Book Review: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

Super cute vacation read!


5 disco balls

Published: February 6, 2018 by Gallery Books
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Womens Fiction, Chick-lit, Retelling

I was super bummed when I got the NetGalley rejection email from my request to read the arc of this book. The synopsis looked like a fun, lighthearted read so I wound up pre-ordering on Amazon (and waited a month for the pub date!). I had never done that as usually a rejection email makes me a bit sour on the book (hey, just being honest).

But enough of my ramblings, lets get to the part you want to hear: why I rated it so highly!

By the Book is about college professor, Anne Corey, who while working towards tenure learns that her new university president is her ex-fiance from a decade ago. Of course he is successful and looking dreamy as ever while Anne is still working towards job security and can’t even pay her overdue library fees. Oh, and there is also a handsome, charming new professor who is wooing Anne. What the heck is she going to do? Well, read and find out.

I took this book with me on vacation and its a perfect beach/pool read. For 362 pages, it was a quick read: I whipped through it in two days.

It’s a retelling of sorts of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Having not read Persuasion, I just went into the story looking to be entertained. And the book did just that. It was adorable, I quite liked it. It’s one of those stories that brightens your mood: perfect to read on a sunny day (or those rainy/snowy days where you are looking for something to lighten your mood).


If you read ‘By the Book’ let us know what you thought!


29 thoughts on “Book Review: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

  1. Thank you for this review, it answered so many questions for me and puts the book in a different and more appropriate frame. Ya see, it’s like this: I got the Netgalley copy of “By the Book.” Yep. And I’ve read Austen, oh how I’ve read her. And I came out of “By the Book” with a very different perspective. But seeing it through your eyes, without my austere Austen expectations, helps me understand the novel from a fresh reader angle. Thank you! Linking over here from Over and out.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing from the perspective of someone who read Austen! I completely see where you would come from in expecting more from this book. And, congrats on the NetGalley approval – its like Christmas morning when you get that alert 😉


  2. Great review. I also feel that way when I get rejected by NG though I tend to come round when I see the fabulous reviews from the people that got accepted lol.

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