The Bookworm’s Guide to Dating
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
What I wanted for my birthday: Books.
What I got for my birthday: my brother’s best friend playing matchmaker.
Let it be known that I, Kinsley Lane, am one hundred percent against being set up with somebody.
And I’m one thousand percent sure that Josh Carter is not the man to find me a boyfriend.
I mean, if I’m so great, why isn’t he the one dating me? (For the record, I don’t know the answer. That’s just what the guy on the internet asked.)
Still, I’ll humor him. If I go on his little dates, he’ll teach my bookish, introverted self how not to be totally, completely, utterly, unforgivably awkward on every single one of them.
And all I have to do is fall in love with one of the lovely gentlemen he’s serving up for me on a silver platter—all of whom fit my very specific guidelines.
It would be.
If only I could stop falling for Josh.
Have you seen the title and cover for this book? How can a bookworm NOT want to read it, right? I mean, I enjoy Emma Hart’s romantic comedies, but I HAD to read this one when I saw the title and cover. Add in that it’s a falling for the brother’s best friend trope, and I was sold.
What did I think of The Bookworm’s Guide to Dating? It was cute! I loved the way it was set up. Each chapter starts off strong with a fun rule for dating that is a foreshadow of what’s to come. The way/reason Josh tries to set Kinsley up on dates was adorable. The older brother’s best friend trope here took a unique spin, and I appreciated it. It was refreshing to read this trope where it’s the guy pining away for the younger sister and not vice versa. Plus, there were so many hilariously cute moments between Josh and Kinsley. Their romance was so sweet and they had great chemistry.
One of the things that makes Emma Hart’s books so fun is how they connect through friends and family. Kinsley is obviously a bookworm and so are her best friends. They own a bookstore together and I loved how the store and friendships were used. There was Kinsley’s brother and Josh’s best friend and the bond between all of them. Add in some crazy grandparents and ducks (Yes, ducks!) and it was all sorts of fun!
There were a couple of things that I did sort of wished had been changed up. They didn’t really make me like the book any less, but they did make think a bit. The first was there was quite a bit of Harry Potter related talk. Can we all just agree to move on from the Harry Potter franchise being the hallmark of being a bookworm in books? It’s so overused and overdone. Not to mention, when I see it in a book now I think of the controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling. It would be fun to see other franchises get shout outs. So many other book adaptations have come along in recent years. The second thing was that I wanted more time with Josh and Kinsley being sneaky. I just wanted to spend more time with them together because they were so adorable.
Overall, I had a great time reading The Bookworm’s Guide to Dating. It was entertaining in an upbeat way with pretty much no angst.
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About Emma Hart:
Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs. Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud. Yes, really. She’s that sarcastic.
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