Book Smart by Amanda C. Pennington

Reviews by Yael Waknin


Melanie Hirsch is tired of watching life pass her by…

I’ve spent the last few years watching my dreams of a writing career and true love fade away, settling for a dead-end job and denying my feelings for my best friend – until I find a list of dating advice for single women to “find a husband” in the 1950s. I decide to experiment: try out the 1950s advice on my 21st-century dating pool and write about the results. If love is timeless, some of the dating advice still holds value. Maybe my experiment will launch my writing career. Maybe I’ll get over my best friend and meet someone new. Either way, I’m done watching from the sidelines.

Cameron Whitacre can’t wait forever…

I’ve spent the last few years in love with my best friend, hoping she’ll notice my friendly overtures have more than friendly intentions – but before I realize what’s happening, she declares me her wingman for a dating experiment. This idea could launch her writing career, so I’m trying to be supportive. But her experiment turns my life into a desperation-fueled dumpster fire. I need to show her how I feel without jeopardizing our friendship, all before she falls for someone else.

‘Book Smart’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #3 in the Work For It series, Educated Romance World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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My review

The third book in the Work For It series by Smartypants Romance.

This book is a friend-to-lovers trope which I have a soft spot for. I’ve read and listened to several friends to lovers trope, and if I’m being honest – not everyone knows how to describe those longing and heartfelt moments when the H or h thinks the other doesn’t feel the same.

In this book, the author conveys Cam’s feeling so perfect and so sweet I just couldn’t wait for the moment he’ll get Mel.

I absolutely LOVED the storyline! I love the idea of trying 50’s love advice in the 21st century.

I think the friendship between Cameron, Mel, and Ivy was so unique and special! I loved their group text and their entire dynamic.

For me, the most interesting change in Mel’s journey was the way she looked at the world. I liked her journey because it felt real. It felt genuine, and it’s something I really like in books.

Cameron was the sweetest thing ever. I think he was a strong person, but I also understood his fear.

In the beginning, I thought this book was a bit long (only according to the number of pages), but after reading it, I really felt everything was essential. Everything made the story what it was – a beautiful, powerful love story.

I loved it!

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