Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
A YA debut book by Chloe Coles about saving the day, books by the shelf load and a beautiful boy… it sounds like a fangirls cliche dream.
Bookshop Girl is the tale of sixteen year old Paige Turner, she’s a confident and stereotypical teen who has a part time job at Bennett’s Bookshop. But disaster strikes when the regional manager announces that Bennett’s has become another casualty of the high street and will begin closing down imminently.
Although Paige is devastated, she rallies her co-workers in an effort to save Bennett’s. She’s refusing to go down without a fight. Using all of her connections, including the knowledge of handsome, artistic Blaine, Paige creates a petition to stop the bookshop closing down. But will her efforts prove successful or is it all for nothing?
I enjoyed reading Bookshop Girl and in total I would give it 3.5 stars, however there were some aspects that grated on my nerves and as a debut book it already felt a little dated.
When writing contemporary books, to keep the books from ageing writers don’t usually go into too much detail about specific brands or labels. Bookshop Girl mentioned BHS as a current high street shop, considering BHS has been gone a while now this debut book was slightly dated before it was even released.
I loved Paige’s passion for a good cause, I, myself have hated watching many loved high street shops close or move away. So it was refreshing to read about a teen with a pro-active approach to life.
Unfortunately I wasn’t a fan of the writing style. Adults trying to write like teens always makes me cringe when it isn’t done well. At sixteen, I’d say I was quite literate. At twenty five I enjoy reading YA books that are written as a young adult. I don’t like to read books that are seemingly written in the form of young teens with text speech in the middle of sentences. It gave the book a very immature feel that clashed with the mature image of petition wielding Paige.
I would possibly have enjoyed this book a lot more as a teen, I think this book is aimed more at teens than young adults. There’s a cliche romance but also a passionate and ambitious young woman as the main character. If you love books and bookshops, sarcastic characters and a fight for justice this book might be for you, if you can overlook the cringy text talk and ‘Oh Em Gee’s’ haphazardly thrown in.
If you are interested, you can find a copy of the book here.
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