Bennett’s Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It’s a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money.
But, like so many bookshops, Bennett’s has become a ‘casualty of the high street’ – it’s strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.
Time is ticking – but that’s not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?
I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed parts of this book, but others massively less so. I loved Paige’s determination and antics to save the bookshop, and I loved her life drawing crew. I didn’t love he characterisation as much otherwise though – especially the way her thought process was written. I have no issue her behaving, thinking and speaking like a teen, but it was written for teens too, in a way a lot of YA books aren’t.
I also like Paige’s love for books and some of her feminist rants, they were brilliant.
However, the setting felt a bit off – from technology it’s definitely set now, but it also talked about BHS which I felt dated it a little.
That aside, I did like Holly and the rest of the bookshop crew! And it’s funny and light and easy reading. Just a little young for me.