Hello Bookish Fam! I’m so excited to share this new book review with all of you. It’s such a huge honor to be able to help alongside other OwnVoice readers with an amazing book tour group. Thank you to Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group, Feiwel&Friends, and of course to Hear Our Voices Tour for allowing me to help by reviewing this beautiful piece of work.
Trigger Warning: Anxiety, Depression, Financial Situation, and Sexual Abuse
Before I continue to my review of the book, for those of you who haven’t heard of this book I would love to share the excerpt from the author for those who want to possibly know about it without an almost spoiler-ish review.
“Rinn Olivera is finally going to tell her longtime crush AJ that she’s in love with him.
Daniella Korres writes poetry for her own account, but nobody knows it’s her.
Imogen Azar is just trying to make it through the day.
When Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen clock into work at Wild Nights Bookstore on the first day of summer, they’re expecting the hours to drift by the way they always do. Instead, they have to deal with the news that the bookstore is closing. Before the day is out, there’ll be shaved heads, a diva author, and a very large shipment of Air Jordans to contend with.
And it will take all three of them working together if they have any chance to save Wild Nights Bookstore.”
So, I will say that I think I super hyped myself up for this book for the fact that it takes place in a bookstore and I must say I wasn’t let down. All the aspects of being part of a company such as an independent bookstore such as Wild Nights was very eye opening to the world. Bookstores are suffering and especially right now during these crazy times. This is me as a book lover telling you, go out there and support your local bookstores! They need your help now more than ever. Being a person who normally buys all of her stuff from big box and Amazon. I’m now changing the way I spend my money to try and help out more small businesses and independent bookstores.
Let me get myself back on track though, I wanted to point out a character in the book that I loved with all my heart and that I can personally relate to not on just personality levels but, with this being an OwnVoices book, I relate to Rinn Olivera a lot. I may not look it as much as she does but, I was born as a Mexican-American and honest to goodness after going through my DNA stuff we found out I was a little bit German too.
Rinn Olivera is a very happy go lucky girl. Hence, why she earns her nicknames from Imogen and Danny as “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Little Miss Perfect.” You learn further in the book that her happiness and perfectionist personality comes from her bout with anxiety. Personally, I suffer from it as well and I can honestly say, it is the most insufferable thing to deal with and if I could just wish it away, I would already have.
To me, I feel like this book is a mix of Empire Record meets a small bit of Breakfast Club aspect into it. Three girls who can’t stand the presence of one another, working in a bookstore that they learn is closing down. No help from Eli at all, he tried his best though at least and they all kind of learn to work together to save something they equally agree is the best thing in their lives. Wild Night isn’t just a bookstore but, its a home away from home for a few of them.
While it’s definitely not a romance book at all and the minimal amount of romance I feel you can possibly have in a book, it’s still cute. Aj is an employee that Rinn can’t help but fawn over this boy that I can’t really picture in my head. He is an artist of sorts and his art is wonderful (I WANT TO SEE THIS MYSTERY ART)
All in all, this was definitely a 4 star read for me and I’d love to go through it again and read it with some page tabs in my hand for sure. There are parts of the book that are something I would love to go back on and go more in depth with the reading.
Thank you for sticking with me to the end, I know my review was a little all over the place but, if you ever have any questions about the book or want to know more about it in depth I would love it if you would send me a comment and I will always respond! You can also follow me over on Instagram.
Happy Reading Bookish Fam!