Literally is not only charming, but it takes the term bookception to a whole new level. This is the perfect book for book lovers everywhere.
Literally by Lucy Keating
This Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz is the perfect wine to sip while reading this book about a teenage girl, who has discovered that she is the main character in a novel written by the one and only Lucy Keating!
*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
- Title: Literally
- Author: Lucy Keating
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Expected Pub Date: April 11, 2017
- Pages: 256
A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.
It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.
But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?
The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is such a fun read, and definitely the type of story that you’ll be in the mood for now that it is officially spring! It is a charming, light, and sweet story that you’ll want to devour in one sitting.
As an avid reader, I LOVE books that include books within books (AKA bookceptions). It’s so much fun to read about fictional readers, authors, and books. And Literally certainly takes that theme one step further by having the main character, Annabelle, discover that she is actually a character in a book that is being written by Lucy Keating.
Keating explores a lot of really fun ideas around writing in this book, and I especially enjoyed how she hit on the fact that sometimes authors are kind of jerks to their characters. I mean, if they were nice to their characters the books would be a total snooze, right? So it’s all quite necessary, but watching Keating cast herself as a type of villain in the story was hilarious!
I loved the characters in this book. Annabelle was a charismatic and quirky main character. Reading from her perspective was a pleasure. And I adored the fact that most of the supporting cast were so intentionally and obviously archetypal. They were so much fun to read about, but also get you thinking about the types of characters you see a lot of in books, and what makes a truly original and complex character.
At 256 pages, this is definitely a quick read, and one that readers will relish from start to finish.
This book cover is adorable. I love the symbolism of Annabelle trying to step out from behind the pages of the book. I also love that that particular page happens to be from this very book. The color scheme is great. The characterization is adorable, and just LOOK at this spine! It’s a Napoleon cameo! Awwww!!!!
This book is so delightful! I adored both of the male love interests, and I also loved the way Keating poked fun at the love triangle trope. We have the “perfect” guy, Will, who is so sweet, handsome, and quite literally designed for Annabelle. Then we have the charmingly-annoying Elliot, her brother’s best friend. The fun and the swoons come from watching Annabelle try to figure out which guy truly is the one for her.
About Lucy Keating
Lucy lives in San Francisco, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much.
When she’s not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.
You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucy.keating, and Ernie The Dog @ernsboberns
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Have you guys read Dreamology by Lucy Keating yet? Will you be reading Literally when it comes out next week? What is your favorite “bookception” book?