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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…
Rating: 4/5 stars
This was such a cute book! Shoshanna is a fun, quirky relatable character. Whenever she followed up an action with the comment to herself that she’s a totally normal human — I felt that.
This book isn’t REALLY about romance — it’s more about family, and friendship. Shoshanna’s life starts falling apart around her, in part due to her own actions, and she has to come to terms that she can’t fix everything, even if she’s trying her best to help. Still, for the romance part, it’s a slow burn, enemies-to-lovers. I’ll admit — it took me a long time to like Jake. Eventually I came around, as did Shoshanna, but I thought he was unnecessarily rude a lot at the beginning. Sure, Shoshanna could be a bit much at times, but his rudeness wasn’t witty banter — it was just rude, and that wasn’t fair. Still, as the story progressed, I started to like him more…when Shoshanna started to.
Her relationships with her moms and her best friends were really interesting and central to the story, which I liked. They all had their own little storylines going, even if we just caught a glimpse at it. I know it’s a sign of good writing, but I liked that we (and Shoshanna) saw that these characters existed on their own, outside of her storyline, too.
Overall, this was a sweet read! Definitely makes me want to get a job at an independent bookstore! I’d recommend it to anyone who likes YA, especially those looking for clean YA! (I recommend reading it around the holidays, too!)
What’s your favorite holiday read? Let me know in the comments!
PS: Check out my review of another one of Laura’s books, “Girl Out of Water”! (I reviewed this book three years ago — that’s wild.)
Note: I won this book in a giveaway from Laura!