The Book Ninja has been everywhere. And for good reason, if you like books about books this is a book for you.

We follow the story of Frankie Rose, who works in her best friends’ bookshop. Frankie used to be an author, but after experiencing bad reviews and basically being dropped by her publishers she is at a loss as to where to go and what to do. Oh, and her boyfriend who was doing very well, dumped her. I think all women go through what Frankie goes through and I hate this word, where you are at a “crossroads” in your life and need to make some decisions as to what you want to do.

Frankie’s best friend, Cat is addicted to different kind of exercise classes, such as K-Pop and tries to encourage Frankie to come to them with her. Cat is also pregnant, which causes drama in itself.

Frankie happens to meet her “Prince Charming” when she “accidentally” kisses Sunny, a customer. However, this kiss lead to more and you feel Frankie falling in love with him. It happens at the same time, Frankie embarks on an experiment to find love by simply leaving some of her favourite novels on trains with a message and her contact details in the hope that her true love finds the book and emails her.

Frankie is a bit of a book snob, she is not overly keen on Young Adult, which Sunny has a passion for. It seems that they both make attempt to educate one another about their book favorites.

The one quality I love about Cat is her encouragement to Frankie to return back to writing. Initially, Frankie seems reluctant, but starts up her blog about her plight to find love and her adventures on the train system with leaving her books and who will pick them up. This blog is funny, honest and ends up with a lot of people being interested and reading it. You do witness Frankie’s confidence growing with her writing, but writing a book is a big thing which she is not quite ready for.

We go through the trials and tribulation of finding love, through the love of books.

This book made me laugh, cry and cringe but most of all reminded me of all those classics that I need to re-read or have not read yet. I have a big list to get through now.

Frankie certainly bared all of her feelings and was an honest and meaningful character who was relatable. Cat was just simply a crazy, caring friend who we all have.

This book is a highly addictive read, and you simply get lost in the world of books, it’s a celebration of love and literature – who could ask for more.

About the Book

Sometimes love means having to broaden your literary horizons.

Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person will do.

It’s not that she hasn’t tried. She’s the queen of dating. But enough is enough. Inspired by her job at The Little Brunswick Street Bookshop, Frankie decides to take fate into her own hands and embarks on the ultimate love experiment.

Her plan? Plant her favourite books on trains inscribed with her contact details in a bid to lure the sophisticated, charming and well-read man of her dreams.

Enter Sunny, and one spontaneous kiss later, Frankie begins to fall for him. But there’s just one problem- Frankie is strictly a classics kind of gal and Sunny is really into Young Adult. Like really.

The Book Ninja is published through Simon & Schuster and is available here

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