Sunday, March 3, 2013

Book Review: Jack and Yani Love Harry Potter by Mary Twomey

Published: November 15th, 2012
Publisher: self-published
Read from February 17th to 23rd, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Best friends Jack and Yani do everything together. After Yani’s thirtieth birthday party, however, she decides to leave town on a spontaneous vacation to visit all the sites of the young adult fiction novels she loves, hoping that when she returns, she’ll have buried the secret flame she has for Jack.
Forced by his friends to go on a road trip to track down Yani, Jack learns a lot about his best friend by reading the novels she’s been obsessed with. From vampire hunting in Forks to searching for wizards in Florida, Jack confronts his greatest fears –that he just might love Harry Potter…and perhaps, Yani.


This book is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves to read young adult books, especially if you happen to be older than the young adult target demographic.  Yani turns thirty in the book, and all of her friends give her a hard time for liking young adult literature.  One of my absolute favorite aspects of the book was how her friends learn to respect the books Yani loves.  I know that I've been teased for things I like in the past, so I loved seeing them finally give these books a chance and discover why Yani loves them so much.

The other great thing about the book was the places it takes place in.  They visit Forks and La Push, New Orleans (where Yani sees Anne Rice's house), San Diego (where they go to Comic Con), and Orlando (where they visit Universal and the Harry Potter theme park).  It was really neat to read about all of those places, especially considering Universal is the only one I've ever actually been able to go to.  It added a really neat aspect to the book.

Since Yani's friends decide to give some of her books a try, you also get some of the characters' reactions to things that happen in Harry Potter and Twilight as they go through the series.  I loved seeing them gradually get into the books and become attached.  It's nice to know that they'll be more accepting of what Yani loves from now on.

Jack and Yani were also adorable.  I loved their relationship.  I also loved how all of the other characters interacted as well.  There was an absolutely wonderful dynamic among the group of friends, and I loved reading about them.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult books.  It's a pretty quick and easy read.  Plus, it's adorable, and it's so much fun to read about the characters falling in love with some of the books that I love as well.  It's just a really fun book all around.

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