By the Book



As A Devotee Of Classic Novels, Mary Porter Malcolm Knows All About Mistakes That Have Been Made, Especially By Impressionable Young Women So When A Girl At Her New High School Nearly Succumbs To The Wiles Of A Notorious Cad, Mary Starts Compiling The Scoundrel Survival Guide, A Rundown Of Literary Types To Be Avoided At All CostsUnfortunately, Mary Is Better At Dishing Out Advice Than Taking It And The Number One Bad Boy On Her List Is Terribly Debonair As Her Best Intentions Go Up In Flames, Mary Discovers Life Doesn T Follow The Same Rules As Fiction If She Wants A Happy Ending IRL, She Ll Have To Write It HerselfBy the Book

Amanda Sellet has strong opinions about books, movies, and baked goods, which led to a previous career as a professional critic Now she channels that saltiness into YA novels about smart girls who still have a lot to learn On the comedy tragedy question, she is team comedy all the way.

➪ By the Book Read ➲ Author Amanda Sellet – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • By the Book
  • Amanda Sellet
  • English
  • 24 August 2019
  • 9780358156611

10 thoughts on “By the Book

  1. says:

    When a cover is this beautiful, you better pray that the contents match.

  2. says:

    I ll just be here, trying to manage my expectations between the beautiful cover and the punny tittle.

  3. says:

    The cover attracted me at first but after reading the synopsis and seeing this quote If she wants a happy ending IRL, she ll have to write it herself Yeah, bring it on girl Count me in Looking forward to reading this

  4. says:

    This book was delightful, and I can t even imagine how much I would ve enjoyed it if I were a fan of the classics It was so much friendship centric than I had anticipated think Emma Mills when I saw in the acknowledgments that they have the same agent I was like OF COURSE and I loved that the MC was from a big family, because you don t see that so often and it s such a fun dynamic It s so charming, the MC is so so genuinely and lovably bookish, and I love how many references there are to classics throughout They re enumerated and explained at the end, too, which I loved If you love Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, or friendship centric romance novels, or especially both, I think you will adore this.

  5. says:

    The perfect YA rom com for Jane Austen nerds As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn t follow the same rules as fiction If she wants a happy ending IRL, she ll have to write it herself.Okay, so this was super cute I loved Mary s obsession with classics period dramas The references and puns had me DYING I also liked her big family, and the journey in which she learns how to navigate true friendship It was actually kind of scary how much she reminded me of ME at that age fifteen, unbearably naive, lonely, and completely unversed in love Not much has changed, actually However, there were parts where her own naivety made me struggle as a reader I wished she would have stuck up for herself .NowAlex Ritter He was amazing I understand the importance of writing a coming of age tale that doesn t involve just romance, but family, and friends, etc., However, I needed moments between Alex and Mary I felt like if their relationship had been of the focus I would have fallen head over heels in love with this book And lastly, I liked how the novel shed light on what true friendship looks like versus toxic ones That was an element of the story I could very much relate to Overall, I enjoyed this Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for sending a copy

  6. says:

    a novel of PROSE and cons.

  7. says:

    This was very cute and also very unique My only complaint is that it started feeling a bit long and repetitive toward the middle Overall, though, a solid debut, and one I think a lot of book lovers will enjoy.

  8. says:

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley This in no way impacted on my view.I knew I would enjoy this book as soon as I heard about it last year, but my god, I was not expecting to love it as much as I did I couldn t put it down as soon as I had started, and it s my favourite book of 2020 so far this year Mary is in love with books, but especially classics She is definitely of the What Would Lizzy Bennet Do camp, and uses what she has learnt in her reading to help guide her future, especially when it comes to love Mary has been coddled slightly in her upbringing, being the daughter of two professors, and been in a sort of university come school education programme that has now been cancelled At 15, she has to go to public school, and that s when she starts to make friends, especially with Arden, Terry, and Lydia, and uses what she knows of Alex Ritter, who everyone at school loves, and she thinks he s a Whickham like character, to help guide the girls use the books As they grow closer, Mary loses some of her naivete, and might just learn that Alex isn t as bad as she initially thought he was.This book was so friendship based We start of with Mary knowing only Anjuli, a girl who went to the same school programme as she had, who basically drops her as soon as they start at school, and treat her horrendously, and then she meets the girls at her favourite bookstore cafe, and Arden, Terry, and Lydia are like her family They have such an amazing relationship with each other, and there isn t really any drama, that could ve happened Yeah, some angst appears later in the book, but not because of bitchiness or anything.Mary also has a fantastic hate to love relationship with Alex She knows of Alex because of his appearances in her elder sisters Shakespearean company, and first impressions tell her that he is a player, and thinks himself above everyone else As they get thrown in and situations together, she thinks she may have been mistaken in her first impression does this remind us of a certain Austen heroine, perhaps but her initial vehemence towards him, especially when she was speaking with the girls, makes her worry that she s not doing the right thing Their chemistry together is fantastic though, and I was rooting for them from the first few encounters together Their growth and characterisations was unlike what I ve seen before, and as this is Amanda s debut, I m dying to see what she releases next it ll definitely be on my wishlist

  9. says:

    A NOVEL OF PROSE AND CONS This is cozy mystery levels of delightful pun.

  10. says:

    It wasn t easy being the introvert of the family, but Mary was happy to live her life within the pages of her favorite 19th century books However, when she is forced to switch schools, she finds herself shunned by her former friend She is lucky enough to find a trio of young women, who appreciate Mary s bookish leanings, but will she be able to fully navigate high school, her new friendships, and a maybe romance by the book In a word, this book was DELIGHTFUL It put a smile on my face from the very first page, which never faded.Mary captured my heart from our very first meeting I can totally relate to being undone by any life change, big or small, but having to start over in a new school sopho year is far from easy To make it worse, her frienemy from her previous school decides to unburden herself, and cuts Mary loose So, obviously my heart broke for her, but I was also proud of the way she dusted herself off, and took a chance by talking to Terry, Lydia, and Arden This trio became such an important part of Mary s being, and I simply adored the friendship they shared.Arden was probably my favorite of the friends She was personality plus, and I loved the enthusiasm she had for just about everything The fact that she planned a season for Mary, for her high school coming out, endeared her even to me, and I had a great time attending each event with this bunch.I also loved Mary s family She had this big, bookish family, which was chaotic and wonderful Sellet did such a incredible job pulling us into the Porter Malcolm home I had such a fantastic time getting to know all Mary s siblings, and getting to see the dynamic in her family Mary often pointed out how money was tight, but let me tell you, there was no shortage of love or attention They sat down at dinner together almost every night, and actually talked to one another They supported each others passions as well, by attending matches and plays I also had a stupendous time at quiz night with the Get Lit team By the end of the book, I was so enad with them, that I was ready to claim my spot in the Porter Malcolm family.Alongside all the family fun and friendship antics was a charming romance I guess you would call it hate to love, and it was precious The banter between Mary and Alex was delectable, and I could not get enough of them I was pleased that there was a lot to Alex than met the eye, and was glad Mary was able to see it too.This book kept me in a constant state of elation The strong focus on family and friendship coupled with an absolutely adorable romance will always win me over And, although I am not a big 19 century lit reader, I thought the references were so fun I mean, WWJAD What Would Jane Austen Do FANTASTIC For me, there were no flaws in this book The story was fun and sweet, and it filled me up with so much mirth This was a lovely and enchanting read, and I hope Sellet has a LOT stories like this coming our way ARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG INSTAGRAM TWITTER BLOGLOVIN FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

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