By the Book by Amanda Sellet

By the Book

By the Book by Amanda Sellet

Young Adult Romance, Romantic Comedy


4 Star read


Mary Porter-Malcolm is obsessed with classical literature, and she uses that to help her through life.  It seems to have worked so far, so she creates the Scoundrel Survival Guide to help her friends navigate the world of high school dating.  But she realizes that real life and fiction aren’t always the same.  

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Thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  


Let me first say that By the Book made me realize how sorely lacking my classic reading has been.  There were a ton of references that I didn’t get and a few of them so I felt very lacking.  Despite feeling ashamed of my lack of classic knowledge I really enjoyed this book.  

I loved the friendship between the four girls.  They were so different and seemly so inept in certain aspects of their lives.  But they had each other and they really respected each other.  

Mary’s family was also great.  Very unique and I really liked that dynamic.  I loved that this book celebrated uniqueness.  

The romance part of this book was cute, though predictable.   I did enjoy the interaction between Mary and Alex.  They had some good banter.  I also liked that Mary who was so smart couldn’t see what was right in front of her. 

This is a cute YA romance, custom made for book lovers.  

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