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14 April 2021

Book Review: Recommended For You by Laura Silverman

When my favourite romance bookshop Words & Kisses had a winter sale, the first book I dropped in my cart was Recommended For You by Laura Silverman. I gotta be honest, I picked it for the cover. Isn't it gorgeous? And I can't resist a book about books either.

And do you know what the best thing is? It was utterly amazing. It lived up to that gorgeous cover, and then some.

Recommended For You by Laura Silverman book cover

Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of death, the store has become a welcome escape.

When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna sees an opportunity to at least fix her car, if none of her other problems. The only person standing in her way? New hire Jake Kaplan.

Jake is an affront to everything Shoshanna stands for. He doesn’t even read! But somehow his sales start to rival hers. Jake may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but he’s also the enemy, and Shoshanna is ready to take him down.

But as the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects…

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5 Word Review: Family, books, friendship, belonging, love.


This book made me cry. And sigh with happiness. And it filled me up with the warm fuzzies.

It made me miss bookshops too, and I can't wait until I can get back out there and into one. I want to browse!

This story focuses a lot on the "flaws" of the characters, and as much as there are amazing sub-plots all through it's very much driven by the characters themselves. Shoshanna is very sure of herself and a bit rigidly set in her ways. She's judgmental and bossy and I love it. Her self-assurance, her self-confidence, they blew me away. She wants to fix everything, she wants everything to be OK even as her life crumbles around her, and she tries her hardest. Her assumptions aren't always correct (in fact, they're often astonishingly incorrect) but I loved her all the more for it.

When she meets Jake, the clash is excellent. There are instant sparks, and instant dislike, and I love how their relationship slowly cooled and then grew. Shoshanna's assumptions about Jake lead to a lot of drama and resentment. I loved the way the enemies-to-lovers trope was played here.

This book made me pretty hungry. There is a big focus on food, it is very much the love language of some of the characters and it's how they show affection to their friends and family. This book goes perfectly with a large plate of snacks and a pitcher of cool lemonade.

I would say there is a very minor content warning for ablism, but I thought it was dealt with amazingly on page by the characters. It made me love them all the more.

I thought it was in for a cosy, light-hearted read. And I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is deep, and it hits hard. I wanted to cry for Shoshanna and give her a big hug, and remind her of how much she is loved and valued.

This is an adorable YA romance that will melt even the steeliest of hearts. It will fill you up with kindness and delicious sounding food and then top it off with the cutest of romances. It was perfect.




10 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book. I always love a good light-hearted read. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I haven’t heard of this book before and I am always interested in finding new books to read as I tend to stick to a very specific genre or author. You have written a detailed review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Lauren

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  3. Aw, this sounds like a great read! I love bookish/bookshop themed stories, and this sounds amazing. I've haven't heard of this book before but I'll definitely be checking it out x

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  4. I've heard a lot about this and it's on my TBR! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it too!

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  5. I haven't heard of this yet but the blurb sounds interesting and can't really pass a story where books and food are involved! Great review x

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  6. Wow it sounds like this book had great range and I love books that make you feel happy but also sad moments too. Thank you for sharing x

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  7. Great review! We loved this book.

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  8. Oh my gosh this has gone straight on my list - it sounds utterly delightful!! Great review.

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  9. This sounds like such a great book! I've added it to my TBR immediately! Great review!

    Lois | https://loisreadsbooks.com

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  10. This one is definitely on my TBR. Sounds like the perfect read for book lovers.

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