A book review for Book Lovers by Emily Henry, a romance between a brooding book editor and cutthroat literary agent.
One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming...
Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.
Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.
If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.
The newest bookish summer read, released by Emily Henry. This book was as fun, cute, and romantic as it was promised to be. Reading this was fun and I liked that both of these characters were grumpy but still fit so well together. It is a little bit of enemies to lovers, small-town romance, love triangle. A little bit of everything actually.
The outside world saw Nora as a cut-throat literary agent and don’t get me wrong she was, but she was also so loving and caring about the people she loved most. Especially her sister, Libby. I liked that we got to see her like that. Though I also felt like Nora deserved better sometimes because she was always doing things for Libby. Everything she did was for Libby and in everything she did, she first thought about Libby. Libby never asked for that though, but Nora felt like she needed to take care of her no matter what. But you grow up and become older. She also had her own life and she forget about herself. This is why I think she deserved better for herself. Of course, I understand where she was coming from but still.
Nora, as I think most of us, is crazy about books, and New York. There were a lot of relatable things in this book, and I already said it in previous reviews, but I love that so much. For example, this quote “the only two ways I’ve ever managed to get out of my head are through reading and rigorous exercise. With either, I can slip out of my mind and drift in this bodiless dark.”.
Published May 3rd, 2022
Page count 384 pages
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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Anyway, Charlie. Charlie Lastra was amazing. At first, I was like, this guy literally invented the word grumpy. Though that's how it was when you first read about him because the book was only in Nora’s pov. But there was so much more than just grumpy Charlie. He wasn’t actually that grumpy, he was an amazing and funny guy. And the things he said in this book, *screaming*. You really read about the perfect fictional character in this book if you asked me. Nor was he only amazing he was also a flirt which I never that grumpy Charlie could be. Something he said in the book was this,
Charlie: “I’m as tall as you. I’m not that tall.”
Nora: “Yes, but for men, there’s no such thing as too tall.”
Charlie: “There isn’t for women either. There’s just tall woman, and the men too insecure to date them.”
Yeah, Charlie was an amazing character.
Though I really enjoyed this book it was an unchallenging book, just a cute rom-com. There is nothing wrong with that though, I loved it.
For me, because my first language is not English, there were some difficult words and that led to sometimes not completely understanding what was happening. But that turned out all right.
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I really enjoy this book and if you’re searching for a cute and fun summer read I definitely would recommend this. I had a lot of fun reading it and it was also a lot of fun to read this during the summer. I don't think you can go wrong with this book, only if you don't like cute summer books then I don’t think this is a book for you.
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