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Blind Date with a Book: Bookends by Jane Green

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3 Stars

Ever since I can remember I have loved books. Not just loved, but been passionate about. I regularly spend hours at a time browsing in bookshops, losing track of time, losing myself in another world.

My colleagues and I at work decided to organize a Blind Date with a Book event. This was the book that I got. If you’re curious, the teaser that got me was “How I met Your Mother meets Mean Girls”. I’ve been on a high fantasy reading streak and I figured it would be nice to read some chic lit as a break and I loved both HIMYM and Mean Girls!

Bookends is about a group of late twenty-somethings trying to figure out their lives. As the teaser promised, it did remind me of Friends and HIMYM. There isn’t that much fuss to the story. It’s chic lit and it’s supposed to be a light read, and it was. What I liked the best about the story was the Bookends bit. In the book, Bookends is a bookshop cafe that a couple of the main characters put up. The truth is, one of my dreams in life is to be able to put up my own book café—a place where I can share my love for books and food at the same time. Until now, it’s still a dream. Reading about the characters’ journey in their business venture was bittersweet. A part of me was so happy because they were doing what I’ve been dreaming of doing ever since—and another half of me was jealous because they are actually doing it, even if they are just fictional people.

One day, I tell myself, I will do it. I will fulfill that dream. It’s just that I’m not sure when.

I saw a lot of myself in Cath—too much, even. Somehow the story was more personal because I saw a lot of myself in her. This was a fictional girl living a part of my dream, and it was both sad and sweet. If only real life was easier.

Because isn’t that the thing with fantasies? Fantasies are absolutely safe, as long as you never try to make them a reality. Whether you’re fantasizing about wife-swapping, or café/bookshops, it’s still a truism that they will always be safer when they are kept locked in your head.

I picked this book blindly not knowing what story I was about to get myself into, and it turned out to be more personal than I ever intended it to be. I finish this review still wondering if I’ll ever have the courage to do what Cath did—and it scares me.

Also, thanks to Ann for lending me this, it was a good Blind Date!

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Sneak Peek: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Expected Publication: August 14, 2014

This five-chapter sneak peek was provided by the publisher via Netgalley. Before anything else, I just need to say that I walked into this book blindly. I haven’t read anything from Stephanie Perkins before so everything was new to me, not that I minded it. I can say that she has the potential to being my new favorite Chick Lit author.

The language and writing was as light as can be, as books like this are meant to be. I think Isla personifies what most girls turn into when faced with their crush, which was pretty funny. She just completely turns to jelly when Josh is there. And Josh—he’s the mysterious artist, the aloof and brooding kind, the kind of guys that get my attention in real life. I’m truly fascinated by his character. He reminds me of my high school crushes. The sneak peek ended so quickly it kinda made me itching for more—which I suppose was the purpose of this teaser. I can say that I’m looking forward to reading the whole book!