A Novel Idea – Aimee Friedman


Required reading has never been so hot.

Once upon a time there was a Brooklyn hipster named Norah. Unlucky in love, and short on extracurriculars for her college apps, Norah decided to start a book group. She knew the perfect locale — a local indie bookstore with a crush-worthy cutie manning the soy latte counter.

When the first meeting arrives, Norah gets a page-turning surprise. The attendees may be bookish, but there are also a few hotties! Most noteworthy: sweet, literary James. He’s like a modern Jane Austen hero…. Only, how to snag him?

Ever the romantic heroine, Norah devises a secret plan. And if it works, Norah may just find her “Happily Ever After” love story. The End.


Was this a modernization of a Jane Austen novel? If so, I definitely missed the connection. This was total chicklit and far too juvenile for my tastes. I liked the idea of a book club romance, but the story got away from itself.

Norah’s motives were somewhat petty, and her actions were eyeroll-inducing. I really disliked all the Rosamund schemes. It’s obvious that James was humouring her, and she really did not need to do things like send herself flowers. Seriously, that’s wasteful and a bit too extra! From that plot onwards, I felt detached from the story.

I also found our reclusive author annoying. If you make promises to people, you better deliver! A manuscript for a tight-knit group of people is unimpressive. Think about how disappointed everyone else must’ve been.

Fluffy, shallow, and inconsequential. YA has gone a long way since this watered-down chicklit!

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  • The Ex Games – Jennifer Echols
  • Most Likely to Succeed – Jennifer Echols

Rating: 1/5

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