Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.
It’s like she hasn’t found her people …
Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.
But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself …
Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review but this did not affect my opinion at all.
Like most of the UKYA community, I have been eagerly anticipating Lucy Powrie’s debut for years and as soon as I knew what it was about, I knew that I was going to love it. This book definitely rivals Alice Oseman’s books for the title of most relatable book I have ever read.
Lucy really has written this book for all of the UK book lovers out there. With numerous books being mentioned throughout the novel, from YA books such as Fangirl to classics such as The Bell Jar, everyone will see a reference to something they love. I know that some readers are not fans of references within YA novels, but I personally love them because it means I can relate to the characters more. It is realistic to have teenagers discussing Harry Potter at length as teens actually do discuss it.
As you all probably know, I am a massive fan of character driven novels, especially ones with a large friend group. I loved The Paper and Hearts Society and I want to become a member ASAP. I wish I had a bookish squad like this in real life because it would be so cool. I weirdly see myself in all of them. Tabby’s shy and awkward self, Ed’s love for his cat, Olivia’s very passionate reactions to her favourite books, Cassie being closed off to new people is a lot like me. The one I didn’t relate to was Henry which was shocking because he is probably my second favourite character, after Tabby herself of course!
This book is not just full of fun. It deals a lot with anxiety and panic attacks and I honestly think this was done so well. Anxiety appears in quite a few YA books that I’ve read but this is one of the best depictions of it that I’ve read.
I also loved how much friendship played a role in this. Tabby is a victim of a very toxic friendship and bullying that is still stalking her throughout the course of this novel which I really loved reading about. I love when YA books show how much a bad friendship can affect your life, especially as a teenager because it is a big deal. But I also loved how this book showed how much the right friends can change your life around which I loved.
In conclusion, I adored this book. It was such a cute, relatable and entertaining read that I flew through in a day. I cannot wait for the sequel to release even though I do have a long wait for that. I definitely think you guys would love this book so you should pick it up when it releases on the 13th June.