Book lovers unite! If you’re like us at THP, you’ve had a pretty rocky relationship with books growing up. And if you’re really like us, you’ve rekindled your passion for reading, thanks to Booktok and Bookstagram.
We all have that one book or genre that changed us forever, but what about the places that provide us with those books? We’re reviewing Gretchen Anthony’s The Book Haters’ Book Club today, and it all starts with a beloved bookstore. Here are three reasons why we loved reading The Book Haters’ Book Club!
Content Warning: death
Summary: All it takes is the right book to turn a Book Hater into a Book Lover…
That was what Elliot—the beloved co-owner of Over the Rainbow Bookshop—believed before his untimely passing. He always had the perfect book suggestion for the self-proclaimed Book Hater. Now his grief-ridden business partner, Irma, has agreed to sell the cozy Over the Rainbow to condo developers.
But others won’t give up the bookshop without a fight. When Irma breaks the news to her daughters, Bree and Laney, and Elliot’s romantic partner, Thom, they are aghast. Over the Rainbow has been Bree and Laney’s sanctuary since childhood, and Thom would do anything to preserve Elliot’s legacy. Together they conspire to save the bookshop, even if it takes some snooping, gossip and minor sabotage.
Filled with humor, family hijinks and actual reading recommendations, The Book Haters’ Book Club is the ideal feel-good read. It’s a love letter to everyday heroes—those booksellers and librarians dedicated to putting the right books in the right hands every day.
Such Relatable Characters
If we didn’t already know that The Book Haters’ Book Club is fiction, we’d be convinced that Laney, Bree, and Thom are real people. Gretchen Anthony writes her characters so well, and her dialogue is so fun to read. From the painfully awkward moments of a budding romance to the difficult emotions of multiple unhappy marriages, these characters feel like they could exist in our world right now.
The Unique Narration Style
Hopefully now that you’ve read the book summary, you know that somebody died. Without us giving away too much, you should also know that we get to see part of the story from the dead character’s perspective. It’s not every day we read a book that gives a voice to a character who passed. This narration style keeps us interested in the plot, and we feel seen because he even addresses readers directly. You’ll have to read it to believe it!
Thoughtful Quotes That Stick
We had to pause several times while reading The Book Haters’ Book Club because of how close the quotes hit home. This book teaches us that choosing to love takes a lot of courage, just as much as leaving does. It tells us not to be afraid of being in the wrong, and acknowledging that can be the first step to healing your familial, platonic, and romantic relationships. Taking the burden for yourself isn’t fair to you or your loved ones. We know that books can teach us a lot about ourselves, but these lessons are deep!
Gretchen Anthony’s The Book Haters’ Book Club is out September 13th and is available for preorder here!
Need more book recommendations? Check out our monthly Sweet Reads list!