Bookishly Ever After by Isabel BandeiraBookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

Bookishly Ever After

byIsabel Bandeira

Paperback | January 12, 2016

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In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins' life would be a book. Preferably one filled with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn't even qualify for a quiet contemporary. 

Everything changes when Phoebe learns that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her. So, Phoebe turns to the heroines in her favorite books for inspiration, but becoming as awesome as her book characters isn't as easy as it sounds. When another girl nets Dev for herself right out from under Phoebe's nose, she's crushed. 

And, to up the suckage, she gets assigned as his co-counselor at a sixth grade camp and has to spend an entire week tied to the hip with the one guy on the planet she wanted to avoid. Can she make it through the potential danger of romantic bonfires and nature walks, or will her counseling career end in emotional disaster? Can she ever go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing? 

Find out if Dev makes Phoebe forget all her book boyfriends in this first book of the Ever After Series.

Growing up, Isabel Bandeira split her time between summers surrounded by cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs in Portugal and the rest of the year hanging around the lakes and trees of Southern New Jersey, which only fed her fairy-tale and nature obsessions. In her day job, she’s a Mechanical Engineer and tones down her love of all t...
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Title:Bookishly Ever AfterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 1 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:Spencer Hill PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1633920585

ISBN - 13:9781633920583

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Quite What I Was Expecting Bookishly Ever After was one of those books that from the first time I heard of it, I just knew it was a book I needed in my life ASAP. I mean, a YA novel about a girl who's so into her favorite books and the corresponding book boyfriends that she can't seem to figure out what do with herself in reality? Yes please! What book nerd wouldn't jump at the chance to read a novel with that synopsis! So I ran out and purchased this one right after it's release, but unfortunately it took me until August 2017 to finally take the time to sit down and read it. Unfortunately, pretty much right from the start of this novel I could tell it wasn't going to be exactly what I was expecting. Phoebe was not the type of protagonist I was hoping to be able to root for, and I honestly had a hard time feeling like I could connect to her. As well, I honestly found most of the supporting cast of characters to be on the obnoxious side, especially Em. I was expecting the romance featured in this book to be swoon worthy, and the perfect combination of awkward and adorable. However, I found it slightly annoying how Phoebe was focused on nothing but Kris, until Em tells her that Dev likes her, and then all of a sudden Dev becomes her whole world, even though the reader was never even given a hint that she felt anything for him beforehand. I felt I basically just read 300 plus pages of Phoebe and Dev flirting, then not flirting, then flirting again, then not flirting again, and I really really wanted more of a development than that. In all honesty, my favorite part of this book ended up being the snippets that are included from some of Phoebe's favorite books, which she's using as research in how to turn Dev's interest in her into something more. Those snippets were all really well written, and had me intrigued into the worlds and the corresponding characters, and I'm hoping Isabel Bandeira will decide to write one of them in the future. In the meantime though, I don't foresee myself rereading this one anytime soon. The characters were a tad too juvenile for my liking, I found the plot slightly underdeveloped, and I just didn't feel a connection with any of the characters. I gave this one three out of five stars, and I felt it had a great premise that its execution just didn't live up to. However, that being said, I actually quite surprised myself with how much I ended up liking the second book, Dramatically Ever After. So I guess it goes to show that you can't judge a whole series by only one of the books.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! I loved a lot of the lines and dialogue in this book. Such a wonderfully bookish book and I'm sure anyone who loves books could relate to Phoebe and her bookishness!!