[Reading] ➽ By the Book Author Amanda Sellet – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk

By the Book 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 CostsUnfortunately, Mary Is Better At Dishing Out Advice Than Taking It And The Number One Bad Boy On Her List Is Terribly Debonair As Her Best Intentions Go Up In Flames, Mary Discovers Life Doesn T Follow The Same Rules As Fiction If She Wants A Happy Ending IRL, She Ll Have To Write It Herself

10 thoughts on “By the Book

  1. says:

    When a cover is this beautiful, you better pray that the contents match.

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    I ll just be here, trying to manage my expectations between the beautiful cover and the punny tittle I ll just be here, trying to manage my expectations between the beautiful cover and the punny tittle

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    The perfect YA rom com for Jane Austen nerds 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 The perfect YA rom com for Jane Austen nerds 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 debonair As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn t follow the same rules as fiction If she wants a happy ending IRL, she ll have to write it herself.Okay, so this was super cute I loved Mary s obsession with classics period dramas The references and puns had me DYING I also liked her big family, and the journey in which she learns how to navigate true friendship It was actually kind of scary how much she reminded me of ME at that age fifteen, unbearably naive, lonely, and completely unversed in love Not much has changed, actually However, there were parts where her own naivety made me struggle as a reader I wished she would have stuck up for herself .NowAlex Ritter He was amazing I understand the importance of writing a coming of age tale that doesn t involve just romance, but family, and friends, etc., However, I neededmoments between Alex and Mary I felt like if their relationship had beenof the focus I would have fallen head over heels in love with this book And lastly, I liked how the novel shed light on what true friendship looks like versus toxic ones That was an element of the story I could very much relate to Overall, I enjoyed this Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for sending a copy By the Book is officially out now To check out my By the Book inspired Bookstagram post, click here

  4. says:

    DNF at 55% I just did not like our main female character She was judgmental and praised for it and the whole book was going nowhere I felt like there was no plot I was stuck between being bored and annoyed.

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    The cover attracted me at first but after reading the synopsis and seeing this quote If she wants a happy ending IRL, she ll have to write it herself Yeah, bring it on girl Count me in Looking forward to reading this

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    ARC received in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.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 ARC received in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.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 when communicating and they are in need of constant validation and awe with their usage of SAT words in normal conversation.Honestly, that goes for everyone in Mary s family Including our narrator I tolerated it because her voice makes total sense given her upbringing and obsession with classic novels.The narrator honest to goodness threw in the word erstwhile As soon as I read that, my eye started twitching because I have a vivid experience at work in which my boss s boss tried to come at us with an email communication to the community using that word, and we in the marketing communications department immediately vetoed it.As I hit the 50% mark, I began to find Mary charming, funny, and observant, which made for a great reading experience and I fellandin love with her big, quirky family Yes, even her parents whose arms must hurt from all the self back patting.I grew up in a big family 3 siblings, lots of cousins and seeing it depicted in books and movies always warms my heart especially when done well It s why I tear up watching Little Women and why I adored To All the Boys I Loved Before This was no different.I say the following with both praise and warning The writing style is very nobody talks like that but we love to see it Dawson s Creek meets SAT prep with a lot of Gil Girls, but with classic literature references instead of pop culture references There is even a glossary of literature references made at the end of the book.You know how there is a Rory Gil reading challenge I totally could see a Mary Porter Malcom reading challenge stemming from this book.All that being said, I think this book is very self aware I believe and hope that it is meant to be tongue in cheek, in which case, it is done incredibly well.And now, I shall gush, because it s what I do best I loved seeing how Mary s world clashed with contemporary high school how she interpreted everyday high school drama and how everyday high schoolers interpreted her.The friend group in this was so, so refreshing All three girls have such vivid personalities with little focus on looks, which I so appreciated I seriously WISH I had friends like those in high school I m many, MANY years out of high school and I even wanted to hang out with them.And who would I be if I didn t talk about the romance in this book YA romances can be pretty predictable, but I m going to be honest, this one wasn t nearly as predictable as most YA novels I read There were SO many sweet, swoony moments The type of tiny moments that are significant simply because of the build up.The inclusion of Mary s diary entries were not extra fluff They directed the story in significant, but subtle ways They weren t boringly long, they were short and sweet, but packed a punch.When I closed this book figuratively speaking because I read the eARC for this , I felt exactly how I hope to feel every time I open one a little giddy, a little nostalgic, and a lot satisfied

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    This book was delightful, and I can t even imagine how muchI would ve enjoyed it if I were a fan of the classics It was so muchfriendship centric than I had anticipated think Emma Mills when I saw in the acknowledgments that they have the same agent I was like OF COURSE and I loved that the MC was from a big family, because you don t see that so often and it s such a fun dynamic It s so charming, the MC is so so genuinely and lovably bookish, and I love how many references th This book was delightful, and I can t even imagine how muchI would ve enjoyed it if I were a fan of the classics It was so muchfriendship centric than I had anticipated think Emma Mills when I saw in the acknowledgments that they have the same agent I was like OF COURSE and I loved that the MC was from a big family, because you don t see that so often and it s such a fun dynamic It s so charming, the MC is so so genuinely and lovably bookish, and I love how many references there are to classics throughout They re enumerated and explained at the end, too, which I loved If you love Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, or friendship centric romance novels, or especially both, I think you will adore this

