Book Review | Bookishly Ever After (Paper & Hearts Society #3) by Lucy Powrie

Ed is excited. He’s landed his dream job at Woolf and Wilde, the beautiful independent bookshop in town. On his first day, his colleague Hannah doesn’t hold back from telling him exactly how to do things. Although Ed is intimidated, he soon finds himself wanting to impress her… Then, Ed discovers his mum is dating for the first time since splitting up with his dad. It feels like a huge change, much too fast. But with the help of his friends, and embracing Hannah’s way of seeing the world… Can Ed let his guard down?

I finally got around to reading the final book in this glorious YA series, and I am so sad to let it go!

These characters have grown tremendously with these three books, and it has been a real pleasure to see Powrie’s writing grow alongside them. Comparing her first book to now, she has grown immeasurably, and it has been wonderful to see her develop and put her life and soul into these books!

My favourite thing about this series has got to be the characters. They could honestly be sat inside an empty room talking all day, and I would read and love it! These books are so character-driven, and although I did love the plot, my favourite thing is seeing their interactions.

Each story followed a different character: first Tabby; then Olivia; then Ed. Comparing Ed, our final and oldest narrator, to Tabby, is really interesting. He has a far more mature way of reacting to things and was a real enjoyable protagonist to read from. My favourite character remains Olivia, but that is because I relate to her so much!

And I think that’s why these books have been so successful with young readers. I, too, hid in the library at break and lunch at secondary school, and I even set up my own creative writing club, kind of like the Paper & Hearts Society! And so many of those young people still experience the ostracisation, burn-out, and difficulties that Powrie started writing about years ago. They’re still relevant to today, and I am sure that many young people have found their ‘home’ within these pages.

This trilogy will remain a firm favourite of mine. I found some of the dialogue cringey at times, and occasionally wanted to scream, ‘No, that’s not right!’, but ultimately these characters are realistic. The dialogue is cringey because they are children growing into adults, navigating a very difficult world. They have their own in-jokes that we, as readers, have the privilege of being a part of, and when I look at my own dialogue with my friends, our conversations would probably make outsiders look strangely at us!

Powrie has done herself well with this series, and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

Have you read this series? What did you think of it?

Until next time,

Hannah 🙂

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