Shoshana loves working at Once Upon, an independent bookstore at her local mall. She’s always loved reading, but lately, it’s become a place of refuge for her because her two moms are fighting a lot and her car needs expensive repairs that she can’t afford. But when Jake Kaplan starts working at Once Upon, Shoshana’s beloved bookstore becomes full of tension, and not because Jake is a total hottie.
Okay, maybe because he’s a total hottie, but he’s also a bit of a jerk who doesn’t even read, and when the owner announces a holiday sales competition, Shoshana is determined to win.
This book is adorable. First of all, I loved the Jewish rep. It’s not always easy to find books with Jewish protagonists that aren’t about the Holocaust or bar/bat mitzvahs. But both Shoshana and Jake are Jewish, and they’re just regular kids squabbling at work over petty concerns. So it’s nice to see representation in books.
The timeline is fairly condensed: everything takes place over holiday break, so there’s no school/work balance to distract the reader from the intense bookselling competition. Of course, Shoshana does have a life outside of the bookstore; she eats lunch with her friends in the food court and as I mentioned, she’s also dealing with her two moms arguing more than usual.
Speaking of Shoshana, she’s an absolute sweetheart. She’s very passionate about books, and she gets along well with everyone—which is why she’s so surprised when she doesn’t immediately click with Jake. Her hypercompetitive drive was relatable, especially considering that she needs the bonus money to pay for car repairs.
I would recommend Recommended for You. This is a cute YA romcom full of tenderness and heart. The tone of the book is light, but the more serious moments are treated with an appropriate amount of gravity. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Silverman in the future.
I received a copy of this book from Simon & Schuster/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.