Title: Every Boy is a Book
Author: Mirella Muffarotto
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2018
He means the whole universe to her.
And she means even more to him,
more than he can admit.
She’s a tomboy, the girl-next-door who fangirls over tons of book boyfriends. He is the high school soccer star, the hot guy that makes girls swoon.
To her, he’s simply her best friend, the one who has been there as far back as she can remember.
They’ve grown up together in a small town in the midst of vineyards, in the Montagues and Capulets land, and have been best friends since forever. They know each other so well and care for each other, yet all of a sudden every glance, every accidental touch means something different and is weighted with expectation. But fate is capricious, and things become more complicated when Matteo is offered the chance of a lifetime to play for a top league club which means leaving his hometown, and Marika, behind.
Matteo’s departure for Milan to follow his dreams will throw everything off balance, thrusting new, challenging situations into their lives: unexplored worlds of pro sport and its opportunities and sacrifices, contracts and huge paychecks, symphonic metal, emotions, teenage trials and tribulations, cyberbullying, awkward relationships, and memories as cutting as a sword slicing through tofu. Unsure whether her feelings are reciprocated and afraid of risking their friendship, Marika rides an emotional rollercoaster of romantic highs and painful losses. And when another guy, vocalist of a local rock band, fills that emptiness in her life, every move, every thought, every feeling gets amplified and everything gets messy, and more intense.
If EVERY BOY IS A BOOK, Federico, the sweet musician with the straightened bangs and melodious voice, was undoubtedly created by the pen of Keats or some other tormented Romantic poet; while Matteo is pure passion, like Shakespeare’s Romeo: spontaneous, intense, and impetuously real.
If only it were as simple as good guy vs bad guy… but it’s not.
I didn’t know anything (storywise) about this book other than it being set in Italy (which is one of my fave settings in books), but I’m glad that I read it! A slow burn romance about Matteo and Marika who were best friends since they were kids. Matteo will eventually have to choose between a professional career in soccer and the girl he loves.
Matteo and Marika may be the protagonists, but I wasn’t very fond of them in the beginning, especially Matteo. I saw him as a selfish jerk. I was also tired of Marika having second thoughts/doubts about Matteo’s feelings about her, but thankfully as the story progressed, I began to understand them more.
For me, Carlotta and Dario (side characters) were far more interesting, and they’re the reason why I liked this book. Dario is the good, loyal friend and Matteo’s voice of reason, while Carlotta is the ever supportive cousin of Marika. I would really love to see more of their story by being the main characters maybe in another book in The Rook Crew series.
I must admit that at first, I had the same feeling that I had when I was reading Anna and the French Kiss (which was not an enjoyable one for me, see my review here) but this book had redeeming parts and enough interesting characters that led me to enjoy reading it. I also loved the music/song lyrics that were inserted in the story as they made me feel the emotions of the characters more.
If you love reading books by Jennifer E. Smith and Kasie West, then I recommend that you read this book! Thanks to the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“But while you cannot control destiny, you can choose how to live your life….”
“Fear is helpful, because it keeps you on your toes,” he continued, gently, “so long as you don’t let it stop you from growing.”
“All relationships are difficult, and if you are truly in love, you run the risk of getting hurt. But you can’t let the fear of that keep you from moving forward.”
Soundtrack: More Than Friends by Jason Mraz feat. Meghan Trainor
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About the Author:
Mirella Muffarotto was born and lives in Milan – Italy – where she got a PhD in Political Science & Economics, summa cum laude. To the outside world she’s a published economics writer, an ordinary economist, writes corporate finance textbooks and designs math apps, but secretly she uses her skills to make young readers feel they’re the protagonist of their own life story. She is a YA novelist, and TV series fanatic. She writes what she knows and cares about, emphasizing what teenagers are going through right now and giving it a positive message. Avid reader and fangirl, she enjoys drawing anime versions of her book characters, and even if “Romeo and Juliet” is her all-time favorite star-crossed lovers book, she can’t help looking for the HEA ending.
She is the author of EVERY BOY IS A BOOK, the first standalone novel in The Rook Crew Series, a book collection of interlinked YA romances set in the Montagues and Capulets land, where her dad’s side of the family is from. She splits her time between Milan, where she has her home HQ, and Rome. Currently at work on the companion book and on a new fantasy project.