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Delightfully Funny And Entertaining YA Romance! "Bookishly Ever After " a delightfully funny and entertaining YA contemporary romance revolves around eccentric sixteen year old Phoebe Martin, a bookworm, knitter and champion archer whose matchmaking best friend Em convinces her that Dev the cute Indian-American theater and band enthusiast is interested in her. Attracted to him Phoebe turns to her favorite books for tips and tricks on flirting, and making him fall for her. But her strategy doesn't seem to work when the stage manager in Pine Central's theatrical group shows an interest in Dev, and she catches them kissing at New Years. Instead of fighting for the boy she cares for Phoebe becomes distant, pushing him away and living in the glow of book boyfriends until romance blossoms again at a camp program for 6th graders. Isabel Bandeira brings to life an awkward, socially inept teenage girl addicted to reading and knitting who fantasizes about the romance her favorite heroines experience, only to find her world turned upside down when her best friend tries to set her up with her friend Dev. With a notebook filled with advice from her favorite novels Phoebe uses the words and constructive traits of her favorite heroines to try and make her feelings known to Dev, only to fail. Struggling with yearning and heartbreak, Phoebe only succeeds when she learns to be herself and not imitate others. Cleverly the author takes a simple plot line, infusing it with complications, misunderstandings, and charging it with emotional intensity as Phoebe not only struggles with her shyness and lack of assertiveness but her well-meaning, flirtatious friend Em's heart is torn with indecision about her German boyfriend. Excerpts from the novels complete with Phoebe's handwritten notes compliment the story line emphasizing her need to identify with the tough resiliency of the characters, and her disillusionment and fear of being herself. Although the characters are realistic and relatable in a high school atmosphere the "hot", likable, funny and multi-talented Dev seems to suffer from a lack of self-confidence with girls and is easily manipulated. Shy and unable to express how he feels until the end Dev never asks Phoebe out on proper date and never stops Lexie from showing her affection whenever they're together. Similarly Phoebe can be boring with her extreme sense of unreality as she constantly gets caught up in the lives of fictional characters, avoiding the emotional stresses of her own life. Yet I liked her best friend the well-meaning and controlling Em; the strong-willed science geek Alec; the witty, confident but needy Lexie; as well as Kristopher Lambert the self-centered, ambitious heartthrob at Pine Central. For a first novel "Bookishly Ever After" is well-written and very relevant in a high-school atmosphere where everyone is not popular or athletic, and those with other talents often ignored. Isabel Bandeira definitely geared her first romance to teenage girls and I expect the series will get better with each new novel.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an adorable book Phoebe Martin loves to read. She’d much rather have a book in her hand, losing herself in a fantasy world with a book boyfriend, than navigating the confusion that is the high school dating scene. When her best friend insists that Dev, a cute guy in the school band with them, has a crush on her, Phoebe takes to her books for inspiration on how to handle it. If it works, she might get her happily ever after. If it doesn’t, will she be able to enjoy her favourite books without being reminded of her heartbreak? This was one of those books that surprised me with how much it snuck up on me. I was expecting a light and cute story about a bookworm, and I did get that, but I also got some great friendships, so many relatable moments, quirky characters, and ended with a book I couldn’t put down. Phoebe was extremely easy to relate to as a fellow bookworm. She was so passionate about reading in general and her favourite series, her favourite books, her favourite characters. She always wanted a book in her hands. She was perfectly happy with her book boys and crushing on real-life lookalikes in silence until her best friend pulled her into reality with the possibility that a boy might like her. Her shy personality and social ineptness was endearing and made for both moments of laughter and moments of embarrassment. I loved the way she threw herself into the project of researching her favourite heroines so she could channel them and give herself confidence when she talked to Dev. I also enjoyed her growth through the book, from shy bookworm to someone who had to find confidence in herself The relationships in the book were so much fun to read. Everything from the four friends(Phoebe, Alex, Grace, and Em) who are the core of their lunch table(that I would so definitely join), to the flirting between Phoebe and Dev, to the wonderful interactions between Phoebe and her family. There was also the relationship between Phoebe and her books, of course. Even in Phoebe’s POV, we still saw the relationships between other characters as well. Grace and her girlfriend seemed perfect together, Dev and Alex were fun, and there was a sibling-like bond between Em and Alex. I enjoyed them all. The plot was pretty simple and straightforward but entertaining. There were quotes or excerpts from some of Phoebe’s favourite books intertwined with the main plot, mostly for her research purposes and all the books she was reading also sounded interesting. I may have freaked out a little(just a little) when one of the books she was reading was set on PEI. A fictional character in the fictional book I was reading was reading a fictional book set in the place I was born. Bit of a mind trip. It was just an all-around enjoyable read and I’m glad to find out it’s a series and eager to know if the next book will follow Phoebe or if we’ll get to see the story of one of the lunch table friends. