The Book Ninja
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.