The Book Ninja
by Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus
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 online 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 the brilliant and hilarious debut book from Aussie writing duo and creators of Books on the Rail, a travelling book service. I remember the first few posts they made on their Instagram account for Books on the Rail and the stickers that originally went out to go onto books to be left on trains. I thought it was such a great idea to have a floating collecting and share a love of books but I had no idea it would grow so successfully and thankfully, it inspired the two creators to write this novel.
Frankie is a character we all aspire to be, she’s a lover of books, she works in a bookstore with her best friend and she’s hilariously witty. Frankie is also unlucky in love and devises a plan to find a partner by dropping her favourite books on different trains with her contact information in the back. It sounds like a great way to meet people until she finds out there can be some pretty strange encounters but while she’s conducting that experiment she happens to stumbles across a gorgeous guy that loves to read but seems to be all wrong for her because he only read Young Adult novels! As a strong lover of Young Adult, I was totally in love with Sunny from the start and I knew she would come around at the end of the book once she realised how diverse and creative they are.
I basically breathed this book in because it was such a quick read and the characters were so outrageously wacky and loveable. Frankie had a real charm to her and she was constantly making me laugh, while Sunny made you swoon as a great guy and her best friend and other characters were always making my eyes widen with the crazy things they would say and do. This book is definitely a feel-good romcom right off the pages. Frankie’s best friend Cat also had a pretty interesting and slightly scandalous storyline and I think they could easily write a whole novel about her character too with some appearances from Frankie and the gang after these vents. So, hopefully, this is just the beginning of this writing duo and their adventures.
(Thank you to Simon & Schuster for a copy of this book for an honest review. The Book Ninja is out on June 1st in Australian bookstores and online!)
Thanks for reading!
– Kirra // Goodreads