Review of “Literally”

Title : Literally

Author : Lucy Keating

Publisher / Publishing Date : April 11th, 2017 by HarperTeen

Source : Library

About : 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.” (Goodreads)

It has been a super lOng time since I have done a book review, but you can’t tell that I’m super excited right now because I’m finally doing one! *GASP!* It has been years since I have done anything!

Lucy Keating is one of my favorite authors of all time. When I read Dreamology, it was just such a unique concept and the writing was so amazing. It was so easy to fall in love with Lucy and her books. When I went to the library and saw another book by her, I had to pick it up. It was about to be so good!

I read this book around the beginning of summer when I was fixing to get out of school. I hit the end of a reading slump and was reading books to get me out of it. That’s when I picked up this book and started reading!

The story revolves around a girl named Annabelle whose life seems like it is crumbling to pieces. With family drama, she has no idea what to do and is honestly so confused. An author, A.K.A., Lucy Keating comes to her class and announces that she is writing a new book. SURPRISE! Annabelle is the heroine, the person who the whole entire story revolves around! Yeah, Lucy Keating DID THAT.

So, I guess you could say that this is a book in a book. Sounds super nice. This is probably going to sound so confusing and if you were here in person it would probably be less confusing, but Lucy Keating is writing about herself writing a book in a book. Wow, that didn’t sound too shabby once I typed it out.

Annabelle is honestly just a huge plot twist. She learns she is a fictional character who can’t control anything because Lucy is writing about her life and has it all planned out on how she wants everything to go. The whole plot is super basic though. She’s in a love triangle and even though she doesn’t want to be, she can’t control her life because Lucy is controlling it.

Plus, it was honestly just so strange. At some parts, I was just so confused. I mean, it is great and all with the author being in the book and writing a book inside of a book, but it didn’t blow me away like Dreamology did. I guess you could say that this book just sunk and Dreamology floated so high because it was so good.

Overall, the book was just pretty basic and not that different from other books! It contained some overused tropes like in other YA novels such as the love triangle and love at first sight kind of thing.

I honestly hate writing negative reviews, but Literally is going to have to be a two star kind of book for now! I actually sort of enjoyed it a little, but it wasn’t my cup of tea and it didn’t suit my fancy like Dreamology did. ★★☆☆☆



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