THE BOOK NINJA - ALI BERG & MICHELLE KALUS

 

Title: The Book Ninja

Author: Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

Published: June 2018

Genres: YA Fiction, Chick-lit, Romance

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Sometimes love means having to broaden your literary horizons. Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person will do. It’s not that she hasn’t tried. She’s the queen of online dating. But enough is enough. Inspired by her job at The Little Brunswick Street Bookshop, Frankie decides to take fate into her own hands and embarks on the ultimate love experiment. Her plan? Plant her favourite books on trains inscribed with her contact details in a bid to lure the sophisticated, charming and well-read man of her dreams.

Enter Sunny, and one spontaneous kiss later, Frankie begins to fall for him. But there’s just one problem – Frankie is strictly a classics kind of gal, and Sunny is really into Young Adult. Like really.

A quirky and uplifting love letter to books, friendship and soulmates

 

TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In the spirit of honesty, the experience of reading this book as part of a buddy read with @littlelibrary.bylaura (who also gifted it to us! 💛) has absolutely influenced my star rating. After the first 50 pages I was very skeptical, preparing myself to endure a story doused in cliches and naive portrayals of the dating scene. But slowly it became so much more than that. The humour was spot on (Laura can attest to the back & forth videos of us uncontrollably giggling as we recounted scenarios that had unfolded). It felt close to home being set in Melbs, and was super easy to follow. I found the sub-storyline surrounding Frankie's best friend Cat bizarre and unenjoyable, but in it's defence I appreciated that we didn't see it wrapped up in a neat bow, but instead delivering us a slightly more messy and authentic resolution. I also found myself wishing Frankie had the balls to not let Cat push her around so much. It's definitely the most PG book I've read in a long while (I've even given it to my 80yo Nan to read). Big shoutout to my fave character Winnie 🐢

 

NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s not too often I find myself deliberating (for an extended period anyway) on what rating to give a novel. But in this case, I said to Tay even days after I finished that I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. However, here I am with a clear head and as you can see, it’s solid 3 stars from me. There was a lot to love about this novel, I mean who doesn’t enjoy references to places you know, consistent book chat, and a cute love story along the way. The concept of Frankie leaving the books on the train I absolutely adored, and my highlight was her online blog entries under her alias “Scarlett O”. I thought they were sharp and clever. Throughout I was more entertained, then engaged. It was light and fluffy, but not too much more.

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