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Falling in love with Bookishly Ever After THIS BOOK! It is not just for people who read books or who love books - it is for people who live books. For those of us who connect to characters so deeply, they feel like real, live friends. BOOKISLY EVER AFTER was a delightful read. First of all, Phoebe is super funny and SO relatable. There were whole chapters that gave me flashbacks to my own incredibly awkward history. And I loved how she was taking her cues from her favourite book heroines - sections of those books are interwoven with the story, along with Phoebe's hand-written notes. (A very cool touch.)I was totally swept up by the story (another trait shared with Phoebe)- analyzing every look, swooning over every smile, and shouting over every missed opportunity. This was one HEA I became deeply invested in. A great cast of supporting characters rounds the story out nicely. I can't wait to dive deeper into their stories in the next installment! Come on, Book Two! (I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Bookish Loving Girl Falls In Love, And This Time It's Not Fictional. There is one word to describe this book. Adorable. Absolutely, completely adorable. A girl who is in love with books as much as myself and others are - It's perfect! Pheobe was the perfect example of a book lover. Shy, quiet, and she falls in love with fictional characters shamelessly. ( Let's face it, MOST of us fall in love with the hero, bad boy, innocent guys in the books. *Cough* Peeta *Cough* ) She brings books with her everywhere she goes, and ended up reading during band. DURING BAND. This girl is my new spirit animal. Now, onto the two things that I love THE most. First - Dev. I absolutely LOVED Dev, his ethic background and his theater loving ways. When I thought of Dev I automatically pictured Utkarsh Ambudkar in my mind. He played Rishi Lahiri on The Mindy Project, on top of many other roles in Hollywood. ( He happens to be a BIG crush of mine. ) When Dev was part of the flash mob at the home coming dance in the beginning of the book, that is who slipped right into my mind and he didn't leave. Dev was witty, handsome and a real gentleman. I don't want to give too much away spoiler wise, but near the end of the book there is this incredible sweet spot where he comes to the rescue for Pheobe during an awkward situation. He knew when she was uncomfortable and needed a knight in shining armor to step in and break things up. That makes him a great fictional guy to fall in love with. Secondly - Grace. I LOVED Grace. I know she is not the main focus in the book but she is a great friend to Pheobe and she is GAY! I LOVE when books include more LGBT characters. We need more strong women in books who are gay. I loved her. She was fierce, real and had a passion for fashion. When she talked with Pheobe she was honest, and forward. She didn't hold back. She reminds me of my best friend in that way. Sometimes you need that one friend who isn't going to sugar coat the world. Em was the best best friend a girl could ask for. She is a lover of the theater like Dev and has an incredible singing voice. She loves Pheobe a bunch, and understands her love of reading - though you can often find her teasing her about it too. She is the reason Pheobe considered Dev in the first place, and it just shows that sometimes your best friend knows things that you don't. The same thing happens to me with my best friend. She's the greatest and Em reminds me a lot about her. Both her and Grace do. Best friends make the world go round. I loved having the parts of Pheobes favorite books throughout the story. It was great to get into the world of fiction that made her be who she is. I know she really wanted to draw strength from her favorite heroines, and try to be more like them to grab the attention of Dev but in the end she was better off just being herself. I feel that Pheobe realizing that being herself is all she needs to be is the biggest part of the book. Too many people try to be someone they are not and I just enjoyed that part. Overall - I found iBookishly Ever After to be quite an easy read, one that is much easier than the titles I normally read but it was still fantastic. I am going to pick up a copy for my daughter to read, I think she would love it. As for me, I will read the next books that come along in the story because I want to know what adventures lie ahead! Also - Yes Em. People DO read during lunch. ;)
Date published: 2015-12-16