(Review) This Book Will Change Your Life
This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver
Publication Date: September 27, 2015
Pages: 193 (kindle)
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
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...
If you're looking for a book to settle in with on a rainy day (or a day when you don't have work for no apparent reason) then you should pick this one up. It's short, sweet, and will mostly make you smile just thinking about Bookstore Boy.
I'm getting ahead of myself.
Hannah is a college freshman who just bombed her first test and is feeling pretty low...then it starts to rain. She meets Ben when she ducks into the bookstore he works in, hence the nickname "Bookstore Boy".
I love that they meet each other fairly on in the book and that the meeting is pretty adorable. Hannah tells Ben that she doesn't read (WHAT KIND OF PERSON IS SHE?!) and so he immediately rectifies, you know, her life. That fact that he started off with The Book Thief made me swoon and Hannah's reaction to reading it is perfection.
The way their relationship builds is adorable. One of my least favorite things about YA/NA books is the instantaneous love that characters have for each other, but Amanda writes this relationship very well. It's nice that we get to see if from both sides too.
Ben's POV is interesting because he actually isn't that interested in Hannah at first. He's so wrapped up in Alex, his coffee-shop-future-lawyer, that he can't see how Hannah is seriously falling for him and his books.
Eventually it works out for them and cuteness ensues. The moments they have together are seriously sweet. Andalso, most of their moments are full of books and I just love those.
The story had its fair share of drama, but I don't think it took away from the love story. The scenes with Ben's dad were the hardest for me to get through. I hated the way Ben's father treated, but also the way he reacted to it. Of course, I appreciated that Hannah and Ben brought out a sort of strength in each other and helped each other through difficult family times.
I spent most of the morning stuck inside Prometheus Books with Hannah, Ben, and crew...it was a pretty decent way to spend my day.