The Book Ninja

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - REAL LIFE - by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus, Si­mon & Schus­ter

The quest for true love has con­founded many An­tipodean women in the grip of a man drought and that old adage of hav­ing to kiss a lot of toads to find your prince has never rung more true for Mel­bourne au­thor, blog­ger and indie book­store as­sis­tant Frankie Rose. Still lick­ing her wounds af­ter her lat­est book re­ceived poor re­views, and feel­ing a bit knocked about af­ter nu­mer­ous un­suc­cess­ful for­ays into the abyss of on­line dat­ing, she takes a proac­tive ap­proach to find­ing the charm­ing, hand­some and well-read man of her dreams. The bib­lio­phile em­barks on a hi­lar­i­ous love quest – aided and some­times hin­dered by her preg­nant best friend Cat – which in­volves leav­ing copies of her favourite books on the train, with her con­tact de­tails at the end of the pa­per­back to snare her Mr Right. But what if this Jane Austen-lov­ing fan of the clas­sics has al­ready met her one true love? And what’s a girl to do if he’s a – shock, hor­ror, shud­der – fan of young adult fic­tion? Writ­ten by two real-life book nin­jas, who re­ally do leave books on Mel­bourne trains, this novel is an easy-to-read de­light. If you’re af­ter a wacky rom-com lit­tered with punny lit­er­ary ref­er­ences that never takes it­self too se­ri­ously, this is sure to be your jam.

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