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Book Gush: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…
Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.
Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he’s Nora’s work nemesis.
Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she’s the woman men date before they find their happy-ever-after. That’s why Nora’s sister has persuaded her to swap her desk in the city for a month’s holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It’s a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into…Charlie.
She’s no heroine. He’s no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?

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Book Lovers? I hear you cry. Another Emily Henry? She’s had two home runs in a row! This one can’t possibly live up to the hype!

I hear you, but: oh, friend. It doesn’t just live up to the hype. It exceeds it.

N.B: this is not intended as a fair or balanced review, but a totally biased and unabashedly enthusiastic squeal on all the things I loved about the book. This is pure, unrestrained fangirling! 

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❗️Mild spoilers ahead!❗️

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❤️THINGS I LOVED❤️
❤️ Here’s an unusual thing to have adored in a romcom: the way Emily Henry writes grief. There’s something piercingly honest and very relatable about it for me, and it made me ache and bleed for Nora. I just *got* her. Which leads me to…
❤️ God, I found Nora relatable. Look, I’m the furthest thing from a workaholic ice blonde with a penchant for high heels and designer outfits, but those are just surface traits–the way Nora grieves, and fears, and the things she worries and is insecure about, how she reacts to those and to the people she loves… I felt it, on a soul-deep level, and that made it such a personal experience to read. I love her.
❤️ And can we talk about how I’ve never read a love interest quite like Charlie Lastra? No machismo, no pussy-footing around his ego, nothing in him that for a second needed placating in a way that made Nora shrink herself. What a man.

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💖THE THING I LOVED BEST💖
💖 Oh my God, that Nora and Charlie banter. I cannot abide the term ‘banter’, but there’s no other way to describe how they interact. I LOVED it.

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🌟THE HIGHLIGHTS🌟
🌟Favourite character: Thank God she says they’re the same person, because I could not choose between Nora and Charlie.
🌟Favourite quote: ‘”Do you really have the emotional resilience to leave a checklist unchecked?” she says. Something in me twitches. I really do fucking love a checklist.’
🌟Favourite moment: That last line of Charlie’s, right at the end of the last, non-epilogue chapter. GOOSEBUMPS.

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This book is:
A standalone🔶Part of a duology🔶Part of a trilogy🔶Part of a series

It’s also:
Action-packed🔶Charming🔶Clever🔶Comforting🔶Creepy🔶Dark🔶Emotional🔶Funny🔶Gripping🔶Haunting🔶Heartbreaking🔶Intense🔶Mysterious🔶Powerful🔶Quirky🔶Romantic🔶Sad🔶Scary🔶Sweet🔶Tear-jerking🔶Tense🔶Touching🔶Twisted🔶Violent🔶Witty

It’s:
Middle Grade🔶YA🔶Adult

11 thoughts on “Book Gush: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

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  1. I’m so happy to hear you loved this one, too, and that I’m not the only nut job who loves when characters are put through grief in romance novels 🤣 It still didn’t quite live up to Beach Read for me, though – after all the terrible Hallmark Christmas movies I’ve seen, I guess parts of the plot just felt a bit generic. But I’ll still be itching to grab whatever Emily Henry writes next! 🤗

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    1. Hahaha I’m not even sure I usually like it, but it so worked for me here–it was such a good motivator for all the little character quirks, and so well-handled! Which I think is why I loved it more than Beach Read, where the grief element was so present, and such a huge surprise for me. I do like a bit of Hallmark in my romances 🤣🤣

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    1. I’d definitely recommend starting with this one! It’s my favourite of hers–it’s also a little lighter than Beach Read, which is also excellent, though both deal with grief (just a warning).

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  2. I absolutely love Emily Henry. Any time I sit down with one of her books I know it’s going to be a good day. Her characters are so lovable–I hate when romance books present us with characters and we don’t understand why they’re falling in love with each other–but in Henry’s books it’s so obvious. I mean–how could you not fall in love with these people? So glad you loved this one too.

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    1. Yes! I enjoyed the others of hers I’ve read, but Book Lovers has just moved right into my heart. I don’t know how anyone could read it and not fall head over heels for Nora and Charlie, together and separately! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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