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literally-lucy-keating-book-cover1 Literally by Lucy Keating

Goodreads rating: 3.39

Pages: 256

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Date published: April 11th, 2017 (USA)

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Synopsis

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?

My review

I went into Literally with high expectations, and I didn’t even know anything about it when I started reading, but, sadly, it was a bit of a letdown. I never wrote a review for Dreamology, Lucy Keating’s first book, but it was amazing and I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. However, Literally was just not as good, and it makes me sad because I love the author. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, but less than her debut novel.

The story, overall, although it’s creative, I felt it was a bit silly. Basically, the main character, Annabelle, finds out that an author named Lucy Keating (same name as the real author of Literally) is writing her life, as well as the life of everyone around her. And so, there is this sci-fi-ish element throughout the whole book, but nothing is even remotely believable. There is also some “theory of writing” thrown in the story, since Annabelle is taking a Fiction class in high school, so she starts identifying the concepts she learns in class in her life, which, again, is being written by an author. The whole thing was just silly, in my opinion. It is very original, though, I will give her that!

“I rest my head against him and I think, This is not a sure thing. There are no promises here. But I’m seventeen years old, and the only place in the world I wanna be is on this couch, with this guy, listening to this song over and over again. And maybe tomorrow it will all be different. But I don’t care.”

The author’s writing is great, as usual, it reads super easily and next thing you know, you’ve finished the book. It’s not a long book either, so it goes by super fast!

“My dad taught me a long time ago that a run would calm me down. He walked into my room one Saturday afternoon and found me rearranging my bookshelf, stacks and stacks surrounding me like building blocks.
“Didn’t you just do this a month ago?” he asked.
I paused. “That was by genre,” I explained. “This time it’s by color.””

The characters were another fault in the book. The main character and her love interest were great – relatable even -, but everyone else was as flat as an ironing board. This is what I meant when I talked about how characters usually are in other books in my last review: the main characters are nice, but everyone else is just there to interact with the main character, which sucks because you want to KNOW them properly.

“And just because something ends, doesn’t mean it didn’t mean anything. Sometimes, you have to take the risk.”

The pacing was nice, the story had a good flow – also thanks to Lucy’s great writing – and, even though a lot of things happened in this book, they happened at good rhythm – good enough for you to not get lost in all of it.

My rating

In conclusion, I did enjoy this book: it’s just a fun, cutesy read with a twist that is, simultaneously, silly and addicting. It had a nice, original story, but not very well executed. The writing was great, and so was the love interest ♡ but, overall, it was a bit of a letdown, especially compared to Dreamology.

Writing 3.5-01
Characters 2.5-01
Plot 3-01
Pacing 4-01

Overall

3.25 stars

Ler em Português

literally-lucy-keating-book-cover1 Literally de Lucy Keating

Avaliação no Goodreads: 3.39

Páginas: 256

Géneros: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Data de publicação: 11 de Abril, 2017 (USA)

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Opinião

Literally conta-nos a história da Annabelle, que sempre teve uma vida perfeita. Um dia, na aula de escrita creativa, a sua professora apresenta à turma uma escritora chamada Lucy Keating (sim, tem o mesmo nome da autora real do livro), que lhes fala do seu novo livro. Quando Annabelle ouve a descrição da história desse livro, apercebe-se de que é exactamente igual à vida dela e confronta a autora – que admite estar a escrever a vida dela, bem como a de todos à sua volta.

Eu comecei este livro com expectativas um pouco altas, porque li o primeiro livro da autora, Dreamology, e adorei, avaleei-o com 5 estrelas no Goodreads. No entanto, o Literally não foi tão bom como o anterior, o que me entristece porque eu adoro a autora. Eu gostei do livro de qualquer forma, mas não tanto como do Dreamology (nem perto).

A história, apesar de criativa, pareceu-me um pouco tola. Nada daquilo que ia acontecendo foi credível. Também há partes em que a protagonista fala da teoria da escrita que aprende na aula, e a aplica à forma como a tal Lucy está a escrever a vida dela. Como eu disse, original, mas bastante tolo!

“I rest my head against him and I think, This is not a sure thing. There are no promises here. But I’m seventeen years old, and the only place in the world I wanna be is on this couch, with this guy, listening to this song over and over again. And maybe tomorrow it will all be different. But I don’t care.”

A escrita da autora foi óptima, como sempre. Lê-se super bem, e quando damos por nós já acabámos o livro. Ademais, o livro é relativamente curto, portanto lê-se muito rapidamente.

“My dad taught me a long time ago that a run would calm me down. He walked into my room one Saturday afternoon and found me rearranging my bookshelf, stacks and stacks surrounding me like building blocks.
“Didn’t you just do this a month ago?” he asked.
I paused. “That was by genre,” I explained. “This time it’s by color.””

As personagens foram outra falha do livro. A protagonista e o rapaz por quem se apaixona são maravilhosos, mas todos os outros são pãezinhos sem sal. Era disto que falava na última review: as personagens principais são maravilhosas e estão desenvolvidas; as restantes estão lá somente para interagir com as principais, e nunca as chegamos a conhecer mesmo.

“And just because something ends, doesn’t mean it didn’t mean anything. Sometimes, you have to take the risk.”

O ritmo agradou-me, a história é fluida – também graças à escrita da autora – e, apesar de imensas coisas acontecerem, não acontecem super rapidamente, têm um bom andamento e não nos perdemos em tudo o que está a acontecer.

Avaliação

Resumindo e concluindo, eu gostei da leitura: é um livro fofinho com aquele twist que é, simultaneamente, tolo e viciante. A história é original, mas foi mal explorada e executada. Foi um pouco desapontante, especialmente comparada ao Dreamology.

Escrita 3.5-01
Personagens 2.5-01
Enredo 3-01
Ritmo 4-01

Total

3.25 estrelas

 

 

 

 

 

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