Book Spotlight: Love and Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean

Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. Prepare yourself for the fangirl gushing.

I love a good book title pun so when Love and Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean caught my eye, I knew I had to read it. I haven’t actually read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, but that didn’t matter a ton since this book has more than just Dickens references.

I absolutely love the concept of following literary clues to win money and “find yourself.” All the riddles and clues leading Britt around England were amazing and I wish I could follow the same path to explore such great literary greats. I also love that I was able to guess what each clue was about before Britt did her research.

I also appreciate that Britt wasn’t your typical bookish YA protagonist. She actually didn’t really read a ton and had to think outside the box to complete each challenge. I thought it was nice that she was focused on something different than books. (Don’t get me wrong, I love a good YA protagonist who loves books but it was nice that it was different and not stereotypical for the concept. Especially since if she had been bookish the tasks would have been way too easy.)

I also love Luke. He’s adorable and perfect and I appreciate that there was more depth to both his story and Britt’s. Their relationship was maybe a little insta-y, but it didn’t move super quickly and had good reasons for why they hesitated and had a little drama later in the book.

I mean, yeah, some aspects of the book are a little cheesy, especially with how everything ends. But it was fun and cute and I’m super jealous of Britt for being able to visit all these places especially since she totally didn’t appreciate them like I would.

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