Monday, 17 April 2017

Literally by Lucy Keating

I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.”

Literally by Lucy Keating

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Literally“Annabelle,” she says, “I’m not writing about you. I am writing you.”

This was a YA story about a girl who discovered she was really a character in a book.

Annabelle was quite an organised person who always liked to have things planned out, that being said she liked to be the one in control of her life, and the idea of someone else holding all the cards bothered her, which was pretty understandable.

The storyline in this was about Annabelle meeting an author (Lucy Keating) and realising that Lucy was describing her life when she described her current work-in-progress. This was a bit of an odd storyline, but it did make for interesting reading, especially when things kept happening which were unexplainable other than the premise that they were being written as part of a story. I did find it a bit weird that the author made up stuff about herself in the book though as I’m pretty sure she hasn’t really written 6 books, and isn’t a New York Times bestselling author.
We did get some romance in the form of a love triangle, and I was really rooting for Annabelle to be with Elliot, even if that didn’t seem to be the direction ‘Lucy’ was pushing her in.

The ending to this was okay, although I wasn’t sure (highlight to view spoiler - how things would work if Lucy really stopped writing about Annabelle. Surely, she’d just cease to exist? )

7 out of 10

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