Saturday, 4 July 2020

Amanda Sellet

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By the Book (2020)



“Debut author Sellet delightfully portrays Mary’s large, chaotic family…A sweet story with a focus on family and friendships.”


“In this refreshing first novel, Sellet manages the large cast of characters well, while portraying the protagonist’s big family, her small circle of friends, and her first romance with considerable wit and insight. As Mary struggles with the practical and emotional troubles arising from her many mistakes, her rueful, self-deprecating narrative is sometimes impossible to read without laughing out loud. A smart, engaging romance.”


“Witty, and compelling.”

School Library Journal

“I loved every minute of this story, from the dollar-a-word vocabulary (Jejune! Forwent! Insouciance!) to Mary’s dramatic introduction to Nicholas Sparks. Amid the brief diary entries and opulent prose, Sellet manages to hide a clever and biting social commentary in Mary’s point of view. One doesn’t need intimate familiarity with the classics to enjoy By the Book, but the more you know, the more you’ll laugh. I, for one, cackled out loud!”


“[A] YA novel that celebrates young love and the love of books in equal measure.”


“Everyone, even non-classics lovers [should] pick up this book for the warm, happy, wholesome vibes.”

The Young Folks

“This fun, quirky romance story that is just as much about friendships as it was about the ultimate romance… BY THE BOOK is a must read.”

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  1. By the Book