my least favorite of Laura Silverman's books. I didn't care about the romance at all unfortunately, and there was a name that kept cropping up which I just have a hard time with.
This book did make me realize how grateful I am to have siblings, which I very much doubt was anyone's intention when it came to this book.
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Julia
Mar 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
as a teen bookseller, I FEEL SEEN
Julie (Struck by Stories)
WHAT I LIKED:

• To begin, I absolutely adored Shoshanna, our bookish, highly extroverted, proudly Jewish, passionate, quirky main character. In the beginning, she did come across as a tad immature (particularly in a scene where she used the bookstore PA system to broadcast a “Code Purple” when she found out that Jake wasn’t a reader) but as the book went on, I really warmed up to her. I especially loved all of the infectious passion and excitement she brought to working at Once Upon, as it showe
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Elise
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75*!

I already watched some reviews about this book, and knew going in that Shoshanna is quite immature at times. Since I knew what I was in for, my expectations were quite low, so the immature things she did didn't irritate me that much. Also, other than that, the story was really quite cute!! I love Jake's character :)
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