Monday, 27 August 2018

Book Review - The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

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Title: The Book Ninja
Author: Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 9th August 2018
Rating:  4 Stars

**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?

What a lovely book for book lovers - if you are a book worm you will without a doubt love this book.  

There are literary references all over, although Frankie is a bit of a book snob and will barely give Sunny a chance just because he likes YA books.   

Easily my favourite storyline is Frankie being a book ninja and leaving books  on trams all around Melbourne, with a note in them to try to get herself a date.  As a result of these book drops she sets up a blog and its these blog posts that are posted in full in the book that were amazing and need to be read for yourselves. 

Frankie also works in a bookshop with her best friend Cat.  Cat, Frankie and Sunny all seemed slightly nuts at times, and there are many laughs to be had.  Sunny is rather impulsive and I found myself warming to him really fast, especially with the antics of their first three encounters. 

This spoke to me on many levels, as someone interested in publishing, as a booklover, as a blogger, as well as a story of friendship and a fledgling romance. Add in some bonkers parents, assorted quirky dates with a whole array of people, and an unlikely friendship and you have a wonderful mix in this rather enchanting book. 

It is clear the authors are huge literary fans, and this is a rather accomplished debut - highly entertaining and generally a lot of fun. It is a book that I greatly enjoyed and I'd love to see what the authors do next. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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