RATING: 5/5 STARS
TROPE: ENEMIES TO LOVERS / GRUMPY LOVE
I am going to begin by stating that Book Lovers by Emily Henry, is as of yet, my favourite book for 2022. There are so many elements that Henry brings to this novel, that make it an near perfect summer read. Book Lovers is not only a romance, but a story about the relationship between sisters; specifically when the elder sister takes on a more maternal role, and how that can cause issues within the relationship. As an elder sister myself, a lot of the ideas, thoughts and feelings that Nora, our heroine experiences, are similar to what I have experienced with my own younger sister.
Now, the premise of the novel is, Nora Stevens is an agent for authors. Her younger sister, Libby, convinces her to spend an entire summer with her in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. Why? Well, this happens to be the setting of one of Libby’s favourite novels, whom the author is actually one of Nora’s clients. Libby, pregnant with her third child, sets off this summer adventure in order to spend time with her sister before the baby comes, but also have her sister experience the “small-town transformation” trope seen in so many of the novels she loves. This along with her rival, Charlie Lastra, being in town has Nora in fun, awkward and exciting places.
Seems like a simple enough plot, but with Emily Henry’s amazing easy-to-read and detailed writing style, it is easy to speed through this book this book and miss the amazing gems within it. I had to actively slow myself down because I wanted to devour it. There are so many hilarious lines. This novel is so quotable, with things like “Nothing more intimidating than a forehead.” “If you’re the wrong kind of woman, than I am the wrong kind of man.” “Your nightmare brain is my absolute favourite.” If these haven’t won you over, just know that if you’re the millennial older sister who doesn’t want to have kids, loves sarcasm and that grumpy kind of love, then this novel is for you.