There are a lot of factors for why Practically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira didn’t end up on my TBR. The biggest of these reasons comes down to the simple fact that this is the third book in a series–though from what I can tell it’s not a book to book series where you have to read the first and second ones before the third–and I just don’t know if I have the energy. I’m much more into fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure than I am into contemporaries. And so I don’t really feel all that bad passing on a book about a girl with a perfect life that slowly turns to chaos. Also, I’m sorry, but this whole practicality vs emotions in the bit about breaking up with someone for college is one of those things that I just don’t feel super interested in. Which, ironically, is more about my growing away from that sort of thing than from it being a problem about the book.
Practically Ever After is a book about a girl who believes she has the perfect life, who has set up what she believes is the perfect future, and who sees logic and reason (being practical) as the best thing to be. Well, when emotions get in the way and stress takes over on account of a bunch of stuff going wrong all at once it’s no wonder that Grace doesn’t have the foggiest of ideas as to how to handle and resolve the problems. She seems like the sort of girl who’s always succeeded, who’s never had relationship problems or really any issue preventing her from having what she wants…so, really, it’s no wonder that a big fight with her girlfriend makes her want to run. I imagine there will be a lot of character development int his book.
I fully expect this to be a pretty fantastic book, I just don’t think it’s for me (though I will admit I’m already reconsidering). What are your thoughts on this one? Do you think you’ll be adding it to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!