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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
If coming-of-age romantic comedies are your forte, grab yourself a copy of Saoirse Berger's Bookish Lens In La La Land by Nicole Schubert. The only single teenager amongst her group of friends, eighteen-year-old BookTuber and blogger Saoirse Berger has romantic fantasies of being swept off her feet. While working for her uncle's film, she develops a burgeoning crush on a twenty-three-year-old directorial prodigy named Leo Landis. However, his on and off relationship with his girlfriend and Saoirse's insecurities make her hesitant to pursue a potential long-term relationship. To complicate things further, Saoirse finds a kindred spirit in the form of Hector Rojas. Hector is a mural artist who mistakenly becomes infatuated with Saoirse's cousin Sadie, a talented actress who acts as the face of Saoirse's BookTube channel.
Author Nicole Schubert writes Saoirse's tale in a personal diary style, making the narrative highly accessible and providing it with a contemporary feel that makes it so much more entertaining to read. Most of the characters are typical teenagers on the verge of adulthood, trying to cope with their changing environments. Saoirse is a likable protagonist, and her relationships with her friends and family form the backbone of the narrative. I particularly enjoyed her dynamic with Hector and Sadie. This is a character-driven story, and as such, the plot moves at a relatively slower pace. But the story feels all the more immersive because of that. I would recommend Saoirse Berger's Bookish Lens In La La Land to readers who enjoy young adult romance novels.