Practically Ever After

Practically Ever After

Ever practical Grace Correa has planned the perfect life.She has Leia, the perfect girlfriend, amazing friends, is part of Pine Central’s glitterati, and has been accepted into her first-choice university guaranteeing one of the best paying jobs in the country. To Grace, life is an equation where everything can be perfectly calculated to ensure maximum success and the...

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Title:Practically Ever After
Author:Isabel Bandeira
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Edition Language:English

Practically Ever After Reviews

  • Jamie Coudeville

    This was a great ending to this series. Even if it did take a minute to remember who everyone was. Some of Grace's actions bothered me. Like, I know that if the book had been from Leia's pov that I would've really disliked Grace and probably wouldn't have wanted them to get back together. Also, something about Grace's parents bothered me. The way everyone just expected her to jump when they asked, I feel like that wasn't properly addressed. Other than that, a great f/f contemporary. I'm glad

    This was a great ending to this series. Even if it did take a minute to remember who everyone was. Some of Grace's actions bothered me. Like, I know that if the book had been from Leia's pov that I would've really disliked Grace and probably wouldn't have wanted them to get back together. Also, something about Grace's parents bothered me. The way everyone just expected her to jump when they asked, I feel like that wasn't properly addressed. Other than that, a great f/f contemporary. I'm glad we're finally starting to get more f/f contemporaries that don't center around coming out.

  • Lenni Jones

    I hadn’t realized how much I missed Isabel Bandeira’s writing until I started reading this book. Good thing I just won signed copies of the series, because now I plan on rereading the other books.

    This was my first book with a main character who is part of the LGBT community. As a Christian, I don’t support it, so I hadn’t even planned on reading this book. I did, though, and I’m glad, because it gave me a bit of insight on the community. I still don’t support it, and Leia and Grace kissing was

    I hadn’t realized how much I missed Isabel Bandeira’s writing until I started reading this book. Good thing I just won signed copies of the series, because now I plan on rereading the other books.

    This was my first book with a main character who is part of the LGBT community. As a Christian, I don’t support it, so I hadn’t even planned on reading this book. I did, though, and I’m glad, because it gave me a bit of insight on the community. I still don’t support it, and Leia and Grace kissing was the most unnatural thing. I couldn’t even visualize it because it’s just so weird to me.

    Besides the lesbian romance, this book was super good! The characters were funny, and I loved how they all picked on Phoebe for her reading habits. Reminded me of myself, honestly.

    I was disappointed when the book was over, because Grace is such a unique and interesting person. She’s an engineering nerd who’s also popular and loved to dance. You don’t see too many people like that in real life.

    Overall, I’m sad the series is probably over, but that means another good series could be coming! What I want most is a book about Alec and a short story about Phoebe’s trip to India!

    I hope this review has been helpful and that you decide to read the series😊

  • Risa

    Started enjoying it in the last quarter.

  • CR

    I am sad to say that this one didn't mesh with me as much as I was hoping. I thought that it really reminded me of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. As each character embodies one aspect or trait and they don't revert from that which was really really weird. When I read this I didn't realize that this was a book three and well I hadn't read book two. But I didn't feel lost at all. I did like the story overall but I think that it would work well as a transition book from those that are

    I am sad to say that this one didn't mesh with me as much as I was hoping. I thought that it really reminded me of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. As each character embodies one aspect or trait and they don't revert from that which was really really weird. When I read this I didn't realize that this was a book three and well I hadn't read book two. But I didn't feel lost at all. I did like the story overall but I think that it would work well as a transition book from those that are switching to higher young adult titles. Overall, for me I think this one sets for a take it or leave it title for this reader.

  • Diversity Center

    Practically Ever After deserves praise for its main character's diverse and unstereotypical array of interests, from engineering to fashion to dance and cheerleading, but that same complexity does not extend to the rest of the cast. After the initial overwhelming feeling of meeting so many characters in the first few pages, everyone but Grace quickly settles into a single consistent role, reminiscent of nothing more than a workmanlike My Little Pony fanfiction. Each character fully embodies a

    Practically Ever After deserves praise for its main character's diverse and unstereotypical array of interests, from engineering to fashion to dance and cheerleading, but that same complexity does not extend to the rest of the cast. After the initial overwhelming feeling of meeting so many characters in the first few pages, everyone but Grace quickly settles into a single consistent role, reminiscent of nothing more than a workmanlike My Little Pony fanfiction. Each character fully embodies a single character trait and plays that one role in every scene they're in.

    This is most egregious with Grace's love interest, Leia, who feels the least characterized of anyone in the book. This is a fairly natural result of Grace's own choices... Grace spends the first part of the book ignoring Leia at every opportunity, and it's made clear she has no interaction with Leia's friends or hobbies, which results in the reader not knowing much about her either. She exists to give Grace a negative repercussion for her obsessive focus on planning out her life, and then reward her again once she makes some effort to apologize at the end of the book. Grace's love for Leia feels endlessly shallow, culminating in her final list of reasons the two of them should get together again, every one of which amounts to "Leia makes me happy" and none of which give any consideration to Leia's feelings or to what Grace could or should contribute to their relationship. Even their initial conflict is totally forgotten with no plans for how to avoid having it happen again. All of this is, admittedly, in character for the self-assured and self-absorbed Grace, but the book fails to question it.

    As for the rest of the book, it feels simultaneously too pat and too low-stakes. Grace is forever having chance encounters that relate suspiciously well to her greater conflicts, from coincidentally meeting a girl with an injured leg while wondering if she wants to focus her life on fixing people's bodies, to watching her parents fight in a way that gives her eerily useful insight into her own relationship problem. The characters cannot shut up about how fleeting high school friendships and romances are, even to the point where one character starts reading a fantasy story about the subject. And despite the book seeming to try for a narrative of Grace taking on more than she can chew, it's just not there... other than her (ultimately salvaged) relationship with Leia, and a brief mention toward the beginning of not being pre-accepted into a college cheerleading team, Grace succeeds at every new commitment she agrees to take on. Various moments foreshadow things going wrong--her dance students grumbling that she doesn't seem to have a plan, her lack of focus on asking glove patients for their own opinions, the ongoing mystery of when she actually sleeps--but none of them come to anything. Grace is supremely capable and it is unclear what she is supposed to learn from that.

    (This review is based on an Advanced Reading Copy.)

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