Sunday 12 August 2018

Blog Tour: Review of The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

Could you find your perfect man by looking at his book shelf?

'Frankie, think about it. Literature is your life. You've been trawling Tinder looking for well-read intellectuals, but it's not working. Let's shake things up! Just use your favourite books to find a man.' 

Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person. It’s not that she hasn’t tried – Frankie is the queen of online dating. But she has had enough.

With the help of her best friend and colleague Cat, Frankie decides to embark on the ultimate dating experiment. Inspired by her surroundings at The Little Brunswick Bookshop where she works, Frankie places her hope in her favourite books to find her the perfect man… Secretly planting copies on trains, trams and buses, Frankie hopes to find the man of her dreams through a mutual love of good books. The only flaw to the plan? That she may never get her books back! 

But that turns out to be the least of her worries... In between crazy dates and writing them up on her blog, Frankie stumbles upon her perfect man. There's just one problem...Frankie is strictly a Jane Austen kind of woman and Sunny is really into Young Adult. Seriously, obsessively into it...

Can Frankie overcome her book snobbery for the man of her dreams? Or will she be left searching the trains for her modern-day Mr Darcy forever?

Review: I just love a book that mentions other books and so a book that uses books ti find love-sign me up. This book talks about so many f the other books that I love and you can tell that these authors genuinely love books too because they talk about the intricacies of each and every one of the books mentioned in this novel like true book lovers. I may have done a little squeal every time some of the books that I loved were mentioned too. 

This is a fabulously funny love story. I laughed out loud and I also 'awwed' out loud because the book is just so sweet. Frankie is looking for love and using her books to help her. She has some wonderfully disastrous dates which really made me laugh and the way this character writes about them on her blog makes it even more amusing and relatable. There are also several, wonderful, grand romantic gestures scattered throughout the novel so you don't have to wait until the end to enjoy those!

Frankie is a great character because, not only is she a fellow book lover but she is also in her early thirties with a career path she hasn't exactly chosen and facing life as a single thirty something, very easy to relate to. Best friend Cat is also wonderful because she too has faults. The fact that she is pregnant add to some funny moments and some more emotional moments too. Seb and Claud, the other people who work in the book store with Cat and Frankie are great supporting characters and contribute to many of the lol moments as well as many of the aww moments. And of course there are the men vying for Frankie's romantic attention, but no spoilers here. 

One of the things that really gets explored in this book is how Young Adult fiction is viewed, particularly by fans of literary fiction, or the classics like Jane Austen. The books are very much looked down upon but a fan of Young Adult fiction does a great job of explaining just why these novels should be given so much more respect than they are in literary circles and especially just how relevant they are to the culture in which we live. I really really enjoyed this part of the book and may have done a little cheer whenever the subject was raised. 

Another aspect of the book that I really liked was the structure, I loved the fact that we got to see Frankie's blogposts and the comments that were left on them. I thought this was a really great way to add another level to her character and also the over arching storyline. I think that the use of social media added a great deal to my enjoyment of this novel. I would definitely recommend giving this on a read especially if you are a fan of hilariously embarrassing situations one moment and swoon-worthy romantic situations the next!

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