Day: March 16, 2017

Arc Review: Literally by Lucy Keating

Posted March 16, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Arc Review: Literally by Lucy KeatingLiterally by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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three-half-stars

A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.
It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.
But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?
The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was such a sweet book with a really original premise behind it. Annabelle is a seemingly normal teenager living her life trying to make it through her creative writing class. When an author comes in to speak to the class, she realizes her new book sounds awfully familiar. She’s shocked to have the author confirm that she is in fact writing her life. This, of course, leads to her at initially thinking that the author is crazy. Soon she starts thinking perhaps she’s crazy. The journey throughout is interesting to consider and I think Lucy Keating did a good job reflecting the way some authors think about their characters.

The most interesting point to consider when you wonder who is “writing” your story is choice. Are you making your own choices or is someone else making them for you? This was were Keating did an excellent job, in my opinion. Annabelle struggles with this when she finds herself in a love triangle with an old “friend” and a seemingly perfect new guy. You’ll have to read to see how it ends. 🙂

3.5 stars for this fun, easy read!

three-half-stars

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