ARC Review: Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

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ARC Review: Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
Must Love Books

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: January 18 2022
Genre: Womens Fiction
Published by Sourcebooks
Pages: 321
Format: eARC

“But if you’re looking for a heartfelt story about overcoming, I highly recommend Nora’s journey in Must Love Books.”

~ Under the Covers

Recommended Read!

In Must Love Books, Nora’s life is not going how she planned. She’s always loved books, and publishing seemed like the perfect job. Now, five years in, she’s still just an undervalued assistant stuck doing more administrative work than actual book-related work. When a new wave of budget cuts hurts Nora’s already low salary, she takes a freelance position with a competing publishing house in order to make ends meet. It’s not ideal, and weighs heavily on Nora, but at least she can pay her rent. Then she gets to know author Andrew Santos. He might be the one to turn everything around if she plays her cards right. But Nora wasn’t counting on falling for Andrew in the process, and the person she thought might save her could just be the one to send her tumbling over the edge.

I was excited to read Must Love Books; the premise seemed like something I could easily relate to, and I thought it would be an enjoyable read. Thankfully I wasn’t wrong (and maybe I related to this book more than I anticipated), but this book was definitely darker and went deeper than I envisioned it would. Nora is such a lost soul, and my heart ached for her so many times while reading. I think what Nora went through is all too common, especially after the last few years, and many readers will be able to relate to her need to reevaluate her career and redefine her life.

In the process of trying to figure out her life, many of Nora’s thoughts do get dark. If thoughts and discussions about ending one’s life are triggering for you as a reader, please be cautious when reading this book. While some of the people closest to Nora are happy, sunshine characters, I can’t even call Nora a grumpy character; she’s too far gone for even that. Nora is all the hardest parts of Millennial culture (career dissatisfaction, financial insecurity, mental imbalances) all rolled into one, and Must Love Books is her journey to not only face her problems head on, but also find ways to make her life worth living again on her terms.

I have to applaud author Shauna Robinson for including such wonderful social commentary in this book, and not shying away from any of it. Our main character, Nora, is biracial and Robinson effortlessly brings Nora’s experiences into the conversation multiple times. I was really glad to see several discussions on the lack of representation in the publishing industry, both from Nora (who is half Black) and her romantic interest Andrew (who is Filipino).

With closed door romance, Must Love Books was able to really focus on Nora and her journey. While Nora’s job was the catalyst for that journey, so much factored into her story and watching it all play out on the page was at times both heartbreaking and beautiful to read. Must Love Books might not be for anyone looking for a light, quick read. But if you’re looking for a heartfelt story about overcoming, I highly recommend Nora’s journey in Must Love Books.

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About Shauna Robinson

Shauna Robinson writes contemporary fiction with humor and heart. Originally from San Diego, she now lives in Virginia with her husband and their sleepy greyhound. Shauna is an introvert at heart—she spends most of her time reading, baking, and figuring out the politest way to avoid social interaction.

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K. A Bylsma

Outstanding review and with valuable background and warnings..thank you.

Amy R

Thanks for the review.