Book Review: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

Book Rating (out of 5):

So, here’s the thing. This book is not without flaws. It’s got several, in fact. But I just couldn’t put it down. I was immediately sucked into the story and couldn’t stop thinking about it when I was away until I finished it. I’ve been dealt a few literary duds lately and this was just the palette cleanser, so to speak, that I needed. So regardless of it’s flaws, I have to give it 4 stars by the sheer point of fact that it kept me effortless engaged.

If you read the book jacket, By the Book is supposed to be a second chance love story. You’d think that this book would be all about Adam and Anne and their reconnection, but to me it was more The Book of Anne with the re-appearance of Adam as the catalyst to her re-evaluating her life choices.

The being said, I can’t say that Anne really had a distinct personality. Her friends did. Larry, her bestie and fellow college professor, had a HUGE personality. The new man who shows up in her life is full of personality…among other things. There is the old college friend with the movie star boyfriend and the uptight sister with the brood of kids and the rich husband. The crotchety dad in a nursing home. All of these people were cliche, but bursting with personality while Anne and Adam (who appeared fleetingly IMO) seemed rather bland in comparison.

But regardless, the book moved swiftly and held your attention with frothy intrigue and little scandals. I laughed (mostly at her BFF Larry), I got teary eyed, I rolled my eyes. I had a little bit of every emotion. In summary, I enjoyed it and if you’re in the mood for a little chick lit, I think you will too.

I received this ARC via NetGalley. Look for By the Book in February 2018.


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