Published by Sourcebooks on January 18, 2022
Genres: Women's fiction
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Must Love Books
MUST LOVE BOOKS is Shauna Robinson’s debut novel. Nora works for a small publishing company in what she thought was her dream job. But with downsizing, longer hours, her BFF leaving, and a pay cut, being an Editorial Assistant feels like anything but a dream. To make ends meet, she takes a side gig freelancing for a rival publishing company.
At first it’s great – she’s putting in long hours and she feels guilty lying to her bosses at both jobs but she’s making ends meet. And if she can tie down bestselling biz book author Andrew Santos to his next contract, she could parlay that into something more at either publisher.
Except she’s interested in more than just his manuscript – those killer dimples, extreme positivity, and his desire to always be incredibly helpful. Despite the fact that she almost killed him via avocado.
My thoughts about Must Love Books
I love books about books! Since Shauna worked for a publisher, the setting and Nora’s duties as an EA all felt very authentic.
Nora, as a twenty-something questioning her career choices and trying to figure her path, felt incredibly relatable. Her sarcastic banter with Andrew was perfect. I love that they even talked about being POC in the publishing world – especially in the biz niche which is mostly old, white guys.
If you’re thinking about changing careers, Shauna included some great tips and gave shoutouts to some solid books..
I appreciated Nora’s honest talk about anxiety and depression, even her suicidal ideation. My one wish is that there’d been actual therapy involved and not just a “maybe someday” attitude.
Do not pick this up thinking it’s a romcom. It’s very much about Nora’s journey along the career path with some romantic bits thrown in (which are fade to black). But do pick it up and enjoy Nora’s self-discovery and sarcasm.
For fans of Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli and The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu.
Thank you Sourcebooks for the ARC.