First Lines Friday is a way to feature your current read by posting the first lines of the book. Every Friday in my timeline I see tons of these posts and I thought, why not join!
I had some trouble with one of these reviews. You know when you enjoy a book, but something about it rubbed you the wrong way? That was me.
Title: Recommended for You
Author: Laura Silverman
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
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 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 person standing in her way? New hire Jake Kaplan.
Jake is an affront to everything Shoshanna stands for. He doesn’t even read! But somehow his sales start to rival hers. Jake may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but he’s also the enemy, and Shoshanna is ready to take him down.
But as the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects…
First, that cover! Second, bookstore! Third, CHRISTMASTIME!
This was so sweet! Shoshana was a breath of fresh air, especially right now. She doesn’t have a mean or nasty bone in her body and I loved how much she cared about her family and friends, even when it backfired. She’s a fixer—her parent’s relationship, her friend’s YouTube career, and her beloved bookstore—she acts before she fully thinks something through. She means well, but her exuberance gets the better of her.
Jake was a great counter to her high energy. I liked how we slowly got to know him better as he became more comfortable around Shoshana, though I do wish we had more time with the two of them to see it really blossom. This was definitely a younger YA book. I think it’s a great story for late middle school/early high school, introducing teens to the beginnings of a sweet romance, great friendships, and a non-conventional Jewish family.
ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I had a lot of starts and stops this month as I finished my summer reading. So while I did read 20 books, there were only a few favorites.
Month 27 of quarantine? Feels like it.
Set a new reading record AND participated in my first read-a-thon, the Reading Rush!
Total Number of Books: 20! (a personal best)
Total Number of Pages: 6,537
Favorite (New) Read of the Month: Normal People by Sally Rooney