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Kelsey Rodkey

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Working at her family's independent bookstore during the summer before she leaves for college, Madeline Moore is determined to make the store succeed when she discovers that her crush, Jasper, works at the competing chain bookstore across the street.

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Young Adult Area YOUNG ADULT FICTION/Rodkey Kelsey Due Oct 20, 2022
Subjects
Genres
Young adult fiction
Novels
Published
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2021]
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
352 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780062994462
0062994468
Main Author
Kelsey Rodkey (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Books and Moore has been run by Madeline's family for generations. Abandoned by her father as well as her mother, Dahlia, white, 17-year-old Madeline has a home in the bookshop, which represents her whole past, present, and even future, as she plans on inheriting it from her aunt after college. It's there she meets Jasper Hamada, her cutest customer, and it's not until they finally exchange numbers that she discovers he works at Prologue, the chain bookstore that just opened across the street. As Books and Moore teeters toward financial ruin, Madeline and Jasper strike up a fierce rivalry, with a flirtatious prank war escalating into dangerous territory. Rodkey's debut is an enemies-to-lovers summer romance rooted as much in family as it is in cute banter, book nerdery, and sexual tension. When Dahlia steps back into Madeline's life, it adds a moving narrative layer to the ongoing turmoil regarding how to save the store, what to make of Jasper, and what to do with her life. You've Got Mail for teens, with a similarly bittersweet ending. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Principled, passionate, implied white Madeline Moore, 18, has grown up in her aunt Astrid's Pennsylvania-based bookstore, Books & Moore, where Madeline works alongside her 16-year-old brown-skinned half brother, Benny. After college, Madeline plans to take over the store, one of the only constants in her life since their unreliable mother, Dahlia, left more than a decade ago. But when Astrid announces the store will close at summer's end, Madeline refuses to give up, attempting to attract customers and boost sales by hosting a local chef and food truck owner, partnering with her blonde booktuber best friend, Zelda, and landing a big author for an appearance. Meanwhile, Madeline's partaking in an ever-escalating prank war with Jasper Hamada—the "artfully put together," infuriatingly "hot" Japanese American supervisor of Prologue, a larger competing bookstore that has recently opened across the street—and navigating her unwelcome mother's return to her life. Rodkey offers realistically mutable characterization; though prickly Madeline sometimes fails to fully consider the consequences of her actions, her choices deepen the impact of her growth. The You've Got Mail–style romance is well executed in this debut, only improved by Rodkey's cognizant depiction of the financial struggles of bricks-and-mortar bookstores. Ages 13–up. Agent: Bridget Smith, JABberwocky Literary. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Madeline's last summer before heading off to college isn't going as planned. Her aunt Astrid's independent bookstore where she works is going out of business, she finds out that her crush, Jasper, manages the competing bookstore across the street, and her absent mom, Dahlia, is coming to stay at the worst possible time. Madeline spends the summer trying to save the bookstore while forging relationships that she would have never expected. Madeline is quick-witted, bright, and passionate about her aunt's business. Her creativity helps her come up with ideas for pranking Jasper and ways to raise money to save the bookstore, even when her own family no longer believes in it. Jasper's family is Japanese, Madeline's ethnicity is unspecified, and minor characters are of various backgrounds. VERDICT This lighthearted page-turner is recommended for all young adult collections.—Elizabeth Gold, Midwood H.S., NY Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Working at her family's independent bookstore during the summer before she leaves for college, Madeline Moore is determined to make the store succeed when she discovers that her crush, Jasper, works at the competing chain bookstore across the street.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

You’ve Got Mail meets Morgan Matson in this smart, banter-filled romcom with a bookish twist. Nothing will stop Madeline Moore from taking over her family’s independent bookstore after college. Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down. Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but the guy who works over at Prologue seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking her customers, he has the unbelievable audacity to be… extremely cute. But that doesn’t matter. Jasper is the enemy and he will be destroyed. After all—all’s fair in love and (book) war.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

You've Got Mail meets Morgan Matson in this smart, banter-filled romcom with a bookish twist. Nothing will stop Madeline Moore from taking over her family's independent bookstore after college. Nothing, that is'until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down. Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but the guy who works over at Prologue seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking her customers, he has the unbelievable audacity to be' extremely cute. But that doesn't matter. Jasper is the enemy and he will be destroyed. After all'all's fair in love and (book) war.