By the Book – Amanda Sellet


Mary Porter-Malcolm knows two things:

1) You can literally find any and all answers within the pages of a good book.
2) Any book published in the last century just isn’t worth reading.

Mary spent her entire life deep within the pages of old tomes and classic works…but then the unthinkable happens.

She has to go to public school.

Mary’s charter/experimental school at the local college is getting shut down and she couldn’t be more horrified.

This 18th century girl is shlumped in with the 21st century kids – and nothing will ever be the same.

So. Thoughts on this one.

I do slightly like the concept more than the actual book.

I love the idea of an “old soul” having to swing it with the cool kids. It was fun to watch Mary learn how to navigate high school and try (her best) to fit in.

And I enjoyed quite a few of the side characters and subplots of this book – particularly Mary’s hilarious family. They were the absolute standout of the series.

However…it felt like sometimes the author was pushing the narrative of “old-fashioned teenager” too much.

Mary’s actions/reactions to events began to get over-the-top for me by the first quarter of the book and by the time I was 3/4 through, I was kinda getting tired of her.

I feel like if she was just toned down a bit more then I could’ve enjoyed the story more.

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