This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver
Take a chance and change your life…
College was supposed to be where Hannah’s hard work paid off, but the major in honors chemistry she’s been working towards since childhood is slipping away. Worse, she’s not sure she wants it anymore. Salvation comes from an unlikely place—a used bookstore and Ben, the passionate college senior who works there.
Ben’s trapped in a life mapped out for him. Trapped in a future career as a lawyer to make his father happy. Trapped pursuing a girl he doesn’t even like because she fits into a world he doesn’t want, but can’t escape. But then he meets Hannah. And for the first time, he knows what it means to truly want something.
So he gives in to being her friend. Then to wanting her. Then to kissing her. And within the freedom of his impulsivity, both of their carefully planned lives begin to fall apart…
In the acknowledgements Amanda Weaver tells us what inspired her to write this book. I remember very well when she first tweeted about the cute boy she saw in that bookstore.
A guy becomes a hundred times sexier when you find out he reads. There’s just something about a guy who opens his mind to the new ideas, emotions, and experiences that you find in books. He’s also probably smart. Smart is hot.
Ben is a student working in an off campus used bookstore. He’s smart, thoughtful, and a bit nerdy. He loves books. He knows books. He is way into books. He is hot and adorably smooshable. I love him. I want him. We are MFEO.
Hannah is a Freshman Honors chemistry major. She’s responsible and studious, but is having a little trouble adjusting to college life. She (tiny spoiler) doesn’t read much outside of school. I know, hard to understand, right?
Here’s an excerpt of Hannah talking to her roommate Jasmine about after she found herself in a bookstore:
“Oh, the staff is really helpful, huh?” Jasmine laughs, totally on to me.
My face goes hot. Shit. I’m totally blushing. “Okay, there was a guy.”
“A cute guy.”
“Mmm-hmm.” Jasmine drops her oversized bag onto her desk chair and flops onto her bed, facing me. “Describe the cute guy, please.”
“I don’t know. Bookish. Kind of geeky. Tall, dark hair. Glasses.”
“Glasses? Lord, cute boys in glasses are my kryptonite.” Jasmine sighs.
“I know, right? The glasses actually made him cuter. I don’t get it.”
“Glasses are magic.”
Excuse me, I need to go to a bookstore to find a cute guy with glasses. BRB… Just kidding.
I really like Hannah. She’s open and honest, which makes her seem naive, but she’s not. Her maturity comes in handy when Ben behaves like a clueless man. (Nobody’s perfect, after all, even Bookstore Boy.) She handles it better than most of us would have at 18, or any age.
Excerpt from chapter 5:
“But that’s the thing— The minute I was on my own, I crashed and burned.”
“It’s your first semester. It’s rough for everybody. You’ll get a handle on it soon.”
“Maybe I don’t want to.”
The words just hang there, and I can’t take them back. I can’t believe I even said them. To Ben, of all people, who I barely know. I bite my lip and close my eyes, fighting a lump in my chest that aches with every breath.
“Are you having some sort of existential crisis while reading Owen Meany, Hannah?” Ben asks with a laugh.
Thank God he laughs. If he didn’t laugh, I’d probably start crying.
I loved the story, how Ben and Hannah figure out how to make decisions about their own lives while falling in love. Will they be able to make it all work and be together? I’m not telling.
Once Amanda let us know she was writing Bookstore Boy’s story, I practically internet stalked, annoyed, and borderline harassed her every time she mentioned it. (I did try to restrain myself.) Now, it’s finally here! He’s finally here! Bookstore Boy! Go get him!
**I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Available September 28th