I love picking books just because I want to!
I’m sure that’s probably a strange statement to some. Shouldn’t we all be picking our reads because we want to read them? Let me explain… yes, I do pick books just because I want to read them. However, so many times the books I choose have a deadline which usually dictates my routine. (I’m sure a lot of bloggers out there, those who accept ARC’s, know this struggle.) It’s a rare moment when I can flip through my Kindle/bookshelf and read a book that’s purely on a whim. That’s what makes Spencer Cohen so extra special, it was on a whim and it was SO good!
Buying the Spencer Cohen trilogy was even spontaneous. I was completely suckered by the bearded profile, and the gorgeous colors. I know it’s not just me. Aren’t those some of the most beautiful covers ever?! Here’s another shocker -well, a shocker to me but probably not to you- I don’t really read books that are less than 200 pages. Sometimes I find a great book that’s short, but usually I just feel like I need more. Spencer Cohen was in the middle. I loved the first book so much! The start of Spencer and Andrew’s relationship was perfectly paced and 100% romantic. I was swooning. BUT, I needed more. Thankfully there were two more books, and the three of them together made a wonderfully satisfying lengthy romance novel.
If you scroll through Birdie Bookworm you’ll see that, while I do read a mix of everything, my favorites are probably romance and YA. When it comes to a romance novel, one thing they all tend to have in common is that there’s usually some type of angst between the two main characters. Specifically, there’s the miscommunication trope, which is probably the biggest, or the relationship-phobia trope… both of these are so over played it’s painful. The Spencer Cohen trilogy steered so far away these pitfalls they even made a joke out of it. Driving a wedge between the characters just wasn’t a part of the story. There were problems of course, but I was reading about two mature characters that addressed each issue head on and grew together. The only emotions I felt were joy and happiness, and that made me want to keep reading.
It’s also worth mentioning that I loved Spencer’s friendmily. (See what I did there?) The whole group of them were so supportive and kind, and original too. Lola sounds super adorable in her 50’s style clothes, driving around in a car she calls Cindy Crawford. Not only were Spencer and Andrew people I’d want to befriend, I’d want to know everyone they know. That sense of goodness could feel tiresome, but somehow in these books it didn’t.
Finally, I thought the most enjoyable part of the story was the easy going banter between Andrew and Spencer. I giggled from beginning to end, falling in love with both of them while they were falling in love with each other.
If there were a magazine called Cutest Love Story about a Geek and a Hipster Ever they would totally be on every single cover.