ARC August Mini Review: Recommended For You

recommended for youRecommended For You by Laura Silverman
Published by:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pub Date:
September 1, 2020
e-arc; preordered | Source: NetGalley
young adult, contemporary romance, holiday romance
Rating: 5_star_rating_system_3_and_a_half_stars

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…

Super cute- teen bookworms are going to love this! My main gripe was that there was a LOT going on, to the point where it felt like each storyline didn’t get the depth it deserved. And it all happened in the space of a week, which made it feel even more unbelievable. But I loved the holiday cheer, the bookstore setting, the large diverse cast (Black, Mexican, disabled, and queer rep off the top of my head), and the Jewish main character AND love interest! I love the holiday season so much and it always makes me happy to see Hanukkah genuinely included. Shoshanna was impulsive and naive but had such a good heart and felt like a real teen. It was a sweet book that I would LOVE to see as a Netflix movie tbh!

Do you like to read holiday books? Any Hanukkah recs for me? Let me know what you’ve been reading this month as well!

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