My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Actual Rating: 4.0
Firstly, thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy to review!
To begin with, I’ll just say that this book was a contemporary romance – details will be revealed later.
I liked this book a lot, at the very start. June seemed very relatable, as a young woman who loved literature, yet was unable to pursue her dream as a career because of her family’s expectations. June seemed like someone I’d want to be friends with—especially because of the way she took care of her books.
Like the way she aided to her wounded paperback warrior.
And, I must say, I do love Joy Penny’s writing style. Right off the bat she included witty dialogue that immediately drew me in. Here is one of my favorites:
“You’re about thirty shades of red right now, June. What you’re thinking is probably illegal in forty-eight states.”
“If you’re guessing I’m thinking about murdering you right now for trying to embarrass me, I’d have to point out that’s illegal in all fifty states.”
Gosh, I loved Owen. He is everything I would want in a little brother.
I loved Sinjin too—he was the epitome of the perfect guy, whether or not he was a boyfriend or best friend.
So the book would’ve been a full five stars. And then Rockford and June met and sparks began to fly. The relationship moved a little too fast in my opinion; it felt as though it was the type of cliche story that could be broken down into these few steps.
1. Boy meets girl.
2. Boy and girl hate one another.
3. They talk and either one or both of them confess their tragic pasts.
4. They fall in love. Drama ensues.
5. Smooch smooch, they end up together.
That’s the type of plotline that was running through my head as I read A Love for the Pages. And I felt that Rockford and June just didn’t know one another enough, despite the confessions Rockford made about his past.
I also felt as if there were some moments in the book that simply consisted of mindless drama, especially on June’s part.
But the thing that brought the story back was June’s own confession, which happened wayyyyyy back in the last few pages. Still, I am so glad it happened—this was the character development that I had anxiously been waiting for. To me, it was so important for June to understand that her life was her very own, not the parallel of the classics she loved to read.
And when she says:
“My life is simple. And drama-free. Opening myself up to a relationship complicates that. But I guess I’m just going to have to come to terms with life being complicated.”
This was the moment, I think, where June finally accepted who she really was and decided to let go. She learned the importance of being her own self—not a character from a book, not the person her parents wanted her to be—and this is what made me truly relate to this book and why I thought the story the author wove was one that needed to be told.
The way June changed her life at the end was much more than her finding love with Rockford—it was the way she found herself, which was the most important of all.
“Our life, huh? I’m surprised to find that ‘I could get used to that’ isn’t even the first line that pops into my head. Because I already am.
This is so, so beautiful. Thank you, Joy Penny, for sharing it with me.