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    Title By the BookSeries StandaloneAuthor Amanda SelletRelease date May 12, 2020Cliffhanger noGenre young adultI 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 Title By the BookSeries StandaloneAuthor Amanda SelletRelease date May 12, 2020Cliffhanger noGenre young adultI 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 possibility, considering the fact that both of her parents are professors She grew up going to a non traditional school on her parents campus where she was surrounded by academics She d always felt at home there, but her life is about to be turned upside down when her parents inform her that she ll be starting a new school for her sopho year At Melville High, she ll only know two people, but at least she has that to cling to Until she doesn t She gets dumped by her friends publicly no less To say she s off to a rocky start is an understatement Mary sees herself as rather unremarkable, without any talents or interesting qualities that would find her a clique to fit in with She doesn t let it discourage her, and she isn t too hard on herself for having to figure herself out a little bit Just because I wasn t a theatrical impresario or star athlete didn t mean I had nothing to offer It was taking me longer to find my niche, that was all.Everything turns around for Mary when she impresses a trio of girls who allow her into their fold A chance meeting convinces them she would be a valuable new member of their group when she gives them inside information on Alex, whom she labels the most dastardly of roguish rakes i.e a player Her new calling is found using her book smarts on classic lit characters and applying what she learned to real people Unfortunately, people are rarely what they appear on the surface, and placing simple labels on people is doomed for failure The purpose of the Scoundrel List isn t to point out the obvious villains guys who steal your inheritance or lock you in a tower or invite their mistress to move into the guest room It s about finding the ones who conceal their treachery behind a smiling fa ade That s the kind of nefariousness you have to watch out for The book is close to 400 pages, and I think condensing the page count would have been ideal We see Mary enjoying life in the popular world and relishing new experiences Going to a big party, cruising the mall, and socializing while on the hunt for the perfect dates for the winter formal More focus was put on this rather than developing the romance arc During this time, she struggles to maintain the pretense that she s a worldly girl with all of the answers Her new friends are so impressed with her ability to peg people at a glance, but what would they do if they knew she wasn t always so confident Who better to help her pick out potential suitors for her friends than Alex the serial dater Alex was a pretty sweet guy, and I realized almost immediately, completely misunderstood He wasn t the bad boy looking to score every girl in sight, and had a habit of showing up in places where Mary was going to be Anyone with the smallest amount of experience with the opposite sex would see that he was trying to flirt with her, but fifteen year old Mary has zero street smarts As the book dragged on, I kept waiting for the realization to hit her, and see some sort of internal dialogue as she sorts it all out We get nearly three quarters into the book before there s any hint of romance between them view spoiler Mary was so clueless that she believed Alex had a girlfriend for the majority of the book This girl was actually his sister, which she could have easily learned had she spent any time getting to know him hide spoiler I feel like there was a wasted opportunity here I was honestly anticipating some sort of inner struggle as she fought her feelings for the person she warned her friends away from She would realize her growing feelings and be backed into a corner, unable to show him how she feels He continued to flirt, it continued to fly right over her head up until the point we went for it and kissed her Which totally shocked and confused her Then she screws up big time, both with Alex and her friends Finally we get some introspection going on at this point, but the resolution on both fronts was pretty rushed and easy in my opinion This is a light coming of age story that doesn t fall on the high end of the YA spectrum, as it explores pretty simple themes By the Book wasn t without charm, however it did fall short of an exhilarating teen romance I enjoyed Mary s large and opinionated family, most especially her siblings who were well drawn and distinctive from each other The heroine s group of friends were sweet, and not at all the cliche mean girl popular group which was refreshing I just never quite reached the excitement for Alex and Mary I was hoping for However, if you re a huge classic literature buff, there s quite a lot to enjoy and this could very well be the perfect book for you FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON

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    This was such a cute book I had a hard time with the language at first, and I almost DNFed after the first chapter Mary only reads classic literature and the way she talks and thinks reflects this But as I got used to this style, it really added to the humour and made Mary into a likable and unique character How many teenagers think and talk like a turn of the century heroine The plot of this story is freaking adorable, and I loved the friends she made particularly the sweet, quiet, and be This was such a cute book I had a hard time with the language at first, and I almost DNFed after the first chapter Mary only reads classic literature and the way she talks and thinks reflects this But as I got used to this style, it really added to the humour and made Mary into a likable and unique character How many teenagers think and talk like a turn of the century heroine The plot of this story is freaking adorable, and I loved the friends she made particularly the sweet, quiet, and beautiful Terry who is obsessed with true crime The book isn t just about the romance it s about Mary finding friends who appreciate her for who she is 3 Definitely recommend this book to bookaholics particularly those who love the classics looking for a sweet YA book

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