It’s All Just Déjà Vu: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

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Bookishly Ever After
by Isabel Bandeira

book one in the Ever After series
published January 19th 2016 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
young adult | contemporary | romance

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My rating: 

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

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?


I tried so hard to like this, but it got on every. Single. Nerve. I wanted to strangle everyone; the book was so predictable; there’s nothing here that you haven’t read in other cheesy YA romances. I’m actually just proud of myself for finishing this.

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I’ve been waiting for this book to come out since it was announced in 2014. The synopsis promised a book for book addicts to love and to be able to relate to. Unfortunately, I just wanted to RIP EVERYONE’S THROATS OUT *coughs* get the book over with when I finally got around to read it. While I did LOVE the idea of the book, there were just too many tropes and stereotypes in it. So, no. Nuh-uh, not for me. So let me elaborate on my violent instincts:

1. Every single stereotype in this book deserves a kick in the nuts.

Okay, books can’t avoid character stereotypes. It’s a given! The best a book can do is to tone this down, right? Well, this book did the exact opposite. The tropes were so strong and wrong and unrealistic and I JUST WANTED EVERYONE TO GO AWAY. Let’s take our booknerd heroine, for example. Reading while you’re having lunch? Acceptable. Using books and book characters as a guide for flirting and for life in general?! Weird. As. Heck. IT WAS TOO MUCH EVEN FOR MY BOOK-LOVING BRAIN.

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Also, I would like to give a special shoutout to the cheerleaders-can’t-be-bookworms trope very much highlighted in the book. Fuck you, I’m both. Excuse my French, I just needed this to be out there.

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2. The book is pretty much a copy-pasted compilation of typical YA contemporary romance scenes.

*WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS* There’s nothing in the storyline here that I haven’t already read about in other YA books. We’ve got your typical homecoming scenes, camping scenes, makeover scenes–what else is missing? This book has all of those things and all the other scenes I’m sick of in contemporary.

3. I only liked one character out a BAJILLION of them.

There were SO MANY side characters, and personally, I thought some of them were a biiiiit unnecessary. Their personalities just blended in together for me, and you don’t really need lots of characters who are all basically the same person.

The ONLY character I liked was the love interest, who was, thank the gods, sweet, cute, and actually made sense. He was pretty much the only saving grace of the entire story for me.


Well, for me? Clearly the answer is no. BUUUUT I do understand the appeal of the story. It’s a bookworm’s dream, if you will. If you’re a big fan of YA contemporary romances, sure, go ahead and give this one a try!

Have you read this book yet? If not, do you want to?! Let me know in the comments!

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16 Replies to “It’s All Just Déjà Vu: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira”

  1. Gah, I have no idea how you made it through! You know, I was at first curious about this one, but then I just got that “feeling”, the one that told me it wasn’t a me book. (And heard a few iffy things about the author, which turned me off a bit haha.) And it turns out I was likely right, and skipping it was a good life choice. The characters would have driven me crazy, my goodness. Great review, sorry it was such a mess for you though!
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  2. Oh no… I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it THAT much! I was excited for this one too, but the not-so-good review starts to pour in and I ended up keep pushing this book off. I will definitely skip this one, all the stereotypes you mentioned are the ones I hate and it just seems frustrating, so I don’t want to put myself through that.
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  3. Ugh, I honestly thought I was one of the only people out there who thought this book was just thrown together by taking bits and pieces of other YA books and rewording them. Plus, all of the characters seemed so annoying for my taste – I couldn’t connect to any of them at all. I’m sorry to hear that you had some of the same problems with this one, especially when you were looking forward to it so much!

  4. Totally kills it for me when I dislike all of the characters – even in popular books where you’re supposed to hate the characters (like Gone Girl for example). So I would probably not like this book either. Sorry this one was a fail. 🙁

  5. Okay so tell us how you really feel, Aimee. 😂😂😂 I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this book! I remember seeing positive reviews for it back in the day but I never really looked into it for myself. I’m not much of a YA contemporary fan and based on your review, I do not think I would enjoy this book. Cliches irritate me. D: good job on finishing it though!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

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  6. I don’t mind a few tropes in books but damn, why throw them all into the one storyline. I can understand if the book was published five years ago, back then even young adult was very different and we tolerated a lot more too. But authors these days have no excuse. They’re all into social media and see the conversations going on between readers. That many unforgettable and unlikable characters in the one book and it’ll be a hard pass from me. Thanks for taking one for the team Aimz <3
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