Book review: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Published May 3rd 2022 by Berkley


One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Such a lovely romantic read! Endearing and sweet.

I wasn’t a fan of Emily Henry’s young adult novels. I was very reluctant to pick up anything else written by the author. With Book LoversI can definitely say that the hype made me do it! There were so many positive reviews among my friends that I had to give it a chance.

To be honest, I expected a usual from enemies to lovers rom com drama. But color me surprised when it turned out Book Lovers is way deeper than just a romantic read. Don’t ever judge a book by its cover has never been truer! Romance is still amazing, and the banter is sexy and hilarious but we also have a deep and complicated connection between two sisters. Trauma, loss, fear of loneliness. Nora is deeply damaged person. Her career and cold demeanor are her shields from vulnerability. I didn’t expect her character to resonate with me on so many levels. For me, this story turned into something more personal, something deeply introspective that made me think about meaning of life and what it is really means to be happy and content in life. And siblings’ relationship is one of my favorite topics in books so I was really invested into Nora and Libby connection.

I find that I am very eager to read other adult books by Emily Henry. If they hide as rich and complicated personalities like Nora Stephens from Book Lovers, I am so into discovering these gems!


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