Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
Published by: Hot Key Books
Release date: 14/06/18
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Bennett’s Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It’s a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money.
But, like so many bookshops, Bennett’s has become a ‘casualty of the high street’ – it’s strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.
Time is ticking – but that’s not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?
I found out about this book because the author is going to be at YALC, and as soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I ended up really enjoying it. It was exactly what I was expecting it to be, and exactly what I wanted. Working in a bookshop is my dream job, so I was really happy to find a book about that.
I really liked the writing. It was quick and easy to read. It was also a really engaging read, so I managed to get through it super quickly.
I LOVED the fact that it had feminism in there. I love seeing more and more books including feminism, and having feminist main characters, even when that isn’t the main point of the book. There were some point where I felt like they were just being silly with it though, like saying that the red and green man at pedestrian crossings are a way of putting women in their place.
I’m always happy to see books set in England, and this one was actually set near where I live, which was pretty cool.
I really liked Paige, the main character, and Holly, her best friend. I liked how passionate they were about saving the bookshop. I also just really enjoyed reading from Paige’s point of view.
The only character I didn’t really like was Blaine, but everything worked out the way I wanted with him in the end, so that was good.
Overall this was a really enjoyable read, and if you are looking for something quick and fun and bookish, I would definitely recommend this one.