Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:
Synopsis for Bookworm (from Goodreads):
Bookworm (buk-werm): Someone who loves books, reading, and/or studying. For reference, see Charlotte Kent.
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Kent likes happy endings. Not that she’s looking for one herself. Awkward, never been kissed, and bookish to the core, Lottie would rather read about love than experience it.
But she enjoys helping others find their HEA in books.
Lottie loves working at the library…even if it means running into Bo Stryker.
Broody, athletic, and unfairly attractive when he frowns, Bo works at the flower shop across the street. Lottie is about to get rejected…when surprisingly, Bo steps in, pretends to be her boyfriend, and steals her first kiss.
One viral video later, everyone thinks they’re together.
Bo wants to keep pretending. Lottie wants to make amends—long story she was on a ladder; he startled her; the book slap was an accident.
A fake relationship may be the solution. But as they grow closer, Lottie can’t help falling for Bo—which is a disaster because grumpy sunshine only works in fiction…right?
This book features two opposites with undeniable chemistry, one lovable librarian, so many stolen kisses and answers the question:
What happens when a nerd falls for the grump-next-door?
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Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: April 2023
Source & Format: Author–eARC
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
If Cookie writes it, I will read it. That’s basically what it comes down to. But honestly, this just sounded like a fun, warm-your-heart novel and I could use that in my life. Who doesn’t?
While it isn’t necessary to read this book, I think if you have read Ninja Girl and Fauxmance, you’ll like all the little tie-ins along the way. Bo is the son of the leads in Ninja Girl—and they just might be my favourite Cookie couple—so I was super stoked to see them make like cameos!
The plot was light, but had substance that allowed both leads to grow. It also kept things interesting in terms of drama. I never felt like anything was stagnant and I always wanted to keep reading as a result.
I loved Charlotte’s personality. She’s bubbly (but not annoying) and I loved her confidence in herself. She knows she’s a little weird (but who isn’t?) but she never tries to be someone she isn’t.
Cookie writes the best book boyfriends! I instantly fell in love with Bo. The quiet, brooding type never ceases to win my heart. He was the perfect balance to Charlotte, so I truly enjoyed the banter in their scenes together.
My Rating: 5/5
I think my cheeks hurt from smiling to much! This book was just a great read! It made me laugh, swoon and have all the feels. I couldn’t help but love this book!
Read if You Like: YA romances, confident heroines, “odd-balls”, lighter romance
Avoid if You: dislike YA contemporary