The following is an honest review of By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of By Any Other Name
Lanie is a successful editor and romance novel fan. Specifically, she loves everything author Noa Calloway has ever written, so much so that she took an idea from one of Noa’s books and applied it to her own life. Engaged to a man who meets every single one of her “99 expectations” she also lands the job to edit Noa’s latest book. Her life is going exactly how she planned until she realizes those 99 expectations don’t guarantee a soulmate and Noa has writer’s block. Pressured to meet the deadlines of the publisher Lanie agrees to meet with Noa to make a plan. The plan quickly derails when she realizes Noa isn’t who she thought. Knowing these secrets, Lanie is left to decide how to move forward in more areas than one.
Review of By Any Other Name
This book drew me in initially because it is about books. I especially love stories set in the publishing world and this one was no exception. I love Lanie’s character and how real she is. This story showed her struggles, not only as a professional, but as a young women going through life without her mother. There is so much she wants to share with her mom and she tries to live her life in a way that would’ve made her happy. Lanie is innovative and smart and knows what she wants in life even when she isn’t sure how to get it. She has all these preconceived notions about love yet she is willing to let her mind be changed. Her and Noa’s relationship was endearing to watch unfold. If you are looking for a light-hearted romance, consider picking this one up!
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Suggested Age Rating for By Any Other Name
This book is considered an “adult romance.” It contains mild language, sexual humor, and themes dealing with grief/loss. There were no sexual/graphic scenes. I give this book an age rating of 16+.
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