Title: This Book Will Change Your Life
Author: Amanda Weaver
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before the official release date. Thank you so, so much!
College was supposed to be where Hannah’s hard work paid off, but the major in honors chemistry she’s been working towards since childhood is slipping away. Worse, she’s not sure she wants it anymore. Salvation comes from an unlikely place—a used bookstore and Ben, the passionate college senior who works there.
Ben’s trapped in a life mapped out for him. Trapped in a future career as a lawyer to make his father happy. Trapped pursuing a girl he doesn't even like because she fits into a world he doesn’t want, but can’t escape. But then he meets Hannah. And for the first time, he knows what it means to truly want something.
So he gives in to being her friend. Then to wanting her. Then to kissing her. And within the freedom of his impulsivity, both of their carefully planned lives begin to fall apart...
This is what I wrote Amanda Weaver right after I finished this book: "Has This Book Will Change Your Life by @aweaverwrites changed my life?! Definitely! One of my favorite reads this year." It was just so good. I can't wait to get a real copy of this book and find a special place for it on my bookshelf.
I think this is only the second time I read about a main character working in a book shop (I want my own bookstore, thanks to Amanda Weaver now). It's so underrated in books. Authors should create characters like Ben more often. And like Hannah. I fell in love with the two of them right from the start.
Hannah's a chemistry major and got a low score for her first test in the semester. Totally upset with herself, she goes into a second-hand bookstore, having absolutely no idea what to pick up. She's never read a book just for fun, only for school. Good thing a boy called Ben works in the bookstore. Being a total book nerd, he helps Hannah find a book (The Book Thief, he decides after a couple of tries), saying it will change her life.
While Hannah likes Ben right away, thinking he's really cute, Ben notices Hannah's beauty, but is interested in someone else. He likes the barista from the coffee shop across the street, who walks into the bookstore sometimes to talk to him and to bring him a coffee. He's madly in love with her, has been for a year, and still hopes he'll soon get his chance with her. He thinks of Hannah as beautiful as well, which makes it harder to resist her. He finds himself thinking about her more often than he should. And then there is also his father, who forces Ben to go to law-school after finishing college. Ben knows his father would never agree to date someone who isn't a law student and a couple of years younger than him. His real dream is to teach in the future.
Hannah's almost got the same problem. She finds herself questioning her choice of major, but feels guilty for thinking about a different one, since she wants to be the one to cure the sickness her mother died from a few years ago. Will Ben and Hannah be brave enough to admit what they both want?!
Everything in This Book Will Change Your Life is about passion and dreams. The book is unlike from anything I've read so far, which makes it really special to me. I don't know what it is about the story, but I loved it so much. I wish I could rewind the time and read it again for the very first time. Okay, I'll admit that I liked the beginning better than the rest of the book. But that is probably because my eyes hurt after a while and my mood wasn't the best then either. That doesn't mean I disliked the book at any chapter or any line. I did not! I truly loved it all.
The characters were so real and what I especially liked was that the scenes weren't too long. You know, sometimes author happen to write scenes that are too long and don't feel right anymore, like a phone call or something. Amanda Weaver did no such thing. Everything was perfectly timed, developed just the way I like it.
Seriously, I'm still out of words - a week after I finished This Book Will Change Your Life. It's by far one of my favorite reads ever, simply because the characters are so sweet. There wasn't a single character that I disliked. Ben's father was horrible, alright, but I even liked Ben's first love interest. She wasn't my favorite character, but I was able to deal with her.
Ben's the new ultimate book boyfriend for me and I think even boys should read this book, because a) they can learn a thing or two from Ben and b) Hannah can be their ultimate book girlfriend. She's such a lovely character. Young and sweet on one hand and carefree and naughty on the other.
Maybe this is too much (hello fangirl mode!), but I feel like I have to say this: This book needs to be translated into all the languages in the world, made into a beautiful movie with talented actors. Overall, it needs to be heard. Or read, whatever. I hope this book will receive all the popularity it deserves!
|(C) Amanda Weaver|
About the author
Amanda has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.
A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.
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